The Dangers of Lead in Construction

When working in construction, the presence of lead is always a cause for concern. Recent increases in highway work, bridge repair, lead removal in homes, and residential remodeling have made the potential for lead exposure much more common. Lead is...Read Full Article

Lead: understanding hazards, standards, and compliance

Lead is a major risk to those who work in construction. Overexposure can cause a number of health issues and can even be deadly. Because many construction, demolition, remodeling, and ship and bridge building and repair activities can create...Read Full Article

Safe work practices and protective equipment for effective lead safety

Starting a worker protection program to help prevent lead exposure and maintain OSHA compliance means the right safety practices and protective gear are needed. Engineering controls and work practices that control lead at its source are the best...Read Full Article

10 money and energy saving tips

With winter approaching quickly, energy costs begin to rise. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released 10 tips on protecting health, saving money, and lowering energy consumption. 1. Lower utility bills by sustaining heating...Read Full Article

New GHS Safety Data Sheet formatting and content requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that organizations that produce or use hazardous chemicals must follow the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). GHS is a world-wide initiative to ensure that safety information for...Read Full Article

Protect workers from the hazards of electricity

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is the third leading cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry, surpassed only by falls and being struck by an object or equipment on the job. In...Read Full Article

Reduce the “Big Four” worker injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 20 percent of employee fatalities happen in the construction industry. 57 percent of those are the result of the so-called “Big Four”: falls (35 percent), electrocution (10 percent),...Read Full Article

10 tips for safer trenching and excavating

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers excavation to be one of the most dangerous activities in the construction and utilities industries. This is primarily because the potential for collapse poses great hazards for...Read Full Article

Cleaning chemical safety tips

Janitorial, building maintenance, and housekeeping employees regularly use cleaning chemicals to help keep workplaces, public, guest, and other areas clean and sanitary. Some of these chemicals can be hazardous to workers’ health and their use...Read Full Article

Building a strong workplace safety culture

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has observed that building a strong safety culture has “the single greatest impact on accident reduction” of any other initiative in the workplace. Developing a culture of safety...Read Full Article

Help reduce combustible dust explosions

Combustible materials can burn quickly. When in dust form, some can explode when suspended in the air in certain concentrations and under the right circumstances.A wide variety of materials can be explosive in dust form. Some of these materials...Read Full Article

Prevention programs have big impact on small businesses

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), simple and affordable injury and illness prevention programs have proven to achieve results while lowering costs for small businesses. "Safety is good business. An effective...Read Full Article

Hazard classification under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

The new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.1200 requires that by 2015 industries in the United States implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). A key...Read Full Article

Help reduce injuries by rigging up safely

Employers can reduce injuries during drilling preparation by training workers to recognize hazards and practice appropriate safety procedures. During the rigging up process, work crews set up the equipment needed for oil and gas well drilling....Read Full Article

Quiz: How much do you know about carbon monoxide?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently issued a reminder to employers to protect workers from the hazards of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to OSHA, workplaces could be particularly at-risk during the winter...Read Full Article

Keep workers safe during winter storms

According to the National Weather Service, about 25 percent of injuries during winter storms result from being caught in the harsh weather. Employers can help workers prepare for emergencies by providing safety training and emergency...Read Full Article

Evacuation safety tips for high-rise workers

Evacuating workers from high-rise buildings poses special challenges, but employers can help keep workers safe by preparing for emergencies.The following tips are recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help...Read Full Article

An introduction to OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs

Beginning in 1982, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) has demonstrated its effectiveness at building safer workplaces. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “Statistical evidence for VPP’s success...Read Full Article

Protect workers using stonecutters and splitters

Provide employees using stonecutters and splitters with the knowledge, training, and equipment needed to reduce the risk of serious injuries on the job.        The Occupational Safety and Health Administration...Read Full Article

Controlling the hazards of diesel exhaust

Workers in the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, transportation, and many other industries may use diesel to power vehicles and equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stresses the need to...Read Full Article

Tips for trash collection safety

Employers can protect trash collection workers by helping them understand common hazards and providing appropriate safety training and equipment. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that garbage truck drivers and...Read Full Article

What is toluene?

