Monthly Archives: July 2010

Toxic Chemical Exposure Data Available

According to a recent news release from OSHA, OSHA is making data on toxic chemical exposure available. “In keeping with the President’s memorandum on open government, OSHA has released 15 years of data detailing workplace exposures to toxic chemicals. The … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Set a Policy on Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is a really bad idea.  So much so that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed guidelines for states as they set up laws against it.   Studies have shown the distraction is similar to driving … Continue reading

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Did he drink a sports drink or an acid?

The recent edition of Minnesota Safety Lines relates a fatality report: an employee drank what he thought was a sports drink–the label and bottle were that of a sports drink (Gatorade), the contents were a light blue liquid and it … Continue reading

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Safety tip: Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are leading causes of injuries.  Encourage employees to clean up spills immediately (whether or not they caused the spill) and to report slippery conditions. For solutions on dealing with slips and falls, or other safety issues, please … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Cover all blades

When not in use, all knives and cutting tools (razors, Exacto blades, etc) have to be kept covered.  This is to protect employees from accidental cuts.  You can use a piece of foam as a holder for uncovered blades. For … Continue reading

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Certification of Workplace Products

We sometimes hear the claim that a product is “OSHA certified” or “OSHA approved.”  These are always false claims, as OSHA does not certify or approve any products.  OSHA has set up an approval process, using third party testing facilities, … Continue reading

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Safety Tip: Eye washes

Eyewash stations are needed if there is a chemical splash hazard or you are using corrosives.  Make sure they are kept clean and accessible (no using them as storage racks).  Flush plumbed eyewashes weekly. For more information on this or … Continue reading

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Have a safe Fourth of July

We want to wish you a safe Fourth of July.   To keep it that way, remember these tips: Wear sunscreen and a hat. Use insect repellent.  Don’t tease bees and wasps (good advice especially for kids–that’s how I got stung … Continue reading

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