Myers Supply Workplace Safety Newsletter 

[Checklist] The Ultimate Building and 
Maintenance  Safety Supplies List

Prevention and preparation are especially important for those working in building maintenance. According to the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , general maintenance workers have one of the highest rates of injury and illness across all occupations. Their daily tasks present a risk of cuts, falls, bruises, burns, electrical shock, and much more. It's incumbent on employers to do as much as possible to eliminate those risks by providing the proper safety supplies. Do you have these essential safety items on hand?
Fall Prevention 

OSHA requires fall protection at a height of 4 ft. or higher. That includes platforms, scaffolding, and any job near a building edge or a floor opening (like a skylight). Fall protection is also required around dangerous machinery like galvanizing tanks or degreasing unites, regardless of height. 

Eye and Face Protection 

Eye and face protection is mandated around any type of chemical, environmental, radiological, or mechanical irritants and hazards. Safety supplies often include things like eye gear, face shields, respirators and eyewash stations. 
Head Gear

Traumatic brain injury is responsible for 30% of deaths caused by injury. The leading risk factor being falling objects. Whenever employees are working in situations where objects could fall on them or are performing electrical work, OSHA requires hardhats.
Hearing Protection 

F or the past 25 years, hearing loss has been one of the most common occupational hazards . OSHA requires protective equipment like earplugs / coverings as well as physical barriers between workers and the source of the noise on the average decibel exposure over an 8 hr day
Hand Protection 

Over 1 million workers visit the ER due to hand injuries every year. 70% of witch weren't wearing gloves or the wrong kind. Typical injuries include cuts, punctures, burns and absorption of hazardous chemicals. To prevent injury, OSHA requires a wide range of gloves depending on the task. 
Back Support 

Back injuries account for 20% of all workplace injuries in the U.S. But this can easily be prevented with the right safety supplies like mechanical aids (such as pneumatic lifts), back belts and posters demonstrating correct lifting techniques. 
Safety Signage  

OSHA regulates the presence, placement and design of signs that warn employees of danger and/or provide safety instructions. Common examples include warnings of biological, chemical or electrical hazards, fall hazards and flammable materials. 
Accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Fortunately, many of them can  be prevented by being aware of the potential danger and developing the right safety procedures. And, even when accidents do happen, having the right  
safety supplies  on hand can mitigate the risk of injury.