Safety Reboot Magazine Focuses on: Why Extended Hours is Dangerous in the Workplace; Why Custodial Work Can be Dangerous; and Improving Safety for Roofers

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This week, Safety Reboot Magazine features a series on "Preventable Accidents in the Workplace" including coverage of: extended work-hour dangers; the growing risk to custodial and janitorial workers; and, the dangerous occupation of roofers.

Safety Reboot Magazine for July 10 covers three important safety issues in the workplace, with special focus on extended hours, rooftop safety for roofers, and safety for custodial workers.

Fatigue, lack of safety equipment and poor training account for an increasing number of accidents in the estimated 317 million accidents occur on the job annually.

Fatigue, lack of safety equipment and poor training account for an increasing number of accidents in the workplace, according to a series of articles in Safety Reboot. The articles highlight safety issues that contribute to the alarming workplace accident statistics—an estimated 317 million accidents occur on the job annually, according to the International Labor Organization [1]. Three features continue to explore "preventable workplace accidents."

Safety Issue: "Extended Work Hours May Lead to Fatigue"
Working longer shifts has been associated with increased fatigue and sleep loss. Extended work periods, especially up to sixteen hours or more, can interfere with one’s eating and sleeping habits, which may adversely affect workers’ health. Studies show that fatigue or exhaustion is one of the most common complaints of workers, especially among women. WorkSafeBC reports that the effects of being awake for more than sixteen hours are equivalent to having significant blood alcohol levels.

The effects of fatigue include reduced productivity, vigilance and attention, decreased ability to plan and make decisions, and increased errors of judgment, forgetfulness and risk-taking. In terms of health, fatigue can result in loss of appetite, increased susceptibility to ailments, and increased digestive problems.

Read the Full Article and Employer Guidelines for Extending Workdays Safely Here

Safety Issue: "Anti-Slip Footwear for Roofers"

Roofing safety has been in the news lately with a big focus on safety equipment, but little has been said about one of the most important tools in a roofer’s toolbox: his shoes. Even with all the advances made in safety shoes in recent years, there are still very few “roofer specialized” options available. According to experts at Mister Safety Shoes, key considerations include: flexibility, height on ankle, fit on foot, and good grip—a non-slip sole.

Good gripping ability is the first requirement for any pair of roofing footwear. The sole must grip the roof material completely, but it must not be too sticky or tacky lest it cause tripping. The sole must also hold up to extreme heat and protect the worker from this heat and the everyday shock of working standing up and in often awkward positions. Many roofers find that inserts are not an acceptable solution for this, as they can slide and bunch when working on pitched roofs.

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Safety Issue: "Custodial Work is the 16th Most Dangerous Occupation in the U.S."
Housekeeper, maid, custodian and janitors are at great risk of getting hurt on the job. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in 2010 alone there were over 46,000 injuries to custodial workers on the job. This makes it the sixteenth most dangerous occupation in the country.

The right equipment is among the recommendations made in this feature. Recommendations include extension poles to avoid over-reaching, non-slip shoes to avoid slips and falls when cleaning, gloves and eye protection when handling potentially hazardous chemicals, and back braces when lifting heavy loads.

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About Safety Reboot
Safety Reboot is a leading online magazine dedicated to worker safety news and information helpful to Canadian workplaces.

News Beats Include:
Canadian Safety Regulations and Laws
Canadian Safety News
Feature beats include
Preventable Accidents
Education and Training
Safety Equipment
Top Five Hidden Dangers

[1] http:// International Labour Organization

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