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Working During COVID-19

  • 24 September 2020
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Working During COVID-19

With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, some companies have been changing their working situations to allow their employees to work from home, but some companies are unable to do that and their employees still need to go into the office. This blog will give you some tips whether you are either working from home or if you are back working in the office. 

Working in Hot Conditions

  • 29 July 2020
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Working in Hot Conditions

When the summer months come along, so do the heat advisories. Temperature extremes can become dangerous to your health. When working in conditions with excessive exposure to heat, heat illnesses are a concern since heat stroke is a possibility.

Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

  • 15 July 2020
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Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

As a worker, you have the right to know about health and safety, the right to refuse dangerous work and the right to participate in health and safety.

Preparing for Severe Weather

  • 22 June 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 1447
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Preparing for Severe Weather

After the long winter we’ve had, we finally get to look forward to some warm sunny summer weather. But with that beautiful summer weather, we all know what comes along with that, and that’s…. Thunderstorms. 

How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

  • 9 March 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 2807
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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

As news breaks that the most recent flu, perhaps even pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19), is starting to spread around the globe, I can’t help but think how can we best keep ourselves, loved ones and workplace safe? 

Taking Safety Seriously at Home

  • 22 January 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

At Safety Ahead we don’t just focus on workplace safety, but we think about how safety effects and should be applied to all aspects of life – this includes pets and children.

With two dogs of my own and a little one on the way, now more than ever I have been thinking about the safety of my home. There are a lot of things to consider, so to help you ensure your home is safe for everyone living there, read on to uncover some great health and safety tips for the ones you love the most!

Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Holiday Safety

‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.

To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.

Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Contractor Compliance

Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?

Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

  • 30 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.

October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.

What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

  • 9 October 2019
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What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

Every responsible workplace should have a Safety Advisor in place that is the keeper and go-to-person for everything safety. But what makes a good Safety Advisor? Your workplace Safety Advisor has been appointed with the responsibility of ensuring your workplace is one that is a healthy and safe environment for you to be in, along with providing all staff and contractors the basic knowledge and advice of where safety features and equipment can be found (such as fire extinguishers, eye-wash stations, AEDs, safety documents and more, what to do in an emergency and ensuring the workplace is kept up-to-date on hazard assessments and certifications.

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Working in Hot Conditions

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Working in Hot Conditions

When the summer months come along, so do the heat advisories. Temperature extremes can become dangerous to your health. When working in conditions with excessive exposure to heat, heat illnesses are a concern since heat stroke is a possibility. Heat stroke can become lift threatening if not treated immediately. When I was researching for this blog, I didn’t know the different symptoms and treatments for each type of heat illness. I suggest that everyone know and understand the different symptoms and treatments that go along with each heat illness, since it could save a life.    

Determining hot working conditions depends on a number of factors such air temperature, humidity, presence of hot objects in the area, air movement, physical exertion work environment and the clothing worn. Once the conditions have been addressed and evaluated, control measures can be put in place to protect the yourself and others.

You can be challenged in a number of ways when exposed to temperature extremes. Air temperature, air movement, and humidity are all factors that need to be considered when determining protective clothing and exposure levels for the physical activity.

Recognize the signs of heat stroke and other related heat illnesses. Being aware of the signs and symptoms related to a heat illness can help keep you and the lives of others safe.

Heat Illness

Symptoms

Treatment

Heat Stroke

  • Confusion, altered mental state, slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Seizures
  • Very high body temperature
  • Call 911
  • Move the person to a shaded, cool area
  • Remove any unnecessary clothing
  • Cool the person quickly with a cold water or ice bath

Heat Exhaustion

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, nausea
  • Weakness
  • Heavy sweating
  • Elevated body temperature

 

  • Call 911
  • Move person to shaded area
  • Give the person a cool water to drink
  • Remove any unnecessary clothing

Heat Cramps

  • Muscle cramps in the legs, arms or abdomen

 

  • Drink water as well as electrolyte replacement
  • Rest for at least 1 hour and seek medical attention if cramps have not subsided

Heat Rash

  • Red clusters that look like small blisters

 

  • Move to a cooler environment
  • Keep rash area dry

 

Hot Conditions

Some ways to help prevent a heat illness during these summer months include:  

  • Have your supervisors regulate the temperature in the workplace with air movement fans or air conditioning. When controlling the temperature is not possible, measures need to be provided to assist workers to deal with heat.
  • If you’re exposed to temperatures above 37°C you need to take special precautions such as taking breaks in shaded cool areas, ensuring to drink water throughout the day to prevent heat stress and other heat related conditions.
  • You should take frequent drinks of cool liquids such as water, fruit juices or beverages with electrolytes to replenish lost fluids. Amounts will vary from person to person, however a level of 300 ml (1 cup) per hour is the recommended minimum. Avoid drinks such as coffee and tea as these dehydrate the body.
  • You need to protect yourself from over exposure from the sun as well as insects. Wear work and weather appropriate clothing. Clothing should be layered and light in weight and color and should be loose fitting to speed up evaporation. Fabric should be of a type that allows perspiration to evaporate easily.
  • If you are working outdoors, ensure to wear sunglasses or tinted safety glasses if permitted and use sunscreen of appropriate sun protection factor. Wear insect repellent to protect against insect bites.
  • Ensure to take frequent rest breaks in a shaded or cooled area. If you become dizzy or weak when working in hot temperatures, report it to your supervisor or a co-worker immediately. If you are at home ensure to inform a family member immediately. It may be a symptom of heat stroke or a heat related illness.
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