Category Archives: Safety tip

Wild Parsnip

Summer brings out the best in Minnesota–mosquitoes, wasps, poison ivy and wild parsnip. I did not know about wild parsnip until a few years ago, when Janet told me about it. Fortunately, I have not had a personal encounter with … Continue reading

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No prolonged standing or sitting

NIOSH recently posted in their science blog that prolonged standing is not healthy–it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other health problems.  There have been prior studies saying that sitting for long periods is bad for you.  It sounds like … Continue reading

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Job Hazard Analysis: Make them work for you

We are back to writing our blog after a summer hiatus (well, and finishing up a couple of big projects). We often have companies ask about Job Hazard Analyses (JHA).  First, what it is: whether you call it a JHA … Continue reading

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Statewide Tornado Drills April 24

April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  According to the MN Department of Public Safety: For more than 20 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness  Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments. … Continue reading

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Does the shovel matter?

There seems to be a winter theme to our blog posts.  Not surprising, given the time of year. And remember that March is one of the snowier months. Choosing a snow shovel, or a shovel for any purpose, may not appear … Continue reading

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Winter Slipping and Sliding

Winter showed up with a vengeance in Minnesota.  A little bit of snow, slightly warmer temperatures and then freezing cold all make for a dangerous mix.  Whether you are driving or walking, be aware of the potential for unseen icy … Continue reading

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Holiday safety tips, games and gifts

December holds lots of safety hazards, especially around burning candles, dry Christmas trees and houses sealed up for the winter.  NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association offers safety tips, games for children, holiday gift tags and a lot more. For Project … 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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Do blocked or locked exits really matter?

We frequently see exits that are blocked.  It may be a fan placed there in hot weather, a forklift parked in the exit way, boxes and pallets stacked there or items being readied for shipping. Exits may be locked (for … Continue reading

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Sprains and strains: Spot It. Fix It

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has developed an interactive online tool to recognize some common musculoskeletal hazards (ergonomic problems) and find the best solution.  It only takes about two minutes to run through the six scenarios.  To give … Continue reading

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