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Safety Glasses – 4 Tips for Selection and Use

Safety Glasses: 4 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting and Using With nearly 2,000 construction and manufacturing employees suffering from eye injuries annually, it’s important to note the role of safety glasses. Proper selection of the safety glasses is important to...

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June Safety Month – Quick-Tips for Culture of Safety

June: National Safety Month June is National Safety Month and our team at Optimum Safety Management is celebrating by sharing our best tips for Building a Culture of Safety. Observed annually across industries, this safety month provides an opportunity for both...

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Scaffold Safety – 4 Common Hazards

Scaffold Safety: 4 Common Hazards and How to Reduce Exposure In a Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck...

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OSHA Silica Standard Violations Provide Insights

The New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard Seven Months of OSHA Violations Provide Insight on Future Enforcement for Construction and Industry The Respirable Crystalline Silica standards are the new reality for construction and industry.  Some hoped the new...

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OSHA Inspection Dos and Don’ts

An OSHA Inspection is something most employers hope they never experience. However, over 75,000 OSHA inspections were completed in 2017 alone. The good new is: simple preparations for an OSHA Inspection can dramatically reduce the stress and pain of the situation. In...

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Why BBS Gets a Bad Name

Why Behavior Based Safety (BBS) Gets a Bad Name A few decades ago, Behavior Based Safety (BBS) grew in popularity as one of the top methods for injury prevention in the workplace. By changing behaviors, some employers expected to see dramatic declines in worker...

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Hazard Communication: Resources for Labeling

Hazard Communication: Resources for Labeling In June of 2016, OSHA began enforcement of the new Hazard Communication Standard aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Not only did this standard formalize and clarify the...

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A Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves

A Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves: Types and Tips for Usage (Whitepaper) Chemicals are a necessary part of many employers’ operations. Protecting employees from chemical hazards must always start with following the hierarchy of controls:  elimination,...

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Trench Protection: Necessary Measures

Focus of the Month:  Excavations Trench Protection and Necessary Measures As the weather warms and the ground thaws, workers throughout the United States will begin digging trenches, exposing them to hazards like a trench collapse.  For this reason, OSHA specifies...

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Lockout Tagout Procedures

Focus of the Month – Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) LOTO Procedures Machinery can be a great boost to employee productivity, allowing one worker to complete as much work as dozens of employees could without the machine.  For all their benefits, though, machines cannot tell the...

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Are Hard Hats Necessary?

PPE – Focus of the Month – Hard Hats Are Hard Hats Necessary? Injuries to the head due to falling objects or bump hazards are often serious and have been known to be fatal. Wearing hard hats not only protects the top of your head, it can also protect your eyes, ears,...

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Is the Team Approach to Safety™ Really Effective?

Questions Answered: Is the Team Approach to Safety™ Really Effective? As we've looked at the different components of the Team Approach to Safety™, there seems to be one looming question: Is this process effective? As an organization adopts a Team Approach to Safety™,...

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Electrical Hazards

Electrical Safety: Common Hazards 1,881 employees lost their lives to work-related electrical incidents between 2004 and 2013 according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  432 of those fatalities resulted from incidents involving less than 220v.  Despite...

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Arc Flash PPE

Arc Flash PPE - Personal Protective Equipment What produces temperatures four times greater than the surface of the sun, instantly vaporizes metal, and can throw a grown man across a room like a rag doll?  An arc flash. Arc flash incidents are severe, and do not...

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5 Steps Safety Leadership Team

Safety Leadership Team - Team Approach to Safety Last month we started talking about the Essential Components of a Team Approach to Safety. Essentially, the Team Approach provides the framework to build a lasting safety culture and rests on four pillars: The Safety...

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Face Shields Proper Usage

Face Shields Proper Usage People are not perfect and often make mistakes.  We take shortcuts, forget how to do things, or become distracted at times when we shouldn’t.  In most aspects of our lives, these are not things that have dire consequences.  At work, however,...

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Hand and Power Tools Safety

Hand and Power Tools - Quick Inspections Familiarity lulls people into a false sense of safety.  People who perform a task many times without incident begin to think that they are working safely, even when they are not.  They become desensitized to the hazards of the...

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Team Approach to Safety: Essential Components

Team Approach to Safety: The Essential Components Integrating safety into the everyday culture of an organization can be a difficult task. We fully believe the first step in building effective safety management systems is management commitment. The leaders of the...

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First Aid in the Workplace

First Aid in the Workplace, Emergency Action Three minutes is not a lot of time, but it can be the difference between life and death.  When workers are seriously injured, those three minutes can determine if they will be permanently blind, or if they will ever return...

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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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Noteworthy Occupational Health Exposures

4 Noteworthy Occupational Health Exposures How well protected are your employees from carcinogens and other health hazards?   Like it or not, modern processes and work still require chemicals and substances that can adversely affect the health of our people who are...

