RMSC Safety Sentinel – April 2014

RMSC Safety Sentinel - March 2014
April 2014

Get in Gear With PPE
Personal Protective Equipment, commonly referred to as PPE is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, physical, electrical, or radiological hazards. Common PPE items include gloves, protective eye wear, hearing protection, respirators, gowns or aprons, and steel toed boots to name a few. Follow these tips to get in gear with PPE:

  • Assess the workplace regularly to ensure the provision of adequate PPE. Give preference to engineering and work-practice hazard controls before using PPE.
  • The majority of personal protective equipment does not provide universal protection – so be sure to use PPE appropriately for the specific hazard.
  • Inspect PPE carefully before each use to ensure that it in good working condition. Never take chances, even while wearing PPE.
  • Always wear hearing protection in high noise environments. Sound does not have to be painful to be harmful. When a worker’s hearing is damaged the effects are irreversible and permanent.

NIOSH Creates Web Resource for Older Workers
Over the last 30 years the number of American workers 65 years and older has increased 101%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2015 one in every five American workers will be over age 65. In 2020 a full 25% of the workforce will be over 55. The work-related injuries and illnesses associated with this population demographic shift have been dubbed the ‘aging workforce’ phenomenon by safety and insurance professionals.

Fortunately NIOSH has created a new website that is focused on the needs of older workers – or employers who are looking to get ahead on addressing this important hazard. The new NIOSH webpage highlights information concerning management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Follow the web link below to access more information on this important topic:

www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/healthyagingatwork/

For more information contact: Jeff Rausch at 502-326-5900 or jrausch@rmsc.com

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