OSHA & MSHA Significantly Raise Penalties

Reprinted from ASSE 07/19/2016 By Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, ASSE’s Federal Representative On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final rule raising civil penalties by nearly 80% in some cases, for occupational and mine safety and health violations, and certain other types of employment law infractions. Although the Federal Register notice indicates that …

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Customer Service Triumphs – June 2016

July 1, 2016 – Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the previous month. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients:   Jake Weldon, David Wright, and Jeff Coats were recognized for a CST on May 26th Jake, David and Jeff were recognized for …

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The Seven Essentials of Safety

By Jesse Brazzell, CHST Manager Safety Services The concept of best practices is widely understood, and most organizations appreciate the value of such information. After all, if another company has identified the most efficient, most effective way to do something, it makes sense to apply their ideas to your own organization. Why would anyone waste time trying to reinvent the …

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Hazards with Four, Six, and Eight Legs

When talking about workplace safety, most people focus on the tasks that are being performed and the hazards that are associated with those tasks — or about hazards that are associated with the setting. Nature can present additional hazards. One that’s obvious is weather and weather extremes. But another that many employers and employees fail to consider involves the types …

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Summer Season: Peak Time for Grilling Fires

Reprinted from the National Fire Protection Association (link) May 17, 2016 – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, home chefs everywhere are reaching for their grills, eager to usher in the long-awaited barbecue season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety in the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur …

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SMG’s 14th Annual Golf Outing Raises Over $38k for Riley Hospital, Hoosier Burn Camp

Indianapolis – On June 3, 2016, 140 golfers representing 35 companies converged at the Golf Club of Indiana in Lebanon, Indiana to participate in Safety Management Group’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Outing. Proceeds raised this year resulted in over $26,000 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children (link) and $12,000 benefiting the Hoosier Burn Camp (link). As Indiana’s first and only comprehensive …

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Eye Safety: What You Need to Know

When we think about debilitating injuries from industrial accidents, we tend to focus on damage to extremities or lost limbs. But every day, nearly a thousand American workers suffer some form of eye injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those injuries create a financial burden of more than $300 million annually – not just in medical costs, but …

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A Handy Guide to Choosing the Right Gloves

What’s the most common kind of workplace injury? The U.S. Department of Labor says that it’s injuries to the hand and fingers, which account for more than a quarter of recordable workplace injuries. That’s important to know for two reasons. While working, we depend on our hands and fingers more than any other body part (except perhaps our eyes). Most …

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Customer Service Triumph — May 25, 2016

Indianapolis – Michael Pennington is being recognized for a customer service triumph. Michael has been providing services to a local pharmaceutical client and received great feedback from his client contact this week: I would like to make you aware of the exceptional service Michael Pennington has provided our site of approx. 60 members over the last year. Mike has helped …

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Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule – Effective June 1, 2016

Washington, DC — New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America’s workers. Building on the success of OSHA’s current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent …

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