Category Archives: General

Exposure Limits Carry Risks for Workers

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OSHA's current permissible exposure limits (PEL) for hazardous chemicals are out of date, and they’re not adequate for ensuring protection of worker health. OSHA agrees. Most of OSHA’s PELs were issued shortly after adoption of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act in 1970, and 95% of them have not been updated since that time. And, although there are thousands of chemicals used every day by American workers, OSHA has exposure limits for fewer than 500. As a result, workers are being Read more [...]

Protecting Against the MERS Virus Outbreak

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which surfaced in Saudi Arabia in 2012, is not well-understood. Because the virus is still fairly new, doctors and scientists do not know the exact source or mode of its transmission. Currently, there is no known cure or vaccine to protect against the virus. Since May 2015, the South Korea has been investigating an outbreak of MERS. It is the largest known outbreak of MERS outside the Middle East. Most people infected with MERS-CoV developed severe acute Read more [...]

Infographic: Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

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As summer approaches and temperatures rise, workers become more at risk for developing heat stress. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rashes, and in severe cases can be deadly. Dozens of workers die every year because of working in the heat, OSHA says. Most of those deaths take place in the first few days of working in the heat, which makes it especially important for employers to allow workers to build up gradual tolerance to the conditions. NIOSH also Read more [...]

5 Useful Workplace Safety Apps

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It's no surprise that mobile apps are becoming a popular - and convenient - tool for workplace health and safety. It would be hard to find someone who doesn't own a smart phone or tablet in the digital age of today. Why not take advantage of that technology and even improve productivity in the workplace? Here's a list of 5 free (or low cost) safety apps: iAuditor (Free for iPhone, iPad, Android) -  This is probably most popular safety app among safety professionals. You can create custom Read more [...]

Infographic: OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2014

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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released their annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following they agency's inspections of worksites. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA inspectors do. When OSHA finds a violation, it comes with a hefty fine. In September 2014,  a Connecticut-based roofing contractor Read more [...]

The ROI of Safety

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It's common sense that a good safety culture can reduce accidents and time lost due to injuries. It can also improve employee productivity and morale. But how can you prove that the money spent on safety will provide greater savings down the line? Experts say the savings do exist, and looking at the actual costs of an injury would make a good case for investing in safety now. Knowing how much workplace injuries cost is crucial in determining safety's ROI, and could help convince upper management Read more [...]

An On-Site Safety Storage Evaluation – for FREE

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Justrite, a manufacturer of storage, handling and security products for hazardous materials, is offering up their expertise to interested facilities with their S.T.U.D.E. (Storage, Transfer, Use, Disposal, Evaluation) Program. The S.T.U.D.E. Program evaluates work flow, safety, and storage procedures as they relate to the handling of volatile hazardous liquids. The results can prevent catastrophic fires, protect workers from potential injuries or death, protect the environment to meet sustainability Read more [...]

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

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National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is held each September to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies both at home and in the workplace. According to FEMA, knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. And when it comes to businesses, how quickly a company is able to get back to business after a disaster Read more [...]

Infographic: The Right Path to Lockout Tagout Procedures

Lockout is the required method of isolating machinery or equipment from energy sources. As stated in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.147, employers are required to implement lockout/tagout procedures as a means of protecting employees from the unexpected start up of machinery or equipment while it is being repaired or serviced.  Still, Lockout/Tagout remains one of the top cited regulations by OSHA every year. Although the lockout/tagout process can seem complex, it can be easy to achieve lockout success Read more [...]