Everything you need to know about welding safety

The act of welding is used in a variety of industries including shipyards, marine terminals and the construction industry.

Always wear protective gear such as goggles, a face mask or gloves to ensure safety while welding.

Always wear protective gear such as goggles, a face mask or gloves to ensure safety while welding.

According to the American Welding Society, fumes from welding can contain hazardous compounds of chromium including hexavalent chromium and nickel. It is important that employees not only understand these risks, but can protect themselves against them as well.

These fumes can cause short-term adverse health effects such as headaches, dizziness and respiratory irritation. It also have serious long-term effects on health including the ability to cause cancer.

To avoid these effects take the following tips into consideration: Continue reading

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Preventing sexual harassment in management and superior positions

Sexual harassment has no place in a work environment for employees of either gender.

Sexual harassment has no place in a work environment for employees of either gender.

Sexual harassment has no place in a professional setting. It creates a tense, uncomfortable space for both the victim and those around them. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Sexual harassment can hinder an overall workplace dynamic, and can be considered a range of actions or words including:

  • Physical contact or threats
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Verbal communication.

Sexual harassment training and prevention begins with management. If supervisors are trained on how to notice, intervene or stop harassment, employees may feel more comfortable to step forward or take a stand. Some tips to remember when dealing with sexual harassment allegations include: Continue reading

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Four back injury prevention tips

Protect your back at work with injury prevention techniques.

Protect your back at work with injury prevention techniques.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five workers suffer from back injuries in the workplace, accounting for almost one million employees every year. Back injuries can occur in almost any job field but happen most often when lifting and moving.

Back injuries can be caused by a range of factors including:

  • Bending while lifting
  • Fatigue
  • Lifting with too much force
  • Poor footing, such as hazardous work areas
  • Reaching while lifting
  • Remaining in one position for a long duration of time
  • Repetitive motions or lifting practices.

Some back injury prevention techniques include: Continue reading

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Do you follow proper eye protection protocols?

Are you completely protecting yourself against potential eye hazard injuries?

Are you completely protecting yourself against potential eye hazard injuries?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 2,000 U.S. workers injure their eyes during job-related activities, resulting in the need for medical attention.

A majority of these injuries result from small particles or objects hitting the eye. Examples include:

  • Cement chips
  • Dust
  • Metal slivers
  • Wood chips

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5 retail customer service tips

Great customer service starts with you.

Great customer service starts with you.

Customer service is one of the most important aspects that can affect retail business. Employees on the frontline, the cash registers and service booth, are often the first and last people customers interact with. Do your employees have the skills it takes to keep customers satisfied and willing to return? Refresh their people skills and service help with the following five tips. Continue reading

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