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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, January 12, 2015

7 Signs Your Workplace Needs Refresher Training

What you don’t know can indeed hurt you – maybe even kill you.

Just because retraining may not be legally required doesn’t mean you don’t need it. Here are 7 tell-tale signs your workplace could benefit from refresher training.

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Interviews with 3 Construction Executives

The question posed to three construction executives was: 

What’s the biggest challenge and success you’ve encountered in developing your safety culture?

>> See their responses

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Forklift Safety Inspections

Clocking in at #6 on OSHA's top-cited violations for 2014 (and 2013) are powered industrial trucks. If you have forklifts in your workplace, this is for you.

To contribute to a safer working environment and prevent costly lift truck repairs, it is important to inspect your forklifts regularly as part of your daily or pre-shift inspection. Defective lift trucks should be reported to a supervisor, and the operator should discontinue use upon detection of any unsafe condition. Here's a forklift inspection checklist. OSHA also provides a variety of daily forklift checklists.

And don't miss these 10 things you need to know about your forklift, which includes 4 forklift videos you'll never forget.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Workplace Safety Resolutions

January is a logical time for resolutions. In addition to starting a new year, we've just had two months of holiday indulgence and a lot of time off. We've been slow, we've been heavy, we're tired of it. We're ready for better versions of ourselves.

Don't forget to make resolutions on workplace improvements. We'll start you out with some possibilities:

5 Unhealthy Workplace Habits to Break in 2015

New Year's Resolutions for Safety Professionals


Get Lean - put lean manufacturing precepts to work in your workplace

And because a key part of safety is training...

Free Safety Training Guides - something for pretty much every major industrial category

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Working Around Winter

We can't continue in denial, winter is here and it's not going anywhere for awhile. Even our sunny states should be ready, as evidenced by recent snowfall in Phoenix. If you haven't prepped your workplace for winter--or want to verify that you didn't miss anything important--here's how to prep in four steps.

If you're way past that and are already out there, putting in your time in the elements, here is advice on working smart in winter weather.

OSHA has a winter weather page including topics like shoveling snow, winter driving, clearing snow from roofs, even removing downed trees. On the OSHA page on the righthand sidebar are also Quick Card downloads on chainsaw safety, tree trimming and removal, grounding for portable generators, and other weather-appropriate topics.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Revised OSHA Injury Reporting Requirements



Guest post by Jordy Byrd
 
OSHA has new serious occupational injury and illness recordkeeping requirements. Are you ready?

Effective January 1, 2015, employers in more than two dozen industries will now be required to maintain OSHA 300 Logs. This update was established in order to transition from Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes to a new North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

Newly regulated businesses with more than 10 employees in some industries will now be required to keep injury and illness records so that OSHA can better understand industry hazards, implement worker protections, and reduce accidents. Select businesses are partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

All employers, regardless of size or industry, are required to report all fatal work-related injuries within eight hours. Amputations, eye loss incidents, and inpatient hospitalizations must be reported within 24 hours. Find out if you are required to maintain records under the updated rule.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Guidelines for Holiday Parties and Pregnant Workers

'Tis the season, your company is having a holiday party, and some employees may drink a little too much. What can you do to prevent problems, and minimize liability?  >> Find out

Can an employee file a workers' compensation claim for something that happened during a holiday party?  >> Find out

Pregnancy in the Workplace

pregnant employee

Being pregnant at work carries its own special hazards and difficulties, both for the unborn baby and the mom-to-be. What if there are hazardous substances in the workplace?  >> Find out what to do

Substances for pregnant employees to avoid

Rights of pregnant employees (these are not OSHA mandates)

New EEOC guidance on pregnant employees

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