Category Archives: Safety policies

Bypassing safety doesn’t save time or money

I just read  a recent OSHA news release about two employees who were killed and another who was severely burned at a US Steel plant in Alabama.  The article said “Management knew that attempting to operate the valve while the … Continue reading

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Preventing work related vehicle crashes

I have been sadly amazed at the number of motor vehicle crashes I’ve read about in the newspaper recently.  While I don’t know the cause of all of them, at least one crash with multiple fatalities was linked to distracted … Continue reading

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CHESS Newsletter

The most recent newsletter from CHESS is now available online.  Topics include OSHA recordkeeping and new reporting requirements, regulatory updates, environmental deadlines, MPCA general permit updates, environmental and safety grants, hazardous waste hauler updates and employment poster updates.  All of … Continue reading

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Lockout Tagout–it really matters

OSHA requires that equipment be guarded or locked out to prevent injuries.  Lockout is used to isolate energy sources so that equipment cannot and does not start up.  A recent article in OSHA’s bi-weekly newsletter reinforces why this is so … Continue reading

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Women in Science: NIOSH series

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a series of short (under 5 minutes) videos on women at NIOSH.  As NIOSH writes in their blog: The Women in Science video series spotlights a few of NIOSH’s many … 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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Ladder Safety: There’s an App for That

NIOSH, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, recently released a mobile device application for straight ladder safety (not step ladders).  The app includes a measuring device to ensure the angle is correct (not too steep or shallow), keys … Continue reading

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Amputation result of reaching into moving machine

The following article about a company cited after an employee lost a finger by reaching into a moving machine, is from the July 15 OSHA QuickTakes.  Employees should never be reaching into moving machines.  We have seen companies where that … Continue reading

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2013 Workers’ Compensation Outlook Symposium–Sept 26, 2013

Carol Keyes, CSP, of CHESS will be speaking again the 2013 Workers’ Compensation Outlook Symposium, sponsored by Minnesota Occupational Health, Minnesota Comp Advisor and Summit Orthopedics. Presenters include: John Kipp:, M.D., J.D.: Board Certified Occupational Health Doctor with Minnesota OccupationalHealth … Continue reading

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New Hours of Service Regs for CDL Holders

As of July 1, 2013, there are new Hours-of-Service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers.  According to USDOT, the new rules apply if the vehicle (commercial motor vehicle or CMV) is used for business, is used for interstate commerce and … Continue reading

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