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Tips to Prepare General Industry for Silica Compliance

In an effort to further limit respirable crystalline silica dust exposure, OSHA will enforce its rule for general and maritime industries starting June 23. This rule has been in effect for several months for the construction industry. As employers prepare and put in place control measures, such as new equipment, or make changes in silica work areas, they can examine workplace communication systems to ensure the health and safety of workers. Read more »

Study: Training Lacks for Immigrant Workers

A recent study shows that immigrant workers at smaller construction firms are less likely to have safety training than those workers at larger firms. In particular, Latinos in construction have the highest fall fatality rates. Safety and health agencies aim to push continued education efforts by encouraging more training and workplace communication. Companies can instruct workers in a language they can understand on ways to identify occupational risks and how to control them. Read more »

Partnerships Pull Together for Grain Bin Safety

Over the past several years, the number of grain bin incidents and deaths having improved, but only slightly. Partnerships are forming through academics, organizations, and emergency teams to help prevent grain bin entrapment deaths and educate on proper rescue methods. These efforts are being implemented throughout the U.S. to increase worker safety in the grain storage and processing industries. Read more »

Roofing Work Demands Climb in Storm-Hit Areas

Roofing work demand is high after storms on the East Coast. The roofing industry already is facing a worker shortage and companies are trying to keep pace with a growing list of roofing projects. When time is of the essence, roofing workers still must adhere to compliance and safety best practices to prevent injuries or death. Read more »

Energize Workplace Electrical Safety Plans

Each May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International highlights the importance of electrical safety by focusing on ways to educate on the potential hazards in various industries. This year, the campaign focuses on electric shock drownings and overhead power line safety. Managers and workers can stay up to date on current electrical codes and other standards to maximize electrical safety. Remind workers to use procedures to minimize dangers and risks for injuries or death. Read more »

Solar Energy Future Bright in California

California recently approved a plan to have solar panels included on the roofs of all new-home construction starting in 2020. There are many dangers in solar installation work. Remind workers of the hazards of solar installation work and use safety best practices, including signs and labels, to help promote an injury-free environment. Signs and labels not only make it easier for installers to perform work, they also help electricians, technicians, and firefighters when working around solar systems. Read more »

Ontario Unveils 2017’s Top 10 Workplace Violations

Ontario unveils its Occupational Health and Safety Top 10 Violations list. Violence is No.1 but Fall Protection is No. 2 – with the construction industry named the top violator. Canada's government and other agencies are helping employers and workers re-evaluate safety programs to avoid these violations and save lives. Read more »

Video Series Highlights 2018 Changes to NFPA 70E

The National Fire Protection Agency has created a series of videos and is featuring them on YouTube to help keep workplaces in compliance with NFPA 70E 2018. Managers can enhance safety and reduce on-the-job exposures to electrical hazards by keeping pace with this update. The 2018 NFPA 70E reflects industry changes for job safety such as newer technologies and industry advancements. Read more »

OSHA Region 3 Kicks Up Construction Industry Hazard Awareness

OSHA is pushing awareness to help lower the number of deaths and injuries from the Fatal Four main hazards in the construction industry. With ambitious goals, OSHA is helping construction companies host toolbox talks and wants to help create an open and warm dialogue among agencies, businesses, and workers. Read more »

Trenching Deaths Prompt OSHA to Act

It only takes a moment for 3,000 pounds of dirt to fall on an unsuspecting trench worker. On average, there are two workers each month who are killed by trench work hazards. OSHA wants to increase vigilance on work site safety regarding trenches as well as strengthen the use of protective measures. Construction workers and others involved in trench work can take several precautions to ensure safe practices are being used prior to any work being done for optimal safety. Read more »

Construction Industry Evolves for New Growth

The way the construction industry operates has been evolving through new equipment, technology, and offsite collaborations. These changes have ushered in improvements to safety by using systems that have designed out hazards, assist in improving work site functions, and have entire teams focusing on preventing job site hazards from start to finish. Workers are meeting construction industry challenges and keeping up with demand. Read more »

Safety Prep Work: 5 Ways to Avert Common Bio Waste Violations

There are clear guidelines that health care and lab workers must follow when handling biohazard waste. Proper management and disposal of materials including hypodermic needles, blood-soaked cloths, and contaminated experiments is crucial to help keep workers safe. This protocol also helps to protect public exposure and harm to the environment. Clearly organize and mark disposal containers and verify that workers follow through on complete biohazard waste plans for optimal safety. Read more »

4 Signs Your Safety Communication Needs an Update

Safety signs and labels that are up to date, clearly worded, and in tact play a key role in achieving workplace safety and compliance goals. Signage that has faded or lost reflectiveness, or are missing from dangerous areas, do not help communicate hazards clearly and consistently to workers. It is important to evaluate routinely and correct promptly any workplace sign and label system to ensure optimal effectiveness for injury prevention. Read more »

Mislabeled Bottle Causes Injury

An injury incident at a university lab prompts staff to better organize the lab, revisit chemical safety plans, and improve methods to ensure lab safety. Chemical safety in the workplace starts with strong safety concepts that are established before work begins. Industries that work with chemicals, including laboratories, can use these six best practice and compliance assistance tips to manage chemical safety and utilize safety precautions. Read more »

Pedestrian Deaths Plateau on Second Year of Record Numbers

Pedestrian injuries and deaths continue to stay at record-high numbers, while motor vehicle-related deaths have declined only slightly. Organizations such as the National Safety Council are reminding drivers and pedestrians to help create a safer environment. On the job site, companies can increase workplace safety for pedestrians and drivers in high-traffic work sites through visual communication. Read more »

NIOSH Study Links Impacts of Workplace Noise, Heart Health

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health conducted a study about noise in the workplace and its effects on worker health. Some of the results showed that long-term exposure to loud noise in the work environment could impact blood pressure and overall heart health. Will workplace noise mitigation plans shift to further extend safety protocol? Read more »

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