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Using a Staffing Agency? You Still Have Safety Responsibilities

4 min read 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 …

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More HazCom Updates on the Horizon?

2 min read 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 …

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What Falls Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause?

4 min read 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 …

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Trenching & Excavation Safety

4 min read 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 …

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Chemical Hazard Labels: Do Yours Look Like this Yet?

Hazardous Chemical Label

4 min read 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 …

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Inspection Checklists and Their Role in Safety

safety checklist, safety inspection

4 min read 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 …

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Observing Posture to Improve Ergonomics

ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders

4 min read 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 …

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Buy Quiet Program Can Prevent Hearing Loss

4 min read 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 …

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The Hierarchy of Hazard Controls

hazard control, PPE

5 min read Many employers turn to personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep workers safe around hazards. Safety glasses prevent flying debris from injuring workers’ eyes, safety gloves protect employees’ hands from chemicals and fire-resistant clothing protects those who work close to flames or hot objects. PPE should actually be the last line …

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Respiratory Protection 101

3 min read What you need to know: Respiratory 101 Respirators are a worker’s first line of defense against areas with insufficient oxygen, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. Without the proper protection, these can all lead to fatal situations. Workers that have been exposed to these hazards have suffered …

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The Future of Occupational Safety

3 min read Forward Thinking Contemplating the future can be a slippery slope clashed with controversy and hope. We can combine all the statistics with all the collective information available, and still be completely wrong in our predictions. The answer to today’s problem may not necessarily be the answer for tomorrow’s problem. However …

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NFPA 70E Changes Update

3 min read Last year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the 2012 edition of NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® which was full of revisions and updates from previous versions. Unfortunately, several organizations are still struggling with the NFPA 70E revisions. Now that the federal Occupational Safety and Health …

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