According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 5 million workers in the U.S. are required to wear respirators. In more than a million workplaces across the country, this essential safety gear protects workers in environments where it would be unsafe to breathe without one. However, even though respirators are mandated, OSHA notes that thousands fall ill each year and hundreds die due to respiratory issues. To ensure that your workplace exemplifies the highest standard of safety, consider these five tips for promoting respiratory safety in the workplace:
Workplace Hand Protection - According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 non-fatal occupational injuries occurred to the hands and wrists in 2013 alone. As the hands are one of your body's most important tools, injuries can result in missed days of work, pain when performing tasks, or reduced work efficiency.