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  • Work Zone Awareness Week

    This is National Work Zone Awareness Week!

    Learn about what to do to promote road worker safety... National Work Zone Awareness Week - FLAGGER AHEAD: Means changes ahead! - Go Orange Day is Wednesday

    Tips for driving safely in work zones:

    • OSHA-SafetyObey warning signs – they are posted in advance of road construction projects to give you time to follow their instructions to merge, slow down or stop.
    • Stay alert and minimize distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and resist the temptation to get on your cell phone or engage in other distracting behaviors while driving through a work zone.
    • The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision, so remember to leave at least two seconds of braking distance between you and the car in front of you. The amount of space required to provide two seconds of stopping time will increase the faster you're driving!
    • Stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're necessary to improve the roads for everyone.
    • In any work zone along any road, major or minor, expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.
    • You may see flashing arrow panels or "lane closed ahead" signs. Merge as soon as possible. Don't zoom right up to the lane closure, then try to barge in - if everyone cooperates, traffic moves more efficiently. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.
    • Slow down when the signs say to. Speeding is one of the leading causes of work zone related crashes so slow down and take your time.

     

  • Simple Winter and Holiday advice from the Department of Homeland Security

    According to the US flag signifying that this is a United States Federal Government website Official website of the Department of Homeland Security, you should:

    • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
    • Keep candles away from flammable materials.
    • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
    • Turn off holiday lights at night.
    • Keep your tree watered, don’t let your holiday tree dry out.
    • Shop securely online over the holidays.

    Other Holiday Safety input:

    Holidays and Drunk DriversPreparing for a Winter Storm and the Holidays WebinarTravelling Safely during the HolidaysHoliday Health and Safety TipsHoliday Travels: Is Your Home Safe While you are Away?

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  • Safety Communication: Better Employees, Boost the Bottom Line

    Safety communication enhances employee performance and a company’s bottom line results in a number of ways. While diligent safety communication is perceived as a given for enterprises such as large-scale manufacturing and utilities, it is just as important and valuable for small companies in any field. Here are the key benefits of implementing or improving safety communication strategy and activity.

    1. When companies communicate safety messages consistently, it creates an atmosphere of cooperation — sometimes replacing an attitude of “us versus them” that undermines employee engagement and fosters poor productivity. When employees feel their company cares about their safety, they gain confidence and enthusiasm. The bottom line of solid communication: greater productivity, less absenteeism and better employee retention. As any small or midsize business executive knows, these are big goals every company strives for but few attain.

    2. Consistent reporting of key safety metrics, such as the number of injury-free days, keeps everyone’s “eye on the ball.” Any manufacturing facility or office is a blur of activity. When safety performance is invisible, people naturally focus on other things, which in terms of safety fosters carelessness that usually leads to safety incidents. The bottom line of solid communication: fewer incidents, fewer accidents and fewer insurance claims. In addition to improving profitability, these benefits serve to improve morale and job satisfaction, along the same lines of our first point.

    3. A strong emergency response communication plan helps keep employees safe and minimizes the chance of catastrophic loss. In an emergency — accident, extreme weather event, security threat, etc. — well-executed safety communication can literally make the difference between life and death. Having clear safety procedures in place and the ability to communicate them digitally in real or near-real time to the entire on-site population over large digital screens, desktop monitors, wayfinding signage or handheld digital devices means that everyone inside and outside the facility is able to know what is happening and what they should do.

    4. Safety training is accelerated and improved by using advanced safety communication techniques. Companies with a commitment to safety educate new employees and provide all employees — from summer interns to 30-year veterans — with intensive, ongoing safety training. Using digital media (desktop monitors, tablets, mobile phones, interactive wall screens, etc.) helps companies communicate safety messages visually and with a high level of interaction. It is well known that visual messages are easier for most people to grasp and retain than pure text. And today, with the proliferation of smart phones, our preference for imagery, video and “gamified” messaging are greater than ever. Companies attempting to execute safety training with printed policy manuals and wall posters alone are fighting an uphill battle that will only grow steeper over time. When employees are skilled in safety practices, they are more attentive in day-to-day activities and better prepared for emergency response. The bottom line of a cohesive, safety-conscious and safety-skilled workforce: greater efficiency, greater throughput and higher quality.Safety-Smile

    Successful companies view safety as integral to bottom-line performance rather than some peripheral “program” or “initiative” stove-piped into a single department (or even a single individual). The most successful companies not only develop strong safety strategies and messages, they ensure the execution makes use of advanced safety communication platforms and techniques. Why? Because a great safety message that is not clearly received is like the proverbial tree that falls in the empty forest.

