Reorganizing Your Toolbox

Is your work bench cluttered with tools or does your toolbox seem like a black hole? If so, it may be time to try some new organizational strategies for your workspace. Organizing tools and the surrounding space will improve your facility’s efficiency and visual communication efforts. Why Should I Reorganize? Visual Communication First off, having a well-organized tool system will clean up and de-clutter the area.  When the workplace looks messy, workers are less likely …

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What Is A Gemba Walk?

In short, a gemba walk is an expedition to examine a workplace with the overall goal of locating and eliminating inefficiencies. “You can’t solve a problem until you’ve seen the problem,” is the logic behind the gemba walk concept, and while these treks are usually the realm of management, anyone wishing for a more holistic understanding of a business and the processes therein can benefit from the occasional gemba walk. Gemba walks are not to …

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Types of Floor Marking Tapes for Warehouses

Warehouse

It is every warehouse’s goal to keep the whole facility organized, clean and safe from hazards and accidents. Apart from improving the workplace processes and systems, the warehouse accidents could be kept to a minimum when there is consistent implementation of organizational methods. One way to achieve the targets of efficiency and safety is putting in place the right types of floor marking tapes around the warehouse. As indicated in the Occupational Safety and Health …

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New Fall Protection Website for Residential Construction Workers

House Being Built

Falls are the number one cause of fatal accidents in construction, with these deaths accounting for 36.9 percent of construction fatalities in 2013. Many of these deaths occur in residential construction, and beginning in 2010, OSHA began enforcing its fall protection standard for all residential construction sites, not just commercial construction sites (see 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13)). To assist residential construction companies in achieving compliance with this standard, OSHA has published helpful guidance documents. To further educate contractors …

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Respiratory Protection – 5 Tips to Keep your Employees Healthy

Respiratory Protection Safety Sign

When looking at workplace safety on construction sites, most people focus on things like fall protection and avoiding objects being dropped from above. While these are certainly important hazards, they are not the only ones. On many construction job sites, one of the biggest types of hazards is actually breathing. This is because there is often a lot of chemicals, vapors, and other potentially toxic things that are in the air. In addition, saws and …

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Lead Hazards in the Workplace

The hazards of lead are well known, so people may assume exposures to this dangerous metal have been reduced. To a certain extent to this true; lead levels in the general population have decreased since the 1970s. In some workplaces, though, lead continues to be a serious problem. The Seattle Times recently published a series of investigative articles about lead poisoning at shooting ranges across the country and found that workers and in some cases patrons …

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Permit-Required Confined Spaces – Do You Know What They Are?

Confined Space

Confined spaces in the workplace are common, and they may even be more common than you think. For example, sewers, storage bins and tanks can all be confined spaces, but in many cases so are silos and open pits. Some confined spaces may not pose great harm, but others can be very dangerous to anyone entering them. One example of a tragic accident involving a confined space occurred at Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Albany, New …

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Fall Prevention – 5 Reason why Prevention is better than Protection

Fall Prevention

One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, types of accidents in most workplaces is related to falling. Whether this means falling down stairs, falling from great heights or just tripping and falling, it is important to make sure to take precautions in order to minimize this risk. Most facilities do a fairly good job with fall protection by using harnesses (such as the Miller Harnesses) and other safety devices to help catch people …

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Pipe Marking – 7 Things You Should Know

Pipe Marking, Pipe Labels

Does your facility have pipes? If so, those pipes need labels. While pipe labeling may seem like a confusing process with many requirements, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Starting with a plan will make your pipe-labeling project easier and more organized. Then once your facility’s pipes are labeled, you’ll see communication about pipes improve. Using visuals like labels makes communication direct and simple, and it reduces the need for asking questions about pipe contents.  …

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10 Reasons Why to Inspect Rental Equipment

Inspect Rental Equipment

Do You Inspect Rental Equipment? There are many situations where it is necessary to rent equipment for use in a facility. In the vast majority of cases, renting equipment is an easy process where you get exactly what you need and don’t experience any problems at all. Occasionally, however, the process can be quite a hassle, which is why it is important to always inspect the equipment prior to accepting it as well as periodically …

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