Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and does their part to promote safety. Here are the Top 10 most-clicked-on posts of 2015, starting with the one viewed most.
1) Time to start planning for NAOSH Week – This post features a video (see below) that spoofs the TV show Law & Order by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, who won Most Innovative entry for it in 2014.
2) Go Ergo adds fun to its safety message – This musical message – brought to you from the Oregon State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) – reminds us how to adjust an office workspace to the right ergonomic fit.
3) Lack of planning leads to construction worker’s injury – A prime contractor “failed to adequately instruct the construction safety officer (CSO) at this jobsite by providing site-specific safe work procedures for working above or below other workers.”
4) Arming workers and gardeners against fire ants – Wearing long sleeves and pants tucked into your boots can save you from “a burning sensation develops and can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The burning is followed by itchiness that can last up to a week.”
5) A change in perspective drives new tools for agriculture – The Tractor and Equipment Safety Initiative asks employers to revisit their existing safety procedures and develop a safety plan for working with equipment and machinery.
6) Toolbox talks made easier and available online – A selection of toolbox talks is available on the WorkSafeBC website – and they include a page for workers to sign. This makes it easier for employers to be sure the information reaches everyone who needs to know it.
7) New safety tools for agriculture industry – This post describes three new resources: an app called My Confined Spaces, a field guide called Health and Safety in Ranching, and an infoflip version of Health and Safety in Ranching.
8) Share your safety selfies during NAOSH Week – I posted one of my own, showing how I try to keep safe from fire ants, which really freak me out! Ack!
9) What if an earthquake happens when you’re at work? – The safest place to be during an earthquake is under a sturdy table or desk – so don’t pile a bunch of stuff under your desk. I’ve done this in the past, and hadn’t thought of this before.
10) Biohazards found in water from floods and leaks – A WorkSafeBC bulletin reminds us that “During a flood, chemicals that can harm your health might be released from businesses, homes, and other sources into the water.”
See you next year
This is my last post for 2015 – so I’d like to wish you happy holidays. I’ll be back to speak more about safety on January 6, 2016.