Monthly Archives: October 2011

New directives to address workplace violence

Workplace violence is among the top four causes of death in the workplace in the last fifteen years, according to OSHA.  OSHA has issued a new directive to assist field staff conducting investigations based on complaints and incidences of workplace … Continue reading

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What you don’t know may hurt you

Encourage employees to report near mis-haps (near accidents, near misses, close calls) along with incidents and injuries. Those almost accidents can be warning signs of potential accidents. By having employees report them you can intervene sooner, identify hazards and then … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Home and Work

NFPA has easy to read handouts on home safety, with tips that apply to the workplace as well.  These handouts come in different languages, and include mostly graphics, so they are easy for anyone to follow.  These easy to read … Continue reading

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Safety Through Design

It makes perfect sense:  incorporate safety when designing equipment and facilities, rather than trying to correct for safety later.   The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) have adopted a new standard that addresses … Continue reading

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Don’t make life shocking: electrical safety

Electrical safety is important whether at home or at work.  NFPA Safety Source reminds us about a new electrical safety tip sheet: NFPA offers new electrical safety tip sheet Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop … Continue reading

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We remember those who died in work zones

On Thursday, October 13, in the middle of the day, two men were killed in a work zone on I-35W when a driver in his new sports car lost control. The driver got too close to a construction barrier, over-corrected … 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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“An Unprotected Trench is an Early Grave”

Despite regulations and hundreds of fatalities, employees still work in unprotected trenches.   OSHA has had a trench emphasis for years, with many documented cases of inspectors pulling workers out of a trench to educate them about the hazards, only to … Continue reading

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Brazilian blowout

Most people don’t expect to read about hair styling in a column about workplace safety, but this has become a big concern.  Many hair smoothing products (often advertised as a Brazilian blow out) contain formaldehyde and are posing a serious … Continue reading

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