• Stay Safe Outside: Protect Workers Against Outdoor Hazards

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    Outdoor workers face many safety hazards unique to the outside world every day, regardless of the season. However, many of those hazards are more prevalent during the current and upcoming warmer months.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies two main types of outdoor hazards: physical hazards and biological hazards. Physical hazards include extreme heat, extreme cold, noise, lightning and ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  Extreme heat can Read More

  • When Disaster Strikes: How to Prepare an Emergency Plan

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    Disaster can strike when you least expect it. From fires to hurricanes, any disaster can wreak havoc on your business—and its future. One of the best ways to minimize the impact of any disaster is to prepare ahead of time. This includes preparing your business and your employees for any possible emergency. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) offers many suggestions on how to prepare. Gather emergency supplies that Read More

  • Young Workers on Your Summer Payroll?: What You Need to Know

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    Do you employ young workers for the summer? If so, you need to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep these typically inexperienced workers safe. OSHA cites many reasons that young workers become injured or sick on the job: unsafe equipment, inadequate safety training, inadequate supervision, dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18, pressure to work faster and stressful conditions. Employers have many Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) have collaborated on a new resource to help protect hospital workers from respiratory hazards. The Hospital Respiratory Protection Toolkit is for healthcare employers and contains information about respirator use, hazard assessment, hospital respiratory protection programs, among other related topics. An educational monograph created by a body of more than 20,500 healthcare organizations was Read More

  • It’s Electrical Safety Month: Protect Workers Against Arc Flash and Other Electrical Hazards

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    The Workplace Safety Awareness Council defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” A person located near an arc flash can be seriously injured or killed. An arc flash can be caused by a variety of things, such as dust, dropping tools, accidental touching, condensation, material Read More

  • The Bottom Line: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers

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    OSHA recently released a report about how work injuries and illnesses are putting high costs on workers, their families and the overall economy. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job features a graphic that asks the question: Who bears the cost of worker injuries?  Fifty percent is covered, by workers and their families, with the rest covered by workers’ compensation (21%), Read More

  • Working Outside: How to Beat the Summer Heat

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    While it’s great to enjoy the fresh air when working outdoors, outside work can be hazardous—and even fatal—during the strong heat of the summer. Workers are at risk for a variety of heat-related illnesses. It’s important to know the warning signs and what to do if you or one of your workers begins to show symptoms of a heat-related illness. Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA Issues Final Rule for Confined Space in Construction Earlier this month, OSHA issued a final rule for confined space in construction, increasing protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The new rule offers construction workers similar protection to that of manufacturing and general industry workers. Differences unique to construction include requirements that ensure multiple employers share vital safety information and to continuously monitor hazards. For more information about the Read More

  • Be Proactive: Prevent Injuries on the Job

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    Being proactive and trying to prevent injuries before they happen is a good strategy to help reduce such incidents in your workplace. It is also the thought behind OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. These programs, according to OSHA, “allow employers and workers to collaborate on an ongoing basis to find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt or become ill.” Other benefits of these programs are a Read More

  • Spring-Time Safety: Flood Preparedness

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    For most of us, spring-time means a lot of water around our facilities. Whether it’s from massive snow piles that have melted or just rain from those pesky April showers, it’s no surprise when extra water makes its way into and around your building. To help lessen the damage to your facility, it helps to be prepared before any flooding occurs. Certain steps should be taken during and Read More

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