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E-Cigs: Friend or Fiend?

By Jake Thorson, CHMM  CHESS, Inc. Minnesota prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, but what about vaping, or electronic cigarettes? Well, a 2014 state law prohibits e-cig use on government property and at child care and health care facilities. Hennepin … Continue reading

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Electronic Submittal of OSHA Logs – Coming Soon to a Computer Near You

OSHA published its newest standard today – a requirement for employers to electronically submit injury data to OSHA. OSHA plans to publish that data on its website. The important details Establishments with 250 or more employees will be required to … Continue reading

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Safety messages don’t have to be boring

If you’ve ever flown, you know the drill. The flight attendants have to give their safety briefing–seatbelt, electronic devices, oxygen mask, flotation devices, exits, etc. Virgin Air released their “sassy safety video”–fun, interesting and informative. It demonstrates all of the … Continue reading

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OSHA Challenge being judged by Myth Busters

OSHA and the Department of Labor are looking for help in building tools to educate the public about workplace hazards and safety at work.  The panel of judges is an interesting and diverse group– Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Secretary … Continue reading

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When workplace violence happens

First, our sympathies go out to the families and staff of Accent Signage in Minneapolis who were affected by the tragic shootings last week.  It appears that a just-fired employee killed four employees and a delivery driver and seriously wounded … Continue reading

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Website and email are back up!

We will continue to monitor.

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MNOSHA To Put Compliance and Standard Guidelines On Its Website

OSHA standards, as written, don’t include a lot of explanation or interpretation. Federal OSHA writes interpretations, compliance directives, and interpretative guidelines to provide direction to compliance staff and employers. Minnesota OSHA does the same. Federal OSHA publishes that information on … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Electrical Safety

Anytime you work on equipment that has electricity going to it, you must use appropriate safety measures. That could be as simple as disconnecting the plug or shutting off the breaker. Make sure no one can accidentally start it up … Continue reading

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GHS Arrives

As of June 1, 2015, material safety data sheets will be no more! But they aren’t quite disappearing entirely. They’re undergoing a name change and a major revamping. They’ll be called Safety Data Sheets instead. Chemical labels will change, too. … Continue reading

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Fire Prevention Week: Oct 9-15

Fire Prevention Week is this week – October 9-15. This is a good time to review your evacuation plan. Consider the following: Do employees know what to do if there is a fire? Do you have a plan on how … Continue reading

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