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Are You Communicating Clearly?

Keep Workers Safe and Avoid Costly Fines with Clear, Coherent Hazard Communications. Last year, one of the largest automotive glass suppliers in the world — a publicly-traded company that supplies materials to all the major automobile manufacturers — appeared to be on top of the world. The company was worth tens of billions of dollars, with manufacturing facilities all over the world. A documentarian even made a major motion picture about the company.  That was quite a distinction.  But last year, this company — which we’re choosing not to name — received a very different distinction.  It was the recipient of a massive fine for safety violations. Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health

By |2020-02-25T19:02:36+00:00February 25th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

First Aid Training – Does it Really Save Lives?

Cafeteria Worker Saves Primary School Student’s Life — Thanks to First Aid Training. Is it time to provide first aid training to your workplace?  Odren Polk is the kind of cheerful, primary school cafeteria worker who jokes around with kids and makes them feel comfortable. Now, thanks to a recent first aid training, he’s the kind who might save their lives, too.  “Mr. O,” as he’s known at Stevens Primary School in downtown Williamsport, PA., is often the worker who kids will approach to joke around with and talk to during lunchtime. On a recent school day, he was talking to a group of kids when he noticed that first-grader Kenyon Ritter seemed unusually quiet.

By |2020-01-27T20:56:01+00:00January 27th, 2020|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

2020 OSHA Penalty Amounts Increased

Understanding OSHA's Penalty Adjustments Until five years ago, OSHA had not raised their penalty amounts since 1990. Now, with the Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA is required to annually adjust penalty amounts by January 15th. Fines increased by approximately 80% on August 1, 2016 and are adjusted annually moving forward. This year the penalty increase became effective on January 15, 2020. The good news is that the maximum penalty amounts did not increase drastically overall. Serious, other-than-serious, and failure to abate violations saw only a $234.00 penalty maximum increase.  Willful and repeat violations experienced a higher increase at $2,339.00. The table below displays the current penalty amounts for 2020. Please note that some

By |2020-01-20T14:41:29+00:00January 20th, 2020|Construction, General Industry, OSHA News, Safety Management|

OSHA’s Emphasis on Amputations

Updated 12/17/19 Amputations in the Workplace When you hear the word "amputation," many people believe that it may never happen to them or their employees. Amputations are widespread and involve a variety of activities and equipment. According to the most recent Bureau Labor Statistics data, manufacturing employers reported that 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. The rate of amputations in the manufacturing sector was more than twice as much as that in the entire private industry. Every one of these amputations could have been prevented. Since OSHA updated the reporting procedures on January 1, 2015, all amputations must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. In August 2015, OSHA updated their National Emphasis Program on Amputations

By |2019-12-17T22:20:24+00:00December 17th, 2019|Blog Articles, OSHA News|

Don’t Hibernate! Stay Healthy, Be Active!

Staying Active During the Winter Months can Seem Impossible It may be considered “the most wonderful time of the year”, however, if we’re being honest, the winter months can seem a bit depressing for a lot of us. With the time change, darkness, and freezing temperatures, it can certainly be difficult to stay active during this time of the year. It is Important That We All Try to Stay Active and Healthy During this Time of the Year! Become a Gym Member - Join in on one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and join a gym. Joining a gym can give you the opportunity to still keep up with your exercise routine while

By |2019-12-16T19:27:45+00:00December 16th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Seasonal Topics|

Workplace Bullying Can Be Costly

Bullying Can Continue in Adulthood When the topic of bullying arises, many think back to those days as a youth where some nasty kid on the playground made life miserable for passive children who wanted no part of an altercation. The yellow-eyed villain Scut Farkus in the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” is the prototypical bully. In fact, his role was so iconic that the actor who played him, Zack Ward, now spearheads an anti-bullying campaign, using his role in the movie to create awareness about what bullying is and how to stop it. These days, the subject of bullying has become somewhat of a school administrator crusade as most no longer view it as

By |2019-12-11T20:44:13+00:00November 18th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

What does a Safety Consultant do?

What does a Safety Consultant do? A Safety Consultant does two very important tasks: (1) they keep workers safe by assessing and eliminating workplace safety hazards, and (2) they help businesses work towards compliance by simplifying complex state and federal occupational workplace regulations, such as OSHA standards. "I would say that a Safety Consultant is defined by one word: support." Who Can Safety Consultants Help? Companies from all industries come to Lancaster Safety in all stages of their safety journey.  New companies that just hired their first employee, to established businesses with 30+ years in the Construction industry and 100 employees; we help them all! Our Safety Consultants have either worked directly

By |2019-12-16T19:32:51+00:00October 15th, 2019|Blog Articles, Construction, General Industry, Safety Management|

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 |2020-02-05T22:05:21+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|
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