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Safety Compliance: How to Ensure Your Business is Compliant

Imagine strapping into a rollercoaster, the anticipation brewing as you’re gradually carried toward the summit. You trust in the meticulous safety inspections and rigorous regulations the amusement park industry must comply with to ensure your thrill doesn’t become a nightmare. Now, imagine navigating your business through its ups and downs without the assurance of an

Avoid OSHA Citations: What You Need to Know to Stay Compliant

Imagine you’re walking on thin ice, carefully observing every step. One wrong move and there you are, submerged into freezing waters without a rescue team in sight. Similarly, bypassing OSHA compliance can throw your business into deep trouble with hefty penalties, unrecoverable reputational damage, and worst of all, injuries to your invaluable workforce. To avoid

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

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

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)

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

Chemical Hazard Labels: Do Yours Look Like this Yet?

Hazardous Chemical Label

If you have hazardous chemicals in your workplace, you’ve probably heard about the upcoming changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS). Beginning in 2015, labels and information sheets for hazardous chemicals will be changing to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) that standardizes labels to make communication between countries simpler.

Inspection Checklists and Their Role in Safety

safety checklist, safety inspection

All workplaces have to do periodic inspections of things like safety procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and exit routes. These inspections help businesses make sure their operations are up to code and functioning well, and they can be useful in office environments, manufacturing floors, warehouses, laboratories and many other work sites. Workplaces can perform

Observing Posture to Improve Ergonomics

ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) occur frequently in the workplace and in 2011 accounted for a third of all injuries and illnesses reported, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries result in time away from work and lost productivity, which significantly impact employers in addition to employees. In 2009, MSDs cost businesses in the U.S.

Buy Quiet Program Can Prevent Hearing Loss

hearing protection, Buy Quiet

Did you know the most common work-related injury in the United States isn’t back injuries or sprains? It’s actually noise-induced hearing loss, and 22 million workers experience noises in the workplace that are loud enough to cause hearing damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When noise levels in the workplace