Bling Bling maybe THE PROBLEM in Alberta In Alberta the law states If contact between moving parts of machinery, electrically energized equipment or part of the work process and a worker’s clothing, jewellery or hair is likely, a worker must (a) wear clothing that fits closely to the body, (b) not wear bracelets, rings, dangling neckwear, a wristwatch or similar articles, and (c) have head and facial hair that is short or confined and cannot be snagged or caught. (3) Despite subsections (1) and (2), a worker may wear a medical alert bracelet that has a breakaway or tear away band. Industrial manufacturing, food processing, chemical plants, warehousing and even office areas have unique hazards. No matter what type of work you do, you must be aware of these hazards and dress appropriately for the job. Allowing long hair, loose clothing and jewellery to get tangled in moving parts and machinery causes many injuries and deaths each year We’ve all heard the old sayings: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” or... “Better safe than sorry.” These are all wise words to live by that have stood the test of time. Safety, in many cases, should be plain common sense. Today workers of all ages and sexes are wearing more and more jewellery (blingbling). From the traditional watch, precious wedding or engagement ring (s), bracelet (s), necklace (s) to the trendy body piercing to "beautify" the nose, tongue, lip/cheek, belly button, navel and the "other" body parts. And let's not overlook religious and Medic Alert Identification (bracelets, necklaces) jewellery displaying emergency life-saving medical information. Hazards of wearing any-and-all jewellery in most workplaces. Harmful, at times life threatening, jewellery-related accidents and injuries can happen to workers wearing dangling neckwear, jewellery (rings, bracelets, wristwatch), body piercing or other similar items that can come into contact, get caught or stuck against objects, equipment and moving parts of machinery. Hand lacerations, crushed and broken fingers, ear scars from headwear, arm injuries are typical jewellery caused injuries accounting for thousands of losttime claims per year. Also, in some facilities wearing jewellery can carry or cause infectious diseases. Work environments prone to jewellery-related accidents and injuries are manufacturing, processing, packaging, wholesale, distribution, construction, oil and gas, forestry, mining, public works, health care, waste and recycling, airline, telecommunication, transportation, agriculture, retail and restaurant industries and sub-sectors and police\firefighters\military. Typical questions to evaluate the risks of jewellery-related accidents and injuries at your place of work? 1. Does your organization have a strict no jewellery policy? 2. Are safety coordinators and plant managers repeatedly hounding obstinate workers to remove jewellery? 3. Do some of your employees operate heavy machinery? Handle machines that rotate, slide or press? Operate hand or powered tools? 4. Do your workers make use of materials or job processes that might be hazardous? 5. Do your workers wear "dangling" Medic Alert Identification jewellery (bracelets, necklaces) in the workplace? If so, are you searching for a substitute medical alert identified product that can safely be kept on their person? 6. Do you have jewellery-related hand accidents and injuries stories (or close call) caused by a careless employee wearing a ring or dangling bracelet in the workplace? Is your joint health and safety committee (JHSC) have a process for identifying and addressing jewellery-related safety risks for workers, temporary and young hires or guests touring a site? 7. Is your JHSC launching a No Jewellery Program in the near future? Your Company Policy may have to state: POLICY STATEMENT The Policy is underpinned by a number of principles:- 2.1 All members of staff will take a sensible and safe approach to dress and appearance, cleanliness and personal hygiene. 2.2 Every member of staff will be responsible for promoting a professional and positive image of the Company. 2.3 All departments will develop additional local guidelines on what is acceptable and appropriate for their working environment and client group. 2.4 Clothing and appearance will not deliberately cause offence to people who come in to contact with, or use, the Company services. It should be non-offensive and contain no provocative, sexist, or racist remarks. Clothing should not display slogans or logos relating to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, or demonstrate sponsorship of such products. 2.5 Clothing should be worn appropriately for the work being undertaken. 2.6 Staff exposed to the sun during work based activities should adhere to the HSE guidance. 2.7 Clothing for particular purposes should be worn in accordance with guidance set out in the Company’s Health, Safety and Security Manual and the Company’s Infection Control Policies and Procedures Manual. 2.8 Protective clothing should always be available and should, in addition to other control measures, be worn when carrying out hazardous duties under Health & Safety Regulations. 2.9 The Company will support Managers in taking formal action where a member of staff does not adhere to this Policy. JEWELLERY It is good practice to avoid the wearing of jewellery, such as necklaces and earrings that can be hazardous, especially where these can get caught/pulled. The wearing of small studs/sleepers are more appropriate when working in areas where clients are, or can be, challenging in their behaviour. Injury arising from wearing inappropriate jewellery will invalidate any related claim against the Company. 3.4 BADGES Only work related badges should be worn. In some areas of work, for example, Learning Disability and Mental Health Services, the type of badges worn will be at the discretion of the Head of Department. Company photo identity badges must be available at all times for security reasons. You don’t have to Wear a Dress, but this is Dress Code for Safety, it is not about looks!
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