Fire And Exit

  • Anatomy of an Exit Route: Ensure People Can Safely Evacuate

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    Would occupants of your building be able to safely find an exit in the event of an emergency? It’s vital that you provide exit routes that quickly and easily guide everyone to safety. Follow these tips from OSHA to ensure safe exits in your facility: Keep exit routes free from explosives or highly flammable items. Ensure exit routes are free and unobstructed. Avoid exit routes that travel to a high Read More

  • Create Your Fire Prevention Plan

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    One of the last things you and your company want to deal with is a devastating fire. While you can’t prevent any disaster from happening, prevention is one way in which you have some control. To help prevent fires from occurring in your workplace, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) suggests creating a fire prevention plan. A written fire prevention plan should contain these elements, according to OSHA: A Read More

  • Before Disaster Strikes: Prepare Your Business for an Emergency

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    Because you never know when a disaster can occur, you must always ensure your business is prepared. Whether that disaster is a natural hazard, such as a flood or hurricane, or a human-related hazard (such as accidents and violence), you need to have a plan in place to address the hazard as it happens. You also need to be able to address the aftermath. Ready Business, a Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A contractor faces fines of more than $48,000 for fall hazards on a job site. The contractor was cited by OSHA for five repeat and two serious violations. Four employees were found not wearing fall protection, and three of those workers (who were on a roof) had not received fall protection training. The one employee on a scaffold had not been trained to identify scaffolding hazards. To read 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A roofing contractor was cited by OSHA for a variety of safety violations and faces proposed penalties of $43,560. The contractor failed to provide fall protection to workers repairing a roof and offered inadequate anchorage points for fall arrest lines. It also did not train employees on how to recognize and address fall hazards. The contractor also put workers at risk for providing a damaged portable ladder (split Read More

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    A trucking company faces proposed fines of $43,000 due to five safety and health violations revealed during an OSHA inspection. Repeat violations included not providing employees—potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens— with the Hepatitis B vaccine. They also failed to enforce annual inspections of written procedures to protect workers from machine parts during maintenance work on landfill tippers, loaders and excavators. The company also failed to train workers on forklift Read More

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