Many industries use products that contain toluene and workers should be aware of the risks. Protect employees by training them to identify hazards and use proper safety procedures when handling this dangerous chemical. Toluene is a clear, colorless...Read Full Article

Tips for safe tree trimming and removal

Help reduce injuries by making workers aware of hazards and training them to use appropriate safety techniques and equipment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set standards for safety while trimming and felling trees and...Read Full Article

Tips to protect workers from insects, rodents, and snakes

Reduce injuries and illness caused by insects, rodents, and snakes by educating workers and providing appropriate protection. Below are tips from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) employers can share with work crews to help...Read Full Article

Quiz: Test your ladder safety knowledge

Help reduce injuries by ensuring workers use ladders safely. Below are 12 questions based on information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will help test your knowledge of ladder safety...Read Full Article

Hearing protection: a wide variety of options to fit a wide range of needs

To help protect workers’ hearing, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires appropriate hearing protection be provided based on noise levels workers are exposed to in the workplace. The following information is provided...Read Full Article

Food safety during emergencies

Natural disasters can threaten food safety and cause food loss for operations like cafeterias, food pantries, hospitals, restaurants, and grocery stores. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)...Read Full Article

What Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is right for your workplace?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires hearing protection whenever employees are at risk of being exposed to average noise levels of 85 decibels (dB) or more throughout an 8 hour workday. Worker complaints about sound,...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Protecting workers from heat illness

Reduce the risk of heat illness by taking the right precautions when temperatures begin to rise. The following questions are based on information provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and will test your...Read Full Article

Oil and gas well drilling: hazards and precautions

Educating workers on the hazards and precautions involved in oil and gas well drilling can have a powerful impact on jobsite safety. The information below, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes some risks and safety...Read Full Article

Safeguard workers from harmful welding fume

Welding creates smoke that contains dangerous gas by-products and metal fume. Take the appropriate steps to help protect workers and reduce the risk of injury and illness from harmful welding...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Successful injury and illness prevention programs

Injury and illness prevention programs offer many benefits for employers and their workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines these programs as, “proactive processes that can substantially reduce the number and...Read Full Article

Help reduce risks during lightning storms

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), lightning is one of the most underrated weather safety concerns, posing a greater risk to human life than hurricanes or tornadoes. It is important that employers and workers...Read Full Article

Facts about 1-bromopropane

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a hazard alert for workplaces that use 1-bromopropane (1-BP). This solvent is commonly used in manufacturing, dry...Read Full Article

Workplace tips for a strong ergonomic process

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains ergonomics as the process of “fitting the job to the person.” This process can help improve productivity, reduce muscle fatigue, and lower the amount and seriousness of...Read Full Article

PPE for the oil and gas industry

Many hazards in the oil and gas industry can be reduced with the right personal protective equipment (PPE). Training workers to understand risks and safety procedures can greatly impact workplace safety.Some of the most common PPE-related hazards in...Read Full Article

Understanding latex, latex allergies, and reducing latex reactions

Healthcare providers, laboratory employees, housekeeping staff, and many other workers rely on latex gloves for protection, and latex gloves to effectively safeguard against infectious materials. Natural rubber latex is a material made from a milky...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Are you ready for December 1, 2013?

The first compliance deadline for the revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is December 1, 2013. By that date, employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to train their employees on the new label...Read Full Article

Important information on Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) batteries

Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPR) can be a crucial element of many workplace safety programs. When a PAPR’s batteries are charged and in optimal working condition they reduce the risk of illness and injury and ensure the safety of the...Read Full Article

Warehouse safety tips

For the 1,284,700 warehouse workers across the United States, there are many ways to help avoid common accidents at the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines the following tips to improve warehouse...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Safely plugging and unplugging reefer units

“Reefer units,” or refrigerated cargo containers, are used to keep food and other items cold in transport. Plugging and unplugging these units may pose safety risks like burns, shocks, and arc flash or arc blast hazards. To reduce...Read Full Article

Protect families from harmful workplace substances

In many industries, employees may carry harmful substances into their homes without realizing it. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has conducted studies and outlined methods to minimize the risk of exposing families...Read Full Article

Maritime Workers – Reduce Fall Hazards And Improve Safety

Falls into water are a well-known hazard for maritime employees. To help prevent drowning, hypothermia, and other water-related conditions,  educate workers, develop plans and procedures, and follow best...Read Full Article

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a health concern for outdoor workers in multiple areas of the country. Employees in construction, oil drilling, landscaping, forestry, land surveying, utilities, farming, and many other industries may be exposed to increased risk....Read Full Article

