Audits, Analysis, and Assessments – The Trilogy

Worker conducting inspection with clipboard

What would you imagine someone saying if they were told to perform a job hazard analysis? What about a risk assessment? Heaven forbid the company has to have someone come in for a safety audit! Hopefully there aren’t too many disagreeable groans when this news is relayed to employees. In fact, those three safety procedures should be welcomed into the workplace as they have the potential to save lives and eliminate hazards in work environments—whether …

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What is Process Safety Management?

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management (PSM) is an analytical tool used to prevent the release of highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) and improve safety in the workplace. As defined by OSHA and the EPA, HHCs are chemicals that can pose physical or health hazards to workers or the surrounding community. These chemicals are usually toxic, reactive, flammable, and/or explosive. Any company that uses, stores, manufactures, or handles, or moves HHCs will need to follow the PSM requirements as …

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10 Best Safety Apps For Safety Pros

Paul Colangelo

Paul Colangelo, STS, CHST, CET; Nat’l Dir. of Compliance Programs at ClickSafety. Details. Paul Colangelo reviews the 10 best safety apps for general industry and construction. Paul chose low cost or free apps and those which work without an a connection to wifi or a cellular signal. He steered clear of sponsored and vendor applications. Mr. Colangelo, STS, CHST, CET, is National Director of Compliance Programs at ClickSafety. He first presented his list of 10 …

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OSHA Inspections – How To Prepare

Roy Kroker, Consultation Manager, OSHA, Oregon

Roy Kroker, Consultation Mgr., OSHA, Oregon Details. Did you know that a consultation by OSHA cannot trigger an OSHA inspection? Hear from Roy Kroker, Consultation Manager of OSHA, Oregon. Roy explains that the Consultation and Enforcement divisions operate independently. In this 26 minute interview, Dan Clark asks 16 questions of Roy on OSHA’s free consultative services, OSHA’s new hazard communication label standard, confined space, arc flash, and more. Roy describes how his staff can go …

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Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down – Pt 2

Matt McNicholas, OSHA Safety And Health Specialist Details. Fall prevention. Employers have a huge obligation to prevent injuries and deaths. Matt McNicholas, CSP, of OSHA, details the second annual Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down, designed to create fall awareness. The nationwide event is May 4-15, 2015. In this podcast, Matt describes the three main responsibilities of an employer: Planning ahead to get the job done safely; providing the right equipment; training the exposed employees on how …

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Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down – Pt 1

Dr. Christine Branche of NIOSH Details. Fall prevention. That’s the reason for the Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down. NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche describes 2015’s two week event, May 4-15. Employers should stop work at construction sites to explain fall prevention policies with workers. In this interview, Dr. Branche details the awful statistics on injury and death due to workplace falls in the United States. She also describes the Stand-Down history, and the cooperation between government agencies …

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Using a Staffing Agency? You Still Have Safety Responsibilities

To-Do List, Safety List

It’s becoming more and more common for companies to employ temporary workers from staffing agencies, especially at large worksites. Companies decide to use staffing agencies for many reasons, sometimes because doing so is cost-effective or helps cover periods of higher production. One of the problems with this rising phenomenon is that when workers at a jobsite are employed by more than one business, it’s easy for safety and safety training to fall through the cracks. Employers …

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More HazCom Updates on the Horizon?

Globally Harmonized System, Purple Book

In 2012, OSHA updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Many of these changes have begun to impact employers, as businesses are required to train workers in how to read the new chemical labels and safety data sheets, and beginning this June, businesses must also have compliant labels in their workplaces. There have been many workplace discussions about how to …

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What Falls Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause?

OSHA, General Duty Clause

You’ve probably heard of OSHA’s General Duty Clause, perhaps in the context of a company receiving a citation. For safety managers and business owners, hearing stories about OSHA using the General Duty Clause to issue citations might sound a bit intimidating because the clause itself is vague. OSHA’s General Duty Clause, found at section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, states: Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment …

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Trenching & Excavation Safety

Excavation Safety

Trenching and excavation accidents in the construction industry aren’t a new occurrence. Fatalities have happened for decades, in large part because of cave-ins. OSHA even began a National Emphasis Program for trenching and excavation safety in 1985 to reduce the number of serious accidents. Violations, serious injuries and fatalities related to this type of work continue to occur, though. For example, a worker installing sewer lines at a residential home in Missouri was killed when a …

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