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Fall Protection Systems in Boom and Scissor Lifts

Fall Protection Systems in Boom and Scissor Lifts

Construction Focus of the Month:  Fall Protection Fall Protection Systems in Boom and Scissor Lifts Ladders are convenient for getting up to or down from scaffolds and elevated platforms; they should not be used to perform work at any significant height, though.  The...

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Status Of OSHA’s “Volks” Recordkeeping Rule Repeal

Status Of OSHA’s “Volks” Recordkeeping Rule Repeal

Status Of OSHA’s “Volks” Recordkeeping Rule Repeal The Volks Rule is named for the 2012 case, Volks Constructors v. Secretary of Labor, in which the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that OSHA did not have the authority to issue citations to...

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Who Is Responsible For Protecting Temporary Employees?

Who Is Responsible For Protecting Temporary Employees?

What Are My Responsibilities In Protecting Temporary Employees? If your company hires temporary employees to work on job sites or in your facility, it's critical to understand your responsibilities in protecting those temporary workers. Even when you hire through a...

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OSHA Crane Operator Safety Requirements Compliance Deadline

OSHA Crane Operator Safety Requirements Compliance Deadline

Compliance Deadline For OSHA Crane Operator Safety Requirements Is Approaching…Or Is It? In 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule, a new set of crane operator safety requirements for...

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard | What’s in a Label?

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard | What’s in a Label?

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard | What's in a Label? Last June was the deadline for employers to update their hazard communication program to align with the Globally Harmonized System. Since then, how much time has your company spent reviewing programs, training...

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Chemical Resistant Gloves Are Critical For Full Protection

Chemical Resistant Gloves Are Critical For Full Protection

Chemical Resistant Gloves Are Critical For Full Protection Chemicals are a necessary part of many of employers’ operations. We try to protect our employees the best that we can by substituting less dangerous chemicals when possible, engineering controls to minimize...

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OSHA Training Requirements – Language Guidelines

OSHA Training Requirements – Language Guidelines

What Languages Must My Company Provide to Meet OSHA Training Requirements? If your work force includes people who use English as a second language (ESL), you've probably asked this question, and the answers you received may not have been particularly helpful. Although...

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PPE – Head Protection and Hard Hat Safety

PPE – Head Protection and Hard Hat Safety

PPE Focus of the Month: Head Protection and Hard Hat Safety Head protection is a key piece of many employers' required personal protective equipment (PPE), and rightly so. The devastation caused by head injuries, even seemingly insignificant ones, is profound. Even...

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The New OSHA Silica Standard Is Here To Stay

The New OSHA Silica Standard Is Here To Stay

The New OSHA Silica Standard | 10 Steps Your Company Can Take To Avoid Painful Fines The new OSHA silica standard is here to stay (it cannot be repealed) and companies must comply by June, 23 2017. If OSHA sees a white cloud they are going to target four standards to...

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Powered Industrial Trucks – OSHA Forklift Regulations

Powered Industrial Trucks – OSHA Forklift Regulations

Classification Of Powered Industrial Trucks And OSHA Forklift Regulations OSHA defines a powered industrial truck (PIT) as any mobile, power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack, or tier materials, whether ridden by the operator or controlled by a...

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Personal Protective Equipment for Arc Flash Hazards

Personal Protective Equipment for Arc Flash Hazards

Personal Protective Equipment for Arc Flash Hazards Electricity can be dangerous; this is a fact that we all know. Why don’t we always treat it as such, though? Is it because we are far too familiar with it? Do we become complacent, believing that we are safe from...

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An Effective Electrical Safety Program Includes GFCI

An Effective Electrical Safety Program Includes GFCI

An Effective Electrical Safety Program Includes GFCI Protection OSHA estimates that 350 electrical-related fatalities occur each year. That is almost 1 person a day who will no longer be in the lives of their friends, parents, siblings, or children. While the number...

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Top OSHA Violations In General Industry Manufacturing

Top OSHA Violations In General Industry Manufacturing

Top Violations In General Industry Manufacturing General industry manufacturing and construction employers are subject to more stringent requirements than other employers, such as a law office or hair salon. Because of the nature of the work in manufacturing and...

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Face Shields For OSHA Workplace Injury Prevention

Face Shields For OSHA Workplace Injury Prevention

PPE Focus: Face Shields For Workplace Injury Prevention We talk a lot about eye safety and eye protection when dealing with hazards like sparks, debris, or splashing chemicals, and focus on safety glasses and goggles as an important part of our personal protective...

