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November 2019

Big company or small, you must train your employees

- November 28, 2019 by Thomas Jolliff, ARM, ALCM (View all posts by Thomas)
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A common management oversight we see when reviewing safety programs is a lack of formal employee training, along with formal documentation of the training. Formal meaning everything is in writing – programs, documentation and policies and procedures. Recent case in …  Read more …

Sleep Deprivation and Workplace Fatigue

- November 26, 2019 by Stacey DeVries (View all posts by Stacey)
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Quick quiz.  Name something that has been linked to the following high profile disasters- the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker and the explosion of …  Read more …

Out Cold

- November 11, 2019 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)
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Each summer safety professionals place a lot of emphasis on the prevention and symptoms of heat exposure and heat related illnesses; however, the summer heat is not the only weather that can be a danger for workers.  With winter approaching, …  Read more …

Promoting Health and Safety among your Aging Workers

- November 9, 2019 by Ken Helfrich (View all posts by Ken)
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Every day, employers across the United States are faced with the fact that their workforce is aging. For years, employers have celebrated stable employment numbers and low turnover; however, the celebration has now turned to concern over how to protect …  Read more …

Wild Fires and the Construction Trade

- November 5, 2019 by Jacki Mortenson (View all posts by Jacki)
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Quite a few of my construction trades received an urgent message from CALPASC concerning the new emergency order that Cal/OSHA signed on 7.18.19.   The “Emergency Order” became effective on July 29, 2019 compliments of the California Occupational Safety and Health …  Read more …

What a Stretch

- November 1, 2019 by Paula Tetrault (View all posts by Paula)
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Have you ever noticed that just before babies go to sleep, they often stretch? They do a full body—hands reaching as far as they can, toes pointed—all out stretch. Where did they learn that? Alternatively, have you noticed that when …  Read more …