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WALKING WORKING SURFACES: OSHA RULE UPDATE

On November 17, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule designed to better protect workers at risk of falls from heights or on the same level. The Rule updates and clarifies standards, and adds training and inspection requirements. It will…

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THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SILICA DUST

Silica is an extremely common mineral compound found throughout numerous industries and applications across the globe. It exists in nature primarily as quartz, although in many areas it is a major component in sand. It is the second most common mineral in the earth’s crust.…

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Hauling Equipment in the Construction Industry

One of the most crucial but tricky tasks fleet managers handle is moving oversized, heavy loads to different locations. This job is a very difficult task, and it could be very dangerous to someone lacking the right equipment and training. Hauling heavy, large loads requires…

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OSHA Increases Penalties, First Since 1990

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is raising its penalties to match the rate of inflation marking the first increase in penalties since 1990. The interim final rule was published July 1, 2016, and is based on the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act…

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HEAT STRESS: AWARENESS AND PROTECTING WORKERS

As we transition to warmer temperatures, it’s important to revisit your workplace’s Heat Stress Prevention Program to ensure your employees are equipped to combat heat-related illnesses. Heat is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in the United States despite the fact that most heat-related…

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Solar Energy Safety

Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems that take advantage of solar energy are still a small, but rapidly growing energy source in this country. And because of its ability to generate electricity right where it will be used, it will continue to be a popular choice for…

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DEVELOPING A HEAT STRESS PREVENTION PROGRAM

Understanding the potential harm caused by working in high temperatures is only the first step when it comes to protecting your employees. The next and most vital step is developing a thorough Heat Stress Prevention Program for your company. This starts with inspecting your workplace…

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Marijuana Use vs. Fit for Duty

Workplaces are feeling the effects of both medical and recreational marijuana legalization. These new laws are making it more difficult to discipline someone who tests positive for marijuana. Ambiguous language protects impaired drivers from prosecution and makes it hard for employers to prove impairment at…

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Implementing a workplace disciplinary program

One important element of an effective workplace safety and health policy is an Employee Disciplinary Program. Obviously, taking disciplinary actions is not ideal; a disciplinary program is not designed to create a threatening or fearful work environment. It’s important to remember that unsafe behavior doesn’t…

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SLEEP AND THE SHIFT WORKER

People are physiologically programmed to sleep during the night and be active during the day. This is known as the sleep-wake cycle. Consequently, shift workers are especially prone to sleep disturbances, sleep deprivation and misalignment of the sleep-wake cycle, all of which lead to sleepiness,…

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