Safety and Compliance News

  • Key Responsibilities Regarding PPE in the Workplace

    OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective. As a safety manager or supervisor, you are required to determine if PPE is necessary to protect your workers. If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented.

  • Workplace Violence Is a Safety Issue You Can't Ignore

    In light of the many headline-grabbing reports of workplace shootings and other forms of violence, this would be a good time to review your workplace violence prevention policy and conduct risk assessments and vulnerability audits. Most of the country’s employees are well aware of the violence that goes on in workplaces across the U.S.

  • School Is in Session: Drive Carefully!

    The end of August means back to school in many parts of
the country. It also means an increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic in many areas. Twenty-three million students in the United States ride a school bus to and from school every day. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 139 fatalities occur each year involving school transportation-related crashes. 

  • Educate Employees About Electricity-Related Hazards

    When it comes to electricity, be sure your workers are aware of the hazards and that you work together to minimize them. The most common causes of electricity-related injuries are electrocution, electric shock, burns and falls (related to shocks). Go beyond talking to your employees about these potential risks. Remind them that the human body is an efficient conductor of electricity, which is why contact can be so deadly. 

  • Plan Ahead to Prevent Falls

    Falls are among the leading cause of death on the job. According 
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year, hundreds of workers die from injuries caused by falls from ladders, scaffolds, buildings or other elevations. Here are some ways to prevent falls in your workplace: 

  • Protect Workers in the Dog Days of Summer

    The dog days of summer often bring soaring temperatures. Therefore, now is a good time to make sure workers in hot conditions are protected from heat illness, which claims dozens of employee lives every year.

    Cal/OSHA has a heat illness prevention regulation that requires employers with outdoor workers to take the following four steps to prevent heat illness:

  • Hawaii Experiences Surge in Employee Accidents

    The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) recently revealed that four fatalities and several serious injuries occurred during a 20 day period in May. The Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division (HIOSH) is investigating these accidents to help ensure that employers are providing a safe work environment to their employees and are complying with safety and health laws.

  • Recordkeeping Reminder: Nine Times You Don't Have to Record an Injury or Illness

    OSHA requires most employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses if they meet certain criteria. However, there are situations where an injury or illness occurs in the work environment but it is not considered work-related.

    For example, you are not required to record injuries and illnesses if:

  • Take Action to Protect Your Employees on the Road

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured in motor vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. Furthermore, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 cause of employee fatalities.

  • Survey Supports the Value of Workplace Wellness

    Increases in productivity and decreases in absenteeism strengthen the case for workplace wellness programs, according to findings from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Workplace Wellness Survey Report.