Fire Extinguishers – Do You Know How (and When) to Use Them?

    Fire Safety

    4 min read We’ve discussed the dust explosion pentagon, which explains the five components needed for a combustible dust explosion, before. Today we’re going to discuss a diagram that is simpler, but no less important for people to understand: the fire triangle. The fire triangle is made up of the three components necessary for a fire to start: … Read more

    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

    OSHA’s SHARP Program – Safety Success Stories

    PPE, safety gear, safety success

    5 min read We often hear stories of workplace accidents in the news: combustible dust explosions, fires, chemical accidents, workers electrocuted by power lines. It’s important that these stories are reported since to continue improving workplace safety, we need to know what kind of problems still exist. Not all the news on the safety front is bad, though. … Read more

    The Visual Workplace – 5 Less Obvious Places to Use Signs and Labels

    floor sign, informational label

    4 min read Your workplace already uses many types of signs and labels: exit signs, hazard pictograms and signs telling workers not to smoke, not to enter and not to forget to wear PPE. These signs are an integral part of a visual workplace, which is a work environment where visual cues like signs and labels quickly communicate … 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

    Why is it Important to know the Difference between Vapors and Fumes?

    Vapors and Fumes

    5 min read Learning the Difference between Vapors and Fumes When working on improving safety within a facility, it is often important to use very precise language. If you are talking to most people, for example, you could typically use terms like vapor, fumes and even gas in a fairly interchangeable way. The fact is, however, that they … 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