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What Everybody Ought to Know about OSHA’s Fire Extinguisher Requirements

Providing an adequate number of properly maintained portable fire extinguishers and training your employees to use them could save your organization from experiencing dramatic losses from a fire. The requirements of OSHA’s portable fire extinguisher standard (29 CFR 1910.157) apply to all employers, with two exceptions. The first exception applies if you have a written […]

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Plan to Keep Fire Out of Your Workplace

Fire is an equal opportunity safety hazard. It can strike anywhere at anytime. Are you prepared to meet the challenge of keeping fire out of your workplace? OSHA requirements concerning workplace fire prevention are just about everywhere in the general industry standards. For example, fire safety is an issue in: §1910, Subpart E, Means of […]

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National Safety Month and Teen Driving Safety

June is National Safety Month, and this year’s week-by-week themes are as follows: June 7-13: Teen Driving Safety June 14-20: Preventing Overexertion at Work and at Home June 21-27: Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving June 28-30: Summer Safety   Teen Driving Safety is next week’s theme, so refresh your workers on the limits […]

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Machine Accidents? Don’t Blame the Machine!

Machines are incredibly useful tools. But, like all tools, they must be used safely to prevent injury. Train employees to operate machinery safely and prevent machine accidents. The list of possible machinery-related injuries is long and bloody. It includes severed fingers, crushed hands, amputated arms, severe cuts, and other damage too horrible to mention. Sometimes […]

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Guard Against Machine Accidents

Keep machine operators safe by making sure that no machine is operated unless guards and safety devices are in place and working properly. According to OSHA’s machine guarding standards (29 CFR 1910.211-219), machine guards must meet six requirements. They must: Prevent contact of hands, arms, or any other part of a worker’s body with dangerous […]

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Confined Space Best Practices: Three Essential Safety Elements

There are nearly 5 million permit-required confined spaces in workplaces across America and another 1 million nonpermit spaces. The three essential safety elements in those spaces are training, testing, and rescue preparedness. Confined space accidents happen more often than you might think. And the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says that these […]

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Keep Your Employees Safe at Home, Too

Safety concerns don’t stop when your employees leave the workplace. Whether they get injured at home or on the job, you still face lost workdays and health insurance costs. So encourage home safety, too, by giving safety training on one of the top causes of accidental death and injury off the job—falls. Employees can fall-proof […]

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Zero Injuries: In Your Dreams or in Your Workplace?

According to safety consultant Emmitt Nelson, when everyone is on board with a zero-injury approach, the high costs of worker injury can be reduced to sums that previously existed “only in the dreams” of safety professionals. Emmitt Nelson is a safety consultant (www.nelsonconsulting.com) and pioneer of the zero-accident approach. He chaired the first Construction Industry […]

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Zero Injuries Is No Longer a Dream for Some

Read about how one Fortune 100 company set and achieved a goal to reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries by 50 percent in 5 years. The program was so successful, the company is already into its second 5-year challenge. Anyone who thinks changing safety direction and outcomes at a large company is impossible […]

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Process Safety: Preventing Your Worst Nightmare

Fires. Explosions. Massive chemical releases. The worst nightmare of any company that works with highly hazardous substances is the kind of catastrophe in which employees are injured or killed, and the facility is badly damaged or destroyed. Process safety management is a framework for managing the serious risks associated with processes that involve highly hazardous […]

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