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Reasons for an OSHA Inspection

There are four typical reasons an OSHA Inspector would come to your facility: OSHA inspections should always be on your radar, especially if you are operating in a high-risk industry. The frequency of OSHA inspections is consistently high - with over 73,000 State and...

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Metal Fabrication Safety – How to Keep the Shop Safe

Workers in the metal fabrication industry are often exposed to high-risk activities, such as welding ferrous materials. A single day on the job in a metal fabrication facility will quickly and visibly show you the frequency in which dangerous tasks are carried out in...

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Precast Plant Safety Assessment – Why It’s Important

Precast Plant Safety Assessment - Why It’s Important Precast plants deal with a unique set of risks. Specifically, precast concrete is highly caustic, making it a dangerous material for workers to use at the risk of skin burns and falling or crushing damage. ...

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Why Workplace Safety Programs Are Important

Why Workplace Safety Programs Are Important Workplace safety programs seem to be considered more of a nuisance than an opportunity for most organizations. We’ve found that this is mostly due to a misunderstanding of why these programs are so important to an...

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Why Company Safety Culture Has to Start at the Top

Why Company Safety Culture Has to Start at the Top Company safety culture has to start at the top - because ultimately, employees follow behavior modeled by senior leadership. Safety is not an option. It is a practice which responsible leaders cultivate within the...

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Announcing the Optimum Center for Safety Leadership™

Optimum Safety Management™ announces the introduction of the new Optimum Center for Safety Leadership™ (OCSL). The OCSL will include a series of workshops designed to engage leaders across manufacturing and construction sectors and equip them to “own” safety in their workplace.

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5 Ways To Reduce Injuries on the Construction Site

5 Ways To Reduce Injuries on the Construction Site It’s no secret, but it isn’t being talked about nearly enough: construction sites are incredibly hazardous environments. According to OSHA, 1 in every 5 workplace fatalities is a construction worker. That’s a...

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What Is the Lowest Experience Modification Rate Possible?

Lowest EMR Possible When it’s time to calculate your Experience Modification Rate, it goes without saying that a low number is always desired. Just how low can that number go, though? First, you have to plot your EMR The reasoning behind having an assigned Experience...

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A Useful Experience Modification Rate Definition

A Useful Experience Modification Rate Definition Working in any kind of business that requires workers' compensation insurance, you’ve probably come across a line item in your premium quotes that are labeled EMR, or Experience Modification Rate. There are tons of...

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How Do I Find My Experience Modification Rate?

Your Experience Modification Rate is a powerful figure – capable of raising your workman’s compensation premiums through the roof, or lowering them to a nearly insignificant amount. So, it pays to understand exactly how your Experience Modification…

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What Is My Experience Modification Rate (EMR)?

You’re here because of one complex and very important number: your Experience Modification Rate - or EMR. Now, the number itself is small; the industry average floats at 1.0. However, this small number can have a big impact on your business. Namely, your Experience...

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Tinted Face Shield Requirements

Tinted Face Shield Requirements The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that thousands of workers are blinded each year due to eye injuries. These same statistics showed that on average three out of five of these injured employees were not wearing the proper eye and...

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OSHA Crane Operators in Construction New Rule

Updated December 2018 OSHA Proposes New Rule for Crane Operators in Construction On May 18 2018, OSHA published its proposed rule for crane operators in construction to amend requirements in the previous rule from 2010. The proposed rule sought to remove the...

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Emergency Action Plan & Safety Management Training

Focus of the Month: Emergency Action Plan & Safety Management Training Savvy businesses have budget plans and staffing projections because they can be forecast with a reasonable amount of certainty. But how does a business plan for the unexpected? Natural...

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Hierarchy of Controls – Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection Hierarchy of Controls Respiratory protection is an essential component of any functioning safety management system. Airborne contaminants (harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors) can lead to serious respiratory...

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Fire Extinguisher Inspection Guide – Fire Prevention Week

Fire Extinguisher Inspection Guide - Fire Prevention Week October 7-13, 2018 is National Fire Prevention Week – a time to raise awareness and educate around fire prevention. National Fire Prevention Week dates back to the Chicago Fire of 1871, which started on October...

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3 Tips – Personal Air Monitors Proper Use

3 Tips for Proper Use of Personal Air Monitors Personal monitors are a PPE item that is easily misunderstood, misused and sometimes, ultimately discarded.  Intended to be a powerful tool to identify levels of gas in the environment, personal air monitors are often...

