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25 Signs You Have An Awesome Workplace Safety Culture

According to OSHA, “Safety cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes that exist at an establishment. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc., which shape our behavior.” By definition, workplace safety culture is difficult to measure. How do you measure values, attitudes, and beliefs? Following are 25 ways to tell whether or not […]

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A Safe Workplace is Sound Business

OSHA has recently updated its Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs – first released 30 years ago – to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety […]

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How To Do A Job Hazard Analysis

Injuries occur every day in the workplace. Sometimes they happen because employees are not trained in the proper job procedure or health and safety procedures. Sometimes hazards are hidden in the job itself. You can help prevent injuries in your workplace by doing a job hazard analysis (JHA). It will assist you in identifying those […]

What is the difference between a PEL, TLV and REL?

The permissible exposure limit (PEL) is a legal limit in the United States for exposure of an employee to a chemical substance or physical agent. PELs are established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In OSHA regulations, PELs are exposure limits to hazardous substances referenced in CFR 29 1910.1000 TABLE Z-1; Z-2 and Z-3 (Toxic and Hazardous Substances). Threshold Limit Value […]

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Hearing Protection Noise Reduction Rating (NRR)

Hearing protection devices are designed to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace and at home. For workplace safety, a hearing protector is required to reduce the ambient noise (surrounding noise) to 90 dBA and lower. However, if the employee has a threshold shift from their determined baseline, hearing protection is then required to lower the […]

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When Should Hearing Protection Be Required?

Hearing protection is an important part of industrial safety. Our workplace safety consultants have a number of helpful tips to determine the best ways to implement good hearing protection practices. Hearing protection should be required when: Employees are exposed to workplace noise during an 8-hour work shift, in which the noise averages 85 dBA (50% […]

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Extension Cord Hazards

Extension cords (cord sets), cables, and electrical cords are types of flexible cords. Flexible cords and cables are used to connect electrical equipment to a power source. Learn about mitigating cord and cable hazards with this information from the OECS safety consultants. Scenarios The office doors do not seal well, allowing cold air to leak in. […]

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Zero Accidents

What does “Zero Accidents” mean and why is it important to a company? Simply stated it means “No Accidents”.  Seems simple enough to describe but it gets a little more complicated when we think about how to achieve it. The first thing we need to do is identify the causes of accidents or other “Loss […]

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OSHA Approved First Aid Kits?

What’s in your first aid kit?  Do you even have one?  What’s required in a first aid kit? And – Does OSHA even require or approve first aid kits? Workplace hazards vary widely.  What influences the contents of a First Aid kit and the number of First Aid kits needed would be the size of […]

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The Perfect Storm – An Employer’s Worst Nightmare

An employee gets hurt and is sent to the hospital. OSHA now needs to be called. A day later, another employee calls OSHA on an employee complaint. What could be worse? OSHA shows up to investigate the employee complaint. OSHA also discovers that the company’s name has come up on a random list for a […]