Recordable Injury or Simple First Aid: How to Know

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Do you know when to record an injury? Correct record-keeping is more important than ever. Federal OSHA does not require employers to record injuries that only require first aid on OSHA injury and illness forms (OSHA Form 300 and 301 Incident Reports). At most workplaces, injuries or illnesses requiring only first aid are commonplace. However, it is easy to get confused about when to record an incident and what is really a recordable event. This article will explain which types of cases federal Read more [...]

When the Dust Settles: OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica

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OSHA’s highly controversial final rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica has been issued. This is a major development as this rule represents the first reduction in silica exposure limits since 1971. It will have a significant impact on several industries, including 2 million construction workers and 300,000 in general industry and maritime sectors, including hydraulic fracturing. New Standards: 29 CFR 1910.1053 (GI), 1915.1053 (Maritime) and 1926.1153 (Construction) The rule Read more [...]

Infographic: Effective Safety Programs Lower Overhead Costs

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The cost of workers compensation insurance is significant to employers, especially those who have workers in hazardous job classifications. The most effective way to cut costs on workers compensation premiums is to prevent workplace injuries before they occur. Companies can do this by implementing an effective safety program. If an injury does occur, the next best way to cut costs is to manage the injury though implementing a reporting procedure and return-to-work plan. When done correctly, Read more [...]

OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App

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When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about theprotective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from Read more [...]

Construction Takes a Stand to Prevent Falls – May 2-6, 2016

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OSHA and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The event is a nationwide initiative to support construction industry employers and workers in their efforts to overcome the serious dangers of falls at their jobsites. What is a Stand-Down? In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is a voluntary event in which the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue - in this Read more [...]

Stop the Drop – The Danger of Falling Objects

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Safety when working at heights goes beyond standard fall protection. Tools and equipment must also be secured to prevent dangerous "stuck-by" accidents. For example, an 8-lb. tool falling from just 100 feet strikes the earth with over 2,000 lbs. of force per square inch. Hard hats and drop zones will offer little when an object carrying this kind of energy makes a direct impact or even deflects and travels parallel to the ground. Falling object hazards are one of the most deadly hazards Read more [...]

Infographic: Zika Virus and How to Protect Yourself

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Zika virus is becoming the latest health scare, getting global attention as quickly as it has spread across several countries. There has already been a handful of confirmed cases in the United States, and The World Health Organization estimates there could be up to 4 million cases of Zika in the Americas in the next year. Zika virus is transmitted to humans through bites from infected Aedes mosquitos. Most people who get infected don't even realize it — and therefore never seek medical Read more [...]

Workplace Safety Resolutions for the New Year

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Businesses make New Year's resolutions, too. Below are some practical ideas that can add value to your safety program in 2016. Eliminate Existing Hazards. Anticipate hazards and eliminate or control them before they cause harm. Identify potential fire, chemical, electrical, and other hazards throughout your facility and take action to eliminate these risks. Go through workstations, machinery, personal protection equipment, labeling, and material storage and handling protocols and look for any Read more [...]

A Handy Guide to OSHA’s New HazCom Standard

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In 2012, OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard to be consistent with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication that provides specific criteria for classification of chemical hazards and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. Since the United States is both a major importer and exporter of chemicals, American workers often see labels and safety Read more [...]

OSHA Fines Are Going Up, Up, Up

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is authorized to increase penalties for the first time in 25 years,  according to part of the federal budget deal signed into law earlier this week. And it's not just a small increase - OSHA's penalties are expected to rise by nearly 80 percent. Since 1990, OSHA’s penalties have looked the same. Now, under the new Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, those numbers will rise quite a bit. Willful Violation = Minimum of approximately $8,912; Read more [...]