Not only did 85 percent of respondents have company-sponsored safety programs already in place, 69 percent said the programs had helped reduce reportable incidence rates. Of these respondents, 58 percent said incidents had decreased "by half" or "more than half" since the implementation of a safety program. In addition, 80 percent of all respondents said they believed that instituting or increasing safety practices would increase their organization's overall productivity.
Health & Safety Risks and Environmental Concerns
Safety professionals were also asked about hidden hazards that are not necessarily addressed by PPE, such as the potential health and safety risks posed by laundered shop towels. Ninety-three percent of respondents said they knew that metals retained on clean, laundered shop towels could get onto hands, then be inadvertently transferred to the mouth and swallowed. The same percentage said they would be concerned about potential health and safety issues for their workers if heavy metal residues or other toxic elements were found in their laundered shop towels in levels that exceeded regulatory health-based exposure limits.
In addition, 64 percent said they understood that even if they did not use heavy metals, such as lead or cadmium, in their manufacturing processes, that these metals could make their way into their operations via laundered shop towels that had been washed with those from other companies.The survey also asked respondents which had a greater impact on the environment: laundered shop towels that contain toxic heavy metals even after laundering or disposable towels that are sent to a landfill. More than half said laundered shop towels had a greater environmental impact. "Clearly, safety professionals are not only aware of the environmental issues posed by laundered shop towels, but also concerned about the potential health risks to workers," said Garrett Jaenicke, Marketing Manager, Manufacturing, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "Workers should refrain from using laundered shop towels to wipe sweat from their faces or as napkins at lunch. To eliminate the risk, workers and safety professionals should simply switch to clean, disposable wipers." Survey Methodology The online survey of 110 safety professionals was conducted in August 2012. All survey respondents said they were responsible for purchasing or influencing the purchase or selection of personal protective equipment or industrial wiping systems and more than half belonged to one or more professional safety associations. Thirty-eight percent worked for organizations with more than 500 employees and the remainder worked for companies with 250 employees or less. The participants' occupational roles included safety directors or managers (60 percent), purchasing (13 percent), environmental managers (12 percent), facilities or general managers (10 percent), industrial hygienists (seven percent), engineering managers (four percent), while the remaining 23 percent held other positions. Respondents were employed in the following fields: construction and utilities, metal manufacturing, food and beverage processing, transportation equipment manufacturing, chemical and plastics manufacturing, computer, electronics and electrical products manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace and aviation, printing, and other industries.
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