Tips to protect workers from asbestos in flooring

Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that was often used in building materials before its serious health hazards were discovered. Many types of flooring tiles contain asbestos and may pose a hazard for workers who buff or wax floors. The equipment used in...Read Full Article

Federal agency releases new fall protection slide show

A new slide presentation from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is designed to provide fall protection tips to residential construction workers. The compliance program, which is available on...Read Full Article

Workers' compensation expert advises employers to promote safety

Companies that promote employee safety are more likely to prosper in the long run, according to an executive with an Ohio-based workers' compensation agency. Randy Jones, the senior vice president of CompManagement, recently told Smart Business...Read Full Article

New study says occurrence of work-related brain injuries is cause for concern

A new study sheds light on the importance of hard hats and other safety equipment at a work site. The report, which will be published in the July 2011 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that U.S. employers should take...Read Full Article

Employers can modernize their safety training through e-learning

Safety training is integral to a company's success. Employees who are properly trained on how to use safety equipment and perform lockout tagout procedures are more likely to feel secure in their work environment. Employers who are looking to...Read Full Article

Highway safety is number one for transportation workers

Highway accidents are the leading cause of job-related deaths in America, accounting for 22 percent of fatal work injuries in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Transportation workers are among the most vulnerable...Read Full Article

Work safety know-how: Respect thy machine

Workplace environments with industrial machinery can be hazardous. Given the highly-specified nature of the work that many factory employees do, it is of the utmost importance that all new hires receive detailed instructions regarding the use of the...Read Full Article

Train first, ask questions later

In basic workplace safety protocol, there's one motto that's likely to hold true in any kind of work environment. By adhering to "train first, ask questions later," employees will ensure that they abide by all received instructions and avoid trying...Read Full Article

Best ergonomic practices for those with desk jobs

There's little need to consult a health expert - most people who work a nine-to-five desk job are well aware of the physical toll that excessive sitting can take on their bodies. Fortunately, a few of these people have been proactive enough to come...Read Full Article

Three workplace safety reminders

Workplace safety hinges upon two things - the quality of the safety equipment being used and employee awareness. Safety supplies must be provided and worn correctly, but worker awareness is a bit more difficult to regulate. Employees that work in...Read Full Article

Workplace safety begins when employees who 'see something, say something'

There are some workplace accidents that come out of the blue. Machine failures and bad luck can strike at any time. However, there are occasionally telltale clues that something may be amiss on the floor of a factory or with warehouse's...Read Full Article

Education is the best tool for increasing workplace safety

There are many ways to protect the health of workers and reduce disability claims for companies that have potentially dangerous work environments. Good safety equipment can physically protect workers, and effective safety guidelines for employee...Read Full Article

Management functions that ensure workplace safety

The most effective strategies for workplace safety begin at the top and move downwards. This means that managers and supervisors are the most important figures in ensuring that safety regulations are followed, since they are the link between...Read Full Article

Safe measures should be taken when working outdoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a number of tips to help workers reduce their risk of injury or illness during the summer months, which include preventing harm done by the sun, dealing with extreme heat, and coping with...Read Full Article

Safety regulations and procedures should be clearly posted in a variety of locations

An excellent way to maintain workplace safety is to implement clear regulations that workers can easily remember and apply. When injuries or accidents occur, it is important that all workers react quickly to ensure that no accident becomes even...Read Full Article

Help keep workers informed of safety requirements

Education is the best defense against injury and illness in the workplace. When employees understand the risks and dangers involved in their jobs, they can maintain safety more effectively. Here are some of the best ways to teach workers about...Read Full Article

Mock accident drills are useful learning experiences

Anyone who has ever been injured on the job or seen a co-worker hurt knows that it is a stressful and confusing event. During these moments, it is often difficult for staff to react appropriately. Even excellent training and education aren't...Read Full Article

Basic steps to prevent forklift accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that one of the most common cause of safety citations is the mishandling of a forklift. This extremely useful but dangerous machine accounts for many injuries and accidents every year....Read Full Article

Teaching employees to properly handle hazardous chemicals

Physical trauma is one of the biggest threats in many workplaces, but chemicals can be even more dangerous. They often have different storage needs, can easily ignite, and are apt to react powerfully when not handled correctly. As a result, it is...Read Full Article

