Health and Safety

Can You Really Change Safety Culture?

Apr 20th, 2017 | By
Can You Really Change Safety Culture?

When asked what an organization can do to improve its safety record, reduce insurance claims, decrease near misses, and “right the ship” to instill in its employees the importance of safety, many learned experts say that they need a culture change.  So, what does that mean?  Is it such a vague statement that most people
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Higher OSHA Penalties Drive Safety Check-Ups

Jul 4th, 2016 | By
Higher OSHA Penalties Drive Safety Check-Ups

If you need a reason to give your OSHA 300 Log and associated injury and illness recordkeeping programs a thorough review, increasing OSHA penalties are as good a reason as any. In late 2015, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 requiring federal agencies, including OSHA, to adjust their civil penalties
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Static Electricity Gasoline Explosion

Feb 14th, 2016 | By
Static Electricity Gasoline Explosion

Take a break and watch this short video showing how static electricity can have disastrous results at the gas station. The video also provides advice on what to do the next time you fill up at the pump.



PSM Review: 2015 Changes to OSHA’s Interpretations and Enforcement Policies

Jan 7th, 2016 | By
PSM Review: 2015 Changes to OSHA’s Interpretations and Enforcement Policies

As you plan for 2016, be sure to review the changes made by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to its Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHCs) standard in 2015.  These changes may result in additional facilities and processes being subject to the PSM standard, and may require more rigorous
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OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop

Dec 28th, 2015 | By
OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop

Take a break and listen to OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop, a funny song about a surprise OSHA inspection at Santa’s Workshop that threatens to ruin Christmas.   Thanks to Dan Clark and Creative Safety Supply for this post!   About The Safety Brief The Safety Brief is a compilation of short radio-casts produced by
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What do Pallet Racking Inspections Have to do with Sustainable Business?

Dec 26th, 2015 | By
What do Pallet Racking Inspections Have to do with Sustainable Business?

Future businesses will need to be safer and more sustainable. In order to achieve this, an area that many businesses may not have considered is racking system efficiency. It goes without saying that regular racking inspections, warehouse management, and safe production are keys to a business that values its employees’ health. However, these things are
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Travel Time is Work Time for Mobile Workers

Dec 6th, 2015 | By
Travel Time is Work Time for Mobile Workers

A recent judgment in the European Court of Justice may cause environmental, health and safety (EHS) leaders with employees in the European Union to revise the way they manage and account for their mobile workers.  Bruce Caldow’s article Working Time and Peripatetic Workers, originally published on Harper Macleod LLP’s HM Insights webpage, provides more information and
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EHS Budgets Expected to Rise in 2016

Nov 28th, 2015 | By
EHS Budgets Expected to Rise in 2016

Budgets for environment, health, and safety (EHS) are expected to increase in 2016 at 75% of the companies surveyed by independent research firm Verdantix.   The new global survey of 312 EHS executives found that 10% of firms will increase 2016 EHS spending by double digits, while an additional 21% will increase spending by at least
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Radiofrequency Exposure Penalty

Nov 22nd, 2015 | By
Radiofrequency Exposure Penalty

Do you have wireless cell phone or broadband antennas on your properties? If so, this recent enforcement notice might apply to you. Although the monetary penalty was levied against the telecom company that owned the equipment, the notice highlights safety concerns that might be unmanaged at similar locations.



Overview of the 2015 NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Oct 11th, 2015 | By
Overview of the 2015 NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

According to Occupational Injuries from Electrical Shock and Arc Flash Events, a report released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation in March 2015, nearly 6,000 fatal electrical injuries to workers occurred in the United States between 1992 and 2013. From 2003 through 2012, more than 24,000 non-fatal electrical injuries occurred. To help prevent injuries and
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