safety

  • Stay Safe Outside: Protect Workers Against Outdoor Hazards

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    Outdoor workers face many safety hazards unique to the outside world every day, regardless of the season. However, many of those hazards are more prevalent during the current and upcoming warmer months.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies two main types of outdoor hazards: physical hazards and biological hazards. Physical hazards include extreme heat, extreme cold, noise, lightning and ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  Extreme heat can 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

  • Young Workers on Your Summer Payroll?: What You Need to Know

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    Do you employ young workers for the summer? If so, you need to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep these typically inexperienced workers safe. OSHA cites many reasons that young workers become injured or sick on the job: unsafe equipment, inadequate safety training, inadequate supervision, dangerous work that is illegal or inappropriate for youth under 18, pressure to work faster and stressful conditions. Employers have many Read More

  • The Bottom Line: Costs of Failing to Protect Workers

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    OSHA recently released a report about how work injuries and illnesses are putting high costs on workers, their families and the overall economy. Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job features a graphic that asks the question: Who bears the cost of worker injuries?  Fifty percent is covered, by workers and their families, with the rest covered by workers’ compensation (21%), Read More

  • Working Outside: How to Beat the Summer Heat

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    While it’s great to enjoy the fresh air when working outdoors, outside work can be hazardous—and even fatal—during the strong heat of the summer. Workers are at risk for a variety of heat-related illnesses. It’s important to know the warning signs and what to do if you or one of your workers begins to show symptoms of a heat-related illness. Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its Read More

  • Be Proactive: Prevent Injuries on the Job

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    Being proactive and trying to prevent injuries before they happen is a good strategy to help reduce such incidents in your workplace. It is also the thought behind OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. These programs, according to OSHA, “allow employers and workers to collaborate on an ongoing basis to find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt or become ill.” Other benefits of these programs are a Read More

  • Spring-Time Safety: Flood Preparedness

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    For most of us, spring-time means a lot of water around our facilities. Whether it’s from massive snow piles that have melted or just rain from those pesky April showers, it’s no surprise when extra water makes its way into and around your building. To help lessen the damage to your facility, it helps to be prepared before any flooding occurs. Certain steps should be taken during and 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

  • Avoid Distracted Driving Mistakes: Keep Your Workers Focused and Off the Phone

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    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the National Safety Council (NSC) is marking the occasion with a new campaign, Calls Kill, to communicate how hands-free cell phones are not risk-free. Have you communicated the risks around using cell phones while driving with your workers? Do you know if they practice safe driving when they are operating company vehicles, or even their personal vehicles? For their safety and Read More

  • Stay Safe in the Cold: Snow Removal Safety Facts You Need Now

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    You already know how important it is to protect your workers with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when they’re working outside in extremely cold weather conditions. Illnesses such as frostbite, hypothermia and cold stress are significant threats to workers’ well-being. At the same time, the actual jobs workers perform outside during the winter months can also jeopardize their health—specifically snow shoveling and using power equipment, such as snow Read More

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