Good workplace housekeeping practices ensure employee safety

Many of the dangers at warehouses, factories, and other worksites involve heavy machinery, hazardous chemicals, and electrical wiring. Even if you've been trained properly to deal with these things and wear proper safety products such as work...Read Full Article

Stay safe when loading on trucks, trailers, and docks

If your work includes loading and unloading pallets from a truck or trailer, there are a lot of safety issues to take into account. There's quite a bit of weight going back and forth, and it has to be carefully supported so that you and your...Read Full Article

Gravity is an unseen threat at every workplace

It doesn't matter if you work at a warehouse, factory, or even an office - gravity will always be there. OSHA warns that this is a source of injury, and hard hats and other safety products including back supports, work gloves, and safety glasses...Read Full Article

Using government standards to maintain injury records

When following the rules created by OSHA, businesses with more than 10 employees are required to record any injury or illness that happens on the job. The cases that must be logged need to meet three criteria. First, the injuries must be...Read Full Article

Be cautious of chemicals at battery charging stations

Many important workplace tools, such as forklifts, run on electricity and need to be charged periodically. The charging stations that are used for this contain very large chemical batteries that store the electricity that comes from a wall socket....Read Full Article

Begin preparing workers now for cold weather dangers

The earlier workers are prepared for cold weather, the better. Even with safety products such as insulated, waterproof work boots, warm work gloves, and protective clothing, cold weather can be dangerous. Here are some of the most common problems...Read Full Article

Protecting workers in the sun

Many workers are exposed to the sun for long periods throughout their workdays. The risk of over-exposure to ultraviolet light is high in these cases. UV rays cause sunburn, and in some cases may lead to skin cancer. Follow these tips to work...Read Full Article

Ladders can pose extra dangers around the workplace

Many types of jobs require the use of a ladder. When used incorrectly, step, straight, extension, and combination ladders can be dangerous. When wearing safety products such as hard hats and fall protection, employees can reduce risks when ladders...Read Full Article

Keeping workers safe during extended and night shifts

Some work, particularly on roads and other types of infrastructure, can only be done during periods of light use. This means that employees will often have to work late or show up for night shifts. There are a number of hazards that are unique to...Read Full Article

In some workplaces, noise is an invisible hazard

Many workplaces require hard hats to protect against falling objects and work gloves to protect employees' hands from machinery and debris. They also require protection against something else that can be just as dangerous – loud noise....Read Full Article

Take extra care when working with scaffolding

Employees who work on and around scaffolding face several different hazards. These hazards include falls from heights, scaffold collapse, being struck by falling tools, and electrocution from power lines. Workers need to use the right safety...Read Full Article

Proper lockout tagout protocols protect workers

If you work in power plants, factories, or other facilities that use electricity, you may be familiar with lockout/tagout procedures. What you might not know is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 120 deaths...Read Full Article

Stay safe when using power tools

Power tools can be very dangerous, which is why it's so important to know how to use them properly. The most important thing to remember is that workers need to be trained to use each tool that their job requires. This training should also...Read Full Article

Trenches - a hazardous workplace

Trenches can be dangerous worksites, but hazards associated with trench work are well-defined and preventable. There is no reliable warning when a trench fails, so they run the risk of suddenly collapsing, and it's easy for objects to fall into...Read Full Article

What is a group lockout box?

A lockout/tagout system is an important type of safety equipment. Power sources and machines can be very dangerous if they are started while someone is working on them. They need to be completely shut down before workers can begin servicing them. A...Read Full Article

Different types of hard hats

As one of the most important kinds of safety products, workers should be very familiar with their hard hats. These items protect what is perhaps the most important part of the human body - the head. Different kinds of tasks and situations call for...Read Full Article

Steel-toed boots and foot protection for workers

Protecting worker's feet from injuries is very important in workplace safety. Causes of foot injuries can range from impact from heavy falling objects, crushing that results from motor, industrial, or railroad vehicles rolling over the foot,...Read Full Article

Three simple questions to help assess respiratory safety hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to identify and evaluate the potential for respiratory hazard exposure in the workplace. The nature and magnitude of employee exposure must be measured before selecting...Read Full Article

Maintain proper lifting techniques to avoid back strain

Jobs that require heavy lifting can strain muscles around backs and spines, especially when smart lifting practices are not followed. Consider the following guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure that your...Read Full Article