    Author bio: As Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions at RMG Networks, Kerwin Everson is very familiar with how safety communication affects manufacturers. Everson’s goal is to educate companies on the value of visualizing real-time performance management to improve productivity and efficiency.

  • TRENCHING, EXCAVATING & SHORING SAFETY

    trench_shoringINTRODUCTION

    Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations. This publication is intended to assist workers in the recognition of trenching and shoring hazards and their prevention.

    DEFINITIONS

      1. CONFINED SPACE is a space that, by design and/or configuration, has limited openings for entry and exit, unfavorable natural ventilation, may contain or produce hazardous substances, and is not intended for continuous employee occupancy.
      2. EXCAVATION is any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in an earth surface that is formed by earth removal. A Trench is a narrow excavation (in relation to its length) made below the surface of the ground. In general, the depth of a trench is greater than its width, and the width (measured at the bottom) is not greater than 15 ft (4.6 m). If a form or other structure installed or constructed in an excavation reduces the distance between the form and the side of the excavation to 15 ft (4.6 m) or less (measured at the bottom of the excavation), the excavation is also considered to be a trench.
      3. HAZARDOUS ATMOSPHERE is an atmosphere that by reason of being explosive, flammable, poisonous, corrosive, oxidizing, irritating, oxygen-deficient, toxic, or otherwise harmful may cause death, illness, or injury to persons exposed to it.
      4. INGRESS AND EGRESS mean "entry" and "exit," respectively. In trenching and excavation operations, they refer to the provision of safe means for employees to enter or exit an excavation or trench.
      5. PROTECTIVE SYSTEM refers to a method of protecting employees from cave-ins, from material that could fall or roll from an excavation face or into an excavation, and from the collapse of adjacent structures. Protective systems include support systems, sloping and benching systems, shield systems, and other systems that provide the necessary protection.
      6. SUPPORT SYSTEM refers to structures such as underpinning, bracing, and shoring that provide support to an adjacent structure or underground installation or to the sides of an excavation or trench.

    OVERVIEW: SOIL MECHANICS

    A number of stresses and deformations can occur in an open cut or trench. For example, increases or decreases in moisture content can adversely affect the stability of a trench or excavation. The following information describes some of the more frequently identified causes of trench failure.

    TENSION CRACKS usually form at a horizontal distance of 0.5 to 0.75 times the depth of the trench, measured from the top of the vertical face of the trench.

    SLIDING or sluffing may occur as a result of tension cracks.

    TOPPLING. In addition to sliding, tension cracks can cause toppling. Toppling occurs when the trench's vertical face shears along the tension crack line and topples into the excavation.

    SUBSIDENCE AND BULGING. An unsupported excavation can create an unbalanced stress in the soil, which, in turn, causes subsidence at the surface and bulging of the vertical face of the trench. If uncorrected, this condition can cause face failure and entrapment of workers in the trench.

    HEAVING OR SQUEEZING. Bottom heaving or squeezing is caused by the downward pressure created by the weight of adjoining soil. This pressure causes a bulge in the bottom of the cut, as illustrated in the drawing above. Heaving and squeezing can occur even when shoring or shielding has been properly installed.

    BOILING is evidenced by an upward water flow into the bottom of the cut. A high water table is one of the causes of boiling. Boiling produces a "quick" condition in the bottom of the cut, and can occur even when shoring or trench boxes are used.

