Curb BBP Risks with Universal Precautions

Universal precautions are essential to preventing the spread of bloodborne infections such as HIV and HBV (hepatitis B). Are your employees familiar with the concept and the practice?  “Universal precautions” means treating all blood and bodily fluids as if they are infectious—whether or not you think they really are. It doesn’t matter if it’s your […]

Untrue Blood: Scientists Look for Blood Substitute

Imagine that a worker is badly injured on the job and is bleeding heavily. When taken to the hospital, the employee is pumped full of blood. Only it isn’t real blood; it’s an artificial substitute. Currently, this scenario is more science fiction than science. But the possibility of someday being able to manufacture artificial blood […]

Safety & Health Under Obama: What to Expect?

Washington, D.C., is full of new faces and new initiatives. What are the implications for occupational safety and health of all these changes? Who stands to gain and whose agenda will be shoved to the back burner for the next 3½ years? There is no shortage of opinion about what the Obama administration will ultimately […]

The Pesky Details of Working Safely with Pesticides

September is Farm Safety and Health Month, and our Safety Training Tips editor says that while you may think of farming as peaceful, bucolic work, it is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Farm work injuries affect all demographics. Many seniors, women, and teens work on family farms and are […]

OSHA Fines [Your Company] Millions for Safety Violations

Employers across the country are being hit with big penalties for safety and health violations all the time. Make sure you have the safety resources and information you need to stay in compliance and keep your company’s name out of the headlines. OSHA assesses penalties on the basis of: Gravity of the alleged violation Size […]

What Happens After an OSHA Citation?

You hope you never get an OSHA citation. But should that day ever come, you need to be prepared for what happens next—the "abatement" process. If OSHA cites your workplace for violations, you must follow prescribed abatement procedures in a timely manner. There are five key steps. 1.  Correct. Hazards found during an OSHA inspection […]

Electrical Emergencies and Rescue Techniques

Electrical accidents cause countless injuries and claim the lives of hundreds of Americans each year. Injuries could be minimized and many lives saved if proper rescue techniques were used. When an electrical accident occurs, the victim may be incapable of moving or releasing the electrical conductor because of the effect of something called “muscle clamping.” […]

Shocking News About Electrical Emergencies

Almost 3 million workers in the United States are at risk every day from uncontrolled energy when servicing equipment. There are roughly 3,600 disabling injuries and 4,000 nondisabling electrical contact injuries every year. Electrical hazards include electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls. Electric shock occurs in one of three ways. Individuals, while in contact with […]

OSHA Regs—How Can I Keep Up?

Staying in compliance with OSHA’s safety regulations is a key part of your job. Our Safety Training Tips editor shares some tips for keeping current with OSHA requirements. Some methods to keep your safety skills sharp include: Attend OSHA training sessions in your region. Attend OSHA training sessions on your specific industry. Stay in touch […]

Minimizing a Pandemic’s Impact on Your Workplace

The more your employees know about pandemics, about how flu viruses are transmitted, and about how to prevent the spread of infection, the more likely you will be able to minimize the impact of a pandemic on your workplace. There’s a lot to tell your employees about pandemics and how to prevent the spread of […]