It is well established that high safety performance not only promotes the health and safety of personnel, but also positively impacts the organization's reputation. A key aspect of establishing and maintaining a high safety performance is having an experienced and knowledgeable safety representative whose priorities and objectives are aligned with your organization. The challenge is finding the right person for the job, that has the skillset, an effective approach and is available within your timeline.
The resources and time it takes to effectively hire a site safety professional is daunting. There are four metrics to the hiring process sourcing, screening, interviewing and hiring. To effectively complete all of these steps takes time and money. Another challenge can be keeping the site safety professional from leaving the project before it is complete. If this happens, the company is forced to start at the beginning of the process to backfill the position which cost more time and money.
Working with a safety consulting company like Trinity Safety Group for safety staffing needs has several advantages over hiring your own full-time safety employee. The bottom line is when you use a safety consulting company the risk is transfered, they become a turn-key solution. Beyond the inital benefit, most firms like Trinity Safety Group has many safety professionals on staff with diverse experience and expertise. Now you have a team of safety professionals at your finger tips when that need arises. When you hire a reputable firm you should get the following:
A professional safety staffing service is focused and equipped to provide you with experienced professionals whose expertise matches your project. The staffing service will carefully evaluate each project and ensure that you work with only the most qualified team members.
According to NACE, the average time from interview to offer is 22.5 days. Consider the time spent writing up the position description, posting the position, gathering and reviewing resumes, and scheduling interviews, and analyzing all qualified candidates before even making the offer, and you'll realize how quickly it adds up. A safety staffing service understands what you need for the job and has refined, smooth processes to quickly fill your position.
In addition to the benefit of having an experienced staff ready to hit the ground running, there are substantial cost advantages to choosing a staffing service to staff your project versus hiring a permanent staff member. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average direct cost for a new employee is $57,967.88 including basic wages, benefits, and taxes. Add in costly overtime during the vacancy of the position, recruiting and advertising costs, screening and testing costs, and this number can quickly grow exponentially.
By using a safety staffing service, you save costs in several areas, including:
A staffing service has access to a wide pool of highly qualified candidates. They can provide you with safety professionals anywhere in the country. No matter where the project is located, how big or small, a safety staffing service will work with you on each and every staffing need. Established safety staffing agencies often work with professionals and skilled workers who are open to short term, project, or part time work that have strong backgrounds in their field. Having experienced talent that can quickly come in and adapt to your position can provide you with great flexibility.
After spending all of the time, money, resources, and effort in the hiring process, you want to be sure that your hire is a good one. Partnering with a safety staffing service will give you the peace of mind and confidence to know that you're hiring someone who will live up to expectations.
When it comes to your safety staff you cannot take chances. Find a reputable safety consulting firm who specializes in safety staffing to reduce the burnden of finding the right safety professional in a timely manner.
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Obviously, you want your company to be safe. But what if you don't have a formal safety program in place? Where do you begin? How do you bring the entire company on board and help your employees catch the vision? We are often asked these same questions.
If your company is starting from scratch, establishing a safety program can seem like a daunting task. But it is very important. That's why we've put together this blog post - to help you easily implement a solid safety program.
1. Develop a plan of action that includes both management and employee involvement.
It's essential to develop a program that will meet the needs of everyone within your organization. However, a binder filled with procedures is not going to help your employees stay safe. That's why we recommend employee safety representatives are part of the process. This will encourage their continued support and participation.
2. Designate a health and safety representative.
As with any good plan, you will need to assign someone to take this responsibility. This individual must have authority to do the job and the ability to work and interact with employees at all levels within the company. Choose someone that has the knowledge of both the facility and general safety requirements. The designated person should be credible knowledgeable about the operations. Management must give adequate resources (time, authority, money) to develop an effective program.
3. Determine the health and safety requirements of the specific workplace and operations.
In order to succeed, you need to figure out the established requirements associated with your company's location, operations and equipment. This will help you develop a hazard assessment strategy, pinpoint hazardous areas and procedures (causing significant injury or illness) and provide the background for correction and control strategies.
To aid with this, you will need to look into:
4. Conduct a hazard assessment of the workplace
Your ultimate goal is to identify and prevent hazards. Develop an initial plan for assessing the workplace with a comprehensive safety and health survey. During the initial survey, you will want to identify any hazardous situations and all violations of laws, regulations or standards.
Effective strategies for an initial workplace survey include:
Step 5: Correct identified hazards.
Once identified, you should promptly correct all hazards. This will build credibility of your company's health and safety policy. Financial resources may be required to correct some hazards. Every reasonable effort must be made to provide adequate funding to protect the workplace safety and health of your company. If a complete correction of a hazard is delayed, interim measures may be necessary in some instances.
Step 6: Keep the workplace hazard-free.
Once hazards are corrected, ensure that the workplace remains hazard-free. Rules and procedures should be clearly stated and understandable. Although it is not always required, work rules and emergency procedures be in writing.
