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First Aid Kits

Whether at home, work, or in vehicles, having a fully stocked and readily available first aid kit is a necessity. OSHA requires most businesses to provide adequate first aid supplies at the workplace. The quantities of supplies or kits will depend on the sizes and locations of workplaces as well as the number of employees. […]


TORNADO PREPAREDNESS

Now that we are at the peak of tornado season, it’s important to be prepared in case of an event in your area. North America has more tornadoes than any other part of the world. They usually occur in the spring and the fall as weather changes, but are also caused by summer storms and […]


Spotting Safety: Scaffold Footing

We focused on the toprail requirements of a supported scaffold in the last Spotting Safety article, so let’s look at where the scaffold meets the ground to see why this photo, of wood blocks shimmed underneath a scaffold leg, doesn’t meet OSHA regulations. “Unstable objects shall not be used to support scaffolds or platform units.” 1926.451(c)(2)(ii) […]


May is American Stroke Month

Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Strokes are the #4 cause of death in the U.S. (over 129,000 a year) and that number is expected to increase over 20% by the year 2030 The American Stroke Association (ASA) estimates that 80% of strokes are preventable and has designated May as American […]


Spotting Safety: Scaffolding Toprails

This photo of a man on a scaffold, re-bricking a chimney, crossed my desk from a friend who questioned whether the man should be wearing a fall protection harness. The truth is that, while a correctly used Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) is very effective, federal OSHA regulations don’t require it in this situation. According […]


Policy Of Cranes and Derricks near Power Lines to Stay until Rule Can Be Changed

Because no proximity alarm or insulating link/device has been developed that meets a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) standard for cranes or derricks working near power lines – a requirement of the current standard – OSHA is making a temporary enforcement policy that has been in effect from July 26, 2012 to November 8, 2013, […]


Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day, is a day of mourning and remembrance for the workers who have been killed, injured, or become ill due to workplace health and safety issues. Each year, more than two million workers die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases. In addition, they suffer over 270 million occupational accidents and 160 […]


Train Makes a Close Call With U.S. Senator’s Safety Speech

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal accidentally demonstrated a safety principal, stay behind marked barriers on the ground, when he set up a press conference – on safety – too close to an oncoming train. Whether at the work site, commuting to work by public transportation, or conducting a press conference next to a speeding train, remember […]


Clarifying OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations for Multiple Business Establishments

The OSHA Recordkeeping regulation requires employers keep a record of serious injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. And although it sounds simple enough, the particulars of which employees are covered, how many separate logs need to be used, and what types of injuries are serious enough to be reported can get complicated enough […]


Heat Stress Preparation

As we move through spring and temperatures start to rise in most of North America, it’s time to start thinking about avoiding heat stress. Although some parts of the country believe that the cold weather will never end, I assure you it will, and when it does the heat will be on. Heat-related illnesses range […]


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