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. Run If possible, running or escaping from the scene is the best option. Take a moment to encourage others to retreat and evacuate with you but it is crucial to not let them slow you down with indecision. Hide If youRead More →

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, ensure that they areRead More →

Workers’ Memorial Day, observed every year on April 28, is a day to honor those who have died on the job, to acknowledge the suffering experienced by their families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. April 28 is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. OSHA hasRead More →

An estimated 32% of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. (NHTSA) 3,952 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement. (FARS) Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (FBI)   Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Is a Serious Crime Drugs Alcohol Adverse effects to a person’s judgment, reaction time, motor skills, and memory. Adverse effects to a person’s judgment, reaction time, motor skills, and memory. Misused prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and illegal drugs pose serious danger to yourself and public safety. Alcohol slows down the functions of the central nervousRead More →

5 Benefits of OSHA’s New Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries & Illnesses As of January 1, 2017, OSHA’s final rule for improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses went into effect. The new rule requires establishments with 250 or more employees to submit their injury and illness records (300 & 300A Form) electronically. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries will also be required to electronically submit their 300 logs. OSHA is allowing employers to submit the information by July 1, 2017 while they are phasing in the new requirements. A secure website will be provided with multiple options for submissionRead More →

CDC Foundation Provides Tips on Workplace Flu Prevention With flu season on the horizon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation is sharing information to help workers protect themselves from the disease. Annually, 5 to 20 percent of Americans contract the flu, resulting in $10.4 billion in medical bills and $16.3 billion in lost wages, according to the infographic. Nearly 60 percent of reported flu hospitalizations are adults 18 to 64 – the general age range of workers. Among the information released is an infographic with facts about vaccination, how the flu impacts workers and how to avoid spreading germs. Some symptoms of the flu: body aches,Read More →

1. Firewall Protection Install a firewall to protect your company’s greatest online assets from hackers and cyber-attacks on external networks. Firewalls allow you to monitor and detect malicious links, malware and spam going in and out of your internal network to minimize the risk of a data breach or cyber-attack. 2. Password Security Always keep your passwords to yourself. Never store your passwords in files, on your computer or email them to coworkers. If you write down your password, do not store it near your work computer for others to discover. Strong passwords should consist of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, special symbols and atRead More →

 OSHA Issues Walking/Working Surfaces Final Rule Overview: OSHA issued a new final rule that updates and revises the general industry Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall protection Systems standards on slip, trips, and fall hazards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, slips trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace fatalities and injuries in the many diverse general industry workplaces. OSHA estimates this rule will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year. The final rule applies to all general industry workplaces and covers all walking-working surfaces, which include horizontal and vertical surfaces such as floors, stairs, roofs, ladders, ramps, scaffolds, elevatedRead More →

Quick Tips to Help Employees Buy Into Safety   How to convince employees with resistant attitudes to buy into safety In the workplace, the word ‘safety’ evokes two distinct sets of opinions from people. Some see safety as the most important aspect of their business, a healthy investment, and something that their company strives to promote throughout the workplace.  Others see safety as a waste of time, money and effort.  For companies that are struggling with employees who refuse to focus on safety, here are some ideas which you can use to make your employees more safety conscious! Stress That Safety Affects Everyone  Employees mayRead More →

What is Personal Protective Equipment? Personal Protective Equipment, more commonly referred to as PPE, is equipment which is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples include: Gloves Hearing Protection – Ear Plugs/Muffs Respirators Foot & Eye Protection Hard Hats Safety Glasses Employer vs. Employee Responsibilities Employers Employees Perform a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards Identify and provide appropriate PPE for all employees Train employees in the use and care of PPE Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE Periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program Properly wear all requiredRead More →