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Hazard Warning for Roasting Coffee

Roasting coffee beans has been linked to a severe health hazard known as bronchiolitis obliterans, sometimes referred to as obstructive lung disease or popcorn lung.

A Bit of History

This condition came to prominence decades ago (more…)

Walk Safely on Ice (Like a Penguin)

This entry is part of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders.

No matter how well the snow and ice is cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.

Consider these tips: (more…)

8 Electrical Safety Tips

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, maintenance personnel, and others work with electricity directly, including minor electrical repairs to work on cable harnesses and circuit assemblies. Office workers, retail, hospitality, contractor, restaurant, and other employees work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.

Normal wear on extension cords can loosen or expose wires. Cords that are not 3-wire type, are not designed for hard usage, or that have been modified increase your risk of contacting electric current and receiving an electric shock.

Follow these tips when using devices powered by electricity: (more…)

Speak Up About Safety: 5 Steps to Building a Safety Culture in the Workplace

We are all born with instincts – those “gut reactions” that tell us what is right or wrong, safe or dangerous, good or bad. They’re vital to our survival and help us navigate through life. Even though this is a natural reaction produced without any effort, these feelings can be ignored. In a high-stress situation, we may overlook the safest option in favor of a quicker alternative. Sometimes this results in an unsafe situation for ourselves or those around us. This becomes especially dangerous in the workplace. (more…)

5 Tips to Avoid Falls in Slippery Work Environments

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Employees who work in slippery conditions, such as kitchens or grocery food prep areas are often subject to slips and falls due to floor conditions. Cooking with oil and working with water, ice, or other food materials can cause a very hazardous surface, especially when combined with staff hurrying due to their workload. This may result in frequent slips and falls.

Remember these tips to reduce slip and fall risks in wet or oily working environments: (more…)

10 Tips for Controlling Kitchen Electrical Hazards

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Safe With Society

As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.

Electric shock is a frequent cause of kitchen injuries. Electricity in combination with wet floors, wet food preparation surfaces and dishwashing equipment can pose a serious hazard.

The following hazards may cause electric shock: (more…)

Updates to OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Effective 1-1-15

OSHA’s final rule on reporting that requires employers to notify the agency when a workplace fatality or serious injury occurs goes into effect January 1, 2015. The agency announced changes to its requirements for injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting on September 11, 2014. The final rule includes minor changes from the rule that OSHA proposed in June 2011, including: (more…)

Working in Traffic: 6 Important Safety Precautions (Part 2 of 2)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Working in Traffic

Working in traffic is a dangerous job, and it is easy for workers and drivers to become confused and frustrated as they navigate through construction zones. In this two-part blog series, I share ways to prevent, or even eliminate, work zone injuries and fatalities with a strong focus on safety.

Now that you have assessed the unique dangers that may affect your worksite, let’s take a closer look at six common controls that will help to keep your employees safe when working in traffic. (more…)

Working In Traffic: Do You Know the Dangers? (Part 1 of 2)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Working in Traffic

Working in traffic is a dangerous job, and it is easy for workers and drivers to become confused and frustrated as they navigate through construction zones. In this two-part blog series, I share ways to prevent, or even eliminate, work zone injuries and fatalities with a strong focus on safety.

Summer is great! Warm weather, the smell of food cooking on the grill, the sound of kids outside enjoying the day with their friends, and, of course, the best sight of all: orange barrels.

Yes, road construction can be frustrating, especially when you are not expecting it. But keep in mind that it is also frustrating for those who are building the roads and bridges that we depend on. And not only that – it is also very dangerous. There were 609 fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones in 2012. (more…)

Housekeeping – It’s Not Just a Spring Thing

When we think of spring, we think of the end of a long winter, warmer weather and a fresh start. For many of us this is a time to clean out our closets, garages, and storage rooms of items that have collected over the last several months. But why should this annual tradition wait until spring? Why not create a culture where good housekeeping is a year round commitment?

Housekeeping is an essential, but sometimes left out, component of a company’s overall safety program. Some people may think this is a waste of time but when you look back through your business losses you will find that poor housekeeping, in many cases, was a contributing factor.  (more…)