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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Safety Best Practices in Action


Cape Code Regional Transit Authority

It's time for some good news in the safety world...here are some companies that are doing it right. Find out about Catch-A-Ride's safety tips program, or Cape Code Regional Transit Authority's unique method of conveying SDS information. Also, Delaware Transit Corporation set up their own safety awards program.  >> Read more

While we're at it, if you'd like to see more good safety practices in action, visit the Department of Labor's Worker Safety & Health App Challenge winners page, for some more innovative takes on a safe workplace.

If your company has some helpful safety practices, contact us and we'll reach out to you for details.

5 Top Tips for a Healthier, Happier Workforce

Employee well-being is better for workers, better for you, and better for the bottom line. With these 5 Top Tips for a Healthier, Happier Workforce, you can potentially reduce absences and costs. 

The Hazards of Ignoring Minor Injuries

When we talk about someone being injured, we usually think of serious injuries, not scratches, splinters, dust in the eye, and blisters. These types of incidents might not deliver much pain or cause us to miss work. If properly treated, they can usually heal rather quickly.  >> Dealing with minor workplace injuries

3 Ways to Prevent Electrical Hazards

Electrical-related accidents aren't the most frequent workplace injury, but they do tend to be more severe--leading to larger workers' compensation claims and workplace deaths.

According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 300,000 workers have been injured in electrical-related accidents in the workplace over the past decade. Accidents include electrocution, shock, and arch flash and blast.  >> Prevent electrical hazards

More lockout/tagout safety tips

Free OSHA Training Resources

OSHA has a free QuickCard reference for nearly any hazard you can imagine, including tree trimming, shipyard safety, maritime or motor vehicle safety, respirators... even mold. Some are available in Spanish and Portuguese. >> Grab free QuickCards

They also have worker rights outreach cards, magnets, and posters for display. These are available in many languages. Grab 'em and print 'em here.

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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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