Workplace Safety

  • 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

  • Safety Leadership: Do You Lead the Charge?

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    The mandate for a successful safety culture in an organization must begin at the top.  If you are a company’s leader, this means that building a safety culture has to start with your commitment to the effort. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers many suggestions on how to create that safety culture in A Resource Guide on the Journey to Safety Excellence. Among the guidance, NSC provides steps 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

  • How to Make Your Parking Lot ADA-Compliant

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    Do you know for sure if your parking lot is ADA-compliant? There is a lot to know to ensure you’re following all of the rules and regulations outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Having accessible parking is one of the most important components of the ADA. First of all, you must provide an adequate number of accessible parking spaces depending on the size of 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

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    OSHA introduces new rules regarding the reporting of injuries and cites companies for jeopardizing the safety of their workers. Learn what the new rules could mean to you, and what led to these latest OSHA violations. New Rules for Reporting Severe Injuries Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, employers must communicate with OSHA whenever an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of Read More

  • Traffic Safety in the Work Zone

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    Work zones can be danger zones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 609 construction and maintenance work zone fatalities in 2012. One of the dangers of a work zone is the risk of a worker being struck by a vehicle, and it’s important to put processes in place to maintain the safety of workers, as well as motorists traveling through work zones. Read More

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