    UNIT WEIGHT OF SOILS refers to the weight of one unit of a particular soil. The weight of soil varies with type and moisture content. One cubic foot of soil can weigh from 110 pounds to 140 pounds or more, and one cubic meter (35.3 cubic feet) of soil can weigh more than 3,000 pounds.

    DETERMINATION OF SOIL TYPE

    OSHA categorizes soil and rock deposits into four types:

      1. STABLE ROCK is natural solid mineral matter that can be excavated with vertical sides and remain intact while exposed. It is usually identified by a rock name such as granite or sandstone. Determining whether a deposit is of this type may be difficult unless it is known whether cracks exist and whether or not the cracks run into or away from the excavation.
      2. TYPE A SOILS are cohesive soils with an unconfined compressive strength of 1.5 tons per square foot (tsf) or greater. Examples of Type A cohesive soils are often: clay, silty clay, sandy clay, clay loam and, in some cases, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam. (No soil is Type A if it is fissured, is subject to vibration of any type, has previously been disturbed, is part of a sloped, layered system where the layers dip into the excavation on a slope of 4 horizontal to 1 vertical (4H:1V) or greater, or has seeping water.
      3. TYPE B SOILS are cohesive soils with an unconfined compressive strength greater than 0.5 tsf but less than 1.5 tsf. Examples of other Type B soils are: angular gravel; silt; silt loam; previously disturbed soils unless otherwise classified as Type C; soils that meet the unconfined compressive strength or cementation requirements of Type A soils but are fissured or subject to vibration; dry unstable rock; and layered systems sloping into the trench at a slope less than 4H:1V (only if the material would be classified as a Type B soil).
      4. TYPE C SOILS are cohesive soils with an unconfined compressive strength of 0.5 tsf or less. Other Type C soils include granular soils such as gravel, sand and loamy sand, submerged soil, soil from which water is freely seeping, and submerged rock that is not stable. Also included in this classification is material in a sloped, layered system where the layers dip into the excavation or have a slope of four horizontal to one vertical (4H:1V) or greater.
      5. LAYERED GEOLOGICAL STRATA. Where soils are configured in layers, i.e., where a layered geologic structure exists, the soil must be classified on the basis of the soil classification of the weakest soil layer. Each layer may be classified individually if a more stable layer lies below a less stable layer, i.e., where a Type C soil rests on top of stable rock.

    TEST EQUIPMENT AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING SOIL

    Many kinds of equipment and methods are used to determine the type of soil prevailing in an area, as described below.

      1. POCKET PENETROMETER. Penetrometers are direct-reading, spring-operated instruments used to determine the unconfined compressive strength of saturated cohesive soils. Once pushed into the soil, an indicator sleeve displays the reading. The instrument is calibrated in either tons per square foot (tsf) or kilograms per square centimeter (kPa). However, Penetrometers have error rates in the range of ± 20-40%.
        1. Shearvane (Torvane). To determine the unconfined compressive strength of the soil with a shearvane, the blades of the vane are pressed into a level section of undisturbed soil, and the torsional knob is slowly turned until soil failure occurs. The direct instrument reading must be multiplied by 2 to provide results in tons per square foot (tsf) or kilograms per square centimeter (kPa).
        2. Thumb Penetration Test. The thumb penetration procedure involves an attempt to press the thumb firmly into the soil in question. If the thumb makes an indentation in the soil only with great difficulty, the soil is probably Type A. If the thumb penetrates no further than the length of the thumb nail, it is probably Type B soil, and if the thumb penetrates the full length of the thumb, it is Type C soil. The thumb test is subjective and is therefore the least accurate of the three methods.
        3. Dry Strength Test. Dry soil that crumbles freely or with moderate pressure into individual grains is granular. Dry soil that falls into clumps that subsequently break into smaller clumps (and the smaller clumps can be broken only with difficulty) is probably clay in combination with gravel, sand, or silt. If the soil breaks into clumps that do not break into smaller clumps (and the soil can be broken only with difficulty), the soil is considered unfissured unless there is visual indication of fissuring.
      2. PLASTICITY OR WET THREAD TEST. This test is conducted by molding a moist sample of the soil into a ball and attempting to roll it into a thin thread approximately 1/8 inch (3 mm) in diameter (thick) by 2 inches (50 mm) in length. The soil sample is held by one end. If the sample does not break or tear, the soil is considered cohesive.
      3. VISUAL TEST. A visual test is a qualitative evaluation of conditions around the site. In a visual test, the entire excavation site is observed, including the soil adjacent to the site and the soil being excavated. If the soil remains in clumps, it is cohesive; if it appears to be coarse-grained sand or gravel, it is considered granular. The evaluator also checks for any signs of vibration.

