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ANSI Glove Ratings Change

The ANSI/ISEA 105 standard for hand protection has been revised.  The reason for this revision is to better identify the amount of protection that a glove truly offers.  Under the current standard (last revised in 2011) a glove that can withstand 1600 grams of applied force and a glove that can withstand 3200 grams of applied force (twice as much) are both classified as “Level 4″ gloves.  Under the new standard these gloves will be classified differently.  Here are some brief bullet […]

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Have an idea on how to lessen hearing loss?

According to OSHA, every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation. To help inspire creative ideas and raise awareness for workplace safety innovation, they have kicked off the  “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” The Department of Labor is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The challenge ends September 30. Ten […]

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Custom Video Idea for Your Company

We stumbled across a video on YouTube that we thought we would share with everyone.  It’s a brief video of different family members who are encouraging employees to work safely.  Producing something like this would be easy to do and it would help remind your employees WHY they should choose to work safe each day.  Showing something like this at the beginning or end of a safety meeting or during a New Hire Orientation session would be a nice touch!

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OSHA Shares Electricity and Tree Care Work pamphlet

Contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of death for tree care workers. To help small business owners and front line supervisors, OSHA has published a pamphlet that should prepare for the risks of tree-trimming operations near sources of electricity. These include training workers about potential hazards, making sure workers maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from overhead power lines, and providing proper gloves and shoes for hazards present where tree work is being performed. Click here for […]

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OSHA Penalty Increase To Take Effect After August 1, 2016

For the first time in 26 years, OSHA is increasing their monetary penalty charge. Moving forward, they will adjust for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. Adjusting the penalties should lead to significant benefits for workers and responsible employers. The new civil penalty amounts are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015. To provide guidance on the implementations of the new policies, OSHA will issue revisions to it’s Field Operations Manual by […]

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Spotter Safety Video

  Many OSHA regulations require a spotter on the job to make sure that equipment and people work together safely. The spotter must be properly trained and competent to do the job. Below is a very informative video about spotter safety created by ACSASafety. Topics include: • When is a spotter needed • Assessing the hazards • Working around overhead utilities • The expectations of a spotter • Signals to be used, communication • What to do in an emergency […]

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Construction Company Owner Indicted For Manslaughter

A construction company owner was indicted for manslaughter after the death of an employee at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015. The employee was smoothing concrete on the sixth floor of the work site when he reached the edge and fell to his death. He was not wearing a harness, nor was fall protection installed as required by OSHA and the New York City Building Code. Salvatore Schirripa, the owner of the construction company, was indicted for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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