Welcome to Safety Compliance Services
“A health & safety problem can be described by statistics but cannot be understood by statistics. It can only be understood by knowing and feeling the pain, anguish, and depression and shattered hopes of the victim and of wives, husbands, parents, children, grandparents and friends, and the hope, struggle and triumph of recovery and rehabilitation in a world often unsympathetic, ignorant, unfriendly and unsupportive, only those with close experience of life altering personal damage have this understanding.”
As industry safety professionals, we understand health and safety like no others who have not seen what we have seen and felt what we have felt when lives are destroyed as a result of accidents. Founded by firefighters, that’s been built around a core of active/retired firefighters, Safety Compliance Services has been helping companies across the world to build safety cultures and support them in keeping their employees safe since 1993. Whether you need compliance training, safety or rescue technical training, culture building or leadership training, safety or emergency preparedness and response consulting services, assistance in overseeing the safety and health of contractors’ at large projects, or standby rescue service for confined space work, we have the capability, experience, and passion to help you reach your safety goals. We also have 2 training facilities located in North Syracuse, NY and Scottsdale, AZ.
Week of 2/28/2022 –
Shift Work Dangers Safety Talk
There are many occupations that require shift work in order to continue business operations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 15 million Americans work a job that requires some type of shift work. While some individuals choose to work different shifts such as the night shift, there are many people who do so because they need to. It is important for anyone who is working these shifts to understand the hazards associated with it.
Disruption of Circadian Rhythm
The main hazard of shift work is that it disrupts a person’s circadian rhythm. Psychology Today describes circadian rhythm as follows: “Often referred to the “body clock”, the circadian rhythm is a cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, rise, eat–regulating many physiological processes.” This rhythm is important because it regulates many of our physiological processes and when it is disrupted there can be many negative health effects.
A study completed at Rockefeller University found that mice that had their circadian rhythm disrupted experienced weight gain, impulsivity, slower thinking, and other physiological and behavioral changes. So much research has been linked negative health effects to shift work that the International Agency on the Research of Cancer listed shift work as “probably carcinogen to humans” in 2007.
Hazards Created by Shift Work on the Job
Not only are there hazards to your health due to shift work, but there are also hazards in the workplace for individuals on these shifts. Some of the hazards created by shift work are:
- Inability to focus. Less focus can lead to mistakes and thus injuries occurring on the job.
- Fatigue. Fatigue is a major issue in the workplace for workers who work regular hours. Those working shift work are put at even higher risks for fatigue-related incidents.
- Workplace violence. In some industries, there can be an increased likelihood of workplace violence at night (i.e. robberies).
- Stress. Increased stress levels due to not seeing family or health issues can lead to decreased job performance.
We all have to make a living and provide for our families, but if you have to do shift work it is important to understand the hazards. There are steps you can take to combat some of the negative effects of shift work. One step is to try to keep on the same shift and maintain the same sleep/wake cycle. Another step is to eat right and drink plenty of water to aid your body in its physiological processes. Talk with a doctor or sleep specialist to discuss other options to limit the negative effects of shift work.
The newest addition to Safety Compliance Services is our drone services. This service is to be used in conjunction with our videography services to add aerial shots to your safety videos. With our FAA license drone operators SCS can perform aerial site preplans and inspections. At SCS we are continuing to move forward with the cutting edge technology.
Whether you have only a handful of contractors or visitors at your site throughout the year or you accommodate hundreds of contractors during regular maintenance outages, a site-specific Safety Orientation video will help ensure their safety.
What We Do
-Open Enrollment Training
-NFPA 70E Training
-Standby Rescue Service
-First Aid/CPR Training
-Health and Safety Programs
-Emergency Response Plans
-Confined Space Assessments
-Respirator Fit Testing
-Rescue Team Development
-Safety Audits/Gap Analysis