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Mobile Applications That Can Promote Safety In The Workplace

Below is a list of mobile applications that can be used to help promote safety in the workplace. These are the highest rated, most user friendly, and recommended applications from safety professionals. All applications are available on both Apple and Android mobile products, with the exceptions listed below.   Ladder Safety – The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual, sound, and vibration signals to assist the user in positioning a ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension and step ladders selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs OSHA Heat Safety Tool – The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to […]

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NSC’s Safety Checkup Assessment and Safe At Work Pledge

A few weeks ago, we blogged about the National Safety Council, and The Journey to Safety Excellence program they created to promote safety. They have recently added a few new features to their website that we think you might enjoy! Take the Safety Check Up assessment to learn safety risks by age, gender, occupation and location. This is a great tool that could really help you prepare, and recognize potential hazards you may not have been aware of. The assessment will notify you of the leading cause of death per gender, leading cause of unintentional injury be age and location, and leading causes of non-fatal injuries by occupation. You can also take the Safe At Work Pledge, or better yet, recommend your employees take the pledge! With workplace fatalities on the rise, showing your commitment to safety can inspire and promise safety to yourself and others. The pledge promises these three things: Never compromise my own […]

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Heat Safety For Outdoor Workers

Even though we have not had the first official day of summer (June 20), we have already had some extremely high temperatures in the Midwest. With extreme heat, comes extreme illnesses and effects to the body. The most common illnesses are Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps and Heat Rash. In 2014 alone, 2630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Thankfully, heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. A few year ago, OSHA started the campaign Water. Rest. Shade.  This campaign covers all areas of precaution and safety for outdoor workers. Listed below are OSHA’s recommendations for prevention: A Person Designated to Oversee the Heat Illness Prevention Program Hazard Identification Water. Rest. Shade Message Acclimatization Modified Work Schedules Training Monitoring for Signs and Symptoms Emergency Planning and Response Download the app! Android and Apple both have the app “Heat Safety Tool” free […]

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CCS to put QR Code on Newly Issued Drug Cards

CCS (formerly MICCS) has decided to place QR codes on the newly issued CCS certified drug cards. A QR code is a scannable, two dimensional bar code.  In this case, it will have the most recent drug testing information regarding the person assigned to the card. This added benefit will save you time when reviewing employee’s drug cards.To be able to utilize this new feature, you still need to log in to Safetsite, and a QR code scanner will need to be downloaded on a mobile device. If you don’t want to download the scanner application to use this new feature, you can still use Safesite. Check your mobile app store for the highest rated QR scanner options. Click here for more details on this change.      

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Too Much Sports Drink Causes Illness!

During one of our recent training classes we had a student share a lesson they learned a few years ago that we feel is worth sharing.  They said they became ill and passed-out on the job one day when the heat index was about 110. Their employer allowed them to go home and rest instead of sending them to the clinic for treatment.  So they went home, showered, went to bed, and woke up 3-days later!!  After waking they decided to go to the hospital to get checked-out.  Several tests were ran and in addition to dehydration, a high amount of potassium was found in the employee’s system.  Upon further investigation it was determined that this individual was consuming large amounts of highly concentrated sports drinks and not enough water.  They shared that the company they were working for at the time would only provide sports drinks in 5 gallon coolers, but they would fill the […]

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OSHA Requires Electronic Incident Reporting

OSHA just released a revision to their 29 CFR 1904 Recordkeeping Rule.  This revision will now require many companies to report their “Recordable” injuries to OSHA electronically each year.  Here are some quick bullet points that summarize the key highlights of this change… All companies with 250 or more employees (at any one time the previous calendar year) will be required to submit data electronically each year from their OSHA 300A, 300, and 301 forms .  This requirement will be phased in by only requiring the 300A to be submitted by July 1, 2017; then requiring all forms to be submitted the next year by July 1, 2018; and finally submitting all forms for the following year and every year thereafter by March 2.   Companies with 25-249 employees (at any one time the previous calendar year) will be required to submit data electronically each year from their OSHA 300A (not the OSHA […]

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NSC Unleashes Free Self-Assessment Tool

The National Safety Council has provided a Safety System Assessment, which is free when you sign up for The Journey to Safety Excellence. The Journey to Safety Excellence is a cycle of improvement that aims for a continual reduction of risk with a goal of zero incidents. When you sign up, you receive: A free benchmarking measurement tool, rooted in research and tested in practice A thorough analysis of the eight safety program categories outlined in the Journey to Safety Excellence: Management Leadership and Commitment Motivation, Behavior and Attitudes Workforce Involvement Operational Processes and Procedures System Management and Communication Training and Orientation Hazard Identification and Risk Reduction; Assessments Audits and Performance Measures Your results compared against the NSC Database of nearly 500 companies An opportunity to set a baseline measurement against which future improvements can be gauged This is a wonderful opportunity to utilize the tools the Nation Safety Council has […]

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New Fact Sheets on Confined Space Rescue, Ladder Jack Scaffold & Zika Virus

     OSHA publishes fact sheets about all things safety and workplace related. They recently published a few fact sheets regarding very important topics you might be interested in Click on the links below to read the most recent publications. Confined Space Rescue Ladder Jack Scaffold Zika Virus

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Video of Swing Stage Scaffold Caught in Wind

Two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds, also known as swing stage scaffolds, are not for the weak stomach. Imagine being in one of these on the outside of the 91st floor. Now imagine having to endure extreme gusts of wind, sending you from side to side of the building. This video shows what can happen in this situation. The men were able to escape after the scaffold broke through a window. Thankfully there were no serious injuries.  

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OSHA Silica Standard for General Industry

Did you know that silica is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust? Other than “dirt”, it’s also found in rock, sand, graphite, coal, concrete, asphalt, brick, clay, porcelain, and even in some roofing materials, abrasives, and paints! Approximately 320,000 employees are exposed to silica in industrial settings. 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. Recent research has linked silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic lung disease, and also kidney disease. If you would like to learn more about how silica effects your lungs, click here to watch a […]

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