• Seton Case Study: First of Its Kind Pipe Installation Requires One-of-a-Kind Solution from Seton

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    Seton specializes in creating personalized solutions for its customers. For one customer, that personalized solution required the design and creation of extremely large pipe markers featuring colors that had never been used before. DC Water (District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority) runs the world’s largest advanced wastewater treatment facility, the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. It was looking for a long-term solution to process and dispose Read More

  • OSHA: Celebrating 44 Years of Safety

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    If your workplace is a safe place today, it’s likely because of the work OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does every day. It’s work OSHA has done for the last 44 years. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health, noted in his blog on the OSHA website how OSHA’s work began once President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into Read More

  • Employee Communication Helps in Reporting and Preventing Accidents

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    Because employees are the individuals on the front lines, they oftentimes see what the managers don’t: both the good and the bad. If injuries or illnesses occur on the jobsite, they see what happened. Chances are, they know the exact cause. They may even know how to prevent it. For all of these reasons, employees must be encouraged to share what they see and what they know about any Read More

  • 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

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