By now, almost all organizations should have a safety program in place to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. While these procedures look good on paper, if they are not integrated into daily operations and consistently reinforced, then they are likely to be ineffective. How can an organization keep safety top of mind? By developing a safety culture.
It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
With many types of drugs used in healthcare, there are various classes of drugs which are used, and some of these can be considered hazardous drugs. There is no safe level of exposure for anyone to these drugs, but they are used with some patients because the benefits of their administration are better than the negative results if not used.
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
The most significant risk for your employees during the winter is due to Hypothermia which is abnormally low core body temperature, and that occurs when cold temperatures cause the body to lose heat faster than it can be produced.
Every year thousands of workers are either injured in accidents or become ill due to picking up diseases from their work place. In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics made a list of the most dangerous job industries and states. The five most high-risk states for injuries or illnesses are Maine, Vermont, Washington, Montana, and Alaska. While the five lowest risk states are Louisiana, New York, Texas, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Summer has finally arrived and so has the heat. For many regions of the U.S. this also means warmer than usual temperatures (especially here in Buffalo). For those that are working outside this summer there are many precautions that should be taken by employers as well as employees to remain safe this summer.
Who in your facility is in charge of employee safety? Is it your Human Resources Manager? Or maybe it is the Facilities Manager. Chances are they have more on their plates than just waiting around for an accident to occur.
Many people are unaware that even in the winter there is no lack of UV rays penetrating through the clouds onto our skin. These UV rays that cause aging and skin cancer do not change through the seasons. They are just as damaging in the winter as they are in the summer - even though you may not notice them as much in the winter weather.
You Are Not Alone
In fact, according to a survey four out of five employees in the United States expects to be safe while at work. This survey was conducted by Sterling Talent Solutions, an employment background screening and onboarding firm.