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Beware of Hazardous Chemicals And Lead Paint, At Work Or In The Home

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Keeping employees safe in the workplace is extremely important, and Safety Meeting Outlines provides many tips and resources to keep your company on track. However, it is also important to keep in mind the safety of your employees and their families at home and how you can help them maintain a protected environment to go home to each night.

Employers want their employees to be productive, and employees want to be able to show up to work and make money. If your employee has a broken leg, whether they broke it at home or work, they will not be as productive as a carpenter, but the work still needs to be completed. If one of your employee's children is in the hospital, they will not be at work, or if they are, they may be distracted, putting themselves and others in danger.

Keep Your Crew and Your Family Safe at Home

Safety Meeting Outlines seeks to help keep finding ways to keep your employees safe inside and outside the workplace. We have many resources to offer, and we want to help keep your company and employees safe and productive.

For example, we promote household hazardous chemical safety and seek to provide resources for those who feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed or that precautions should be taken in their home to provide a safe place for them and their families to live.

Recognize Household Chemical Safety

Two key resources we found helpful information from to help make your home safe and bring awareness to household hazardous chemicals are:

  1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is essential to be aware of the typical household chemical hazards, and both websites provide helpful information and solutions that you can do yourself to keep you and your family safe and educated on these harmful chemicals and products.

The Environmental Protection Agency Prevention Tips

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides common household hazardous waste and some common solutions. Leftover household products that can catch fire, react or explode under certain circumstances include paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides. All these products can have hazardous ingredients, and it is necessary to use special care and instructions when getting rid of them.

To start, it is important that you constantly monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with hazardous substances in your home. Suppose you get rid of the products incorrectly, such as pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them with your regular trash. In that case, depending on the product and chemical, you risk bringing harmful long- or short-term effects to your home, family, pets, and yourself.

Some general safety tips to prevent any harm in your home include:

  • Follow instructions for the use and storage of specific products
  • Read product labels for disposal directions
  • Never store hazardous products in a food container
  • Could you check with your local environmental, health, or solid waste agency for how to manage these products or chemicals in your area?
  • Safely manage and dispose of these products or chemicals

Lead Exposure and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help inform us about lead and how lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the most hazardous lead sources for U.S. children. Young children are the most susceptible, typically under the age of 6, because they grow and tend to put their hands or other objects, which could contain the lead dust, into their mouths. Children love to explore and play and are unaware of the dangers of lead paint and dust, so creating an environment where this is not an issue is essential. The main goal is the prevent lead exposure before children are harmed, and to do so; you have to identify if anything in their environment contains and, if so, control or remove it safely.

A couple of prevention tips include:

  • Could you talk to your state or local health department about testing paint and dust from your home for lead?
  • Please ensure your child does not have access to peeling paint or other chewable/easy-to-grab surfaces with lead-based paint.
  • Create barriers between living and play areas that may contain lead if you have not gotten them checked out or are waiting to
  • Routinely wash children's hands and toys
  • Frequently mop floors and wipe windows

Resources To Minimize the Risk

Safety Meeting Outlines seeks to provide the resources to keep your employees safe inside and outside work. You want your employees to be productive, and with a safe home environment,  they will be able to maintain the health and safety of themselves and their families, allowing them to come to work focused and ready to work each day.

Safety Meeting Outlines provide employers in the construction and manufacturing industries with educational tools to keep the workplace safe. Visit our website to learn more about our products or to order online.

Courtesy of: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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