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Falls From Ladders

Falls from ladders are a leading cause of on-the-job injuries across our country, in large part because ladders are coming in a wide variety of facilities. What’s more, OSHA has strict standards on how workers should use ladders and what kind of ladders can be used in different workplace settings.

Here is a checklist to help you keep workers safe when working with ladders and keep your department in compliance with OSHA’s standards.

Portable Ladders Safety Checklist

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Prevent Infections and Diseases

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrate and enforce laws for workplace safety. These laws include safety measures to prevent infections and diseases caused by bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing organisms found in blood and other bodily fluids. They can cause the spread of viruses such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human  immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Bloodborne pathogens can spread these viruses to people providing first aid or health care to an injured worker and to those who clean blood spilled from an injury.

Hepatitis C

The most common blood-borne infection in the U.S. is hepatitis C. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause a contagious disease that can severely damage your liver, but most people don't know they have it until the disease has already damaged the organ.

Hepatitis B

The most dangerous bloodborne pathogen is the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which causes a life-threatening liver disease. There is a vaccination to prevent hepatitis B

HIV

The most well-known disease caused by bloodborne pathogens is AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS destroys the human immune system so that it can't fight disease.

At-Risk Occupations

Some occupations have a higher risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens than others, including all health care workers, housekeeping and janitorial workers, first aid responders, research lab workers and public safety workers such as firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

Prevention/Solution

Employers who anticipate that their employees may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials in the workplace are required to educate workers about bloodborne pathogens and give them access to personal protection equipment such as gloves, masks, safety glasses, body coverings and safe systems to dispose of contaminated material.