• Start an Employee Safety Training Program

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    If you’re starting 2015 with a renewed commitment to safety and compliance at your workplace, a good way to spread that commitment among your workers is to create an employee safety training program. An employee safety training program is an effective way in which to create a strong safety culture and reduce overall workplace hazards. OSHA provides guidelines on how to build and maintain a program. The first Read More

  • Be Prepared: What to Expect When an OSHA Inspector Visits

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    It is OSHA’s goal to ensure workplaces are safe for workers. One way the agency ensures that is through inspections it conducts of facilities. Typically, inspections are done without any warning, so it’s best to prepare ahead of time and know what to expect when your facility is about to undergo an OSHA inspection. An inspection can begin with a phone/fax investigation. Amidst reports of a lower Read More

  • Job Hazard Analysis: What It Is and Why You Need It

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    The purpose of a job hazard analysis is to examine job tasks and identify hazards related to those tasks before they happen. Once completed, a job hazard analysis can prevent injuries and illnesses. On a larger scale, according to OSHA, they can also yield more effective work processes, reduce workers’ compensation costs and increase worker productivity. OSHA suggests giving the highest priority to these types of jobs when planning Read More

  • GHS Update: The Next Deadline is Almost Here

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    The implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) has been on the minds of employers, chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors for quite some time. All of these stakeholders have been working to get this standardized process of labeling elements and safety data sheets in place. Throughout 2013, employers were focused on meeting a December 1, 2013 deadline to provide employee training on Read More

  • Survey: Number of Workplace Injuries Down in 2013

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    The number of injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers dropped in 2013, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).  This represents steady declines over the last 11 years (except for 2012). More than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2013. This represents an incidence rate of 3.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. The Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A roofing company was fined $44,660 by OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards and not providing fall protection. The workers were installing shingles on a roof without fall protection, including guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. The company was cited for one willful and one repeat violation. It also received a violation for failing to train employees on fall prevention hazards and procedures. Read Read More

  • Reducing Risk in Your Workplace

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    Risk is “the probability of an event occurring and the severity of the injury that may result,” according to A Resource Guide on the Journey to Safety Excellence from the National Safety Council (NSC). To mitigate risk, hazards within the workplace must be identified, evaluated, eliminated or controlled before they cause any harm. The NSC highlights how hazard identification and control can help prevent injuries. To effectively Read More

  • Hand Safety: What Workers Need to Wear to Stay Protected

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    One important way in which employers can protect workers on the job is to provide them with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Used correctly, PPE can help protect workers from hazards they encounter while performing day-to-day job duties. According to OSHA, hazards specific to hands and arms include skin absorption of harmful substances, chemical or thermal burns, electrical dangers, bruises, abrasions, cuts, punctures, fractures and amputations. The best Read More

  • How to Reduce the Spread of Colds and Viruses in the Workplace

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    While you do your best to protect your workers while they perform their job duties in extreme cold weather conditions, it’s not always possible to protect them from getting a cold or the flu. Yet, when one worker gets sick, it’s important that employers and workers do all they can to prevent the illness from spreading to more people in the workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Read More

  • Keeping Your Workers Healthy During the Cold Weather Months

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    Winter officially begins in just days. While your region may or may not have experienced cold, winter-like weather yet, now is definitely the time to prepare your workers for the potential health hazards of working outside in the frigid temperatures and understand how to keep them safe and healthy. Cold stress is perhaps the greatest hazard this time of year. The risk factors for cold stress, according Read More

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