OSHA

  • Hand Safety: What Workers Need to Wear to Stay Protected

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    One important way in which employers can protect workers on the job is to provide them with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Used correctly, PPE can help protect workers from hazards they encounter while performing day-to-day job duties. According to OSHA, hazards specific to hands and arms include skin absorption of harmful substances, chemical or thermal burns, electrical dangers, bruises, abrasions, cuts, punctures, fractures and amputations. The best Read More

  • Keeping Your Workers Healthy During the Cold Weather Months

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    Winter officially begins in just days. While your region may or may not have experienced cold, winter-like weather yet, now is definitely the time to prepare your workers for the potential health hazards of working outside in the frigid temperatures and understand how to keep them safe and healthy. Cold stress is perhaps the greatest hazard this time of year. The risk factors for cold stress, according Read More

  • Ergonomics: Protect Your Workers from Musculoskeletal Disorders

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    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a main cause of lost workday injury and illness, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Bending, lifting heavy loads and operating in “awkward” body postures can all lead to MSDs.  Ergonomics can help reduce the incidence of MSDs, which can include the following: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, trigger finger, as well as muscle strains and low Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A shipbuilder was cited for 12 OSHA safety and health violations, with proposed penalties totaling $41,500. Among the most serious violations were a lack of standard railings on all staircases (which exposed workers to fall hazards) and improperly secured gas cylinders. The shipbuilder also improperly labeled hazardous chemicals. This marks the third time in the past five years that the shipbuilder has been issued an OSHA citation. To learn about Read More

  • 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

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