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Safety Leadership Corner Part 1 – Greatness in Fear

Safety Leadership Corner Part 1: Greatness in Fear with Michael Hartnett For several years, our team has been diving head first into the topic of leadership and its effect on cultural change. We’ve seen the immense impact of strong leadership on our...

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Air Quality in Confined Space

Air Quality in a Confined Space Working in a confined space brings a set of challenges and hazards far different than any other type of work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a confined space as any space that “has limited or...

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How to Encourage Employee to Wear Protective Footwear

How to Encourage Employees to Wear Protective Footwear We often hear comments from employers and managers similar to these: “No matter how many times I say it, these employers just won’t wear proper footwear” or “I’ve reminded that guy so many times, and...

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Safety Glasses – 4 Tips for Selection and Use

Safety Glasses: 4 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting and Using With nearly 2,000 construction and manufacturing employees suffering from eye injuries annually, it’s important to note the role of safety glasses. Proper selection of the safety glasses is important to...

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June Safety Month – Quick-Tips for Culture of Safety

June: National Safety Month June is National Safety Month and our team at Optimum Safety Management is celebrating by sharing our best tips for Building a Culture of Safety. Observed annually across industries, this safety month provides an opportunity for both...

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Scaffold Safety – 4 Common Hazards

Scaffold Safety: 4 Common Hazards and How to Reduce Exposure In a Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck...

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OSHA Silica Standard Violations Provide Insights

The New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Seven Months of OSHA Violations Provide Insight on Future Enforcement for Construction and Industry The Respirable Crystalline Silica standards are the new reality for construction and industry.  Some hoped the new...

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OSHA Inspection Dos and Don’ts

An OSHA Inspection is something most employers hope they never experience. However, over 75,000 OSHA inspections were completed in 2017 alone. The good new is: simple preparations for an OSHA Inspection can dramatically reduce the stress and pain of the situation. In...

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Why BBS Gets a Bad Name

Why Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Gets a Bad Name A few decades ago, Behavior Based Safety (BBS) grew in popularity as one of the top methods for injury prevention in the workplace. By changing behaviors, some employers expected to see dramatic declines in worker...

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Hazard Communication: Resources for Labeling

Hazard Communication: Resources for Labeling In June of 2016, OSHA began enforcement of the new Hazard Communication Standard aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Not only did this standard formalize and clarify the...

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A Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves

A Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves: Types and Tips for Usage (Whitepaper) Chemicals are a necessary part of many employers’ operations. Protecting employees from chemical hazards must always start with following the hierarchy of controls:  elimination, substitution,...

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Trench Protection: Necessary Measures

Focus of the Month:  Excavations Trench Protection and Necessary Measures As the weather warms and the ground thaws, workers throughout the United States will begin digging trenches, exposing them to hazards like a trench collapse.  For this reason, OSHA specifies...

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Lockout Tagout Procedures

Focus of the Month – Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) LOTO Procedures Machinery can be a great boost to employee productivity, allowing one worker to complete as much work as dozens of employees could without the machine.  For all their benefits, though, machines cannot tell the...

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Are Hard Hats Necessary?

PPE – Focus of the Month – Hard Hats Are Hard Hats Necessary? Injuries to the head due to falling objects or bump hazards are often serious and have been known to be fatal. Wearing hard hats not only protects the top of your head, it can also protect your eyes, ears,...

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Is the Team Approach to Safety™ Really Effective?

Questions Answered: Is the Team Approach to Safety™ Really Effective? As we've looked at the different components of the Team Approach to Safety™, there seems to be one looming question: Is this process effective? As an organization adopts a Team...

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Electrical Hazards

Electrical Safety: Common Hazards 1,881 employees lost their lives to work-related electrical incidents between 2004 and 2013 according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  432 of those fatalities resulted from incidents involving less than 220v.  Despite...

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Arc Flash PPE

Arc Flash PPE - Personal Protective Equipment What produces temperatures four times greater than the surface of the sun, instantly vaporizes metal, and can throw a grown man across a room like a rag doll?  An arc flash. Arc flash incidents are severe, and do not...

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5 Steps Safety Leadership Team

Safety Leadership Team - Team Approach to Safety Last month we started talking about the Essential Components of a Team Approach to Safety. Essentially, the Team Approach provides the framework to build a lasting safety culture and rests on four pillars: The Safety...

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