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Monthly archive for June 2016

Lightning Strike Safety Fact Sheet

Every year on average, 50 people in the USA are killed by lightning strikes. Surprising? Construction is in the top five worker activities at high risk for lightning injuries. Proper planning and safe practices can significantly increase lightning safety when working outdoors. To promote safety, OSHA and the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) have created a very informative fact sheet on lightning safety when working outdoors. Click here to read the published fact sheet.

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Mobile Applications That Can Promote Safety In The Workplace

Below is a list of mobile applications that can be used to help promote safety in the workplace. These are the highest rated, most user friendly, and recommended applications from safety professionals. All applications are available on both Apple and Android mobile products, with the exceptions listed below.   Ladder Safety – The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual, sound, and vibration signals to assist the user in positioning a ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension and step ladders selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs OSHA Heat Safety Tool – 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 […]

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NSC’s Safety Checkup Assessment and Safe At Work Pledge

A few weeks ago, we blogged about the National Safety Council, and The Journey to Safety Excellence program they created to promote safety. They have recently added a few new features to their website that we think you might enjoy! Take the Safety Check Up assessment to learn safety risks by age, gender, occupation and location. This is a great tool that could really help you prepare, and recognize potential hazards you may not have been aware of. The assessment will notify you of the leading cause of death per gender, leading cause of unintentional injury be age and location, and leading causes of non-fatal injuries by occupation. You can also take the Safe At Work Pledge, or better yet, recommend your employees take the pledge! With workplace fatalities on the rise, showing your commitment to safety can inspire and promise safety to yourself and others. The pledge promises these three things: Never compromise my own […]

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Heat Safety For Outdoor Workers

Even though we have not had the first official day of summer (June 20), we have already had some extremely high temperatures in the Midwest. With extreme heat, comes extreme illnesses and effects to the body. The most common illnesses are Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps and Heat Rash. In 2014 alone, 2630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Thankfully, heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. A few year ago, OSHA started the campaign Water. Rest. Shade.  This campaign covers all areas of precaution and safety for outdoor workers. Listed below are OSHA’s recommendations for prevention: A Person Designated to Oversee the Heat Illness Prevention Program Hazard Identification Water. Rest. Shade Message Acclimatization Modified Work Schedules Training Monitoring for Signs and Symptoms Emergency Planning and Response Download the app! Android and Apple both have the app “Heat Safety Tool” free […]

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