Workplace Safety

  • 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

  • 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

  • OSHA: Celebrating 44 Years of Safety

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    If your workplace is a safe place today, it’s likely because of the work OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does every day. It’s work OSHA has done for the last 44 years. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health, noted in his blog on the OSHA website how OSHA’s work began once President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into Read More

  • Employee Communication Helps in Reporting and Preventing Accidents

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    Because employees are the individuals on the front lines, they oftentimes see what the managers don’t: both the good and the bad. If injuries or illnesses occur on the jobsite, they see what happened. Chances are, they know the exact cause. They may even know how to prevent it. For all of these reasons, employees must be encouraged to share what they see and what they know about any Read More

  • Start an Employee Safety Training Program

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    If you’re starting 2015 with a renewed commitment to safety and compliance at your workplace, a good way to spread that commitment among your workers is to create an employee safety training program. An employee safety training program is an effective way in which to create a strong safety culture and reduce overall workplace hazards. OSHA provides guidelines on how to build and maintain a program. The first Read More

  • Be Prepared: What to Expect When an OSHA Inspector Visits

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    It is OSHA’s goal to ensure workplaces are safe for workers. One way the agency ensures that is through inspections it conducts of facilities. Typically, inspections are done without any warning, so it’s best to prepare ahead of time and know what to expect when your facility is about to undergo an OSHA inspection. An inspection can begin with a phone/fax investigation. Amidst reports of a lower Read More

  • Job Hazard Analysis: What It Is and Why You Need It

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    The purpose of a job hazard analysis is to examine job tasks and identify hazards related to those tasks before they happen. Once completed, a job hazard analysis can prevent injuries and illnesses. On a larger scale, according to OSHA, they can also yield more effective work processes, reduce workers’ compensation costs and increase worker productivity. OSHA suggests giving the highest priority to these types of jobs when planning Read More

  • GHS Update: The Next Deadline is Almost Here

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    The implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) has been on the minds of employers, chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors for quite some time. All of these stakeholders have been working to get this standardized process of labeling elements and safety data sheets in place. Throughout 2013, employers were focused on meeting a December 1, 2013 deadline to provide employee training on Read More

  • Survey: Number of Workplace Injuries Down in 2013

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    The number of injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers dropped in 2013, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).  This represents steady declines over the last 11 years (except for 2012). More than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2013. This represents an incidence rate of 3.3 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. The Read More

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