Cutting Edge Concepts in Safety: What is BBS & HOP?          BBS Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) can be defined as “A process that creates a safety partnership between management and employees that continually focuses people’s attentions and actions on theirs, and others, daily safety behavior.” BBS “focuses on what people do, researches why they do it, and then applies research-supported strategies to improve what people do.” In this case, the focus would be on improving employee’s behavior when it comes to safety and making safety choices. HOP Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) is another “new” approach, or way to think about safety. HOP is a technique thatRead More →

When: March 18th – 24th, 2018 Get Involved! National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention. History In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children’s artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness ofRead More →

7 Ways to Excite Workers for Great Safety Training or Meetings How do you turnaround an unresponsive audience & have a great classroom safety training session or safety committee meeting? Let’s be honest, safety can be boring and cumbersome at times. People often look at safety professionals as the “safety police” which can tend to create a barrier. Safety professionals must lead their teams to effectively get the safety message across and build a strong safety culture. This can be rather difficult when your audience is disengaged, uninterested, and doesn’t participate in safety training or meetings. Changing their attitudes will take time and effort butRead More →

States that have 10 and/or 30 Hour Construction Training Card Requirements To date, federal OSHA has not required employees to obtain their 10 or 30 hour OSHA outreach certification card. However, certain states have 10 and/or 30 hour training, expiration, and renewal requirements. Please read below to see what the different requirements are for each state and contact us if your company is in need of either a 10 or 30 hour certification class or renewal.  We have OSHA-authorized trainers available nationwide and would recommend taking the training class in-person rather than online! Special note, OSHA 10 hour cards do not expire but certain states listed below do require renewal.Read More →

National Burn Awareness Week February 4th – 10th, 2018 The American Burn Association estimates there are approximately 486,000 burn related injuries requiring medical treatment each year. Of these burn related injuries, 8% occurs in the workplace. Given that information, this means that there are roughly 38,880 that occur to workers who are burned each year due to inadequate training/awareness, a lack of guarding/personal protective equipment, or neglect/shortcuts/distractions. Prevention The first step to preventing burns is necessary training on policies and procedures. Workers should be made aware of sources in their workplace. Burns can be caused from thermal, chemical, electrical, friction, radiation, or even cold temperature.Read More →

The Trump Administration’s Effect on OSHA in 2017 With the 1st anniversary of the Trump Administration taking office recently passing, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the changes that the administration made to the agency who was created to assure safe and healthful conditions for working men and women – OSHA. Fewer Regulations In January 2017, an executive order was signed, which required federal agencies to cut two regulations for every new one proposed. This executive order was later clarified to only apply to those regulations with a proposed cost of $100 million or more. The purpose of this orderRead More →

Winter Injuries: Frostbite & Hypothermia While winter activities such as skiing, sled riding, and making a snowman can be enjoyable; they also can pose a threat if you are not aware of the risks.  Some tips to keep in mind before endeavoring into the winter wonderland we call earth are: Check the temperature and limit your time outdoors if it’s very cold, wet or windy Bundle up in several layers of loose clothing Wear mittens rather than gloves Cover your ears with a warm hat Wear socks that will keep your feet warm and dry Frostbite and hypothermia are the consequences of being exposed toRead More →

Why are Safety Committees Important? Safety committees can have a significant impact on a company because they provide you with the opportunity to sit down with front line workers to discuss prominent safety concerns. Safety committees set a great example for worker safety and allow them to hold an important role in keeping not only themselves, but their coworkers safe. How can it transform your safety culture? By including employees from all levels of the company, you can focus on specific work-related injuries within your own organization. The employees that are out performing work on a daily basis know the ins and outs of howRead More →