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@OccHealthSafety Reigns Supreme as Twitter Safety King

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@OccHealthSafety Reigns Supreme as Twitter Safety King

By Safety Cat

"Aporkalypse Now," Safety Cat decided he needed a long vacation. But he has swiped the dust motes off the old click clacker to share a bit of good news: OHSOnline has the most influential safety handle on Twitter.…


Added by Jerry Laws on April 30, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Understanding Padlock Keying Options

OSHA Regulation 1910.147 is the standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout). This is an important regulation that needs to be understood and followed. One component is the use of padlocks in your

lock-out/tagout program. As you know, there are many choices when it comes to…


Added by Donna Kolody on April 30, 2010 at 12:35pm — No Comments

What’s the best way to reduce workplace injuries?

We all agree that reducing workplace injuries and keeping employees safe is important. But there are different schools of thought on how exactly to achieve that. On one hand, some feel that more regulations and stricter fines are the most effective way to ensure employees are protected. On the other, some think that creating a workplace committed to safety is the more effective.

Those who support the idea of stricter fines and more regulations will be happy to know that…

Added by Christie Mendola on April 30, 2010 at 12:23pm — No Comments

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Added by Chaitanya on April 28, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

Prevent Work-Related Falls & Deaths- Know the ABC’s of Fall Arrest Systems

Every year, over 100,000 injuries and deaths are the result of work-related falls- one of the highest causes of death in the workplace. So, according to OSHA

, it is every employer’s responsibility to develop and maintain a…


Added by Donna Kolody on April 27, 2010 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Can’t Afford a Surveillance System? Use Simulated Instead – Just as effective!

Need to deter theft at your business but you’re strapped for cash? No problem – There are things you can do that will fit into your budget and is far better than nothing at all until you have the funds to install an actual working surveillance system or maybe you won’t have to.

Security on the cheap!


Added by Renee Hioki on April 26, 2010 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Some things are better on video...Especially how to install a traffic or parking sign u-channel post. Check it out...

Emedco is the leader in traffic and Parking Signs and has officially launched their first series of instructional/how to

videos. The videos are 2-3 minutes long, very informative and of high

quality. You won’t find a better traffic and parking instructional

video on the web…You can view them clicking on the links here or visit their…


Added by Richard Mariano on April 26, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

'Something Needs to Change in the Way We Run Our Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS Squads'

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'Something Needs to Change in the Way We Run Our Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS Squads'

By Capt. Tom Lindtveit

Editor's note: This blog post was submitted by Capt. Tom Lindtveit in response to "Restocking the Fire Service," a commentary by Editor Jerry Laws in the April 2010 print issue of OH&S.

I read your editorial on 'Restocking the Fire Service' with interest.



Added by Jerry Laws on April 22, 2010 at 11:51am — No Comments

Calling All Contractors: Lead Certification Is Now Required By Law

Effective, Today, April 22nd, 2010, a new EPA lead rule takes effect.

Contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust

and chips by disturbing…


Added by Jennifer Sledziona on April 22, 2010 at 10:29am — No Comments

What type of medical glove do I need?

There are three major types of medical gloves: latex, vinyl/synthetic and nitrile. The FDA regulates the quality of exam gloves produced and forces factories to conform to standards set. Today, all medical-grade exam

gloves must pass through a series of tests to be sold in the U.S. market. This overview and

recap of pros and cons should help you decide the exact type you need to

protect your workers and be OSHA compliant.…


Added by Donna Kolody on April 21, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Pipe marking: A blast from the past

People always seem to have some kind of reverence for things from the past — I’m no different. While going through some file cabinets at work, we discovered our company’s second pipe and valve marking catalog printed in 1968.

It’s not like 1968 is ancient history or anything, but there was some excitement in feeling the old paper, seeing the colorful illustrations, smelling the musty pages (joking, the smell wasn’t exciting). There was just something interesting… Continue

Added by Christie Mendola on April 20, 2010 at 4:44pm — No Comments



Seeking Input on Combining Documents

The Council reviewed the request of NFPA Staff to combine NFPA 61, NFPA 484, NFPA 654, NFPA 655, and NFPA 664 into a single document. The rationale for this request is recent investigations, some receiving national attention, by the U.S.…


Added by ANTONI MICKIEWICZ on April 19, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

April is: “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month"


“National Distracted Driving Awareness Month also is the perfect opportunity for businesses to implement cell phone policies to protect employees. When businesses allow employees to conduct business on cell phones while driving, they are putting their employees at a 4 times greater risk of a crash,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO. “NSC provides many resources, including a free Cell Phone Policy Kit, to help businesses protect… Continue

Added by STEPHEN D. AMBERS, RSO on April 19, 2010 at 10:16am — No Comments


Dust fire fourth since 2003 at plant

By Marcia Moore

The Daily Item


KREAMER — Tuesday's fiery explosion in a Wood-Mode Inc. sawdust silo is the fourth in seven years, a record that jibes with national research suggesting that combustible dust is a serious…


Added by ANTONI MICKIEWICZ on April 19, 2010 at 9:17am — No Comments

Slips, Trips and Falls- are you prepared?

April is Injury Prevention Month. Take the time this month to look at your

training programs, replace any faded signs or ripped marking tape and stock up

on essential Personal Protective Wear (PPE). Did you know?

· 4.1 million people suffer a workplace injury each… Continue

Added by Donna Kolody on April 16, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Danger signs,Caution Signs,Warning Signs…what’s the difference?

When is it appropriate to use a Danger, Warning, or Caution sign, tag or label when communication workplace safety?

OSHA Safety Signs and Labels You may already know that OSHA requires certain safety communication (safety signs, labels,…


Added by Richard Mariano on April 14, 2010 at 11:34am — No Comments

Humor? Gore? What makes a safety training video effective?

When you think of a safety training video what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Based on my safety

training experiences I think of out-dated, poor quality video. I think of corny, over-scripted dialogue between supervisors and employees. Mostly, I remember the video being extremely boring and drawn out.

Obviously videos like this are not going to be the most effective in training your employees to work safe. To make safety videos more effective, some…

Added by Christie Mendola on April 13, 2010 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Was That Opened? Labels That Can Tell You:Instantly!

Ever wonder if there was a way to detect if your property or package has been entered? Well wonder no more! Tamper evident seals & labels are the answer.

Tamper evident tape & labels are ideal security tags that have a security feature that detects tampering by either revealing the word ‘OPENED’, a ‘red flag’ or the word ‘VOID’.

  • Indicate & deter…

Added by Renee Hioki on April 13, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Massey Defends Safety Record; History Doesn't Help

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Massey Defends Safety Record; History Doesn't Help

By Ronnie Rittenberry

We knew before Monday, April 5, that mining is a dangerous business. The blast that day that killed at least 25 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia was a woeful reminder. Meanwhile, as the investigation into what happened was just getting started in earnest, the owner of the UBB mine, Massey Energy Co., on Thursday defended its…


Added by Jerry Laws on April 13, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

Seven Elements to Respiratory Protection

According to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134); there are seven key elements that every respiratoryprotection program should contain. They are:

1. Develop and implement a written respiratory protection program with required worksite-specific procedures and…


Added by Donna Kolody on April 12, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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