Posted by Admin on 10/21/2015
There was a heartbreaking story the news today. A 4-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday
afternoon during a road rage incident on Interstate 40, and police have
no idea who the killer is.There is no way to "win" a traffic
confrontation. There is only a range of negative consequence
The first time I ever heard of lockout/tagout was when I was
in Machinist Mate School in the Navy. To be honest I’d never thought about the
topic before – I’d never before worked anyplace more dangerous than my high
school home room (unless you consider mowing lawns). When the topic first came
up I was surprised – at first surprised that such a system even existed...
Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 10/15/2015
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It might seem a bit morbid, but human nature leads us to contemplate
our demise. We sometimes wonder, "What are my odds of dying from..."?
Are we more likely to be killed in a car crash or shot to death by an
assailant? According to OSHA’s citation criteria, the chance of dying
from a fall seems to rate the highest on a workers probably of dying
Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/28/2015
Over a decade ago there was a lot of worry that terrorists
might use weapons of mass destruction against us. I was interviewed by a local
radio station after a government official suggested that duct tape and plastic
would solve all of our problems. My comment was along the lines of “I think
someone ought to duct tape a plastic bag over his head.” The raio station
requested a somewhat less controversial comment. But the question remains –
will duct tape andplastic help at all?
Posted by admin on 9/17/2015
Learn how to conduct a good and effective safety meeting by: Conducting Your Research, Picking the Right Topic, Gathering Your Training Materials, Practicing, and Engaging the Audience,
Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/15/2015
Say there’s a fire in your facility – can your people make it to safety?
Or what if you work in a facility that uses toxic chemicals or gases –
ammonia, chlorine, or any of a number of other toxic industrial
chemicals (TICs) – are your people protected? A lot of companies keep a
store of escape hoods for their workers, to help them out in just such
circumstances. And some go even further, providing hoods that can also
protect against possible terrorist attacks with chemical or biological
weapons. But regardless of the level of protection you need (or wish) to
provide your workers, you should know something about escape hoods so
you can select a good one.
Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/8/2015
One of my favorite movies is Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, and one of my
favorite scenes is at the Chicago Art Institute. Beginning with a
close-up of a bunch of dots of paint, the camera zooms out to show,
first, a low-resolution face and, eventually, a painting ("Sunday
Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", by Georges Seurat, for
those of you who always wondered – it still amazes me how quickly you
can find this sort of stuff out through Google). This is not a bad
visual analogy for many things, but I’d like to think about it in terms
of risk reduction. In particular, are we focused on any particular
aspect of safety at the expense of losing sight of the totality of risks
we face in the workplace? In other words – are we concentrating on a
dot, thinking that we’re seeing the whole painting?
Did you know that respiratory protection was the fourth most cited OSHA
violation? In 2014, there were 3,879 violations, ranking fourth for
the seventh year in a row. The number one reason for receiving a
citation from OSHA was the lack of a written respiratory program.With
more than five million respirator users in approximately 1.3 million
workplaces in the U.S., employers must be well versed in their
responsibilities for providing the necessary resources to workers in
order to promote safe and healthy work environments
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If an organization has only provided emergency eyewash and shower equipment for the fully abled people, they are not adequately prepared for all potential users. This lack of foresight could result in liability issues and potentially very damaging lawsuits.
Do you have a safety training session soon and need help with a PowerPoint? Check out our list of Free Safety Training PowerPoints.
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The Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) is a free, net-founded surveillance procedure designed by using NIOSH to decrease preventable accidents among healthcare personnel.
Posted by admin on 6/29/2015
To learn more bout OSHA’s whistleblower protection software and discover what the division can do for you, please visit www.Whistleblowers.Gov.
If your workplace has 10 or more employees and any amount of a hazardous substance on hand, you are required by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38 & .39 to have an emergency action plan. The plan must be in writing, kept in the workplace, and available to employees for review. However, an employer with 10 or fewer employees may communicate the plan orally to employees.
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such as permit-required confined spaces, manholes, and other enclosed spaces
often contain deadly toxic and combustible gases and vapors as well as oxygen
deficient atmospheres. Therefore, it is the employer’s responsibility to take
reasonable steps to ensure that appropriate monitoring of such environments are
taken and enforced.
Whether you are planting trees and shrubs, installing a fence or deck, doing it yourself or hiring a professional, call 811 before you dig!
Posted by admin on 4/29/2015
Top 10 Safety Fail Videos - Be warned: A couple of these videos may not be safe for work (bad language, inappropriate, etc.).
Posted by admin on 3/13/2015
Did you know that one of the United States founding fathers created the battery? Benjamin Franklin is believed to have created the battery in 1749. Franklin was one of the first people to experiment with electricity. He was first to use the word "battery" to describe sheets of glass coated with metal, also known as capacitors. And, these capacitors were able to sustain an electrical charge.
Posted by Admin on 2/2/2015
In December 2014 OSHA cited Affordable Exteriors for two willful violations carrying proposed penalties of $140,000, for failure to provide required fall protection and fall protection training. Learn how to protect your workers and avoid OSHA fines.
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Often overlooked issues about hard hat maintenance and expiration...
Does your company ignore lockout/tagout procedures?
Posted by Admin on 11/3/2014
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How do we handle hazardous materials? Before handling or being exposed to a hazardous material, we must find out exactly what the material is. Does the material display one or more of following characteristics?
Posted by Admin on 9/30/2014
A comprehensive list of free online safety training courses. OSHA and General Workplace Safety Training
Posted by Admin on 8/6/2014
Did you know corrosion on Portable Fire Extinguishers can be deadly? Learn the warning signs and what you can do to prevent it in this article.
Posted by Admin on 8/4/2014
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We compiled a huge list of links where you can download a wide variety of safety posters for free!
Posted by Admin on 7/31/2014
Preventing back injuries during work involves knowing what to do before, during and after the most common causes of back injury in the workplace… lifting, sitting and standing. These everyday activities cause injury to workers usually because of repetition, overexertion, fatigue and improper technique. Pursuing the following mindsets can help prevent these types of injuries:
Posted by Admin on 7/2/2014
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