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OSHA Construction Standards Changes

OSHA took a look at construction safety standards and made 14 revisions. Here are a few of the most significant changes and how they affect the construction industry. Read more »

Simple Tips to Reinforce Trench Safety Programs

After noticing an increase in trench work violations, injuries, and deaths, OSHA is ramping up educational efforts. Teaming up with industry professionals, equipment suppliers, and others, the agency will expand outreach to help protect workers nationally. A combination of supportive training and resources are available. Now is the perfect time to brush up on some trenching best practices, which increase safety as well as efficiency on any project. Read more »

6 Ways to Improve Office Safety in June, National Safety Month

Each year, nearly 80,000 private sector administrative workers suffer on-the-job injuries. With June named by the National Safety Council (NSC) as National Safety Month, here are six smart fixes, beyond simple ergonomics, that can help make any office safer. Read more »

OSHA’s Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign Heats Up for Summer

OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in high temperatures. Three key words embody OSHA’s safety message: Water. Rest. Shade. The signs of heat-related illness and acting quickly can prevent more serious medical conditions and may even save lives. Read more »

Tips to Prepare for National Forklift Safety Day

National Forklift Safety Day is the second Tuesday in June. The day serves as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight safe use of forklifts and the importance of operator training. In turn, this encourages safer behavior in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants. Read more »

Worker Details Chemical Inhalation Incident

Unknown chemicals were inhaled by a warehouse employee during a grocery story remodel in Florida. Since then, he has had numerous visits to the emergency room for headaches, nausea, and other ailments. For the safety of workers and others, it's important for workplaces to thoroughly evaluate the potential risk for chemical exposure prior to work being done. Read more »

Fall Prevention, Protection Focuses Increase

On work sites of every variety, heights can pose a greater risk than workers realize. Working near roofing edges, on large ladders, and towering scaffolding requires extra attention for fall prevention and protection should a fall occur. As the construction stand down approaches, re-evaluate fall prevention and protection plans. 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 electrical safety during disasters, among other electrical dangers. Managers and workers can stay up to date on 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 »

Creative Teen Videos ‘Speak Up’ for Work Safety

Young workers are often less likely to speak up about their health and safety concerns at work. To help encourage teens to communicate and to work safely, the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition each year sponsors a video contest. The idea is that the videos allow teens to be creative and share messages of workplace safety to their peers. Read more »

Tips to Maximize Control Panel Safety

Never underestimate the power of electricity. While it is easy to take energy for granted, there are many hazards that await workers who do not prepare prior to working with it. Workplaces can ensure safety for electrical maintenance by keeping control panels neat, organized and properly labeled. This helps workers easily troubleshoot prior to performing electrical work. Read more »

SAIF Leader Rises to Construction Challenges

Knowing she’s making a difference in the lives of workers is what motivates Melissa Diede. The senior safety management consultant and construction safety manager at SAIF Corporation shares what it’s like in her profession and how important safety is for employers and employees alike. Read more »

128 Years Strong, E.M. Duggan Thrives on Safety

E.M. Duggan is a fifth-generation, family owned mechanical contracting business in Massachusetts. For 128 years, the company has been long respected for its expertise in plumbing, HVAC, fire protection and service. The company's commitment to industrial futurism and investment in safety have earned it Contractor of the Year among a few other awards recently. Read more »

East Kentucky Power Amplifies Safety

Safety has risen to a whole new level at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. The power company says that boosting its safety program has changed its work culture and productivity for the better. The results of their safety journey are encouraging, which placed EKPC's chief executive officer among 2019's CEOs Who "Get It" by the National Safety Council. Read more »

Ghirardelli's Secret Recipe: Staying Lean

Imagine a chocolate manufacturing world, where production lines are running smoothly. It's a world of pure reality at Ghirardelli's facility in California. All the tools workers need are there when they need them. Operators are engaged and looking out for hazards and risks. With smooth production, there are fewer breakdowns, and therefore less risk for operators to get hurt. These production methods are crucial in keeping the chocolate company at full speed ahead, especially for the holidays. Read more »

Optimize Safety and Efficiency: To-Do List

There are always new opportunities to improve safety and efficiency in the workplace. Using results from a recent NSC survey, address worker safety issues easily by drawing attention to the top areas of safety concerns. Amplify visual communication and other efficiency tactics through supportive lean tools and equipment. Read more »

OSHA Lines Up: Time to Tackle Safety

OSHA is set to investigate businesses with high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Workplaces should take this time to evaluate their OSHA compliance. Take simple steps to meet the protocols of standards by establishing and improving safety and health programs. Not only does a workplace boost safety and compliance, but it makes way for a more efficient environment. Read more »

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