Working with machinery and other heavy equipment is one of the top causes of workplace injuries. Machinery is necessary to create a level of efficiency that’s unreachable through manual labor. Although effective, this equipment comes with serious risks. However, your risk of accidental injury can be reduced through the use of machine guards.
Machine guards provide protection from machinery hazards by creating a covering that minimizes workplace injuries. This covering establishes a barrier, eliminating your ability to touch or get caught in moving parts. Any machine part, function or process that may cause injury should be guarded.
There are three different classifications of machine guards that you may encounter in the workplace:
While machine guard use helps prevent potential risks, there are still some further protocols you should follow:
For more information on safe machine guard use in the workplace, contact your supervisor.
Although warmer weather often entails more time spent working outdoors, it also creates additional exposure to insects. Specifically working outdoors during the spring and summer months can elevate your risk of experiencing insect bites and stings.
To help prevent insect bites and stings on the job, follow these tips:
Even after taking steps to reduce your risk, insect bites and stings can still happen. If you find yourself bit or stung, follow these response tips:
If you experience any of the following symptoms after an insect bite or sting, please seek medical attention immediately:
If you have any further questions about preventing or responding to insect bites and stings in the workplace, contact your supervisor.
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