OSHA

  • Forklift Safety: Proper Training Can Save Lives

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    Proper training can be a lifesaver. That’s certainly true when it comes to forklift operation training. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), forklift accidents cause approximately 85 fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries annually. OSHA estimates that about 20 to 25 percent of those are caused in part by inadequate training. OSHA states that forklift operators must be trained and certified by their companies, which are required Read More

  • Product Spotlight: Hard Hats

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    Hard hats and other head protection are the best defense against head injuries on the job. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) notes that protective helmets or hard hats should: Resist penetration by objects Absorb the shock of a blow Be water-resistant and slow burning Have clear instructions explaining proper adjustment and replacement of the suspension and headband But hard hats do not provide adequate protection if they don’t fit. There should be Read More

  • Protect Your Head: Protective Headgear Saves Lives

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    Since head injuries can be life-altering or even fatal, it’s important to wear the proper head protection on the jobsite. Hard hats can protect both workers and supervisors from falling objects, bumping their heads on objects, as well as helping them to avoid contact with electrical hazards. Protective headgear, such as hard hats, has to meet ANSI standards or provide equal protection. Employers must select the type of Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    Several companies were recently fined for a variety of OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) violations. Retailer Cited for Multiple Safety Violations A national retailer faces penalties of $217,000 after being cited for four safety violations (three willful and one repeat) in a Montana location. The willful violations were failure to keep exit routes free and unobstructed, storing materials in unstable and unsecured ways, and using space around electrical Read More

  • Safety in Small Spaces: Preventing Confined Space Danger

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    Confined spaces can be extremely dangerous work areas because of their size. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) defines a confined space as an area with “limited openings for entry or exit, is large enough for entering and working, and not designed for continuous worker occupancy.” Examples of confined spaces, according to OSHA, are underground vaults, tanks, storage bins, manholes, pits and silos. Permit-required confined spaces include those Read More

  • The History of GHS Classification

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    As the world is currently focused on the World Cup and its host country, Brazil, it's interesting to note that Brazil was also the site of the creation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). More than 20 years later, implementation of GHS, an internationally recognized system for the classification and labeling, continues. In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known Read More

  • Learn to Spot Hazards with the Hazfinder OSHA Training Tool

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    OSHA has released the Hazfinder, a new Hazard Identification Training Tool, an interactive game-based training tool designed to engage and educate users. There are three simulations to choose from: OSHA Visual Inspection Training Manufacturing Construction   Each scenario presents its own safety problems and issues to address. From turning out a profit and fixing safety issues, spotting the possible dangers in different areas to allocating time to Read More

  • Product Spotlight: Fire and Exit Signs

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    Would employees and visitors to your facility know how to exit the building in the event of an emergency? They have to know, and you can help with signage that enables occupants to evacuate your building quickly and safely during an emergency situation. Simply by marking all emergency and fire exits, you can ensure everyone’s safety. According to OSHA, workplaces must have at least two exit routes. But Read More

  • Help Workers Keep Their Cool: Avoid Heat-Related Illness and Death

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    As the summer heat approaches, preventing illness—and even death—due to heat stress and heat stroke—should be top of mind for employers as they strive to keep workers safe in all climates. Heat illness is identified in a variety of forms, such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. OSHA cautions that heat stroke can be deadly. Employers must provide workers with environments that protect those workers Read More

  • Don’t Be Caught Off Guard: Develop an Evacuation Plan for Your Workers and Your Facility

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    Will your workers know what to automatically do if there is an emergency? If they don’t, it’s crucial that you get them all on the same page with the development of an emergency action plan (EAP).  An EAP ensures employers and employees know how to respond during an emergency. The basic framework for an EAP, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), must include: Means of reporting Read More

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