19 Aug, 2020

Any fool can know. The point is to understand.*

By |2020-08-19T11:24:30-06:00August 19th, 2020|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, Miner Safety, Oil and Gas Safety, Safety practices, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

“Any fool can know.  The point is to understand”.  Safety talks are opportunities to pass on knowledge and understanding.   Safety talks discuss an activity and then how to safely handle the task.  For example working at heights.  Understanding that fall protection need be in place and what types of fall protection are known to be [...]

14 Apr, 2020

Electrical Safety

By |2020-04-14T07:12:25-06:00April 14th, 2020|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, Mining, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Electricity.  What is the old saying I’ve heard, no cares about electricity but everyone cares about cold beer?  If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an electrical jolt you know it was an unpleasant surprise.  And, such a jolt was at the end of a low voltage contact.   Higher voltages and amps can [...]

14 Jan, 2020

Employer beware: OSHA Repeat Violations.

By |2020-01-14T09:22:55-07:00January 14th, 2020|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Enforcement|0 Comments

Employer Beware: OSHA Repeat Violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can look back 3 years of a business’s citation history to determine whether a “repeat” violation condition exists.  (The OSHA statute does not, in fact, state a time limitation, rather, OSHA has settled on a policy to look back only three years. Letter [...]

2 Jan, 2020

Dealing with OSHA Citations

By |2020-01-02T16:47:54-07:00January 2nd, 2020|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Enforcement|0 Comments

Dealing with OSHA Citations The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency designed to provide safety information, safety training suggestions, and safety programs.  The focus of OSHA is assisting employers to provide a safe workplace free of hazards to employees.  OSHA also has an enforcement function.  If an employer is allowing a noncomplying [...]

4 Dec, 2019

Fall Injuries

By |2019-12-04T16:34:15-07:00December 4th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Fall injuries.  This blog is a little different from many of my earlier blogs.  It relies solely upon my experience as a safety manager for companies over the years.  It is a laymen’s comment. The discussion is about fall injuries and why they are so problematic.   First, a fall injury may arise from a simple [...]

8 Oct, 2019

Documenting workplace hazards-Avoid OSHA fines, it’s simple.

By |2019-10-08T07:58:38-06:00October 8th, 2019|Employee Safety, Employer OSHA Compliance, Hazard Identification, OSHA Enforcement, OSHA Safety, Safety programs|0 Comments

It is simple to avoid OSHA fines.  Personal protective equipment commonly referred to as PPE.  PPE refers to safety glasses, hard/steel toe shoes, hearing protection, face protection, gloves, respirators, etc. You no doubt know PPE is used to provide safety protection of employees from a variety of common workplace hazards. Hazards such as eye hazards [...]

9 Sep, 2019

Noise. Protect employee hearing.

By |2019-09-09T15:15:34-06:00September 9th, 2019|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employer OSHA Compliance, Miner Safety, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety practices|0 Comments

Noise.  Hearing levels in people declines when exposed to certain levels of noise over a period of time.  The extent of hearing decline depends on the level of noise and duration of exposure.  OSHA says 85 decibels (dBA) or higher over an 8-hour work shift is excessive.  If you have a smartphone you can download [...]

31 Jul, 2019

Emergency Crisis Plans

By |2019-07-31T08:26:34-06:00July 31st, 2019|Employer OSHA Compliance, OSHA Safety, Safety practices|0 Comments

No one expects an emergency or disaster to occur.  Some Pre-planing will make a major difference.  Reasonable steps include training of employees, supervisors and labor alike on what thier role is in an emergency situation.  The results will be mitigation of the negative impacts of an emergency or disaster.  Emergency Crisis plans  outline escape procedures, [...]

1 Nov, 2018

OSHA, there are differing rules for each industry.

By |2018-11-01T16:29:16-06:00November 1st, 2018|Employer OSHA Compliance, Safety Expert Witness, Safety practices|0 Comments

OSHA, there are differing rules for each industry. OSHA is comprised of four different safety laws.  General Industry, Construction Industry, Agriculture Industry and Maritime Industry.  Each industry has its own safety rules.  And while some of the industries face similar hazards they each have their own unique safety rules. From a litigation standpoint, it is [...]

1 Oct, 2018

Repurposing your safety manual.

By |2018-10-01T08:52:02-06:00October 1st, 2018|Avoiding Work Place Injury, Employer OSHA Compliance, Ladder and stairway safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Mine Safety Training, Oil and Gas Safety, OSHA Safety, Safety programs, Uncategorized, Walking and climbing surfaces, Worker Safety|0 Comments

Repurposing your safety manual. Safety manuals establish sound safety practices for your employees. But did you know you can also use them as a source of safety tool box talks?  Yup. All the tool box safety talks you need is right there on your desk (or in your truck).  All you need is a sign-up [...]

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