    During a visual test, the evaluator should check for crack-line openings along the failure zone that would indicate tension cracks, look for existing utilities that indicate that the soil has previously been disturbed, and observe the open side of the excavation for indications of layered geologic structuring.

    The evaluator should also look for signs of bulging, boiling, or sluffing, as well as for signs of surface water seeping from the sides of the excavation or from the water table. If there is standing water in the cut, the evaluator should check for "quick" conditions. In addition, the area adjacent to the excavation should be checked for signs of foundations or other intrusions into the failure zone, and the evaluator should check for surcharging and the spoil distance from the edge of the excavation.

    SHORING TYPES

    Shoring is the provision of a support system for trench faces used to prevent movement of soil, underground utilities, roadways, and foundations. Shoring or shielding is used when the location or depth of the cut makes sloping back to the maximum allowable slope impractical. Shoring systems consist of posts, wales, struts, and sheeting. There are two basic types of shoring, timber and aluminum hydraulic.

      1. HYDRAULIC SHORING. The trend today is toward the use of hydraulic shoring, a prefabricated strut and/or wale system manufactured of aluminum or steel. Hydraulic shoring provides a critical safety advantage over timber shoring because workers do not have to enter the trench to install or remove hydraulic shoring. Other advantages of most hydraulic systems are that they:
        • Are light enough to be installed by one worker;
        • Are gauge-regulated to ensure even distribution of pressure along the trench line;
        • Can have their trench faces "preloaded" to use the soil's natural cohesion to prevent movement; and
        • Can be adapted easily to various trench depths and widths.

    All shoring should be installed from the top down and removed from the bottom up. Hydraulic shoring should be checked at least once per shift for leaking hoses and/or cylinders, broken connections, cracked nipples, bent bases, and any other damaged or defective parts.

    1. PNEUMATIC SHORING works in a manner similar to hydraulic shoring. The primary difference is that pneumatic shoring uses air pressure in place of hydraulic pressure. A disadvantage to the use of pneumatic shoring is that an air compressor must be on site.
        • Screw Jack systems differ from hydraulic and pneumatic systems in that the struts of a screw jack system must be adjusted manually. This creates a hazard because the worker is required to be in the trench in order to adjust the strut. In addition, uniform "preloading" cannot be achieved with screw jacks, and their weight creates handling difficulties.
        • Single-Cylinder Hydraulic Shores. Shores of this type are generally used in a water system, as an assist to timber shoring systems, and in shallow trenches where face stability is required.
        • Underpinning. This process involves stabilizing adjacent structures, foundations, and other intrusions that may have an impact on the excavation. As the term indicates, underpinning is a procedure in which the foundation is physically reinforced. Underpinning should be conducted only under the direction and with the approval of a registered professional engineer.

    SHIELDING TYPES

      1. TRENCH BOXES are different from shoring because, instead of shoring up or otherwise supporting the trench face, they are intended primarily to protect workers from cave-ins and similar incidents. The excavated area between the outside of the trench box and the face of the trench should be as small as possible. The space between the trench boxes and the excavation side are backfilled to prevent lateral movement of the box. Shields may not be subjected to loads exceeding those which the system was designed to withstand.
      2. COMBINED USE. Trench boxes are generally used in open areas, but they also may be used in combination with sloping and benching. The box should extend at least 18 in (0.45 m) above the surrounding area if there is sloping toward excavation. This can be accomplished by providing a benched area adjacent to the box.

