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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, 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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A Week of Worker Fatalities

City of Weston work site

OSHA posted four sets of citations last week involving worker fatalities, from a 21-year old crushed by machinery to a worker whose hair was caught in a conveyor.

Worked Killed During Underwater Construction

After the death of a 45-year-old untrained diver, Ric-Man International Inc. was cited for 19 safety violations, including one willful. The employee died while completing surface-supplied air diving during underwater construction activities for the City of Weston.  >> Read full story

Worked Killed by Meat-Packing Conveyor

A 54-year-old worker was fatally injured when his hair and arm caught in an unguarded conveyor system at a meat packing plant. His employer, JBS USA LLC, failed to protect workers from moving machine parts by properly guarding or de-energizing the equipment.   >> Read full story

Worked Crushed by Machine

A 21-year-old machine operator was fatally crushed at Ventra Belvidere LLC while reaching into a machine to align parts made for Chrysler vehicles. OSHA cited the facility for one willful and four serious safety violations for exposing workers to dangerous machinery and other hazards.  >> Read full story

Worked Killed by Nitrogen Exposure

A 23-year-old worker died while conducting sampling of a tank which contained egg products and nitrogen. OSHA has cited the company--known for products such as Papetti's, Crystal Farms, AllWhites and Simply Potatoes--for five serious safety violations, including exposing employees to nitrogen hazards.

OSHA's inspection found that Michael Foods failed to prevent employees from entering permit-required confined spaces. Related to this failure, the company did not ensure that emergency services were proficient in confined space rescues and that appropriate equipment for a confined space rescue could be used to perform one quickly.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Safety Training Tips and Resources

Whether you present in person or on paper, there are certain approaches that can help engage your audience or alienate them.  >> Ten tips to improve your training

Free Safety and Compliance Online Training Courses

These are pretty niche (like food safety and safe lifting) but they're free, and attendees will receive a certificate.  >> Free online training courses

Reminder: Floor Marking / Wayfinding Webinar

This event can also be a helpful training tool. There is a Q&A session after the event.

Sign up now for our free Floor Marking / Wayfinding Webinar
Wednesday, December 10
1:00 – 1:45 pm Eastern Standard Time  (Find event time in your time zone)

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Chemical Leak at DuPont When Container Valve Failed

DuPont chemical leak

LA PORTE – Four workers are dead and another is in the hospital following a chemical leak at a DuPont facility.

DuPont company spokesman Aaron Woods said a valve somehow failed on a container of methyl mercaptan, a chemical used to make insecticide. Officials are still investigating why the valve failed.  >> Read full story

Houston Chronicle: DuPont's safety record has slipped in recent years

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List released of Canada's Safest Employers of 2014

The award, launched in 2011, boasts 10 industry-specific categories, ranging from hospitality to mining and natural resources. Companies are judged on a wide range of occupational health and safety elements including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives.  >> See the list

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Floor Marking / Wayfinding Webinar

Floor marking

This free power course shows you how to create an effective floor marking/wayfinding system. It is also an effective bolster to a 5S system, facilitating the "Set in Order" step.

Floor marking has productivity and organizational applications, but it's also a key safety tool. Minimize slip-and-fall injuries, set up safe perimeters around machines, create glowing pathways for a lights-out emergency and more. Wayfinding helps workers and facility traffic reach their destination quickly.
 

But how do you put these concepts to work in your facility? This 45-minute power course covers everything you need to know.

This event can also be a helpful training tool. There is a Q&A session after the event.

Sign up now for our free Floor Marking / Wayfinding Webinar
Wednesday, December 10
1:00 – 1:45 pm Eastern Standard Time  (Find event time in your time zone)

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OSHA Fire Extinguisher Requirements May Surprise You

Operation of a fire extinguisher seems simple enough: pull pin, point toward fire, squeeze the lever. It may surprise you to learn that OSHA mandates hands-on employee training prior to portable extinguisher use...not just once, but annually.  >> Here's what else you need to know

OSHA fire extinguisher training (PowerPoint, free)

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