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OSHA Now Enforcing New Drug Testing & Incentive Rules

OSHA Now Enforcing New Drug Testing & Incentive Rules

OSHA Will Begin to Enforce Post-Accident Drug Testing and Safety Incentive Rules on December 1st Due to a Denied Injunction While many hoped a lawsuit filed in July would delay the enforcement of this OSHA regulation, the injunction has been denied and the new rules...

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Guidance On Incentive Programs | Optimum Safety Management

Guidance On Incentive Programs | Optimum Safety Management

Guidance On Incentive Programs Last month, we relayed information from OSHA about how the new recordkeeping rule could potentially affect employers' existing disciplinary programs. The clarification has been very helpful to employers in evaluating their own programs...

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OSHA Safety Procedures For Universal Precautions

OSHA Safety Procedures For Universal Precautions

Focus of the Month: OSHA Safety Procedures For Universal Precautions For businesses that aren’t involved in healthcare, protecting employees against infectious diseases may not seem like a significant, or even necessary component of their safety management system....

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Workplace Injury Prevention From Respiratory Hazards

Workplace Injury Prevention From Respiratory Hazards

Respiratory Protection & Workplace Injury Prevention What would life be like if you felt like you could never fully catch your breath?  If the simple act of breathing became more difficult with each passing day?  Imagine having all of these symptoms after never...

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OSM to Exhibit at MetalCon Conference in Baltimore

OSM to Exhibit at MetalCon Conference in Baltimore

Optimum Safety Management is proud to be a part of this years MetalCon Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Not only will OSM host a booth at the exhibit, but President Steve Yates will be presenting at two convenient times during the conference. MetalCon: A Future...

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Importance Of Fire Protection In The Workplace

Importance Of Fire Protection In The Workplace

Why You Need To Make Fire Protection In The Workplace A Priority We’ve come a long way in regards to fire safety in the workplace.  But have we come far enough?  Since fires continue to occur in our facilities and on our work sites, the answer is a resounding no.  Any...

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OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards Of 2015

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards Of 2015

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Construction & General Industry Standards Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a ‘Top 10’ most commonly cited standards in 2015 following a year of inspections. This annual list...

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How To Protect Employees From Confined Spaces Hazards

How To Protect Employees From Confined Spaces Hazards

Protecting Employees From Confined Spaces Hazards Each year, nearly 100 people are fatally injured as a result of incidents in permit-required confined spaces. The spaces themselves often present hazards that can cause significant injury if not properly controlled;...

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OSHA Fines Increasing 78% August 1st – Are You Ready?

OSHA Fines Increasing 78% August 1st – Are You Ready?

OSHA Fines Set To Increase 78% August 1st - It's Not Too Late To Protect Your Business OSHA penalty adjustments have been finalized, and the 78% hike will officially take effect on August 1, 2016. The adjustment for inflation is the first the Federal Government has...

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Workplace Injury Prevention: Using the Right Footwear

Workplace Injury Prevention: Using the Right Footwear

Workplace Injury Prevention: Functional Footwear We tend to take our mobility for granted.  Need something from the other room?  Walk over and get it.  Activities like these are ones that we often don’t give much thought to – we just do them.  But what if something...

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Minimizing Crane Hazards with Industrial Safety Management

Minimizing Crane Hazards with Industrial Safety Management

Industrial Safety Management: Making Cranes an Asset, Not a Liability Cranes are an essential component in the machinery of modern business.  Many operations make use of them directly; many others rely on them indirectly for material production and transportation. ...

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Ensure Employees Understand Why To Wear Safety Glasses

Ensure Employees Understand Why To Wear Safety Glasses

Why Wear Safety Glasses? Consider driving 65 MPH down the highway without a windshield. It doesn’t take very long to realize what a bad idea that is with all the dust, dirt, bugs, and whatever else is in the air pelting your face and eyes.  Thankfully, we have...

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The Importance Of Rough Terrain Forklifts Safety Training

The Importance Of Rough Terrain Forklifts Safety Training

Rough Terrain Forklifts Safety “Hey, I can drive that.  A forklift is a forklift, right?” Ever hear this statement from a coworker? Can an employee who has attended a forklift class at a previous factory job drive the forklift on the construction site? That depends on...

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How To Choose Workplace Safety Gloves For Your Industry

How To Choose Workplace Safety Gloves For Your Industry

How To Choose Workplace Safety Gloves There is a wide variety of workplace safety gloves used as personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. Even within the same industry or at one place of business, workers may need several types and/or grades of gloves. Luckily,...

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