Safety and Compliance News

  • 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.

  • Now Is the Time to Think About OSHA's Top 10

    OSHA’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2018 were recently released at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo with few surprises. Here is the list:

  • Employees Have Rights Concerning Safety On the Job

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employees are entitled to working conditions that are free from serious safety and health hazards.

    With 2019 around the corner, now would be a good time to review the rights that your employees have in the workplace — rights that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strictly upholds.

  • Workplace Accidents: Consider All of the Costs

    Workplace accidents are more expensive than most people realize but do you know why?

  • Hazard Communication: Your Role as an Employer

    A Louisiana food-processing plant was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allegedly exposing employees to levels of carbon monoxide that were at least four times above the permissible exposure limit. Additionally, the company received two serious violations for failing to develop and implement a written hazard communication program and for failing to provide safety data sheets for each hazardous chemical in use, including carbon dioxide. – OSHA Case Files

  • Is Your Safety Committee as Good as It Can Be?

    Are your safety committee team members just putting in face time or are they really committed to improving safety in the workplace?

  • 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.