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Hazardous Chemical Awareness

Josiah Warkentin on Jun 19, 2013 7:00:00 AM

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On April 10th of this year, more than a dozen people were taken to the hospital after being exposed to a chemical known as tetrachloride. The spill happened around 3 p.m. in a science lab basement on the Colorado College downtown campus. 12 of 13 patients were released after being treated by paramedics. A CC employee remains hospitalized as a precaution. The incident caused Olin Hall and the Barnes Science Center to be shut down for several hours.

There are so many chemical hazards all around us that it would be almost impossible to function if we focused constantly on the dangers. This is precisely why we need to consider the dangers: we must know what they are if we are to protect ourselves from them. People who work in industry are in even more danger than everyone else from workplace and toxic chemical hazards, so workers should be more cautious and prepared. Everyone should know exactly what do in case of unsafe contact with hazardous material. All employees should know definition of hazardous chemicals, the ways hazardous chemicals can kill or injure, and what to do to remain safe from chemical hazards.

Awareness of chemical hazards can save lives.

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Safe Use of Fire Extinguishers

Josiah Warkentin on Jun 16, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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“In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.” National Fire Protection Association

Due to the large number of fires in the United States, both residential and industrial, fire extinguishers should be available in any building in case of a fire. There are many types of fire extinguishers, each meant for specific fires. Using the wrong extinguisher has caused fires to get bigger, explosions to happen, and other things as well. Knowing which extinguisher to use for different situations can prevent a disaster from becoming a catastrophe.

Five Classifications of Fire Extinguishers

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Josiah Warkentin on Jun 13, 2013 9:00:00 PM

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In May 2010, Luis Zaruma, a construction foreman on a Brooklyn site, fell to his death from the fifth floor of the building under construction. Such falls are not uncommon occurrence. Falls cause 35% of deaths in industry and claim the lives of over 250 workers every year (http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html). Slips and trips lead to falls. The number of falling deaths would greatly decrease if the causes of slips and trips were removed from the environment. Knowing how to be safe in the workplace saves lives.

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5 Must haves for Young Farm Workers and Pesticides

Young farm workers suffer more than 23,000 injuries and 300 fatalities on American farms every year. Using survey data collected from a random sample of working teens (ages 14 to 17) in North Carolina… the data shows that teens working on farms in North Carolina are exposed to significant safety hazards throughout their farm working careers. A majority of the respondents in this group of farmworkers reported exposure to tractors, large animals, all-terrain vehicles, farm trucks, and rotary mowers, and more than one-third reported exposure to pesticides and tobacco harvesters.” Schulman MD, Evensen CT, Runyan CW, Cohen LR, Dunn KA. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10177151)

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Safety Issues for Young Agriculture Workers

Agriculture rarely tops the “news of the day” unless there is a food recall or a drastic increase in the price of commodities. On any given day, agriculture and those who work in it don’t play a major role in the public’s daily thought menu.

Consequently, the general public does not give much thought to the dangers in agriculture and particularly the dangers faced by youth in agriculture. Agriculture has one of the highest injury rates of any professional field, and has many hazards that can severely injure or kill.

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Compressed Air Tools and Safety

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