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 →

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 →

National No Beard Day (October 18th) Whether you have been growing your exceptionally groomed beard for years, or you just recently started your endeavor, this is the day to wave goodbye and go back to the smooth look everyone forgot about! No Beard Day is the perfect day to see what you look like without it, and perhaps to start anew or mark the start of something new in your life. Aside from the clean look that your partner or family might enjoy seeing for the first time in months or even years, this could be the perfect time to take care of some finished,Read More →

Fall Prevention Awareness Week Did you know that the leading cause of death for construction workers are falls? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015 were caused by falls from elevation. However, the construction industry is not the only sector of work where falls are considered to be a danger. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls as well. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle incidents for causing fatalities. Furthermore, all of these deaths from falling are preventable and canRead More →

How do I obtain my OSHA certification? OSHA’s training requirements are in accordance to the safety and health hazards that employees are exposed to on the job. We often hear this misconception that OSHA requires employees to be OSHA certified. Although some states and certain types of jobsites may have requirements for employees or supervisors such as the OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA outreach certifications, this is not a federal OSHA requirement. Therefore, while the OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour are beneficial trainings for strengthening your employee’s knowledge, it cannot count towards other OSHA required training. We recommend that company utilize these Outreach Trainings as aRead More →

What to do if an Active Shooter Comes to Your Workplace An active shooter is a person or persons who appears to be actively engaged in harming or attempting to kill people in the facility. An event like this can happen anywhere, at any time. The actions taken by you can mean life or death for anyone involved. There are three lines of defense that can help should you ever find yourself in this situation. Take 5 Minutes to Watch this Active Shooter Guide: Run Hide Fight If possible, running or escaping from the scene is the best option. Take a moment to encourage othersRead More →

Electrical Safety Month Did you know that three of the ten most violated (and cited) OSHA standards involve electrical safety? In fact, “Electrocutions” is one of OSHA’s Construction Fatal Four. The Fatal Four is a list of hazards that accounted for over 64% of fatalities in the construction industry in 2015. Of the construction fatalities, 8.6% of them dealt with electrocutions. The following are some ways to prevent run-ins with electrical hazards: Make sure your lockout/tagout program is up to date. Routinely inspect extension cords and electrically powered tools for wear and tear. If any extension cords or other electrical equipment have visible damage, ensureRead More →