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June’s Unsafe Photos

Our June compilation of funny, unsafe photos. Enjoy!                    

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NUCA Calls for Trench Safety Stand-Down

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is encouraging all municipalities and contractors who work in excavations to participate in a nationwide Safety Stand Down during the week of June 19, 2017.  In case you’ve never facilitated or participated in a “Safety Stand Down” they are basically a scheduled meeting with all employees about a specific topic of interest.  Although it may sound a lot like a standard “Toolbox Talk” they are a little different in a few ways.  First, they are usually endorsed […]

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Online Training Trivia Game

One of our Managers attended a training event this week and learned about a FREE online trivia game that instructors can use during their classes.  The game is called “Kahoot!” and it allows the instructor to create a set of multiple choice questions that can be answered by students in the class.  The game awards points for correct answers (more points for quicker answers) and displays a Leader Board after each question.  This can help build interaction, assessment, and competition into […]

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Enforcement of Silica Standard Delayed

On April 6, 2017 OSHA announced a delay in the enforcement of their new Silica Standard as it applies to construction.  OSHA is saying the reason for this delay is to allow them more time to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials for employers.  Enforcement for this standard was initially set to begin June 23, 2017 but is now scheduled for September 23, 2017.  Some of the employer organizations that have been actively challenging this new standard are continuing […]

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Unsafe Photos For March!

Due to the month of March being National Ladder Safety Month, ladders are the theme!  

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OSHA Makes Changes For Outreach Training Program Instructors

OSHA has revised the requirements for authorized trainers in its Outreach Training Program. They have updated and clarified student contact hours, replacement card procedures, the Trainer Code of Conduct, as well as added in a new elective to the selection of classes. The outreach program trains workers and supervisors to recognize and prevent safety and health hazards on the job, and to understand worker rights and employer responsibilities. For more information on the Outreach Training Program, click here.

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Respirator Exams ~ Skip the Office Visit!

Do your employees wear respirators?  If so, OSHA requires you to implement a “Respiratory Protection Program”.  One of the mandatory elements of these programs is to medically evaluate each employee before they are fit tested or initially wear a respirator.  If your company falls under OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard, then you probably already know this… but did you know that you are NOT required to actually send your employees to a clinic for this evaluation?  OSHA’s regulation on medical evaluations for respirators […]

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CCS Changes their Certification Program!

The Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) has announced they are going to unleash several updates to their “Certification Program” that will become effective on January 1, 2017.  These changes will affect the grading criteria used during their Safety Program Review process, and also require additional documents to be submitted annually during renewal.  Here is a summary of these changes… MINIMUM CRITERIA  (Partial List) Safety Directors must complete an OSHA 30-Hour course or greater. AED certification will be required for employees […]

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Great Handout for Electrical Safety Training!

We stumbled across a great handout today that can be used for basic electrical safety training.  It’s specifically designed for teaching Electrical Safety as part of OSHA’s Focus Four program for the construction industry, but parts of it could be used by industrial company’s as well.  It really seems like it would get the students involved with the class.  We plan on incorporating it into some of our training classes.  Click here if you want to check it out!

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OSHA vs. Discipline, Incentives & Drug Testing

On May 12, 2016 OSHA published a Final Rule that was largely touted as their initiative to gather annual injury and illness information electronically starting in 2017.  However, tucked away within the Final Rule were some modifications that will also limit each employer’s ability to discipline their employees, issue safety incentives, and administer post-accident drug tests!  These changes that were initially framed by OSHA as being ancillary have now become the central focal point to many.  In fact, they are under such scrutiny that multiple employer groups […]

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