Category Archives: General

NIOSH Launches New Lifting App

NLC Calc
Lifting-related musculoskeletal disorders cause a third of injuries serious enough to lead to missed work. The price tag associated with those incidents is between $45 and $54 billion annually. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a free app that brings the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) to smart phones. RNLE is an internationally recognized standard for safe lifting. For more than 20 years, employees and safety professionals have used a NIOSH paper Read more [...]

National Safe Digging Day is Aug. 11

Call Before You Dig
Aug. 11 is National Safe Digging Day, an important reminder to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. By law, anyone planning to excavate or demolish is required to call 811 at least three days before work begins. Whether you're a contractor planning an excavation project or  a homeowner building a deck or addition onto your home, the “Call Before You Dig” law applies at all times. Here's how it works: When you call 811, a representative will Read more [...]

Infographic: Effective Safety Programs Lower Overhead Costs

Aug 2016 Safety Infographic
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 [...]

Infographic: Zika Virus and How to Protect Yourself

zika virus
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

New Year Safety Resolutions
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 [...]

OSHA Fines Are Going Up, Up, Up

OSHA Penalties Money
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 [...]

Highlights from NSC 2015 Congress & Expo

NSC 2015
The National Safety Council hosted its 2015 NSC Congress & Expo in Atlanta Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Thousands of safety professionals gathered in Atlanta at the world's largest safety event to to gather knowledge and the tools needed to influence safety in the workplace. Companies from around the world participated in the product showcase, competing for a "best-in-show" honor. Capital Safety  and its new parent company, 3M had some of the busiest booths in the expo. Capital Safety gave daily demos Read more [...]

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations of 2015 Announced

top osha violations 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2015. This list was presented today during the Natioanl Safety Council Congress & Expo, the world's largest gathering for safety, health, and environmental professionals. Fall Protection (1926.501) is once again OSHA’s most frequently cited standard, making this the fifth year in a row that it has topped the list. Although this is just a Read more [...]

New OSHA Interactive Map Shows Top Fines by State

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Want to know which employers are the top OSHA offenders? With one click, you can see the top health and safety violations for any state with OSHA's new interactive tool. Announced last week, the new webpage features a map which lists every OSHA enforcement case with a penalty above $40,000 in 2015. One click on a state brings up a list of violations, detailing the name of the employer cited, the city in which it took place, the penalty amount, and the date the penalty was issued. Visitors can Read more [...]