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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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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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CCS to put QR Code on Newly Issued Drug Cards

CCS (formerly MICCS) has decided to place QR codes on the newly issued CCS certified drug cards. A QR code is a scannable, two dimensional bar code.  In this case, it will have the most recent drug testing information regarding the person assigned to the card. This added benefit will save you time when reviewing employee’s drug cards.To be able to utilize this new feature, you still need to log in to Safetsite, and a QR code scanner will need to be downloaded on a mobile device. If you don’t want to download the scanner application to use this new feature, you can still use Safesite. Check your mobile app store for the highest rated QR scanner options. Click here for more details on this change.      

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NSC Unleashes Free Self-Assessment Tool

The National Safety Council has provided a Safety System Assessment, which is free when you sign up for The Journey to Safety Excellence. The Journey to Safety Excellence is a cycle of improvement that aims for a continual reduction of risk with a goal of zero incidents. When you sign up, you receive: A free benchmarking measurement tool, rooted in research and tested in practice A thorough analysis of the eight safety program categories outlined in the Journey to Safety Excellence: Management Leadership and Commitment Motivation, Behavior and Attitudes Workforce Involvement Operational Processes and Procedures System Management and Communication Training and Orientation Hazard Identification and Risk Reduction; Assessments Audits and Performance Measures Your results compared against the NSC Database of nearly 500 companies An opportunity to set a baseline measurement against which future improvements can be gauged This is a wonderful opportunity to utilize the tools the Nation Safety Council has […]

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New Fact Sheets on Confined Space Rescue, Ladder Jack Scaffold & Zika Virus

     OSHA publishes fact sheets about all things safety and workplace related. They recently published a few fact sheets regarding very important topics you might be interested in Click on the links below to read the most recent publications. Confined Space Rescue Ladder Jack Scaffold Zika Virus

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Video of Swing Stage Scaffold Caught in Wind

Two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds, also known as swing stage scaffolds, are not for the weak stomach. Imagine being in one of these on the outside of the 91st floor. Now imagine having to endure extreme gusts of wind, sending you from side to side of the building. This video shows what can happen in this situation. The men were able to escape after the scaffold broke through a window. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.  

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OSHA Silica Standard for Construction

Did you know that silica is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust? Other than soil, it’s also found in rock, sand, graphite, coal, concrete, asphalt, brick, clay, porcelain, and even in some roofing materials, abrasives, and paints! Today, about 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica on the job. Approximately 2 million of those employees are in the construction industry. When silica is contained within a natural resource or product it’s harmless. However, when it becomes airborne it can be deadly if inhaled. The danger of silica inhalation has been known for longer than you probably realize. The US Department of Labor published a video in 1938 about the hazards of silica exposure (click here to see that video).  Yes, 1938! That’s 32-years before OSHA was even founded. Research has linked silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic lung disease, and also kidney disease. If you would like […]

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, click here for tips and a free online Defensive Driving Class!

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the NSC. The hope of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to educate us and draw attention to the hazards of using a cell phone while driving. Day to day, employers can play a large role in protecting workers who drive on the job.  The National Safety Council has provided a cell phone policy toolkit for the employers and employees benefit.  Click here to download the kit. The NSC also paired with Cummins for a cell phone policy case study. Click here to read the case study. THE NSC is offering a free Defensive Driving Class online April 18-24th, to raise awareness for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To access the free class, click here, and use the password “distracted” as the access code. You may learn a thing or two…  

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Great video about Safety Program importance

It is crucial that employees are safe. There is a moral obligation, it has become too costly for employees to get hurt, and it helps us follow OSHA guidelines. The purpose of a Safety Program is to reduce work related injury and illness. We are to follow the guidelines and utilize the information the Safety Program provides.  Are all your employees knowledgeable of the contents in the Safety Program? Have they been taught how following the Safety Program can protect and improve their life? Watch the video below to see how the lack of implementing your Safety Program  can affect lives and your business.  

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Tornado Season, Are you prepared?

The Midwest is currently in peak Tornado and Severe Weather season, typically lasting from March through May. It is extremely important to be prepared and educated. Are you aware of the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather in a particular area could produce tornadoes (often this means thunderstorms are in the area). A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar could produce a tornado. It is best to always stay safe, so when there is a tornado warning issued, immediately seek shelter. Does your business have an action plan to keep employees safe during severe weather? OSHA recommends every business have an emergency plan. You need to plan ahead, equip your business with proper materials, and train all […]

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