• 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

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    Two companies face a combined $64,200 in fines for safety violations after OSHA investigated a complaint about potential hazards at the site the companies share. One company received 15 serious citations for such violations as not providing and maintaining a hearing conservation program for employees exposed to excessive noise, blocked exits, tripping and fall hazards, not training workers on chemical hazards, not providing appropriate lockout/tagout training, and not Read More

  • Avoid Distracted Driving Mistakes: Keep Your Workers Focused and Off the Phone

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    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is marking the occasion with a new campaign, Calls Kill, to communicate how hands-free cell phones are not risk-free. Have you communicated the risks around using cell phones while driving with your workers? Do you know if they practice safe driving when they are operating company vehicles, or even their personal vehicles? For their safety and Read More

  • Eye Protection: Reduce the Risk of Injury

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    Many workplaces contain hazards that can be damaging to workers’ eyes. The best way to protect workers from eye hazards is to provide them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). When selecting the best eye protection, it’s important to consider the work environment and pick the solution that will offer the most complete protection for that work situation. There are several different types of eye protection that can Read More

  • GHS Update: Next Deadline Just Months Away

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    After the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) training deadline of December 2013, companies likely thought they had met all of the requirements regarding the new GHS regulations. But the training deadline was just the beginning.  The next prominent GHS deadline is now around the corner. By June 1, 2015, all chemicals must be shipped with GHS-approved labels. This applies to chemical Read More

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