Maalt Safety Moment – Complacency in the Workplace

Subject: Maalt Safety Moment – Complacency in the Workplace

Complacency in the workplace. Never letting your guard down will maintain a level of safety. Be sure to identify and report all worksite hazards, report near misses, and use stop work authority to reassess the situation. Have a Great Day!

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Take 5 For Safety – Preventing Strains & Sprains

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Preventing Strains & Sprains

This Safety Meeting Outline is structured to help you apply general material handling rules to specific activities in which your employees are involved. You can choose work activities which apply to these principles and structure your safety meeting presentation to address them.
1. Identify a task involving material handling (lifting, pushing, carrying, setting down, etc.).
2. Break the task down into its most basic steps. What does the worker do? (Example: lift a case of material from a truck bed, turn and carry it to a location in the building where it is set on the ground).
3. Apply the lifting principles shown below, as applicable:

PRE-LIFT TIPS
LIFTING FROM GROUND LEVEL
LIFTING FROM OVERHEAD
LIFTING FROM A SHELF, DESK, ETC.
SETTING LOADS DOWN
TIPS WHEN CARRYING MOVING CARTS, HANGING LOADS
Determine the weight of the load to be lifted or carried.
Are you able to do it alone? Is help or mechanical assistance needed?
Does the size/shape of the load present any problem?
Will you have to turn/change direction while carrying the load?
Is the route you will take clear of obstructions, slip, trip, or fall hazards?
Do you have a back support belt, and are you wearing it properly? Get as close as possible to the load.
Bend your knees, not your back.
Get a good grip on the object and test its weight.
Keep the load close to your body and lift using your legs.
Be aware of your balance and what part of your body is doing the work. It should be your legs. Make certain you are standing on a stable surface before you attempt the lift.
Test the load to be sure you can lift it safely.
Bring the object off the shelf or support carefully, maintaining your balance.
While maintaining control of the load, bring it down to waist level.
Whatever the task, GET HELP for heavy loads! Pull the load close to your body and test it for weight.
Shift the weight of the load to your legs by keeping it close.
Avoid reaching and lifting at the same time. Bend your knees, not your waist.
Set down the corner or edge of the object closest to you first – keeping your fingers out from under the load Look ahead to make certain the way is clear.
Set the load down if it becomes too heavy or unstable.
Avoid stairs when ever possible. If unavoidable, use the banister or wall or to help you maintain balance.
Have someone open doors, gates, etc. for you.
Change direction by moving your feet not your hips.
Keep shoulders, hips and feet pointing the same direction.
Never twist at the waist while carrying a load. Remember to push, not pull whenever possible.
Position the load so that your legs supply the force.
Use hands and arms for control and direction of the load.
Keep hands & fingers inside the load whenever possible.
Watch for pinch or shear points on carts, dollies or hoists.

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Take 5 For Safety – General Safety – Repeaters

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General Safety – Repeaters

How many times have you been hurt at work, or even at home for that matter? How about the person next to you doing the same job? Are you hurt more often than your co-workers? If so, why?

Some individuals might say they are “accident prone”. But it is not that simple. Your tendency to have accidents is nothing more than the outcome of more specific problems. As an example, are you frequently tripping over items on the floor? Is that a sign of you being “accident prone” or of poor housekeeping? I say it is poor housekeeping.

We all have physical limitations. It is important these are not exceeded. Do you know your limitations? Remember, they change with age. As an example, at age 40 you need much more light to see than you did when you were 20. You may have been able to work without additional lighting several years ago, but not now. You need to adapt.

Problems are not always physical. Stresses of various types have been shown to cause an increase in illness and injury. The top five stressors are rather dramatic. They are: (1) Death of a spouse; (2) divorce; (3) marital separation; (4) sudden death of a family member and (5) a jail term. While these deal with activities away from work, work itself can introduce new stresses that could increase the likelihood of injury. Examples would include a change in supervisor, work conditions, or work hours.

So there are no stresses in your life? Let’s ask more questions. How well do you like your job? Some studies have suggested a link between injury and job satisfaction. The less you like your job or the people you work with, the more likely an injury will occur.