    SLOPING AND BENCHING.

      1. SLOPING. Maximum allowable slopes for excavations less than 20 ft (6.09 m) based on soil type and angle to the horizontal are as follows:
    1. BENCHING. There are two basic types of benching, simple and multiple. The type of soil determines the horizontal to vertical ratio of the benched side.

    As a general rule, the bottom vertical height of the trench must not exceed 4 ft (1.2 m) for the first bench. Subsequent benches may be up to a maximum of 5 ft (1.5 m) vertical in Type A soil and 4 ft (1.2 m) in Type B soil to a total trench depth of 20 ft (6.0 m). All subsequent benches must be below the maximum allowable slope for that soil type. For Type B soil the trench excavation is permitted in cohesive soil only.

    SPOIL

      1. TEMPORARY SPOIL must be placed no closer than 2 ft (0.61 m) from the surface edge of the excavation, measured from the nearest base of the spoil to the cut. This distance should not be measured from the crown of the spoil deposit. This distance requirement ensures that loose rock or soil from the temporary spoil will not fall on employees in the trench.

    Spoil should be placed so that it channels rainwater and other run-off water away from the excavation. Spoil should be placed so that it cannot accidentally run, slide, or fall back into the excavation.

      1. PERMANENT SPOIL should be placed at some distance from the excavation. Permanent spoil is often created where underpasses are built or utilities are buried. The improper placement of permanent spoil, i.e. insufficient distance from the working excavation, can cause an excavation to be out of compliance with the horizontal-to-vertical ratio requirement for a particular excavation. This can usually be determined through visual observation. Permanent spoil can change undisturbed soil to disturbed soil and dramatically alter slope requirements.

    SPECIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS.

    These kits are appropriate for Construction Worksites and Contractor use to comply with Federal OSHA regulation 1910.151(b), ANSI Z308.1  as well as Cal/OSHA 3400 section guidelines and Cal/OSHA Title 7, Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders §1512.

    These kits are appropriate for Construction Worksites and Contractor use to comply with Federal OSHA regulation 1910.151(b), ANSI Z308.1 as well as Cal/OSHA 3400 section guidelines and Cal/OSHA Title 7, Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders §1512.

      1. COMPETENT PERSON. The designated competent person should have and be able to demonstrate the following:
        • Training, experience, and knowledge of:
          -   soil analysis;
          -   use of protective systems; and
          -   requirements of the Excavation Standard.
        • Ability to detect:
          -   conditions that could result in cave-ins;
          -   failures in protective systems;
          -   hazardous atmospheres; and
          -   other hazards including those associated with confined spaces.
        • Authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate existing and predictable hazards and to stop work when required.
      2. SURFACE CROSSING OF TRENCHES should be discouraged; however, if trenches must be crossed, such crossings are permitted only under the following conditions:
        • Vehicle crossings must be designed by and installed under the supervision of a registered professional engineer.
        • Walkways or bridges must be provided for foot traffic. These structures shall:
          -   have a safety factor of 4;
          -   have a minimum clear width of 20 in (0.51 m);
          -   be fitted with standard rails; and
          -   extend a minimum of 24 in (.61 m) past the surface edge of the trench.
      3. INGRESS AND EGRESS. Access to and exit from the trench require the following conditions:
        • Trenches 4 ft or more in depth should be provided with a fixed means of egress.
        • Spacing between ladders or other means of egress must be such that a worker will not have to travel more than 25 ft laterally to the nearest means of egress.
        • Ladders must be secured and extend a minimum of 36 in (0.9 m) above the landing.
        • Metal ladders should be used with caution, particularly when electric utilities are present.
      4. EXPOSURE TO VEHICLES. Procedures to protect employees from being injured or killed by vehicle traffic include:
        • Providing employees with and requiring them to wear warning vests or other suitable garments marked with or made of reflectorized or high-visibility materials.
        • Requiring a designated, trained flagperson along with signs, signals, and barricades when necessary.
      5. EXPOSURE TO FALLING LOADS. Employees must be protected from loads or objects falling from lifting or digging equipment. Procedures designed to ensure their protection include:
        • Employees are not permitted to work under raised loads.
        • Employees are required to stand away from equipment that is being loaded or unloaded.
        • Equipment operators or truck drivers may stay in their equipment during loading and unloading if the equipment is properly equipped with a cab shield or adequate canopy.
      6. WARNING SYSTEMS FOR MOBILE EQUIPMENT. The following steps should be taken to prevent vehicles from accidentally falling into the trench:
        • Barricades must be installed where necessary.
        • Hand or mechanical signals must be used as required.
        • Stop logs must be installed if there is a danger of vehicles falling into the trench.
        • Soil should be graded away from the excavation; this will assist in vehicle control and channeling of run-off water.
      7. HAZARDOUS ATMOSPHERES AND CONFINED SPACES. Employees shall not be permitted to work in hazardous and/or toxic atmospheres. Such atmospheres include those with:
        • Less than 19.5% or more than 23.5% oxygen;
        • A combustible gas concentration greater than 20% of the lower flammable limit; and
        • Concentrations of hazardous substances that exceed those specified in the Threshold Limit Values for Airborne Contaminants established by the ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists).

