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OSHA Final Rule: Respirator Fit Testing

New Protocols for Respirator Fit Testing Released The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released a final rule regarding respirator fit testing protocols. OSHA already had protocol procedures in place but made two modifications in order to help ensure that respirators are fitting workers properly. Employers are required to fit test their employees if respirators are needed in the workplace. Lancaster Safety Consulting, Inc. can help employers evaluate the need for respirator use and also help develop a workplace respiratory program. One of Lancaster Safety's Consultants has observed hundreds of workplaces and said he is surprised by the number of employers that are unaware of their

By |2019-09-30T16:54:18+00:00September 30th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Highlights from the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo

The National Safety Council (NSC) focuses on eliminating preventable deaths at work, on the road and in homes and communities. Each year they host a safety conference that attracts safety professionals from all over the country. They have professional development seminars, learning labs, technical sessions (with a new technology topic) and trade show booths all available for attendees. This year’s event was held on September 7-13th at the San Diego Convention Center. This week-long event hosted ample opportunities for safety professionals to learn, engage and discover something new. Topics that received more focus included active shooter and workplace violence prevention, where safety fits into the future, and what’s new with OSHA. Active Shooter

By |2019-09-17T12:12:58+00:00September 16th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Doesn’t Take Safety Seriously

How Following OSHA Rules — and Taking Safety Seriously — Saves Lives in the Workplace When a worker was killed after a crane fell, crushing the man, an OSHA inspection showed that the accident could easily have been avoided by extending outriggers designed to keep the crane from tipping. It was a simple step that would have only taken a few moments to put in place and would have saved that man’s life. In total, OSHA found 13 serious violations during that inspection, levying $70,000 in fines on the company. But for that employee, no amount of fines will bring his life back. On that day, he left home that morning, having no idea

By |2019-08-28T20:00:45+00:00August 28th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Confined Spaces: Seeing Beyond the Entry

When it Comes to Confined Spaces, There’s No Room to Skip on Safety Precautions. In January 2017, a utility worker in Key Largo, Florida, opened a manhole cover and went under a recently paved section of road to investigate why it had settled unevenly. When he stopped responding to coworkers above ground, a second worker went in to see if he needed help. When both stopped responding, The Washington Post reported, a third man entered. What none of these workers knew is that years of vegetation had been rotting underneath the surface, creating a poisonous gas. All three workers were overcome by hydrogen sulfide and methane, causing them to asphyxiate.  These three men lost

By |2019-07-22T15:04:26+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Restart Your Safety Program After an Accident

How Would You Recover From an Accident? When an accident on the job site occurs, it affects everybody. It’s an emotionally-charged time full of “what ifs” that forces everybody involved to face the reality that everything can change in an instant. But what follows is equally stressful because accidents and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) go hand-in-hand. Following an accident, companies often must work under the scrutiny of safety officials, operating with the knowledge that one violation could cripple the business. It is an unenviable position to be in.  That is exactly what happened to Mark Mashuda Excavating Inc. back in March of 2015. Emergency Can Strike at any Time While doing

By |2019-09-16T15:53:42+00:00June 27th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Beat the Heat with this Safety Cheat Sheet

Keeping You and Your Crew Safe As the summer months get into full swing, heat stress and other heat-related illness become a concern for workers across the country.  Heat stress can lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes.  Heat can even increase the risk of injuries in workers since it can lead to sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, or dizziness. Workers at risk of heat stress may include: Outdoor Workers Workers in hot environments Firefighters Bakery workers Farmers Construction workers Miners Boiler room workers Workers at an increased risk of heat stress also include those: Who are 65 years of age or older Are overweight Have heart disease or high blood

By |2019-09-16T15:54:26+00:00June 26th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Seasonal Topics|

Get Your Safety Goals in Shape

Are Your Safety Goals Feeling Like a Doctor's Visit? Nobody really likes going to the doctor, but having a regular checkup by a qualified physician is important. Not only can checkups help identify an issue before it becomes a bigger problem, but your doctor will also give you instructions on a variety of lifestyle changes such as exercise and a sensible diet as daily maintenance so you stay healthy. However, all of that doesn’t matter if the patient doesn’t follow through with the plan that has been put in place. Why Inspections Can Be Crucial for Success The same holds true for having safety inspections in the workplace. The initial inspection will identify safety issues

By |2019-06-12T12:28:59+00:00June 11th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Mental Health in the Workplace

A Trillion Dollar Topic Considered a taboo subject in the workplace 30 years ago — something that was talked about in hushed tones around the water cooler and often referred to incorrectly as “a nervous breakdown” — the truth is that anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders are no longer looked upon with the same scrutiny as years past. Mental Health challenges are now recognized as very real, very treatable, and things very normal people deal with. Fortunately, there is a wealth of options available these days to help people overcome these issues, but getting employees to actually use these resources can prove difficult. According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million

By |2019-09-16T15:51:38+00:00May 21st, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs

High Risk Industries OSHA is Targeting for Inspections Many have heard about National Emphasis Programs (NEPs), but few actually understand just how far-reaching these programs are and what they are actually designed to accomplish. These are temporary programs that allow OSHA to concentrate their resources on specific hazards, both existing and new, in an effort to curb and hopefully eliminate the rate of occurrence. By using the latest data and resources available to evaluate specific hazards and focus on solutions, the goal is to identify potential risks and put protocols in place to secure the safety of the workplace. OSHA provides compliance assistance resources in the form of printed, online, video and audio instruction on

By |2019-04-22T20:41:20+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Who Pays for Personal Protective Equipment?

OSHA PPE Rules Answered Who pays for PPE? The employer or the employee? Since 2004, Lancaster Safety consultants have conducted nearly 12,000 OSHA-compliance training sessions with companies in all fifty states. In virtually every one of those training sessions, one question arises more frequently than any other. Who Pays for Safety Gear? Is the employer responsible for providing pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE)? Or is the employee?  OSHA has a 48-page guide that provides guidance to employers for evaluating PPE needs. It addresses the proper selection, maintenance, and training necessary to protect employees from a variety of hazards. While the actual assessment and evaluation of PPE can be complicated and complex, when it comes

By |2019-05-30T19:22:10+00:00March 28th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|
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