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Recent posts on industry news, insightful information and anecdotes.

An Interns Perspective on Safety

One, I feel that in some cases the employers are too lenient and too dismissive of their employee’s health. And two, that the safety culture is greatly impacted by the employer’s attitude towards safety on the jobsite.

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CAN YOU STILL BREATH?

Employees must be trained, medically qualified, and fit tested, to use a respirator.

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Dealing with the Aftermath of Coronavirus

During this national crisis, we implemented health standards throughout our projects that are here to stay.  We don’t go back to how we did business in the past; we continue implementing our site health and safety protocols that have been put in place

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Does Safety hinder Production?

it is not safety that is hindering production. It is poor scheduling that is going to ultimately hinder production.

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Guidelines for N95 Use and  CDC/OSHA Recommendations

There are 3 scenarios we need to look at, “mandatory” use of the N95, “voluntary” use of the N95 and the “voluntary” use of a dust mask or a filtering facepiece.

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Leveraging Safety Inspections for a Proactive Safety Culture

Encourage your staff to find as many safety violations items as possible during the week, correct, and log them on your inspection form.  Praise them for having a long list of items that were found and corrected, and trust that over a period of time, if you work the process, the number of items found will decrease. 

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OSHA Changes Silica National Emphasis Program

This new program will be measured for effectiveness by regional offices and the OHE through collecting data on the number of employees covered, the number of workers removed from hazards, reductions in worker exposures, abatement procedures implemented, and the number of violations related to specifically targeted hazards.

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OSHA Silica Enforcement

The construction standard requires a site-specific plan, with a designated competent person (who must remain at the work site) who is qualified to implement the program and withdraw employees who may be at risk of overexposures.

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Safety and The ‘Care’ Factor

Employees will either work for us, with us, or against us. We lay the foundation for that by how we handle them. The key element to enlisting them to work with us (which is the best outcome), is the ‘care’ factor.

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Safety Training Sucks

Safety training does not have to suck, but for safety training to be high quality we need to give it the same attention that we do to our safe job site activities.

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Three ‘E’s For An Effective Safety Program

When it comes to enlisting the aid of our people in willing participation in the safety culture we are developing, encouragement is a key factor. We want an effective safety program, and we want ‘buy-in’ from our employees.

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Top 10 OSHA Violations

As a safety consultant I have had the opportunity to be involved with a wide variety of clients that range from small steel erectors to a large aerospace engineering company. Unfortunately, we typically get new clients only after they are in the middle of a safety crisis.

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Who’s Running Your House?

If the employees are not following our basic requirements for safety, whose fault is it?  The Safety Professional is not in charge of the project and has no authority over the employees.  Management should understand that if we have safety issues in our company, start looking at who’s running your house before you fault your safety failures on to the Safety Professional. 

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