    When testing for atmospheric contaminants, the following should be considered:

        • Testing should be conducted before employees enter the trench and should be done regularly to ensure that the trench remains safe.
        • The frequency of testing should be increased if equipment is operating in the trench.
        • Testing frequency should also be increased if welding, cutting, or burning is done in the trench.

    Employees required to wear respiratory protection must be trained, fit-tested, and enrolled in a respiratory protection program. Some trenches qualify as confined spaces. When this occurs, compliance with the Confined Space Standard is also required.

    EMERGENCY RESCUE EQUIPMENT is required when a hazardous atmosphere exists or can reasonably be expected to exist. Requirements are as follows:

        • Respirators must be of the type suitable for the exposure. Employees must be trained in their use and a respirator program must be instituted.
        • Attended (at all times) lifelines must be provided when employees enter bell-bottom pier holes, deep confined spaces, or other similar hazards.
        • Employees who enter confined spaces must be trained.

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    STANDING WATER AND WATER ACCUMULATION. Methods for controlling standing water and water accumulation must be provided and should consist of the following if employees are permitted to work in the excavation:

        • Use of special support or shield systems approved by a registered professional engineer.
        • Water removal equipment, i.e. well pointing, used and monitored by a competent person.
        • Safety harnesses and lifelines used in conformance with 29 CFR 1926.104.
        • Surface water diverted away from the trench.
        • Employees removed from the trench during rainstorms.
        • Trenches carefully inspected by a competent person after each rain and before employees are permitted to re-enter the trench.

    INSPECTIONS shall be made by a competent person and should be documented. The following guide specifies the frequency and conditions requiring inspections:

        • Daily and before the start of each shift;
        • As dictated by the work being done in the trench;
        • After every rainstorm;
        • After other events that could increase hazards, (snowstorm, windstorm, thaw, earthquake)
        • When fissures, tension cracks, sloughing, undercutting, water seepage, bulging at the bottom, or other similar conditions occur;
        • When there is a change in the size, location, or placement of the spoil pile; and
        • When there is any indication of change or movement in adjacent structures.

    Contractors First Aid Kits - Kits Designed with Construction Site Regulations & Requirements in mind...

    We realized that there is a need for an economical, straightforward, basic, no frills contractor first aid kit. Contractor First Aid Kits were developed to address the growing and under-served first aid needs of the contractor market. We strongly feel that every contractor should own a first aid kit to be prepared for all injuries that potentially could happen on a jobsite. OSHA also requires that adequate first aid supplies should be available for employees. Also, these Contractors and Construction Kits are unique in that they are Doctor recommended as OSHA, ANSI/ISEA and Cal/OSHA compliant - we searched high and low for a kit that a physician would recommend to comply with California's strict OSHA guidelines for Construction and found these for you. You can even get a letter from our MD recommending this kit with your order!

