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OSHA Silica Standard for Construction

Did you know that silica is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust? Other than soil, it’s also found in rock, sand, graphite, coal, concrete, asphalt, brick, clay, porcelain, and even in some roofing materials, abrasives, and paints! Today, about 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica on the job. Approximately 2 million of those employees are in the construction industry. When silica is contained within a natural resource or product it’s harmless. However, when it becomes airborne it can be deadly if inhaled. The danger of silica inhalation has been known for longer than you probably realize. The US Department of Labor published a video in 1938 about the hazards of silica exposure (click here to see that video).  Yes, 1938! That’s 32-years before OSHA was even founded. Research has linked silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic lung disease, and also kidney disease. If you would like […]

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, click here for tips and a free online Defensive Driving Class!

April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the NSC. The hope of Distracted Driving Awareness Month is to educate us and draw attention to the hazards of using a cell phone while driving. Day to day, employers can play a large role in protecting workers who drive on the job.  The National Safety Council has provided a cell phone policy toolkit for the employers and employees benefit.  Click here to download the kit. The NSC also paired with Cummins for a cell phone policy case study. Click here to read the case study. THE NSC is offering a free Defensive Driving Class online April 18-24th, to raise awareness for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To access the free class, click here, and use the password “distracted” as the access code. You may learn a thing or two…  

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Great video about Safety Program importance

It is crucial that employees are safe. There is a moral obligation, it has become too costly for employees to get hurt, and it helps us follow OSHA guidelines. The purpose of a Safety Program is to reduce work related injury and illness. We are to follow the guidelines and utilize the information the Safety Program provides.  Are all your employees knowledgeable of the contents in the Safety Program? Have they been taught how following the Safety Program can protect and improve their life? Watch the video below to see how the lack of implementing your Safety Program  can affect lives and your business.  

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Tornado Season, Are you prepared?

The Midwest is currently in peak Tornado and Severe Weather season, typically lasting from March through May. It is extremely important to be prepared and educated. Are you aware of the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather in a particular area could produce tornadoes (often this means thunderstorms are in the area). A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar could produce a tornado. It is best to always stay safe, so when there is a tornado warning issued, immediately seek shelter. Does your business have an action plan to keep employees safe during severe weather? OSHA recommends every business have an emergency plan. You need to plan ahead, equip your business with proper materials, and train all […]

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Aerial Lift Training Information

NIOSH and OSHA have provided online resources to prevent aerial life injuries and fatalities. Click on the links below for more information. OSHA Fact Sheet – Aerial Lifts Hazard Alert – Aerial Lifts NIOSH Aerial Lifts Webpage   A video on what NOT to do!

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OSHA has provided a Zip Line pamphlet

OSHA has produced a pamphlet that should help protect zip-line workers. It also explains employers’ responsibilities to provide safety training and equipment to workers who run recreational zip-lining activities. They hope this will also help remind workers of their right to speak up about safety concerns, and remind them they can request an OSHA inspection. Click here to see the pamphlet.  

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather is here! Do you feel prepared for the cold weather and snow? Did you know it’s not safe to let your gas fall below half-full in freezing temperatures? Do you have a Winter Survival Kit in your car in case of emergencies? IN.gov has released some very good winter driving tips.  Please click here and read what precautions you should use this season.  

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OSHA and American Staffing Association form an alliance

During one of the busier seasons of the year, OSHA and the American Staffing Association have formed an alliance to ensure the safety and health of temporary workers. The Department of Labor has issued a video explaining the shared responsibility of host employers and staffing firms in regards to this safety issue. Click here to watch the informative video.   Click here for guidance documents and recommended practices.  

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HAZCOM June 1st, 2015 Deadline Was Widely Missed

As of June 1, only about 35% of manufacturers had met the deadline to convert their MSDS’s into the new GHS/SDS  format.   Now, in the 4th quarter of 2015 that number has increased to an estimated 50%- 65%, with a full 100% not being complete until possibly the first quarter of 2016. Click here to see if the June 1st change applies to you.   It is the responsibility of the suppliers to send the revised SDS’s to the employer.  The employer is not required to proactively search for updated SDS’s.  OSHA has said “OSHA would not issue citations for maintenance of MSDS’s when SDS’s have not been received.”  Source of Information provided by M3V.   Want to create and print your own custom labels? Check out these sites below. http://www.sdslabels.com/ http://www.mysafetylabels.com/ http://www.thecompliancecenter.com/labels/ghs/ http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Products/Industrial-Solutions/UltraDuty-GHS-Chemical-Labels-Software.htm Click here to read the OSHA letter of clarification.

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OSHA Increases Penalties

Yes, this is really happening! In an effort to catch up on inflation, OSHA will be increasing their penalty amounts. The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015, requires OSHA to raise its citation penalties. OSHA was one of three federal agencies that were specifically exempted from a 1990 bill that required federal agencies to raise their fines to keep pace with inflation. As of August 1st, 2016, the new penalties should be as follows:                                     New Penalty                        Current Penalty Other than Serious violations:                           Up to $12,600                     Up to $7,000 Serious violations:                             […]

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