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Hot and Hazardous: Heat Illness Can Be Deadly

Heat can be a real danger for workers during the summer, especially those who work outdoors. Heat illness should be viewed as a serious health problem—one that can even be fatal. For many people, summer heat is uncomfortable. But for some it can be down right dangerous. That’s why OSHA is currently promoting a national […]

Control Banding: An Effective Way to Better Evaluate Chemical Hazards

Control banding helps you better evaluate chemical information in the context of the unique conditions of your workplace, especially when the MSDS and product label don’t tell the whole story. As a safety and health professional, you know that certain chemicals are hazardous, but there’s often no way to know the actual risk to workers […]

What to Do with Chemicals Without PELs

What do you do with hazardous chemicals for which OSHA has not designated a permissible exposure limit? Absent a PEL, you need other guidelines to protect employee health. But what are they? When there is no specific regulation concerning a hazard, the general duty clause kicks in. But it merely states that employers must “furnish […]

Don’t Overdo It!

June is National Safety Month, and the week of June 5 to 11 focuses on preventing overexertion. Overexertion is a very common cause of painful and disabling injuries—and what’s especially distressing about overexertion injuries is that they are so easily avoided. That’s where you come in. Train your workers on the dangers of overexertion and […]

Simple Solutions for Big Back Problems

Bending, stooping, kneeling, or squatting can put a lot of stress on workers’ backs and lead to costly lost workday injuries. Find out what NIOSH recommends for preventing incidents and injuries The back safety problem and solutions offered here come from NIOSH’s Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Construction Workers. But the same principles apply to many […]

Sick of Paying the Price for Workplace Back Injuries? Take Action!

Statistics tell us that 8 out of 10 people experience back problems at some time during their lives. We also know that back injuries affect millions of American workers every year and cost billions. Overexertion is a leading cause of lost-time injuries. And a significant number of workers in most industrial workplaces and construction sites […]

Be the Motivating Force Behind a Safer Workplace

Effective workplace hazard protection takes leadership and commitment. Find out how to demonstrate safety leadership and shape a safer workplace. In its Safety & Health Management Systems eTool, OSHA says that effective protection from workplace hazards takes leadership and commitment from management. “Management leadership provides the motivating force and the resources for organizing and controlling […]

Lead the Way to Superior Safety Performance

By being a strong leader, you can get more safety compliance and engagement from the employees you serve, reducing accident and injury rates as a result. To see how you rate as a safety leader, take this safety and health leadership quiz from OSHA’s Safety & Health Management Systems eTool. Read each of the statements […]

Week in Review, May 20, 2011

Note to Readers: This newsletter appears daily, but we know some don’t always have the time to read it everyday. For your convenience, here’s a re-publication of what we covered this past week. Daily, weekly, or anything in between, we’re pleased to keep you informed with the latest tips, news and advice on the profession. […]

Tell Teen Employees Not to Be a ‘Zombie’ at Work!

The summer season is fast approaching, which means millions of teenagers will be out of school and eagerly seeking out their first job. It’s great for workplaces to have all these fresh faces and all that youthful energy and ideas. However, with the pluses come the minuses that result from teens’ lack of work experience. […]