Hand Safety Spotlight

Category: culture

At this time of year, while most of us are busy enjoying the holidays and spending time with family, there are men and women working to keep the lights on around the world. The 24-hour routine of our industrial workforce and first responders is a reminder that while we may enjoy our down time, safety can never take a day off.

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High-stakes work environments pose a serious threat to workers' safety on a daily basis. From people who work at oil rigs (offshore and onshore) to firefighters responding to all sorts of emergencies (most recently the wildfires in California)—all of them face intense pressure with the added burden of lugging heavy equipment into and out of hazardous environments. And while the immediate threat to their personal safety is stressful in its own right, they have to deal with a variety of other hazards like exhaustion, extreme temperatures, and hazardous chemicals.

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All new employees working in the oil and gas industry undergo an onboarding program to become familiar with the nature of their job and how their new company operates. A big part of that training is (or should be) health, safety and environment (HSE) training to reduce the risks of workplace-related incidents and injuries — with hand injuries being one of the top reasons for workers ending up in the hospital.

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Organizational learning requires a continuous assessment of performance and an examination of successes and failures. With consistent process improvement — a component of modern quality management — an organization can assess, tailor, and implement its processes to achieve business goals and ensure long-term growth.

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Focus on the storm You can't turn on your TV, scroll through your social feeds or listen to the radio without hearing storm coverage when a severe weather system threatens part of the United States. The unknown effects of a named storm or other natural disaster have a way of grabbing our attention. As Americans, we have a hard time looking away.

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Work in the oil and gas industry has hazards that are unique to the business. If you are a stakeholder in this industry, procedural safety is undoubtedly a major concern, along with field maturity, productivity and hitting bottom line targets.

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In the oil and gas industry, workers operate under hazardous conditions day in and day out. It is an understatement to say that safety plays a key role in the sector. Protecting lives and property in and around the facility isn’t only meant to mitigate the risks of damage – it also impacts a company’s ability to operate.

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