Work Safety Tips

  • Electricity Electricity Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, and other professionals work with electricity directly, including working on overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards. More information...
  • Motor Vehicle Safety Motor Vehicle Safety Motor vehicle-related incidents are consistently the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States. Thirty-five percent of occupational fatalities reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are associated with motor vehicles. More information...
  • Misuse of Portable Ladders Misuse of Portable Ladders You risk falling if portable ladders are not safely positioned each time they are used. While you are on a ladder, it may move and slip from its supports. You can also lose your balance while getting on or off an unsteady ladder. Falls from ladders can cause injuries ranging from sprains to death. More information...
  • Eye and Face Protection Eye and Face Protection Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. More information...
  • Personal Protective Equipment Personal Protective Equipment OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers. More information...
  • Machine Guarding Machine Guarding Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injures the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled. More information...
  • Lockout/Tagout Lockout/Tagout Employees servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be exposed to serious physical harm or death if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. More information...
  • Confined Spaces Confined Spaces Confined Space" refers to a space which by design has limited openings for entry and exit, unfavorable natural ventilation which could contain or produce dangerous air contaminants, and which is not intended for continuous employee occupancy. More information...
  • Working with Stress Working with Stress Workplace factors can create or exacerbate worker stress. There are practical measures for reducing job-related stress through changes in work organization. More information...
  • Women’s Safety Women’s Safety Homicide is the leading cause of injury death for women in the workplace, accounting for 40% of all workplace death among female workers. More information...
  • Vibration Injuries Vibration Injuries Vibration-induced white finger (VWF) is the most common condition among the operators of hand-held vibrating tools. Vibration can cause changes in tendons, muscles, bones and joints, and can affect the nervous system. More information...
  • Carpal Tunnel Carpal Tunnel The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not confined to people in a single industry or job, but is especially common in those performing assembly line work - manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, and meat, poultry, or fish packing. More information...
  • Back Injuries Back Injuries Back injuries are cited as the most common reason for absenteeism in the general workforce after the common cold. About 80 percent of adults are estimated to experience a back injury in their lifetime, and about 10 percent will suffer a re-injury. More information...
  • Safe Material Handling Safe Material Handling Workers suffer many painful injuries because they forget or are not properly trained in the basics of manual material handling. More information...
  • Engineering Controls Engineering Controls Engineering controls are used to remove a hazard or place a barrier between the worker and the hazard. Well-designed engineering controls can be highly effective in protecting workers and will typically be independent of worker interactions to provide this high level of protection. More information...
  • Hierarchy of Controls Hierarchy of Controls Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective controls. One representation of this hierarchy can be summarized as: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. More information...
  • Computer Workstations Computer Workstations Many who use a computer at work or home may be unaware of workstation situations that can increase their risk of development of injury. More information...
  • Fall Injuries Fall Injuries Falls are a persistent hazard found in all occupational settings. A fall can occur during the simple acts of walking or climbing a ladder to change a light fixture or as a result of a complex series of events affecting an ironworker 80 feet above the ground. More information...
  • Conveyors Conveyors Workers can be injured when they are caught in pinch points or in the in-going nip points, are hit by falling products or develop musculoskeletal disorders associated with awkward postures or repetitive motions. More information...
  • Nail Guns Nail Guns Nail gun injuries are common—one study found that 2 out of 5 residential carpenter apprentices experienced a nail gun injury over a four-year period. More information...
  • Hand and Power Tools Hand and Power Tools Employees who use hand and power tools and are exposed to the hazards of falling, flying, abrasive, and splashing objects, or to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases must be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment. All electrical connections for these tools must be suitable for the type of tool and the working conditions (wet, dusty, flammable vapors). When a temporary power source is used for construction a ground-fault circuit interrupter should be used. More information...
  • Ergonomics – Grocery Stores Ergonomics – Grocery Stores Some grocery store work can be physically demanding. Many grocery store workers handle thousands of items each day to stock shelves, check groceries, decorate bakery items, and prepare meat products. These tasks involve several ergonomic risk factors. More information...
  • Cleaning Chemicals Cleaning Chemicals Chemicals in some cleaning products can be irritating to the skin or can cause rashes. Cleaning products that contain corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns if splashed on the skin or in the eyes. More information...
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Bloodborne Pathogens Occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) places employees at risk of infection from bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). More information...
  • Heat Stress Heat Stress Exposure to excessive heat can result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke. At high temperatures, the body circulates great amounts of blood to the skin in an effort to eliminate heat through perspiration. As a result, less blood is circulated to the body's vital organs including the brain. Heat exhaustion can lead to dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and eventual collapse. If not treated promptly, by lowering the person's body temperature, a person suffering from heat exhaustion could suffer brain damage. More information...
  • Hearing Loss Hearing Loss Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States for more than 25 years. Thousands of workers every year suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. More information...
  • Forklift Operation Forklift Operation OSHA and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) believe that it is important to remind all employers of the regulations that prohibit workers under 18 years of age from operating specified hazardous machines and equipment, including forklift trucks in non-agricultural operations. More information...
  • Tractors Tractors there are many hazards associated with driving tractors including roll-overs, run-overs, collisions, exposure to moving machinery, hazardous weather conditions, and uneven terrain. If you are under 16, Child Labor Laws forbid you from handling certain classes and types of chemicals or pesticides; state laws may be even more stringent. More information...
  • Potential Hazard (Slips/Trips/Falls) Potential Hazard (Slips/Trips/Falls) Employee exposure to wet floors or spills and clutter that can lead to slips/trips/falls and other possible injuries. More information...