Do you understand your job or the instructions given? If not, this could be the problem. Do you really listen to instructions? Do you use the appropriate personal protective equipment consistently?

As you can see, there may be a number of reasons why you or your co-worker are “accident prone”. It is not inevitable. With conscious effort, behavior can be changed. Think about the reasons and make the changes necessary to end the injury cycle. There is no acceptable reason for you to be a victim time after time.

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Maalt Safety Moment – Teen Drivers

Subject: Maalt Safety Moment – Teen Drivers

Teen Drivers. Please be aware of new teen motorists on the road as the new school year has begun in the past few weeks. Be extra cautious around school zones and remember many school sports teams have games on Friday Evening. Have a Great Day!

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Take 5 For Safety – Over The Counter Medications

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Over The Counter Medications

Flu, cold, or allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, or a general achy feeling, can incapacitate some people to the point that they must stay home to recover. Others push on because they have deadlines to meet, no sick pay, or feel the company will fall apart without them. These people very likely take whatever over-the-counter medicines they feel are necessary to alleviate the discomfort of their symptoms. The typical “cold medications” are antihistamines or decongestants or a combination of both. Unfortunately, the side effects of these drugs can be dangerous depending on the use and dosage. Many non-prescription drugs cause drowsiness, inattentiveness, or impair one’s ability to concentrate or make decisions, drive a car, operate machinery, and can slow down your reflexes to some degree.

If you really can’t stay home when you are sick, and must take over-the-counter medications, keep these rules in mind:

Follow recommended dosages: Twice the dosage won’t make you feel twice as good but will make you more drowsy and less able to concentrate. Contrary to popular belief, doubling the dose does not double the relief. Doubling the dosage markedly increases the potential side effects without making a big difference in the symptoms you are trying to alleviate. The dosage on the package is effective and should be followed.

Don’t use combination medicines: If you need a decongestant, take a decongestant. If an antihistamine is needed, take one, but avoid multi-ingredient products.

Don’t mix over-the-counter medications or use along with prescription drugs: The side effects of mixing different medications can be severe and are often unpredictable. Individuals who are already on prescription medication should check with their doctor or pharmacist before mixing prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Read the label: Many over-the-counter medicines have warnings about such things as operating machinery, driving, and drinking alcohol when taking the medication. Believe the label warnings as they are there for one reason, your safety. Ignoring these warnings can make the effects of over-the-counter drugs even more pronounced, and potentially dangerous.

Find something that works and stick with it: Don’t change remedies every few days. Side effects usually diminish after a week or so of use. Try new medications over the weekend, so if side effects do occur, they won’t jeopardize your safety.

Don’t underestimate the dangers that over-the-counter medications can cause to your safety.
Consult your physician if you questions or if adverse symptoms persist.

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Maalt Safety Moment – Respirators

Subject: Maalt Safety Moment – Respirators
Respirators. Please remember to clean and inspect your respirators on a daily basis as part of your “daily check off list” prior to starting your day. Keep in mind it is recommended to change your filters every 90 days or sooner. Have a Great Day!

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Take 5 For Safety – Lift it Twice

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Lift it Twice

Most of you have heard the general rules of safe lifting. Remember to “Get a firm grip on the load, keep it close, bend at the knees, use your legs to lift the load, and keep your spine in the natural position (with an arch in your lower back).” These principles always apply and should be incorporated into every lift–if possible! Given the enormous number of “risky” lifting situations that you are faced with at your place of work, you may not be able to apply these principles every time. This is why you must always remember to LIFT IT TWICE! What?!

The act of lifting is the same as any other movement that you can learn to do better with practice. As you know, the more you practice a skill the better you become at doing it. But preparing to master a skill normally involves mental as well as physical training. Consider bowling, golf, skiing or sharpshooting. You think carefully about the movements you’re going to make before you do them. This is the only way to get them right–at least until they become second nature.

Most of you know the proper way to physically lift an item, but how many of you are aware that you need to lift the item TWICE.