    Contractors' injuries are diverse, but their basic first aid needs are simple. Their jobs are strenuous, tiring and the occurrence of minor injuries is extremely high. For minor injuries, an adequate first aid kit will allow the injured person or co-workers to administer first aid and get the employee back to work. For major injuries, the contents of a construction first aid kit can be used to provide first care to the injured person, before the Emergency Medical Services respond. It could mean a matter of life and death. A construction site safety survey should always be conducted

     

  • Warehouse Dangers & Safety (Free Infographic!)

    We've discussed warehouse dangers in our articles about Warehouse Safety Equipment, Fencing and BarriersHealth and safety in the warehouse, and even Ways to improve your Ergonomic Health... now consider these pallet rack dangers:

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    Infographic created by Material Handling Exchange

  • Workplace Safety Investment means Higher Profits

    OSHA fines, Injuries, Workers' Comp... How do businesses stay in business?

    Well, actually modest investment in safety training, signage, and communication can increase morale, reduce accidents and avoid fines.

    Some considerations are:

    • OSHA Compliance Kit The 1910 General Industry and 1926 Construction Industry books and CDs are now available for purchase together. Receive these two books and CDs, along with our OSHA Dictionary, for one low package price. The Cal/OSHA Compliance Kit includes: OSHA 1910 General Industry Book OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Book OSHA 1910 General Industry CD-ROM OSHA 1926 Construction Industry CD-ROM OSHA Dictionary OSHA Compliance Kit
      The 1910 General Industry and 1926 Construction Industry books and CDs are now available for purchase together. Receive these two books and CDs, along with our OSHA Dictionary, for one low package price.
      The Cal/OSHA Compliance Kit includes:
      OSHA 1910 General Industry Book
      OSHA 1926 Construction Industry Book
      OSHA 1910 General Industry CD-ROM
      OSHA 1926 Construction Industry CD-ROM
      OSHA Dictionary

      The importance of the employees work relationship

    • Rules for temporary workers.
    • What OSHA means by “restricted work”
    • What are the exceptions to OSHA recordability
    • Prescription medications versus OTC medicines
    • Calculation of injury and illness rates
    • Resources to evaluate injury recordability including OSHA Interpretations and other documents

    Solution?

    Know your responsibilities and keep up with them (see our OSHA Compliance Kit!)
    Reminders such as signage, intra-company emails, and paycheck inserts ( RMG Networks that provided the below infographic has some great products for this!)

    Are you aware of just how much Workplace Safety costs? This affects companies, consumers and customers alike!

    Safety communication is an extremely important, and often overlooked, facet in business; but, a safer workplace leads not only to happier employees, but also to a better bottom line.

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  • Youth Preparedness

    We talk about Youth a lot - while Child Safety is certainly a big area of interest in our Industry, we think Teens, Tweens, and the like need more focus as they are the adults of tomorrow.

    We've shared information about dangers for Teens such as the  Youth Tobacco SurveyYouth and Teen Safety & Violence and the importance of Safety and Injuries in Youth Sports.

    We also have shown the power of this group in activities and programs such as the Youth Preparedness CouncilHelping Hands First Aid, and How Teens can get involved and give back to the Community.

    We aren't the only ones. Here's some newer Youth Preparedness info:

    Youth Preparedness Council Application Period Opens Soon

    The Youth Preparedness Council brings together leaders from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness. The application period will close in early March.

    Webinar: Preparing Youth for Disasters

    The Individual and Community Preparedness Division is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Thursday, February 4, 2016, focused on engaging the public on disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving youth.
    Title: Preparing Youth for Disasters
    Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
    Featured Speakers:
    • Bruce Lockwood, Acting Captain, Emergency Management Division, East Hartford Fire Department, CT; Former Commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters, will share the background on the unique needs of children in a disaster and the importance of preparedness planning and education.
    • Sarah Thompson, Save the Children, will exchange information on Save the Children’s Prep Rally, which helps children learn the basics of emergency preparedness through engaging activities and games and can be formatted to fit your program.
    • Hilary Palotay, American Red Cross, will share information on the Pillowcase Project, a preparedness education program for children in grades 3–5.
    • Captain Rob Tosatto, Medical Reserve Corps & Jane Shovlin, Arizona Health Occupations Students of America, will share information on the partnership between Medical Reserve Corps and HOSA and how to engage youth in contributing to school and community preparedness.

