PPE

  • Avoid an Asbestos Hazard: How to Protect Your Workers

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    As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber. It is also known as a major health hazard. It is a human carcinogen, causing chronic lung disease, along with lung cancer and other types of cancers. OSHA explains that workers can be exposed to asbestos in many ways: during the manufacturing of asbestos-containing products; performing brake or clutch repairs; renovating Read More

  • Fall Protection According to OSHA: Know the Basics

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    Do you know OSHA rules about the basics of fall protection? Even if workers in your workplace are only exposed to heights occasionally, it’s important to know OSHA regulations regarding fall protection and how to keep your workers safe at all heights. Here are some standard facts you must know: OSHA requires that workers in general industry be protected while working at a height of four feet or Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    An iron foundry was recently investigated, cited and fined by OSHA for the eighth time since 2011 for failing to protect employees from safety and health hazards. Three recent inspections yielded 27 violations and $152,912 in fines. The company was fined for various fall, machine guarding and sling hazards. The foundry has been in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program since August 2013, after not protecting workers from electrical Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A roofing company was fined $44,660 by OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards and not providing fall protection. The workers were installing shingles on a roof without fall protection, including guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. The company was cited for one willful and one repeat violation. It also received a violation for failing to train employees on fall prevention hazards and procedures. Read Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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