Ways to promote better safety culture

Promoting a successful safety culture, a term which Safety Daily Advisor calls "the set of values that management and the workforce use to determine how they act at work," should go further than being a priority, as priorities tend to be...Read Full Article

Keep employees warm and safe when working in the cold

Within a few months, the temperature will begin to dip and outdoor work will become much harder to perform. In many parts of the country, workers will have to adapt to doing their jobs in the cold. It is important to understand how staff members can...Read Full Article

Protect workers against wasp, hornet, and bee stings

Working outdoors means coming into contact with all kinds of insects. At best, stings can cause pain and irritation, and at worst, an allergic reaction. It is important for workers to understand how to avoid being stung, know where to locate a first...Read Full Article

Keeping workers safe from mold

There are few places that mold won't eventually grow under the right circumstances. Many workplaces are unfortunately home to these conditions, making mold a serious threat for many employees. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of...Read Full Article

What hurricane preparedness means for workers

On both coasts of the United States, workers are vulnerable to the effects of hurricanes. This weather phenomenon can result in heavy winds, torrential rain, and a great deal of danger. Workers can become stranded on the road when these storms hit,...Read Full Article

Keep workers safe from venomous spiders

While the United States may not have nearly as many native poisonous creatures as other parts of the world, insect venom is still a very real threat in certain settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are at least three...Read Full Article

Asbestos: steps to keep workers safe

In use for thousands of years, asbestos was first discovered in ancient times and hailed as a miracle substance. Its name is Greek in origin and means "inextinguishable" because it refused to burn and was exceptionally resistant to fire....Read Full Article

Safety tips for working with aerial lifts

Workplaces often use aerial lifts when staging and scaffolding are impractical. This aids many jobs that might not otherwise be possible, but there are a number of dangers associated with their use. According to the National Institute for...Read Full Article

Keeping workers safe at brownfield cleanup sites

Many former factories and waste disposal facilities have fallen into disrepair and may be abandoned, leaving behind pollutants or contaminants. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsors cleanups of these areas, making them...Read Full Article

Managing occupational noise exposure

Loud noise threatens workers' hearing and is one of the most widely spread occupational health problems. Employees may find themselves exposed to loud short-term or steady long-term sounds, depending on the nature of their work. Employers must...Read Full Article

Staying alert when daylight saving time (DST) ends

Although pushing the clocks back for daylight savings time (DST) may have meant an extra hour of slumber, sleep experts from Northwestern University say that even a one-hour shift can disrupt sleep patterns. "Sleep problems are widespread and...Read Full Article

Working safely in the winter

Companies in many parts of the country are preparing for the oncoming winter, which presents quite a few unique hazards for workers. The most important to note is hypothermia, which can begin quickly and harm worker health and productivity. Make...Read Full Article

Protecting your workers against bloodborne pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens can be a risk factor in many workplaces, and implementing specific safety guidelines helps ensure the protection of workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), bloodborne pathogens are...Read Full Article

Cancelation of Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction supported by ASSE

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has publicly stated its support for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) directive canceling the interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction....Read Full Article

How to properly wear ear plugs

Hearing protection plays a critical role in many industrial workplaces. Heavy-duty equipment and machines are often loud and could cause significant damage to workers' hearing. Companies may invest in ear plugs that could limit exposure to excessive...Read Full Article

What should employers know about ethylene oxide?

Take preventative measures against ethylene oxide (EtO) to protect workers who handle products such as adhesives, detergents, and solvents. This colorless, flammable gas can impact work environments with temperatures above 51.3°F (10.7°C),...Read Full Article

The hidden dangers of hand tools

A hand tool is defined as an item that is manually powered to complete a task, and includes axes, chisels, and hammers. Hand tools are used in construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and many other industries. Using hand tools can cause arm,...Read Full Article

It's dangerous - crystalline silica exposure

Crystalline silica is found in granite, clay, and sand. Workers chipping, cutting, drilling, polishing, cleaning, or grinding materials that contain crystalline silica, create silica dust. Breathing silica dust can lead to life-threatening...Read Full Article

Work safety tips for concrete manufacturers

Concrete manufacturers face numerous occupational health and safety risks while on the job site. Potential hazards workers commonly encounter...Read Full Article

Reduce deck barge equipment and machine hazards

There are roughly 4,000 operational deck barges in the United States which use a variety of cranes, winches, and other equipment. Employees on these vessels may face several dangers, including caught by and struck by accidents that can occur due to...Read Full Article

