Safety and Compliance News

  • Employee Training and Accident Prevention

    One of the first questions an OSHA accident investigator will ask is, “Was the injured employee properly trained to do the job?” Not only do you want to be able to answer “yes,” but you want to be able to provide documentation that the employee actually received training. Therefore, whenever safety training occurs in your facility, be sure to document the following:

  • Emergency Preparedness Depends on Having a Good Plan

    Research reveals that only 43 percent of small businesses feel adequately prepared to handle a natural or man-made disaster.

    If your company falls among the organizations ill prepared to cope with an emergency on-site, now is the time to fix the situation. Below are the answers to some common questions regarding emergency action plans:

  • Back Safety Requires Safe Lifting

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. One of the most important ways to prevent back pain and injury is to follow safe lifting procedures.

    Teach your employees these basic steps for safe lifting and handling:

  • Reduce Hand Tool Injuries in Your Facility

    OSHA addresses hand tool hazards in the workplace under 29 CFR 1910, Subpart P — and for good reason. There is a common misconception that hand tools rarely lead to serious workplace injuries, which is false. Just consider statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reveal that cuts, lacerations and puncture wounds — all injuries commonly associated with hand tool use — accounted for 14,960 of the lost work-time cases in manufacturing during 2017.

  • Essential Steps Toward Fall Prevention

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fatal work injuries from falls have increased 25 percent since 2011. Take the following actions to reduce falls in your facility:

  • The Fundamentals of Lockout/Tagout

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) is meant to protect the more than 3 million employees who service or maintain machinery from severe injury or death while conducting their work.

  • Violence at Work: How Secure Is Your Company?

    It is a threat that exists in large businesses and small, in every type of industry and in every area of the country.

  • Start New Employees on the Right Path to Safety

    It is essential that all employees know the role they play in keeping the workplace safe and free from hazards. When new employees arrive on the job, they should be introduced to the workplace and instructed on key safety rules and regulations that pertain to the work environment. An employee’s initial orientation does not necessarily cover job duties. That usually comes after the orientation.

  • More Employers Commit to Employee Wellness

    Employers are trading return on investment (ROI) numbers for the prevalence of worker health and well being when it comes to workplace wellness programs.

  • Respiratory Protection Can Be a Lifesaver

    Many workplace hazards are easy to spot if we know what we’re looking for. The same cannot be said for toxic atmospheres. Airborne contaminants pose unique hazards; they’re often invisible, as well as odorless. Employees may be inhaling dangerous substances and not even know it.