Keeping Our Essential Workers Safe

Apr 14 2020

Now more than ever, the safety of our essential workers is a top priority. While many of us are practicing social distancing and remaining at home, others working in construction, factories, utility companies and other critical industries are keeping our roads safe, our homes stocked and our communities powered.
For the past month, hand-washing, proper surface sanitation and preventing the spread of germs has become an important safety focus. While these practices are certainly essential in helping prevent the spread of a major virus, we shouldn’t lose sight of these other critical safety procedures to keep employees safe, particularly as hospitals are already stressed with pandemic response:

 

No matter how careful or experienced your employees and contractors are, accidents can happen. Every year, thousands of workers are injured from falls on the job. The most basic and easiest method to guarantee this doesn’t happen is by providing the correct fall protection and training. Be sure you are checking equipment frequently to make sure all aspects are functioning properly, especially if it sees heavy use.
A stay-at-home ordering doesn’t mean the roads are empty. While is less traffic, people are still heading to the grocery stores, visiting family and heading out to exercise, often during times with lower visibility like dusk and dawn to avoid crowds. Hi-viz vests can help make sure workers are seen.

 

Hearing & Vision Protection
Depending on the setting, warehouses and construction sites can mean frequent exposure to loud noises for workers. It’s easy to get distracted and consider the noise to be manageable, without considering that noise exposure can cause significant damage over time, too. The most common form of ear protection is earplugs, but if your work site reaches a certain decibel level, they won’t be enough. Earmuffs are the safest option if your team consistently encounters high levels of noise. When in doubt, we suggest opting for more protection.


Help keep our essential workers safe by not only following CDC guidelines on COVID-19, but maintaining everyday procedures and providing the right gear.



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