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ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

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 […]


WORKPLACE SAFETY

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 […]


GRAIN ELEVATOR SAFETY

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, […]


Where Maryland’s State Plan is Stricter Than OSHA

Federal OSHA regulations are simply the minimum standard. About half of the U.S. states have taken advantage of their own authority to make stricter, or additional, rules. Maryland OSHA (MOSH) is one of the “state plan” states that administer their own “mini-OSHA.” MOSH has beefed up their regulations on everything from: Excavation designs Asbestos in protective […]


INJURY REPORTING

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a revision of 29 CFR 1904.39 Injury reporting. The change requires most employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed, or suffers an injury requiring hospitalization, an amputation, or loss of an eye on the job. The rule change also updates the […]


HAND TOOL SAFETY

Throughout the summer, hand and power tools receive a great deal of outside use. It’s important to remember that exposure to heat and other weather elements can affect hand tool safety. There is always a concern, as there should be, about heat stress affecting workers, but the sun and high temperatures can create safety issues […]


The Meaning of Labor Day

This Monday (Sept. 1st) is Labor Day. It’s celebrated on the first Monday in September every year, but what does Labor Day really mean? Labor Day was created by the labor movement as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day celebration was […]


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