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Using Affirmative Defense With OSHA

Affirmative Defenses A defense in which the defendant introduces evidence, which, if found to be credible, will negate criminal or civil liability, even if it is proven that the defendant committed the alleged acts. From the perspective of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an affirmative defense is a claim that if established and found to exist, can help to potentially rescind a citation that an employer received. Three Most Common Affirmative Defenses: Unpreventable Employee Misconduct or “Isolated Event” Defense Impossibility/Infeasibility of Compliance Defense Greater Hazard Defense Any defense you wish to argue must be brought up at the informal conference or hearing. If you raise an affirmative defense, the

By |2018-08-28T22:20:26+00:00August 28th, 2018|Blog Articles, Safety Management|

OSHA Requirements Guide for Employers

What Does OSHA Require From Employers? If you have ever visited OSHA's website, you know there is so much information posted regarding the different safety and health requirements employers must follow in order to keep their employees safe on the job. We are going to breakdown the key rules and regulations starting with the top 3 basic duties for employers. Three Key Elements: Compliance with OSHA laws. Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards. Examine workplace conditions to ensure compliance. The foundation of a successful safety program is compliance with OSHA laws. Part of the LSCI approach is to stress the importance of creating a good safety culture at your workplace.

By |2018-09-13T19:30:07+00:00August 15th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Crisis Response

Crisis Response that is Fast, Effective, and Direct Crisis response means taking action. It is the ability to be strategic with your response plan through careful monitoring and following through with established response protocols. You'll never be able to predict when a crisis will occur, but you can identify certain scenarios and plan how to appropriately respond in each type of event. Whether it’s a fire, unresponsive employee, chemical spill, active shooter, extreme weather, or a major machinery failure, the speed of your response and the actions you take may also turn into a Public Relations (PR) crisis, if mishandled. It’s important to pay attention to what is going on and use real time communication

By |2018-08-09T16:37:16+00:00August 9th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

Are You Posting Safety Violations Online?

Are Your Worksite Pictures Sending the Wrong Message? © Creative Commons Zero Social Media & Your Website Social media presence and influence has been on the rise for years. While OSHA is not actively searching company’s social media pages and websites for safety violations, you should still be aware of what you and your workers are posting. Not only could it be harmful or distasteful towards the company but it could represent a negative image. Don't Risk Posting Pictures With Safety Issues OSHA inspections are initiated by several factors, such as worker complaints, an emphasis program, or the reporting of an employee fatality or injury. They can also be prompted from the referral of another

By |2018-08-09T16:25:27+00:00August 9th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

OSHA’s Beryllium Final Rule

 Are You Exposed? What is Beryllium? Beryllium is a lightweight but extremely strong metal. Beryllium-copper alloys are widely used because of their electrical and thermal conductivity, hardness, and good corrosion resistance. Beryllium oxide is used to make ceramics for electronics and other electrical equipment because of its heat conductivity, high strength and hardness, and good electrical insulation. Metal slags and fly ash (a byproduct of coal-fired power plants) may also contain trace amounts of beryllium (<0.1% by weight). Who is Exposed? According to OSHA, around 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium on the job. The most common industries that use beryllium include:   Aerospace   Telecommunications   Electronics   Medical   Energy   Defense OSHA's

By |2018-09-11T21:12:07+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Blog Articles, OSHA News, Safety Management|

Safety Committees & Workers’ Comp Premiums

What Kind of Workers' Comp Discounts Might You Be Missing? Why are insurance premiums on the rise? It’s no secret that workers’ compensation premiums are skyrocketing to their highest they’ve ever been, however injury rates are at their lowest ever.  How does that even make sense?  Rate increases are mainly due to the rising costs in healthcare, and also reflect in insurance companies reporting record profits.  How does a company contain these premium hikes to reasonable levels?  The best way to combat premium rises is to prevent costly injuries.  Sprain and strain injuries encompass around 40 percent of lost workday injuries and direct medical costs. A company’s Experience Modification Rating (EMR) has a strong, direct

By |2018-09-11T21:05:43+00:00May 21st, 2018|Blog Articles, Safety Management|

3 Important Steps for Safer Scaffolding

Image Source: Unsplash.com When you’ve got a job to do in places that are hard to reach, nothing is more useful than a scaffold. However, it also implies that your work will unfold at greater heights than other jobs, which means that specifically targeted safety procedures are necessary. How to Stay Safe When working in potentially hazardous conditions, it’s important to take all of the necessary precautions in order to protect the well-being of each and every employee onsite. The most common hazards associated with scaffolds include: Falls from elevation, Collapse of the scaffold, Being struck by falling tools, work materials, or debris, Electrocution due to proximity of the scaffold to overhead power lines. Thus,

By |2018-09-11T20:42:35+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, Safety Management|

What is BBS and HOP?

Cutting Edge Concepts in Safety Behavior-Based Safety (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. BBS BBS "focuses on what people do, researches why they do

By |2018-07-30T23:48:37+00:00February 26th, 2018|Blog Articles, Safety Management|

National Poison Prevention Week

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 of the dangers of poisoning. How to Participate Contact your local

By |2018-07-30T23:49:24+00:00February 21st, 2018|Blog Articles, Seasonal Topics|

7 Tips for Better Safety Meetings

Are You Boring Your Safety Training Audience? How do you turn around 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 but the results will be gratifying! Know Your Safety Training or Committee Audience Whether you

By |2018-07-30T23:49:56+00:00February 16th, 2018|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|
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