1. Your first lift is a mental lift. Think about the lift prior to actually doing it:
* How am I going to lift the item? Can I do it myself or should I get some help?
* How heavy is the item? Do I need to use mechanical assistance?
* Where am I taking the item being lifted? Is it a difficult path or a distance to go?
* What hazards may hamper the lift or obstruct the travel path?
* Eliminate those hazards before you lift the item.
* 2. The second lift is the actual physical lift. Here is where you carry out your plan.
* Use proper body mechanics and techniques while going through the motions.
* Most important: keep the load as close to your body as possible.

Next time someone tells you to lift twice remember: Two lifts means less risk of a back strain.

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Maalt Safety Moment – Reduce Speed for Conditions

Subject: Maalt Safety Moment – Reduce Speed for Conditions

Reduce Speed for Conditions. Please remember to reduce your speed for conditions. You’re probably thinking, it’s been sunny and hot, we haven’t had rain in a while? This also applies to dry backcountry roads. If you are driving left of center, you are driving too fast for conditions. Have a Great Day!

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Take 5 For Safety – Make The Best Use of Your First Aid Kit

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Make The Best Use of Your First Aid Kit

Are only Band-Aids® and aspirin taken from the first aid kit most of the time-because you or your coworkers aren’t sure how to use the other supplies? First-aid kits can be stocked with a variety of items, but most kits have a common assortment of supplies. As with any tool, you must know how to use these products to get the best results. In this safety meeting, typical supplies and their uses will be described, to help make this helpful “tool kit” most effective for you.
* Absorbent Gauze: Use these to clean a wound or to apply first-aid or antiseptic cream.
* Adhesive Bandages: Different sizes and shapes are provided to protect minor scrapes and cuts after they have been cleaned and medicated.
* Adhesive Tape: For securing wound dressings or giving additional protection over bandages.
* Antacid Tablets: For indigestion or heartburn.
* Antiseptic Soap or Pads: For cleaning skin or wounds.
* Bandage Compresses: Use these for applying pressure to a large wound or scrape that is bleeding. Place the compress over the wound and apply pressure to reduce bleeding.
* CPR Mouth Barrier: (e.g.: Microshield) For use as a mouth barrier in CPR resuscitation.
* Disposable Latex Gloves: The First Responder to an injury should use this protection to prevent contact with an injured person’s bodily fluids (blood, saliva, etc.).
* Elastic Bandages: For wrapping sprains and to help hold dressings or cold packs in place.
* Eye Wash: The wash bottles in a fist-aid kit are typically small. Use them to rinse very minor contaminants from the eye. All other eye injuries should seek medical care.
* First-Aid Manual: A brief guide to emergency first-aid care.
* First-Aid Ointment or Antiseptic Cream: Apply this salve to wounds that have been cleaned prior to applying a dressing.
* Gauze Roll: Gauze is used to hold flat, non-adhesive bandages in-place prior to taping. It is not a bandage, because most gauze is not a sterile dressing.
* Instant Cold Pack: Place the pack on a sprain, fracture, or severe bruise to reduce swelling.
* Microbial Hand Wipes: For First Responders’ clean-up after providing emergency care.
* Pain Relievers: (e.g., Aspirin, Acetaminophen or Tylenol®) For minor aches or pains, as the package directs.
* Scissors: For cutting clothing, tape or bandages and providing a better fit around the wound.
* Triangular Bandage: Used to create a sling for supporting an injured hand or arm or as protection over a large dressing.
* Tweezers: For removing foreign bodies from minor injuries. Not for use on eye injuries.
* Wound Cleanser Wipes: Use these singlet wipes to clean minor scrapes or cuts before applying antiseptic and adhesive bandages.

Use first aid kits for minor injuries and during emergencies before medics arrive to treat serious injuries. So, know what supplies are in your kits–and make the best use of them.
Be sure to let your supervisor know if your kit needs to be restocked!

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Maalt Safety Moment – Well Site Safety

Subject: Maalt Safety Moment – Well Site Safety

Well Site Safety and You. Please remember when working on the wellsite to ensure you’re wearing the proper footwear (steel toe boots), FRC, Hearing Protection, Respirator along with company issued Impact Resistant Gloves. Have a Great Day!

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