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Safety School: Spotlighting the Importance of Checklists

Do you consider workplace checklists an important part of ensuring all necessary safe work procedures are consistently followed? Or do you consider a checklist a slow, tedious, and largely unnecessary procedure for work you already know how to do? Here are two interesting accounts where checklists have been used to great effect. One is a […]


OSHA recently announced that it would extend deadline for implementing its crane operator certification rule requiring  employers to ensure that crane operators are certified until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending the employers’ duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same period. Currently OSHA requires employers […]

Safety School: Details of a Fully Developed Emergency Action Plan

Just like a Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) is a way to develop every day employee safe work practices, an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is planning for possible workplace emergencies. And like a JHA, the EAP has a series of cornerstones – development, authority, training, and maintenance – to build upon and is specific to the […]

What Ebola Safety Precautions Look Like

Ebola is classified as a viral hemorrhagic fever that causes infection by entering broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose or mouth. It affects multiple organs, damaging the entire vascular system and causing internal bleeding. In extreme cases, an infected person will bleed from their eyes and mouth. Ebola lives in […]


OSHA recently reported that more than 4,000 workers died from workplace accidents last year, and nearly three million others were injured, or became ill, due to work-related actions. This reinforces why accident investigation needs to be an integral part of any company’s health and safety program. Accident investigation is critical, not only because of the […]


At this year’s National Safety Council (NSC) expo, it was reported that workplace injuries and fatalities cost businesses an estimated $198.2 billion a year. Breaking this down, it means that workplace accidents caused by the lack of workplace safety programs, costs companies hundreds of millions of dollars every day. The NSC further reports that most […]

Safety School: The Six Guiding Principles of an Industrial Hygienist

  An Industrial Hygienist (IH) is a safety expert whose three main jobs are to anticipate hazards, evaluate the worksite for risks, and work out the best way to control them. Do you need an IH at your worksite, and if you do, are they operating ethically according to these guiding principles? 1. Follow Recognized […]

Fire Prevention- Extinguishers and Fire Types

Fire safety is important business; losses due to workplace fires total nearly $3 billion each year and take more than 350 lives, according to National Safety Council figures. There is a long and tragic history of workplace fires in this country. One of the most notable was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in […]


In many parts of North America, agricultural harvesting is at its peak. With that activity, comes the increased risk of grain elevator  accidents. Injuries and deaths related to the transportation and storage of crops is an all too frequent hazard during harvest season, this makes grain elevator safety a priority. Although the incidence of entrapments, […]

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