• Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in Your Workplace

    sliptripfall Slips, trips and falls account for more general industry accidents than any other type of incident. And 15 percent of all on-the-job fatalities are attributed to slips, trips and falls. According to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, slips, trips and falls resulted in: • 680 fatalities • More than 285,000 lost work-time injuries The numbers may be startling, but there is still a tendency by some to overlook the dangers of slips, trips and falls in the workplace... Read More
  • Hazard Communication: An Overview


    Learn the Basics of GHS

    A Louisiana food processing plant was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on June 18, 2014, for allegedly exposing employees to levels of carbon monoxide that were at least four times above the permissible exposure limit. Additionally, the company received two serious violations for failing to develop and imple.. Read More
  • The Perils of Working with Electricity


    An employee was operating a pneumatic-powered machine when the equipment malfunctioned. The employee determined that the air compressor was not working properly. After inspecting the compressor, he concluded that the problem was due to a blown fuse in a nearby electric panel. Reaching into the panel box, the employee attempted to remove one of the fuses. He was electrocuted and died instantly. — OSHA Accident Report 7/11/2011 After work.. Read More
  • 10-Point Employee Respiratory Training Checklist

    respirators-masks-category-image_6Regardless of the type of respirator that employees wear, they must receive training on the following:   ___ Why a respirator is required ___ Capabilities and limitations of the respirator ___ Procedures for inspecting the respirator ___ How to properly put on, take off and use the respirator ___ How to check the seal of the respirator ___ How to use the respirator in an emergency situation — and w.. Read More
  • Respiratory Protection Can Be a Lifesaver

    honeywell-north-7600-series-full-facepiece-respirators-ld59-baMany workplace hazards are easy to spot if we know what we’re looking for. The same cannot be said for toxic atmospheres. Airborne contaminants pose unique hazards; they’re often invisible, as well as odorless. Employees may be inhaling dangerous substances and not even know it. The key to safety in such environments is respiratory protection. By law, employers must provide respirat.. Read More
  • Ergonomics and the Workplace

    According to the most recent numbers compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders account for 34 percent of all back paininjury and illness cases in the workplace. Ergonomics-related conditions are a leading cause of lost workdays among all employees. Ergonomics Defined Ergonomics is the study of employees and their work environment. When there is a poor fit between employees and their work environment, the result can be a high number of injuries — referred to as musculoskeletal disorders. Conversely, a good fit between em.. Read More
  • Steps to a Safe Lockout

    Lockout/tagout procedures can vary from machine to machine or site to site. However, there are some general steps that should be always be followed:loto image 1. Prepare for shutdown by notifying all affected employees that lockout is about to occur. 2. Shut down the machine or equipment using normal stopping means, such as a stop button at the production control center. 3. Disconnect or isolate the machine from its energy source; in other words, take steps to prevent the normal flow of energy. All en.. Read More
  • A Lesson on Lockout/Tagout

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) is meant to protect the more than 3 million employees who service or maintain machinery from severe injury or death.Lockout Devices OSHA estimates that complying with the standard prevents about 120 fatalities and 50,000 employee injuries each year. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, many companies fall short in this area and must face the consequences. In 2013 alone, the f.. Read More