Industrial environments carry the inherent risks of workplace injuries. Although many industrial organizations focus on eliminating or reducing hazards that can cause trips, falls, and injuries due to machinery, often overlooked is the reduction of hazardous substances exposure.

Prolonged exposure to hazardous substances can lead to long-term health effects. Even short-term exposure to some substances can have significant and even fatal results. The degree of damage depends on the level of exposure including the concentration of the hazardous substance and the duration of exposure. Hazardous substances exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion, contact with skin and/or eyes, or absorption through open wound.

It is ideal to focus on the reduction of hazardous substances exposure; this would take the tact of elimination or substitution of the hazardous substance. However, particularly in industrial environments, that may not be realistic.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to safeguard workers health. It provides a protective barrier between the worker and the chemical. It is crucial to select the appropriate PPE for the hazards the worker is being exposed to. PPE is rated for different types and level of hazardous material exposure.

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Industrial and manufacturing organization are constantly looking for ways to stay competitive in an increasingly challenging environment. By concentrating on industrial energy reduction, businesses can achieve energy cost reduction and decrease the impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To achieve these benefits, industrial facility management teams need to investigate and execute energy reduction strategies and take advantage of educational resources, programs and incentives.

Management teams must consider both demand-side management and supply-side management energy reduction strategies to achieve optimal energy management.

Read on to find out about 7 industrial energy reduction strategies and how to explore and take advantage of industrial energy conservation resources, programs, and incentives

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NEWS RELEASE – Toronto, Ontario – November 2018 – IDI Independent Distributors, industrial equipment and supplies leader, is delighted to announce the Guide to Optimizing Costs for Shop Equipment & Supplies. The 13-page free download will arm readers with the guidance needed to help secure the correct shop equipment and supplies at price and service levels that increase profit and production efficiency while safeguarding worker safety. The guide is sponsored by IDI Independent Distributors Inc.’s exclusive line of competitively priced industrial, safety, and fluid power products, Tuff Grade.

The Guide to Optimizing Costs for Shop Equipment & Supplies outlines:
• Why Optimizing Costs for Shop Equipment and Supplies Matters to Your Business
• How to Minimize Risk & Increase Efficiencies with the Right Shop Equipment & Supplies
• Why Expensive Does Not Always Equal Quality
• Tips for Cost Optimization for the Shop Floor
• How to Choose the Right Suppliers for Your Shop Equipment and Supplies

Owners and managers interested in obtaining the Guide to Optimizing Costs for Shop Equipment & Supplies can download the guide for free at the Guide to Optimizing Costs for Shop Equipment & Supplies download page. Interested parties can also contact an industrial product and equipment specialist with any questions.

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Employers and management teams juggle many priorities in their organizations. An often over-looked and under-prioritized area can be workplace safety. Although health and safety managers are tasked with overseeing this, all employees, including employers and management, should have workplace safety in the forefront of their minds as they perform their day-to-day tasks.

As identified in our previous blog, Worker Safety and the Cost of Ignoring It, companies in Ontario alone paid out over $52 million for work-related compensation and other losses in 2015. Workplace injuries result in hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands of lost-time from work. To combat these statistics, safety legislation is in place to ensure that companies across Canada are taking preventative steps to reduce workplace safety hazards.

Safety compliance can be tricky as occupational health and safety regulations can vary by jurisdiction. However, most basic elements are the same. It is crucial for employers, managers, health and safety managers and employees to know their rights and responsibilities in order for the organization to achieve safety compliance and reduce the risk of injuries.

Find out more about workplace safety compliance in Canada…

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When prioritizing cutting costs of tools and equipment, many buyers look to cut upfront costs – reducing the cost per piece for initial purchase. Unfortunately, this short-term thinking could end up costing your company more in the long run. Purchasing cheap tools is not as cheap as you think.

Choosing products based on the cheapest price is not always the right choice for your business. Instead, it is crucial to ensure you are securing the correct products – quality tools and equipment – for your business at price and service levels that help you increase profit and production efficiency while ensuring worker safety. Focus on the bigger financial picture – not just the upfront product cost.

If optimizing costs is a priority for your company, you should consider the cost of purchasing cheap tools vs. shifting to a long-term focus and purchasing private label quality tools. This could help you reduce long-term costs and improve production efficiency and worker safety.

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All employers know that workplace safety is important for their organization. Injuries to workers can mean losing your workers – short or long-term – which results in reduced worker productivity and employee morale. It can also result in increased employee turnover and business disruption. There are obvious costs like medical expenses but many employers underestimate the sizable impact of indirect worker injury costs.

Employees are a company’s most valuable resource, so it is important to focus safety compliance. Organizations want to keep their employees safe and healthy. In an industrial environment, it is particularly crucial as risks of workplace injuries are high and impact to the injured worker, their family, and the organization can be costly – both emotionally and financially.

So, what are the real costs of worker injuries?

Read on to get tips to improve worker safety…

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