Happy Holidays from Our Workshop to Yours

‘Tis the season when we deck the halls in that winter wonderland. Let’s check in on some of our friends who work hardest during this last month of the year.

Frosty the Snowman. Working in the cold can be a hazard if you’re not a snowman. A top hat looks good but doesn’t protect ears from frostbite. Frosty should make sure his coworkers dress properly for the cold, stay dry, keep extra clothing on hand and keep an eye on each other to watch for signs of cold stress.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. That red nose might be a sign of a rhinovirus (cold). Rudolph should take care to practice proper infection controls and wash his hooves carefully to avoid infecting his co-reindeer.

Elves in the workshop. Making all those toys for good little girls and boys can kick up a lot of dust. Santa’s workshop should be well-ventilated and have appropriate engineering controls to prevent combustion. The elves need access to appropriate PPE like N95 respirators and proper training on important safety procedures like lockout/tag out.

Toys under the tree. The toys might arrive from the North Pole, but their raw materials come from around the globe. Santa’s workshop needs a transparent view of its supply chain to ensure that its suppliers don’t become an enterprise risk. Does the workshop keep track of its carbon and waste products? Developing a sustainability program that incorporates circular economy principles is crucial to keeping the North Pole clean and cold.

Santa’s big night. Hold the eggnog, Santa. Heavy meals and late nights can keep make drivers sleepy and distracted. Santa needs to stay awake and alert, so he should nap on Christmas Eve before heading out on that cold winter’s night. Landing on icy rooftops is a dangerous job so Santa should keep his appropriate fall protection gear on hand. Old St. Nick should also be careful when entering a confined space like a chimney and use proper lifting and carrying techniques to haul around that heavy sack.

And if you’ve been naughty instead of nice. The coal in your stocking can cause “black lung disease” among miners. We hope those good folks got appropriate PPE and strong mining regulation oversight under their trees!

From all of us at UL EHS Sustainability, thank you for all you do to keep your businesses healthy, safe, and sustainable year round. We wish you happy holidays!