OSHA

  • Why Near Miss Reporting is So Important

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    As defined by the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a near miss is “an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage—but had the potential to do so.” Since they essentially mean an accident didn’t happen, why is it so important to report near misses? They motivate us to be more proactive in our safety measures. By knowing Read More

  • Why You Need to Create a Safety Culture: Learn How It Can Make a Difference

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    Do you want to reduce the number of accidents in your workplace and promote a more productive environment, as well? Then, you want to create a safety culture. According to OSHA a safety culture offers these benefits: Few at-risk behaviors Low accident rates Low turnover Low absenteeism High productivity Creating that type of culture is a work in progress, but employers and employees must be dedicated to the cause for it to work. OSHA Read More

  • How to Keep Your Workers Safe in Cold Weather Conditions

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    Working in cold weather conditions can be dangerous—and even fatal. Don’t put your workers at risk in the harsh winter elements. Follow these tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep your workers safe and injury- and illness-free while they work outside this winter: Provide workers with the proper tools and equipment to do their jobs Develop work plans that identify potential hazards and the safety measures Read More

  • Promote Safety: Start a Voluntary Protection Program in Your Workplace

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    If you and your company are committed to a strong safety culture, make it official with a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Showing a commitment to safety and health can get your organization admittance into this OSHA program. OSHA reviews a company’s safety and health programs before welcoming them into the VPP. The interview process includes on-site reviews, which require meetings with management and employees, as well as Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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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

  • Vehicle Safety on the Jobsite

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    The threat of workers being injured—or even killed—by a vehicle on the jobsite is very real. Sometimes, drivers cause such accidents. But another cause can be the vehicles they operate, as well as other heavy equipment. That’s why it’s so important to ensure safety with motor vehicles or heavy equipment used on a jobsite. To help companies promote the safe use of vehicles and heavy equipment, OSHA provides many Read More

  • Make Your Company Vehicles “Text-Free Zones”

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    Texting while driving is a serious safety problem. According to statistics provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), fatalities due to distracted driving increased more than 75% with each additional 1 million text messages. To help employers keep their workers safe while on the job—on the road—OSHA has established guidelines that educate those workers about the dangers of texting while driving and how to eliminate those Read More

  • Use Proper PPE When Cleaning and Decontaminating Areas with Ebola

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    Workers who need to clean and decontaminate areas that are contaminated or possibly contaminated with Ebola are advised by OSHA to wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) when performing this task in non-healthcare/non-laboratory environments. OSHA, which offers a lot of information about Ebola on its website, makes these suggestions regarding PPE “suitable for contact-transmissible diseases,”  including Ebola: Nitrile gloves Fluid-resistant or fluid-impermeable gowns Goggles or face shields Facemasks that cover the Read More

  • Fight Back: How to Protect Workers During a Pandemic

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    A pandemic, defined by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), is “a global disease outbreak and can be caused by a variety of agents, including influenza and coronaviruses.” Most recently, Ebola has been making news as a very dangerous pandemic. Since the threat of Ebola now exists in the U.S., it’s important that workplaces remain on-guard to avoid the spreading of Ebola and other infectious diseases among workers. OSHA Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA introduces new rules regarding the reporting of injuries and cites companies for jeopardizing the safety of their workers. Learn what the new rules could mean to you, and what led to these latest OSHA violations. New Rules for Reporting Severe Injuries Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, employers must communicate with OSHA whenever an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of Read More

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