OSHA and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Form Alliance to Provide Safety and Health Information to Certification Holders

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recently formed an alliance to provide BCSP certification holders and other practitioners with information and guidance to protect workers’ safety and health. During the two-year agreement, BCSP will work with OSHA to engage safety and health professionals and their employers in Agency outreach …

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Veterans Encouraged to Explore Post-military Careers in Workplace Safety

PARK RIDGE, Illinois — Leadership. Loyalty. Teamwork. Strong communications. Tech savvy. These are some of the qualities and characteristics of military veterans. They are also the traits of an occupational safety and health professional, which is why the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) believes that military members separating from the U.S. Armed Forces should consider workplace safety as a …

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Healthy Approaches to Dust and Particle Control

LaToya Johnson, MPH Safety Technician, Healthcare Services Group Dust and other minute particles are the inevitable result of any kind of construction activity. On most projects, dust and those other particles are more of an irritant than anything else, and workers will use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep the dust from getting into their eyes and lungs. When …

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The Value of Creating a Just Culture for Safety

By Mark J. Steinhofer, CUSP, CHST, CSP Manager of HSE Services, Safety Management Group Most people think of a safety program as a series of plans, programs, and actions that are designed to protect workers. That may be a valid definition, but true workplace is safety is actually more than that. It’s a philosophy that’s greater than the sum of …

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Customer Service Triumphs — December, 2017

Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the month of December. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients:   Josh Swisher was recognized for a CST on 12/5/17 Josh recently conducted a Confined Space Training class for a local tank manufacturing company and the …

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Statement from OSHA Regarding Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, …

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Wrapping Up Know-how for Safe Rigging

It’s tough to imagine worksites without machinery and systems that are designed to lift materials. Without hoists, cranes, pulley systems, and other devices, all work would have to take place at ground level, and the only objects that could be lifted would be those light enough for humans to handle. From the tower cranes used to bring materials to the …

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Successfully Negotiating Safety Issues with Contractors

Jordan Hollingsworth, ASP, CHST, CHSP Safety Advisor A safety professional is performing his afternoon observation of the work on a hospital expansion. He glances over at part of the structure and notices a pair of electricians who are leaning out of a manlift as they struggle to position a length of heavy cable. As he walks up to them, what’s …

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Customer Service Triumphs — November, 2017

Several Safety Management Group associates were recognized for customer service triumphs during the month of November. Here’s a recap of the associates and the actions they undertook to receive tremendous feedback from their clients: Luke Brigance was recognized for a CST on November 1st. Luke supports a large utility company in Ohio, working closely with a client Construction Representative in …

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U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. OSHA’s final …

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