    How to Join the Webinar:
    • Connect using Adobe Connect Registration Web Link

    Webinar: STEP into Preparedness

    Join the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division on Thursday, February 11, 2016, as we present the newly updated Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) materials and share tips and lessons learned from teaching the program.
    STEP is a classroom-based emergency preparedness curriculum that teaches fourth and fifth-graders about emergencies and how to create a disaster supply kit and family emergency communications plan.
    Title: STEP Into Preparedness
    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
    Featured Speakers:
    • Louise Gorham, Health Imperatives
    • Tod Pritchard, Wisconsin Emergency Management
    • Robert Scata, Connecticut Emergency Management and Homeland Security

    How to Join the Webinar:
    • Connect using Adobe Connect Registration Web Link

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  • Winter Driving - Preparations include tires, emergency kit, common sense

    The Weather is Fickle... Now more than ever, you hear "This is the coldest winter I can remember." NASA recorded the coldest temperatures in Earth's History recently.

    Some of you might be thinking “Big deal!” And yes, many of our readers have been dealing with the cold for a long time (especially you Midwesterners & Noreasterners) long enough that this won’t be your first rodeo with the snow and ice and everything that comes with this time of year. On the other hand, with the Dakotas being hit with unprecedented snow fall, freak snow in the Middle East, recent snow in places like San Diego (really!) and Southern Texas (yep!) some winter and snow driving considerations are in order for everybody this year.

    If you’re among those unfortunate souls who park their cars outside nightly, you might be disheartened if you look out your window. If you are in a garage, you might be digging out.

    It is important to review a few safety tips before heading out into that marvelous white winter wonderland.

    The following come from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

    Be prepared

    While some of this might be harder with snow falling, each is doable.

    • Check tire pressure and tread depth.
    • Check the battery, exhaust system, heater and defroster. Make sure the terminals are tight and free of corrosion. Check hoses and belts for cracks.
    • Check your antifreeze. If it’s 2 years old, get it flushed and refilled.
    • Change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
    • Check your windshield wipers, blades and wiper fluid.
    • Keep your gas tank at least half full.

    Emergency Kit

    After a recent ice storm, some Texans spent hours trying to dig their vehicles out with a compact disc case, a plastic red cup, the end of a broom handle and a wooden kitchen spoon. It is important o be weather-ready even in areas not accustomed to snow and ice (Heck, we've had snow and ice in San Diego of all places recently!)

    Besides an ice scraper, here’s what should be in your vehicle emergency kit:

    If locks freeze, heat the key.

    Photo of Winter vehicle Emergency Pack Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit - Value Pack

    Other ideas:

    Safe driving

    There are precautions you should take before leaving home and precautions to take on the road. Here are some.

    • Check driving conditions and weather reports.
    • Remove snow from the vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.
    • Let someone know your destination, route and expected time of travel.
    • Drive below the speed limit, be cautious of black ice and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicles ahead of you.
    • Brake early and slowly.
    • Do not use cruise control on ice or snow.

    If stranded

    You’ve slid off the road, or you’ve been in an accident, or your beloved vehicle has become stuck or is no longer working. Here are some precautions to keep you safe until rescuers arrive.

    • Stay in your vehicle.
    • Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.
    • No cellphone? Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
    • Light a flare or turn on a flashlight.
    • Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running. Keep windows cracked.
    • Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
    • Use floor mats or seat covers for added warmth if you forgot to pack blankets. If you must leave your vehicle, secure a rope to yourself and the vehicle to avoid becoming lost or disoriented.

    Other Winter related articles:   Brrr… Winter Safety and Warmth & Winter Weather

    Emergency Window Punch & Seat Belt Cutter

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