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HEAT STRESS AND NEW WORKERS

A recent report from the he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) examined 20 recent heat-related cases and found that the lack of an acclimatization program was a primary factor for heat stress among new workers. Of the 13 fatality cases, nine of the deaths occurred in the first three days on the job, […]


Texas Child Labor Law Poster Update

The Safety Services Company Texas Child Labor Law Poster was updated on July 18, 2014 to include an update to the 2013 version that adds two more prohibited occupations for 14- and 15-year-olds. 15)   Youth peddling activities 16)   Catching and cooping of poultry in preparation for transport or for market This change is to the […]


Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Poster Update

The federal labor law poster’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) posting has been updated to include sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of discrimination protections for employers with a federal government contract or subcontract. This EEO posting revision follows President Obama’s signing of Executive Order 11478. It affects businesses, government agencies, or organizations with […]


Minnesota Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Minnesota Minimum Wage Rates poster was updated to reflect August 1, 2014 changes to the minimum wage. The rate changes include: Raising the minimum wage required of large employers from $6.15 to $8 per hour Raising the minimum wage required of small employers from $5.25 to $6.50 per hour A training wage increase from […]


Michigan Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Michigan Minimum Wage increase on September 1, 2014, the first Michigan minimum wage increase since 2009, brings an update to a posting required of all employers. The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014, caused several changes to the MIOSHA Required Poster, “General Requirements – Minimum Wage and Overtime” The most consequential […]


Spotting Safety: Excavation Cave-ins

  For anyone standing at the bottom of a trench and looking up at the sheer face of a column of freshly exposed dirt it becomes clear how important it is to establish proper protections considering the consequences of a cave-in. And it is apparent that in both photos, neither employee is adequately protected. But […]


FALL PROTECTION

Falls are the second leading cause of occupational deaths after motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, 704 workers were killed because of falls and over 20% of those deaths were from falls of 10 feet or less. In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. 307 construction workers died from falls in […]


RED LIGHT RUNNING

August 15th is the start of National Stop on Red week. Red light running causes hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2012, 683 people were killed because of red light running. This is roughly 10% of all traffic fatalities. An estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red […]


RESPIRATORY HAZARDS IN CONSTRUCTION

There are many widely recognized hazards associated with construction work; falls, equipment and tools, and noise. In addition to these however, it’s important to be aware of respiratory hazards at the work site. Aside from the ever present exposure to dust, there are other respiratory hazards that can put workers at risk. Employees engaged in […]


I2P2 Requirement

Although OSHA has announced a delay in the publication of its I2P2 requirement, like most other efforts, it’s just a matter of time. The Injury and Illness Prevention Program publication will most likely expand on the current Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and establish minimum I2P2 requirements nationwide. Fifteen states already have legislation requiring companies to […]


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