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June 2017 Archives

Some dental offices do not have bloodborne exposure plans

Minneapolis dental patients and employees might be interested to learn that 28 percent of privately owned dental practices do not have a written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan. The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, which is required by OSHA, is meant to protect health care workers from diseases that are transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

Shipyard workers face spray painting dangers

Shipyard workers in Minnesota may face serious dangers due to the spray painting of vessels during construction or maintenance. A new fact sheet released by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aims to protect shipyard workers from these hazards.

Setting the record straight about machine safety

In 2015, OSHA fined companies in Minnesota and elsewhere $6.8 million for violations of Machine Guard Standard 1910.212. However, employers actually spend more when an employee is injured because other costs such as damaged equipment or defending against lawsuits must also be factored in. Each year, 800 people who maintain or operate machinery die while another 18,000 suffer crushing injuries, lacerations or the possibility of having body parts amputated.

Is your job a literal pain in the neck (or back)?!

To one degree or another, all jobs carry a certain amount of risk. However, certain occupations have a much higher chance of serious work-related injuries, especially to the neck and back. This type of injury is no small matter. Injured employees deal not just with pain and suffering but missed work and lost wages as well. In fact, sometimes the injured employee must transfer to a different job or change or restrict work activities because of the injury. How at risk are you?

Tips to improve worker safety

Minnesota companies should make worker safety a top priority. Ideally, safety will be a component in every decision that is made throughout the organization and will become a part of the company's culture. When workers are healthy, they are more likely to be productive and efficient.

How to make an effective danger sign

A good safety sign is one that is easy to read and understand. If even a single Minnesota worker does not understand the message the sign is trying to convey, it could put that person and others in danger. Today's technology allows employers to create their own signs with little more than a desktop printer. This means that they no longer have to wait until new ones are delivered to them.

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