Once the procedures are established, it is important to develop a means for enforcing them. Enforcement is particularly important initially, when management will experience the most resistance to the new rules and procedures.
Step 7: Train Employees in Safety and Health.
We strongly recommend training employees in safety and health. Train employees about how companyâ€™s safety and health program will benefit them and they will make the program work. Retraining is wise (we recommend annually), since health and safety are long-term commitments. Similarly, training should be required for all new employees.
Step 8: Keep the program up-to-date and effective.
At this point, most of your hard work is done. However, it's important to maintain the new, safer environment you've created. Don't forget to document all the work you've done so it can be reviewed to determine program effectiveness down the road.
By following these easy 8 steps, you are well on your way to establishing a safety program. Have questions? Give us a call, we're happy to help.
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Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Burns may also occur as a result of accidental contact with hot surfaces or steam.
Workers at risk of heat stress include outdoor workers and workers in hot environments such as firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, and others. Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are 65 years of age or older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.
Prevention of heat stress in workers is important. Employers should provide training to workers so they understand what heat stress is, how it affects their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.
TYPES OF HEAT STRESS:
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.
Symptoms of heat stroke include:
Take the following steps to treat a worker with heat stroke:
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Workers most prone to heat exhaustion are those that are elderly, have high blood pressure, and those working in a hot environment.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
Treat a worker suffering from heat exhaustion with the following:
Heat syncope is a fainting (syncope) episode or dizziness that usually occurs with prolonged standing or sudden rising from a sitting or lying position. Factors that may contribute to heat syncope include dehydration and lack of acclimatization.
Symptoms of heat syncope include:
Workers with heat syncope should:
Heat cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.
Muscle pain or spasms usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs.
Workers with heat cramps should:
Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather.
Symptoms of heat rash include:
Workers experiencing heat rash should:
Recommendations for Employers
Employers should take the following steps to protect workers from heat stress:
Recommendations for Workers
Workers should avoid exposure to extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible. When these exposures cannot be avoided, workers should take the following steps to prevent heat stress:
NIOSH: Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hot Environments (Revised Criteria 1986)
This document presents the criteria, techniques, and procedures for the assessment, evaluation, and control of occupational heat stress by engineering and preventive work practices. Included are ways of predicting health risks, procedures for control of heat stress, and techniques for prevention and treatment of heat-related illnesses.
NIOSH: Working in Hot Environments
Workers who are suddenly exposed to working in a hot environment face additional and generally avoidable hazards to their safety and health. This publication discusses the safety and health consequences of heat stress.
Health Hazard Evaluations
Other Government Resources
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety and Health Topics: Heat Stress
Provides a guide to information regarding the recognition, evaluation, control, and compliance actions involving heat stress.
OSHA Technical Manual Section III: Chapter 4 - Heat Stress
Provides descriptions of heat disorders, investigative guidelines, sampling methods, control, and PPE.
OSHA Sawmills eTool: Heat Stresses
Provides information on the hazards of heat stress and possible solutions or controls.
OSHA Fact Sheet: Protecting Workers from Effects of Heat [PDF - 22 KB]
Provides information that will help workers understand what heat stress is, how it may affect their health and safety, and how it can be prevented.
OSHA Fact Sheet: Working Outdoors in Warm Climates [PDF - 25 KB]
Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them.
NOAA: Heat Wave - A Major Summer Killer [PDF - 268 KB]
Provides general information regarding the recognition and control of heat stress.
Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA): Heat Stress - What to Do.
Provides documents related to heat stress in the mining industry.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): Wildland Fire Safety - Heat Stress
This brochure focuses on the risks of heat stress, and what the firefighter should do to minimize those risks.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) - Ergonomics of the Thermal Environment: Analytical Determination and Interpretation of Heat Stress Using Calculation of the Predicted Heat Strain
This document specifies a method for the analytical evaluation and interpretation of the thermal stress experienced by a subject in a hot environment. It describes a method for predicting the sweat rate and the internal core temperature that the human body will develop in response to the working conditions.
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ANSI - Ergonomics of the Thermal Environment: Medical Supervision of Individuals Exposed to Extreme Hot or Cold Environments
This International Standard provides advice to those concerned with the safety of human exposures to extreme hot or cold thermal environments.
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ANSI - Hot environments: Estimation of the Heat Stress on Working Man, Based on the WBGT-index (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature)
This document gives a method, which can easily be used in an industrial environment for evaluating the stresses on a individual. It applies to the evaluation of the mean effect of heat on man during a period representative of his activity but it does not apply to very short periods, nor to zones of comfort.
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"Verkler, Inc. has used the services of Trinity Group for the last year for on-site inspections and training. We have found them to be professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable about safety and accident prevention thru effective training. We will continue to use their services because of the excellent results we have gotten in fewer injuries and helping us maintain a low EMR."