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2019, July

OSHA's Top 10: Fall Protection
OSHA's Top 10: Fall Protection
Most people who work in construction spend at least part of their time working at heights. Did you know that if you are working more than six feet off the ground, you need fall protection? In general industry, it’s four feet! Falls from heights are the main cause of injuries and deaths in construction. Given that uncomfortable fact, it’s probably no surprise that three of OSHA’s “Top 10” standards violations cited during inspections involve some aspect of fall protection – or lack thereof.
OSHA's Top 10: Eye Protection
OSHA's Top 10: Eye Protection
Of the five senses - sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch – we rely on sight the most to navigate through our daily lives. We use our eyes for almost everything we do. Sometimes we lose our sense of sight in unpreventable ways, but why take a chance on losing your sight in the workplace? Sadly, a lot of people do. Each year, tens of thousands of people are blinded and hundreds of thousands receive eye injuries in the workplace. 90% of those injuries could be prevented by the use of proper protective eyewear.
OSHA’s Top 10: Working Safely at Heights with Scaffolding
OSHA’s Top 10: Working Safely at Heights with Scaffolding
If you are working at heights, you need fall protection. In construction, falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Did you know that if you are working in construction, and are working more than six feet above the ground or a lower level, OSHA standards mandate some kind of fall protection? Fall protection falls into two categories: • fall prevention – as the name implies, these are systems to keep workers from falling • fall arrest – in situations where you can’t be sure to prevent worker falls, these systems make sure that if a worker falls, they won’t fall far or be injured or killed. Employers at workplaces with fall hazards are required to have a fall protection plan in place.
OSHA’s Top 10: Chemicals - What you don’t know can hurt you
OSHA’s Top 10: Chemicals - What you don’t know can hurt you
Everyday, people work with chemicals in many different industries. The Hazard Communication Standard was set up to ensure that employers give workers the education and training they need to understand the hazards of the chemicals they are working with and how to control those hazards. Do you know what chemicals in your workplace could hurt you or your workers?
OSHA’s Top 10: Lockout / Tagout
OSHA’s Top 10: Lockout / Tagout
The concept is simple. If you need to repair or service a piece of equipment, you need to make sure that it won’t start up or move unexpectedly while working on it. Make sure that all energy has been released, that it can’t be started while you’re working on it, and that everyone knows what’s going on. Lockout/ tagout isn’t just a good idea. It’s the law.
OSHA’s Top 10: Respiratory Protection
OSHA’s Top 10: Respiratory Protection
Beards go in and out of fashion. They are definitely “in” these days – everything from designer stubble to luxuriant growth that would make Santa Claus proud. They can be a fashion statement or a means of self-expression, but they may be a concern if you need to use respiratory protection at work.