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Respiratory Protection Program

PPE Focus of the Month:  Respirators – Responsibilities Before Donning the Mask Respirators can provide significant protection to employees exposed to respiratory hazards like fumes and vapors, but they can also create additional hazards if they are not used...

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Workplace Fire Prevention

Focus of the Month:  Fire Prevention Workplace fires injure many workers each year.  Between 2011 and 2015, more than 9,400 employees were injured by occupational fires according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Their injuries lead to untold tumult,...

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Is a Hearing Conservation Program Required?

Hearing Conservation Programs: Focus of the Month Hearing Conservation Program The human body is remarkably resilient, recovering from a wide range of injuries with medical intervention.  Unfortunately, our bodies can’t recover from all injuries.  One of those...

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What it Takes to Build a Great Safety Culture

A Great Safety Culture is Built from the Top Down It’s often said that you must build a safety culture from the ground up, but, in reality, a great safety culture start at the top. For any organization to truly succeed in safety, there must be a strong commitment from...

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Top 6 Myths on OSHA’s Silica Rule Debunked

Enforcement Dates for OSHA's Silica Rule Coming Fast! Construction: September 23, 2017 General Industry: June 23, 2018 As with any new standard that the agency implements, the closer the date comes, the more buzz we hear in the hive.  Nobody likes the Federal...

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September PPE Focus: 4-Gas Monitors

Personal Protective Equipment Focus: 4-Gas Monitors On one January day that seemed perfectly ordinary, tragedy devastated three families who watched a loved one leave for work that morning and never return.  Four workers responded to complaints of sewage backup in a...

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OSHA Silica Compliance for Construction is Here!

OSHA Silica Compliance for Construction in Effect September 23, 2017 We’ve been talking about OSHA’s Final Rule on Silica for months now and the construction deadline is around the corner. In less than 30 days from now, OSHA officials will begin inspections and...

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PPE Focus of the Month: Protective Footwear

PPE Focus of the Month:  Protective Footwear What happens when you drive in the rain or snow with bald tires?  You lose traction with the road and control of your vehicle.  If you’re lucky, the car fishtails a little, you correct it, drive with more caution, and...

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Focus of the Month: Mobile and Overhead Cranes

Focus of the Month – Mobile and Overhead Cranes Do your employees know what to do when an incident occurs with overhead cranes?  At the very least, your operators should know since it was covered in their training.  But how long has it been since they were trained? ...

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5 Ways mysafetyAPPS™ Can Help You Succeed

Your Solution for Maximized Safety Compliance Safety compliance can be a large and expensive task with many moving parts. Required trainings and mandatory paperwork alone are enough to overwhelm even the most organized individuals. So what if there was an easier way?...

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3 Things You Need To Know About Electronic Submissions

3 Things You Need to Know About OSHA’s Electronic Submission   On May 31, 2016, we published this article explaining the requirements under OSHA’s New Final Rule on Recordkeeping for recording and reporting workplace injuries and illness. Now, employers are not only...

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PPE Focus of the Month: Safety Glasses

When safety glasses are required, do your employees always wear them?   The sad reality is that many would answer no when asked this question.  Even worse, some who would say yes now may have an incident in the future that proves them wrong.  The ones who can say yes...

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How to Prepare Your Workers and Facility for Summer

How to Prepare Your Workers and Facility for Summer As the summer heat becomes stronger, so do the risks associated with heat stress and dehydration. Preparing workers and the facility for summer could mean the difference between over-exhausted employees and a...

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Focus of the Month: Forklifts (INFOGRAPHIC)

Focus of the Month: Forklift Safety (INFOGRAPHIC) Forklifts account for a staggering 96,700 injuries each year, and in 85 of those incidents, employees’ lives are cut tragically short.  These injuries are not limited to forklift operators alone.  Many involve other...

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The Dangers of Industry Average

The Dangers of Industry Average Each year OSHA releases their standards for ‘industry average’ in areas such as Experience Modification Rate, Injury rates and more. For many companies, industry average is the end goal, thinking ‘we’re sitting among the competitors in...

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PPE Focus of the Month: Gloves

How expensive is a hand laceration for an employee?   Five hundred dollars?  Two-thousand dollars?  Five-thousand dollars?   The cost for a work injury is an eye-opening indicator of how expensive medical care is.  According to a National Safety Council study, the...

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Focus of the Month: Scaffolds

Are You Using the Right Scaffold For Your Job? Using the right tool for the job is an essential part of safe and efficient work.  We would not want employees to try lifting a pallet of materials when a forklift is appropriate; in the same line, we would not want them...

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Focus of the Month: Aerial Lifts

We never want our employees to get injured. Period.   Unfortunately, employees are injured far too often while performing their work.  Preventing injuries must be our main concern, especially in situations where the equipment, like aerial lifts, exposes workers to...

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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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