Protect workers from grain bin suffocation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is bringing attention to the hazards of grain handling and states that suffocation is the leading cause of death in grain bins. Employees can be buried or trapped by grain within seconds, and...Read Full Article

Ensure workers' safety in high-traffic work zones

Construction, demolition, emergency response, utility workers, and other employees working in traffic areas could be at the risk of being struck by moving vehicles. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...Read Full Article

Protect boatyard and shipyard workers using aerial lifts

Aerial lifts are often used in boatyards and shipyards, especially in work areas where constructing support platforms or scaffolding is impractical. Boom-supported personnel platforms and bucket trucks can be dangerous and workers risk falls,...Read Full Article

Help flood cleanup workers avoid dangers

Cleanup projects can be dangerous, and flooding can make conditions hazardous for workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published tips to help flood cleanup employees stay safe. • Take regular breaks if...Read Full Article

Protect shipyard cutters and welders against radiant energy

Eye protection is necessary for workers who cut or weld in shipyards. Electromagnetic energy, often referred to as radiant energy or light radiation, is given off by an arc or flame and can injure workers' eyes making helmets or...Read Full Article

Maintain safety when working on ladders

Employees face many dangers when they working on ladders. Companies that hire workers to complete projects that involve alteration, construction, decorating, demolition, repair, or painting must follow safety regulations established by the...Read Full Article

The dangers of internal combustion engines as ignition sources

Internal combustion engines can be hazardous if used in facilities that process flammable gases and liquids. An internal combustion engine could ignite flammable gases or vapors, and the consequences could be devastating. The Occupational Safety...Read Full Article

Cold stress dangers

Untitled Document According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), working in a cold environment can put anyone at risk for cold stress. Tissue damage and health problems can result when airport and emergency response...Read Full Article

Preventing Distracted Driving In The Workplace

Distracted driving. It’s been a growing concern for years. But, with today’s technology always at our fingertips (cell phones, MP3 players, GPS, etc.) there are more distractions than ever while we’re driving.The World Health...Read Full Article

Fall Protection – The Difference Between Life and Death

Safety continues to be a major concern in the industrial cleaning field around the country. Hydroblasting workers, a growing segment of this workforce, face a multitude of hazards on the job daily. With the pressure reaction of turning the water...Read Full Article

Barricade and Marking Tapes: Visibility for Your Work Hazards

Sometimes hazards happen in the workplace because unexpected situations arise. A piece of machinery fails, and the necessary replacement parts get placed on the floor near it while repair is under way. A major storm rolls through, leaving broken...Read Full Article

Choosing the right disposable respirator

Dust, dirt, and other particulates are often found in the air around a workplace. This can make it difficult, uncomfortable, and unhealthy for workers to perform their jobs. That's why employers should provide the right types of disposable...Read Full Article

Protect shipyard employees working alone

While employers already take many precautions to protect shipyard workers from occupational hazards, extra measures may be needed to ensure emergencies are discovered and responded to quickly when employees work alone in remote, confined, or...Read Full Article

Ear Plugs – What You Need to Know

Why use ear plugsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that 22 million workers are exposed to noise at work that could damage their hearing, with $1.5 million in penalties and $242 million spent yearly on workers’...Read Full Article

Facility Maintenance Keeps You Safe

How can regular machinery maintenance equal greater worker safety?Improperly functioning machinery puts workers at risk of injury or worse. Regularly scheduled maintenance in your facility and on your jobsite can help diminish the risk, with the...Read Full Article

Protecting Hands in the Workplace

Gloves are a mainstay in plants, mills, warehouses, maintenance facilities, and more. Choosing the right glove for the application is a critical step in protecting workers. To help you make your selection, here are some tips.Get a complete...Read Full Article

Lockout Tagout – Knowledge is Power

Violations in Lockout Tagout procedures have consistently been one of OSHA’s Top 10 most cited. These violations not only cost employers millions of dollars, but not following proper procedures is fraught with risk for employees. With the...Read Full Article

Young Drivers at Work: Keep Them Safe

Driving is an important part of daily life at many businesses–from tow truck operations and construction, to logistics, delivery services, and more. What if the driver is young? Young drivers, aged 16-24, are gaining experience and...Read Full Article

