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                                                                            SMO 07-0304

                                                 DANGERS OF CLOTHING AND JEWELRY

                                                              By SeaBright Insurance Loss Control

Wearing clothing and jewelry can be hazardous to your health. Both present loose ends that can be caught up in the
moving parts of machines. Once entangled, the caught up end can pull you into the equipment. Most of you realize that
the machine is not going to be stopped by human body parts. You will be hurt.

Let’s look at how to prevent this from happening to you. First, whenever working with tools having rotating or
reciprocating parts, never wear gloves. They are apt to be close to the point of operation and, if grabbed, can lead to very
serious hand and finger injuries, including crushing, lacerations, and even amputation.

Short sleeves would be advisable. If long sleeve shirts are worn, the sleeves should be kept rolled up or the cuffs buttoned
so they will fit snugly around the wrist. The front of any shirt must be kept buttoned and the tail tucked in. Don’t forget
that tears or loose threads can get caught also. Worn clothing can be just as dangerous as loose clothing.

Long hair is just like loose thread; it too can be caught up. If your hair gets entangled in the machine, two things are
going to happen. First, your head and face will be pulled into the equipment. Second, the machine will try to scalp you –
alive. Short hairstyles are preferred for people working around machines. If you must have long hair, keep it tied back
and under a hat. Beards and moustaches should also be kept trimmed.

Jewelry has no place in the work environment. Necklaces and bracelets tend to dangle and are therefore good candidates
for getting snagged. Although your spouse may not like it, rings should not be worn. They present several potential
hazards. They can be snagged, not just by a machine but by a number of different objects. For example, rings have gotten
hung up on bolt heads when descending ladders. An errant blow, say from a hammer, can deform the ring around your
finger cutting off the blood supply. This can lead to loss of the finger. Lastly, most rings are electrically conductive. If
you were to come in contact with a live electrical component the circuit could be completed through your ring. This has
caused very deep and serious electrical burns.

Clothing should protect you, not endanger you. Jewelry is to make you look good, not lead to disfigurement. As always,
clothing should be appropriate. Dress for the occasion. If you are going to work, dress properly for work.




The materials contained in this outline are not intended as legal, business, or risk management advice to any party, and in no way represent advice with respect to specific
practices of any party or any undertaking by SEABRIGHT INSURANCE COMPANY in any regard. SEABRIGHT has not confirmed or verified the accuracy or correctness of
such materials or any information on which they may be based and makes no representation or warranty as to the content of this outline or its accuracy, or its appropriateness
or its suitability for any particular reader, situation or practice, or as to conformance with applicable laws or regulations. Readers should conduct and rely on their own
investigations before acting upon or otherwise using such materials. Questions about this material should be addressed in writing to the loss control department, SeaBright
Insurance Company, Suite 1600, 2101 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, or by email to losscontrol@sbic.com.
                                SAFETY MEETING AGENDA

DEPARTMENT/JOB SITE: _____________________________ MEETING DATE: _______________________


1. Open Meeting & Present safety topic: _______________________________________________________
2. Read minutes from previous meeting.
3. Persons present:

    ______________________________________                _________________________________________

    ______________________________________                _________________________________________

    ______________________________________                _________________________________________

    ______________________________________                _________________________________________


4. Old Business – Status of previous recommendations. Discuss pending old business if any.




5. Accidents – Discuss accidents and near misses that have occurred since the last meeting. Brief summary of
   accidents to date by number and type. Note any trends. Discuss corrective action taken, or needed. Concentrate
   on accident causes to make everyone more aware.




6. Inspection Reports – Report on findings and recommendations of any inspection reports made since last meeting.




7. New Business – Solicit employee suggestions. Discuss new procedures, changes to company safety policy, etc.




TIME MEETING STARTED: _____________________________ TIME FINISHED: _______________________

MEETING CHAIRED BY: _______________________________ TITLE:________________________________

				
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