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Common Workplace Hazards & Simple Solutions

Safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Spotting the various workplace hazards requires diligence. It is vital that leadership sets the example to identify and address all areas that pose a risk to workers’ safety.

Confined Spaces

Confined spaces pose many hazards in various and sometimes unexpected workplaces. Some examples of confined spaces are, manholes, pits, septic tanks, silos, vats, boilers, and pipelines. OSHA defines a confined space as one that is: large enough for a worker to enter completely and perform assigned tasks; not designed for continuous occupancy by workers (or anyone else); and has a limited or restricted means of entry or exit. What makes confined spaces particularly dangerous is the risk of exposure to atmospheric toxins or other hazards. Unfortunately, asphyxiation is the leading cause of death in confined spaces. Adding to the tragedy, often the person attempting to rescue a coworker falls victim and is injured or killed.


In order to insure safe use of chemicals in the workplace, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires facilities to keep an inventory of all products. Mark down the chemical’s expiration date, and use the chemical by that date or dispose of it properly. Transferring chemicals from one container to another is another potential hazardous situation. All chemicals must be labeled according to the hazcom standard.


In order for lockout/tagout procedures to actually protect workers as intended, the procedures must be followed every single time. Implementation of the procedures is not optional. It is also important to have regular inspection of equipment to ensure no faulty equipment is being used. Training on proper procedures as well as emphasizing the importance of following through each and every time will go a long way to keep workers as safe as possible.


Forklifts are used in a wide variety of jobs. According to OSHA, forklift operators and employees working around these operations are at risk of hazards such as collisions, falls, tip-overs, and struck-by conditions. Some basic instructions for forklift use include, always operate the vehicle according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always wear a seatbelt when the forklift has one. Never exceed the rated load and ensure it is stable and balanced. Do not raise or lower the load while traveling. Keep a safe distance from platform and ramp edges. Be aware of other vehicles in the work area. As always, training is the key to keeping forklift operators and others safe.

Simple Soultions

At NSC we offer affordable training solutions for each of these common workplace hazards. Our Confined Space Entry Course will train construction workers on proper processes and precautions working in and around confined and permit-required confined spaces. We also offer a variety of products to meet the needs of Chemical Safety in the workplace. To address Lockout/Tagout we carry training materials and workplace posters to help remind workers to follow the safety procedures. Finally we have posters, booklets, and training courses that cover Forklift Safety.

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