Fire Prevention Month: Fire Extinguishers at Work

Fire extinguishers are one of the first lines of defense against workplace fires. When choosing a fire extinguisher, it’s important to know what types of combustible material you have in your facility. Fire extinguishers are categorized...Read Full Article

Fire Prevention Month: Safe Storage of Flammable Liquids

Fires can erupt from common flammable liquids, from gasoline and kerosene to oil and paint. If you have combustible liquids in your facility, it’s crucial that you choose the right cabinet to safely store them. Here are a few things...Read Full Article

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Halloween is a fun, exciting night for children. To keep everyone happy and safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides some helpful tips.Costumes:When shopping for costumes, look for labels clearly showing that it’s...Read Full Article

Increasing Safety in Your Warehouse

Warehouses are big, busy places with both people and heavy equipment moving around in the same area. This fast-paced environment can be prone to accidents at any time of the day or night. Sound safety practices can help you minimize accidents and...Read Full Article

Fried Turkey for Thanksgiving?

Frying your bird for Thanksgiving is a popular (and delicious) way to enjoy your feast. Nonetheless, as with any cooking, there are some guidelines to follow to avoid a turkey disaster.Here are some tips from the USDA:Don’t buy your bird too...Read Full Article

8 Glowing Safety Tips

With the turkey leftovers and apple pie all gone, many people now turn their attention to festive decorating around the house. While pretty lights and burning candles provide a glow that makes you feel all cozy inside, there are few guidelines to be...Read Full Article

Assemble a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter weather. No one wants to be stranded in a car on a cold, miserable night, but sometimes, Mother Nature throws the kitchen sink at us. Taking the time to gather the following items can not only keep you comfortable but could also...Read Full Article

Blue Roof Safety from OSHA

Reinforced plastic tarps, commonly called “Blue Roofs,” provide temporary protection for the roofs of houses and other buildings damaged during severe weather. When employees access these roofs to install these tarps, they are at risk...Read Full Article

Cold and Flu Season? Try to steer clear and stay healthy!

Cold and flu season can be extremely rough. Fortunately, there are several common-sense ways to help avoid getting sick.Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 10 seconds.Use hand sanitizers throughout the day to keep bacteria off your...Read Full Article

Make a Resolution for Safety

In homes and workplaces all over the country, resolutions become a popular topic of conversation this time of year. What’s your resolution? Exercise more? Spend less? Take up a new hobby? Why not make a resolution for better workplace...Read Full Article

Landslides and Debris Flow

Landslides can occur quickly, often with little notice, and the best way to prepare is to stay informed about changes in and around your home that could signal that a landslide is likely to occur.In a landslide, masses of rock, earth, or debris move...Read Full Article

Signs Make Your Workplace Safer

Every workplace has hazards. Workers need to be aware of the specific hazards of their work area, as well as those in other areas of the facility. Signs are an important component of every workplace. They remind workers of safe work practices, and...Read Full Article

New Fact Sheet from OSHA About Safety Walk-Arounds

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers, managers, and supervisors to keep up an active role in their safety programs. OSHA’s new fact sheet, Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers, provides suggestions...Read Full Article

Hand Truck, Fork Lift, and Pallet Jack Safety

Material handling is a major component of warehouse operations. Proper handling and moving of materials are key to ensuring a safe workplace. Whether you use power equipment or your own body to move materials, you should adhere to these general...Read Full Article

OSHA Releases Tree Care Worker Safety Resource

Employees in the tree care industry face many unique challenges. To promote safety for those workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released Solutions for Tree Care Hazards.In this publication, OSHA provides...Read Full Article

OSHA Publishes Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Fact Sheet

When workers cut, grind, or drill materials that contain crystalline silica like stone, artificial stone, and industrial sand, they can be exposed to very small silica dust particles. These tiny particles are respirable and can travel deep into the...Read Full Article

Reminding Workers About Dangers of Lead Exposure to Children

OSHA reminds workers that if you work with lead, you could be bringing this toxic metal home on your shoes, skin, hair, and hands. Take-home lead can cause lead poisoning in children and other family members.“Far too many Americans are exposed...Read Full Article

Spring Security Spruce-Up

A home burglary is terrifying. It can leave you frustrated, angry, scared, and sad. It’s a good habit to periodically examine your home, routines, and security to prevent these break-ins from happening.Begin by asking yourself these...Read Full Article

