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Keeping Your Employees Safe Inside and Outside of the Workplace: September 2016

Keeping employees safe in the workplace is extremely important and Safety Meeting Outlines provides many tips and resources to keep your company on track. However, it is also important to keep in mind the safety of your employees and their families at home and how you can help them maintain a protected environment to go home to each night. Employers want their employees to be productive and employees want to be able to show up to work and make money. If your employee has a broken leg, whether he broke it at home or at work he is not going to be as productive being a carpenter, but the work still needs to be completed. If one of your employee’s child is in the hospital, he will not be at work or he will be and may be distracted, putting himself and others in danger.

Safety Meeting Outlines seeks to help keep find ways to keep your employees safe inside and outside the workplace. There are many resources we have to offer and want to help keep your company and employees safe and productive. For example, we promote household hazardous chemical safety and seek to provide resources for those who feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed or that precautions should be taken in their home to provide a safe place for them and their families to live.

Resources for Household Hazardous Chemical Safety

Two key resources we found helpful information from to help make your home safe and bring awareness to household hazardous chemicals are The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We believe it is important to be aware of the common household chemical hazards and both websites provide useful information and solutions that you can do yourself to keep you and your family safe and educated on these harmful chemicals and products.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Prevention Tips

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides common household hazardous waste and some common solutions. Leftover household products that can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances include paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides. All of these products can have hazardous ingredients and it is is necessary to use special care and instructions when you get rid of them. To start, it is important that you always monitor the use, storage and disposal of products with hazardous substances in your home. If you get rid of the products incorrectly, such as pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers or in putting them with you regular trash, you run the risk of bringing harmful long or short term effects to your home, family, pets and yourself depending on the product and chemical.

Some general safety tips to prevent any harm in your home include follow instructions for use and storage of a product, read product labels for disposal directions, never store hazardous products in food containers and check with your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for how to manage these products or chemicals in your area.

Learn about Lead Exposure and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help inform us about lead and how lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Young children are the most susceptible, typically under the age of 6, because they are growing and tend to put their hands or other objects, which could contain lead dust, into their mouths. Children love to explore and play and are unaware of the dangers of lead paint and dust, which is why it is important to create an environment where this is not an issue. The main goal is the prevent lead exposure before children are harmed and to do so you have to identify if anything in their environment contains and if so, control or remove it safely.

A couple of tips for prevention include talk to your state or local health department about testing paint and dust from your home for lead, make sure your child does not have access to peeling paint or other chewable/easy to grab surfaces that have lead-based paint on them, create barriers between living and play areas that may possibly contain lead if you have no gotten them checked out or are waiting to, routinely wash children’s hands and toys and routinely mop floors and wipe windows.

Safety Meeting Outlines seeks to provide you with the resources to keep your employees safe inside and outside of work. You want your employees to be productive and with a safe home environment they will be able to maintain the health and safety of themselves and their families, allowing for them to come to work focused and ready to work each day.

Courtesy of: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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