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7 Places to Use Anti-Slip Tape

traction tape, non-skid tape

4 min read Slips, trips and falls account for the most accidents in general industry, according to OSHA, resulting in 15 percent of accidental deaths in the workplace. Only work-related motor vehicle accidents cause more worker fatalities annually.  These accidents also cause many injuries that lead to time spent away from work. Slips, trips and falls (STFs) can … Read more

New OSHA Injury Reporting & Recordkeeping Rules

workplace injuries, OSHA reporting

3 min read Most employers, especially in manufacturing, construction and other high-risk environments, are probably quite familiar with OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Until now, employers have been required to report any work-related fatalities to OSHA, as well as any incident that led to three or more hospitalizations. Many workplaces also had to keep records of work-related injuries … Read more

Why Your Workplace Needs a Heat Acclimatization Program

Farm Workers, Heat Stress, Heat Acclimatization

4 min read Heat illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion affect many workplaces during the summer, especially outdoor workplaces. Long hours spent in direct sun quickly lead to dehydration and rising body temperatures, particularly in new workers or those who have recently returned to work after an absence.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a … Read more

Explosion in China Draws Attention to Combustible Metal Dust

explosion, dust fire

4 min read Combustible dust accidents continue to make news worldwide, and the most recent incident occurred in Kunshan, China, about 30 miles west of Shanghai. A blast caused by aluminum and magnesium dust at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co. took place on the morning of August 2, killing 75 and injuring 185. Workers at the facility polished … Read more

5 Emergency Planning & Response Apps

safety apps, emergency response

4 min read New technologies continue to improve safety in the workplace, and many smartphone and tablet apps can increase safety by helping employees lift more safely, use ladders properly and take proper precautions in the heat. Safety managers and supervisors also have access to apps that can assess workplace hazards and provide information about OSHA or NFPA requirements. Additional … Read more

Repeat Violations Cost Vehicle Interior Manufacturer over $800K

safety label, hazard label

4 min read When a company gets into trouble with OSHA regulations more than once, it’s possible to end up in the organization’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program, which focuses on employers that repeatedly disregard safety measures. This happened to Formed Fiber Technologies, a business that manufactures vehicle interior trimmings for automobile makers like General Motors and Toyota. OSHA … Read more

GHS Transition Tips…in Case You’ve Been Procrastinating

4 min read The transition from OSHA’s old Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to the new standard that incorporates the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is well underway, as employers were required to train their employees on the changes to chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) by December 1 of last year. OSHA wanted the end users of … Read more

Respirator Certification – What Does N95 Really Mean?

Respiratory Protection

3 min read Selecting respirators appropriate for your workplace can be a daunting task. Respiratory protection program managers need to understand the airborne hazards in their facilities, determine the required assigned protection factor for a respirator, choose what type of respirator is needed (air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying, tight-fitting or loose-fitting) and make sure each employee’s respirator fits properly. The term … Read more