Easy Ways to Reduce Trips & Falls

According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls cause the majority of general industry accidents. The good news is that many of these accidents can be avoided with preparation, care, and attention to your walkways and outdoor areas. Straighten...Read Full Article

7 Tips for Safer Machine Maintenance

Well-executed machine maintenance helps minimize accidents, reduce downtime, and save money. It’s important to remember that no matter what type of maintenance is taking place, precautions must be made to ensure the safety of the person...Read Full Article

Recycling Tips for Home and Work

The average American generates almost 5 pounds of waste each day. That’s almost 1 ton of trash per person, per year. Recycling is a quick and easy way to reduce your impact on the environment. So much of today’s packaging is...Read Full Article

Upstairs… Downstairs… Why You Should Use the Handrail

Slip, trips, and falls are a common cause of accidents on stairways, sending people to the emergency room daily. These hazards (and the painful injuries) can easily be minimized, and even eliminated with a little work, attention, and...Read Full Article

OSHA: Helpful Resources for the Maritime Industry

Shipyard work traditionally has an injury rate of more than twice that of construction and general industry. They are at risk for struck-by accidents, back injuries, falls, respiratory ailments, and more. To address the unique safety issues for...Read Full Article

The Heat is On

With steamy temperatures popping up all over the county, don’t forget to think about the dangers that the heat brings. Whether you work outdoors, or in hot indoor environments, it’s important to protect yourself and your co-workers...Read Full Article

8 Tips for Safely Using Your Weed Trimmer

Homeowners know the work, time, and effort that goes into keeping a lawn looking great. A well-trimmed yard is a source of pride! Whether you’re new to lawn care or a seasoned veteran, take some time to consider these eight safety tips to keep...Read Full Article

Roadway Work Zones… Work and Drive Safely

We spend a lot of time on the roads during the warmer months. And work zones are a familiar site. Work zones are dangerous for workers and drivers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation incidents and workers struck by...Read Full Article

Wildfires: Advice to keep you safe

A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie.  They can be caused by humans or lightning and spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. These destructive events disrupt...Read Full Article

School’s Open!

Is summer vacation over already? Yes. Kids are putting their pencils and books into their backpacks and they’re off to school. Let’s get them there safe and sound.Student School Bus Safety With their famous yellow color, flashing...Read Full Article

Free Workplace Violence Prevention Webinar for Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare institutions often experience acts of workplace violence. In fact, healthcare workers have a 20% higher chance of being the victim of workplace violence than other workers. Physical and verbal abuse lead to injuries, poor worker morale,...Read Full Article

OSHA Reminds Trench Workers to Slope It, Shore It, Shield It

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), trenching kills forty workers every year, on average. Proper procedures in trenching operations can save lives and reduce worker exposure to cave-ins, falling loads, hazardous...Read Full Article

Fire Prevention Month

Did you know that on an average day in America, there are more than 200 workplace fires? That’s a staggering and frightening statistic. What’s even more frightening is that each year, these fires kill hundreds of workers, injure many...Read Full Article

Six Safety Tips for Raking Leaves

The good news: changing leaves on deciduous trees are a beloved part of autumn. Shades of gold, red, and orange are a beautiful sight on your commute. The bad news: these leaves don’t just change. They also fall onto your lawn. Is...Read Full Article

NIOSH: Fact Sheet Available Addressing Opioid Overdoses in the Workplace

Sadly, opioid overdoses are on the rise at work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overdose deaths from non-medical use of drugs and alcohol between 2013 and 2016 rose 38%. The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) data shows that on...Read Full Article

A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fun, exciting and highly anticipated night for children. To keep everyone happy and safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides some helpful tips.Costumes:When shopping for costumes, look for labels clearly showing that...Read Full Article

The Importance of Skin Care in the Workplace

Occupational dermatitis is an ongoing issue for workers and managers alike. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 50% of all working time lost to industrial illness is due to dermatitis. The U.S. Centers for...Read Full Article

Cleaning Up = Improved Safety

Liquid spills and leaks can occur in a number of places, from under machinery, to the production line, to drum storage areas. Unfortunately, even minor fluid drips can lead to slip and fall accidents. Maintaining a clean facility is an integral part...Read Full Article

Tips to Steer Clear of Colds & Flu

Cold and flu symptoms can make you miserable, especially with the holidays coming up. Do your best to protect yourself this year. Making wise choices now and following some good old-fashioned advice can help you be free of illness all season...Read Full Article

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