Author: Robi Garthwait

  1. When the Lockout/Tagout Standard Does Not Apply

    OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard applies to general industry employers with employees engaged in machine service and maintenance activities. However, there are exceptions to the rule. The standard does not apply in situations when: Read more...
  2. OSHA Updates NEP on Amputation in Manufacturing

    OSHA recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. This directive updates the 2015 NEP on amputations. The NEP targets industrial and manufacturing Read more...
  3. BLS Reveals Increase in Fatal Work Injuries

    The recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report shows there were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 in 2017. Some specifics Read more...
  4. NSC Publishes Its Position on Cannabis and Safety

    The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for those in safety sensitive positions — regardless of whether cannabis consumption is allowed by their state. In a recently released policy Read more...
  5. Forklifts and Pedestrians: A Deadly Mix

    Accidents involving forklifts and pedestrians can be devastating and the number of these incidents seems to be on the rise. Fortunately, your employees can stay safe by adhering to a few basic rules. When entering areas Read more...
  6. Winter Driving Reminder: Watch Out for Black Ice

    When the air temperature is warmer than pavement, moisture on the road rapidly freezes and the result is a thin, transparent layer of what is commonly known as “black ice.” Because black ice is transparent, the road’s  Read more...
  7. How Accident Investigations Can Improve Safety

    People, equipment, supplies and workplace surroundings have been known to fail across the country every day, and many of these failures cause accidents. Unless you conduct an accident investigation into these events, you may never learn how and why a Read more...
  8. Employee Training for a Fire Emergency

    A fire is the most common type of emergency for which a business must plan. When there is a fire emergency, getting workers out of building may pose challenges. Preparing in advance to safely evacuate your building is critical to the safety of Read more...
  9. Safety Reminders for Winter Weather

    Winter is just around the corner and with it comes snow, ice and rain that can make day-to-day duties even more dangerous for workers. To protect your employees, follow these tips: Keep walkways clear from ice and snow, and provide entry mats to Read more...
  10. Employers Plan to Invest in Employee Health and Wellness

    According to the 10th annual Optum Wellness in the Workplace study, more than 80 percent of employers said they are planning to increase their health and wellness budgets in the coming year, which is more than double compared to 2009 (34 percent). In Read more...

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