• Hazard Assessment and Control: Building a Safer Workplace

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    When working to create a safe workplace for all of your employees, one place to start is by conducting a hazard assessment: identify existing and potential hazards before they harm anyone. Then, use controls—actions to eliminate or lower risks—to manage those hazards. OSHA offers these suggestions on how to prevent and control hazards: Regularly and thoroughly maintain equipment Ensure that hazard correction procedures are in place Ensure that everyone knows how Read More

  • Personal Safety and Security in the Workplace: Preventing Workplace Violence

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    According to OSHA, almost 2 million American workers report they have been victims of workplace violence every year, with more unreported incidents. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently updated the Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers. OSHA focuses on these five settings: hospital, residential treatment, non-residential treatment/service, community care, and field work, as well as a variety of workers, Read More

  • Compliance Update: OSHA Works to Clarify Recordkeeping Policies

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    Late last month, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) announced that it was issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying an employer’s ongoing obligation to keep a record of employee injuries and illnesses. OSHA is clarifying that “the duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation. The duty to record an injury or illness continues for as long as Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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      OSHA investigated and subsequently fined a cabinet manufacturer for 21 serious safety violations following a worker’s death due to acute exposure to wood dust. The manufacturer was found to have exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion and amputation. In addition to the serious violations, there were two other violations. The OSHA citations were machine guarding violations; inadequate guarding for shafts, belts and pulleys; insufficient housekeeping to address accumulating Read More

  • Safety Training: How You Can Promote a Safe Workplace

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    One of the cornerstones of a solid safety culture is safety training. Your employees must be adequately trained so they can safely perform their job duties each and every day. Safety training is a collaborative effort between employers and employees. Everyone must be dedicated to a strong safety training program in order for it to be effective and successful. According to OSHA’s General Duty Clause, employers must provide Read More

  • Step into Action: Develop Your Emergency Action Plan Today

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    All businesses, big or small, need to have an emergency action plan. OSHA suggests that businesses include employees in the planning process and choose one person to lead the emergency plan. That individual will have these responsibilities: assessing the situation to determine whether an emergency exists requiring activation of the emergency procedures, overseeing emergency procedures, notifying and coordinating with outside emergency services, and directing shutdown of utilities Read More

  • Ergonomics: When Work Really Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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    Workers are oftentimes injured by performing the same physical tasks over and over again. It’s up to employers to address such safety hazards and work to eliminate them. NIOSH suggests following these seven steps to create your own program to address ergonomics-related hazards: Look for signs of potential musculoskeletal-related problems in the workplace. Signs include worker reports of aches and pains or more or more job tasks that require Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) have renewed their alliance, which is focused on construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within general industry. Through the alliance, OSHA and ASSE provide training on worker safety and health and understanding workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the OSH Act. Learn more about the alliance here. Temporary Staffing Company Implements Safety Changes As part of Read More

  • 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

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