Take a Time Out for Safety

Ron Hanson, CHST Vice President, Safety Management Group It’s fourth down and two with less than a minute to go in a closely fought championship game. Twenty seconds in the huddle just isn’t going to be enough time to analyze the options, consider the defense, and play “what if,” so the quarterback wisely makes the familiar “T” gesture, and the …

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It Really Doesn’t Look Like They’re Drowning

By Aviation Survival Technician First Class Mario Vittone and Francesco A. Pia, Ph. D In the summer of 2002 at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, a young aircrewman had just returned with his crew from Lake Maurepas, west of Lake Pontchartrain. A boat with a family of five aboard had capsized during a squall, and he had deployed …

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There’s a New OSHA in Town

Jesse Brazzell, CHST Manager Safety Services You’ve probably seen a Western movie or two in which a new sheriff arrives in a lawless town and immediately makes his presence known. His goal is usually twofold: to make the residents feel safe again, and to give notice to the evildoers. Our nation has a new administration, and we’ve seen several ways …

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Table Saw Safety Demonstration

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OSHA to Increase Size of Penalties for Violators

Washington, April 22, 2010 – A memorandum issued to Regional OSHA Administrators by David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) offers details on pending changes to penalty calculations resulting from safety OSHA inspections. According to Michaels, the changes will serve to “generally increase the overall dollar amount of all penalties.” The result will be an increase …

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Associate Earns CSP Designation

Indianapolis – Scott Montgomery has become the most recent Safety Management Group Associate to earn his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation, an important step in earning the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation. Scott completed the written exam portion and was pleased to announcement the certification last week. Scott has obtained his B.S. in Safety Management from Indiana State University, possesses an …

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Ensuring Safety During Extended Workdays

  By Scott Spence, Manager of Business Development, Safety Management Group (email) When evaluating whether to use extended workdays, companies will normally consider a variety of factors – and worker safety should be one of them. Although extended workdays are not inherently more hazardous, some of aspects associated with them should be considered before making a decision. Benefits and downsides. …

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CPSC Identifies Manufacturers of Problem Drywall Made in China

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2010 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is releasing today the names of the drywall manufacturers whose drywall emitted high levels of hydrogen sulfide in testing conducted for the agency by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). There is a strong association between hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion.Of the samples tested, the top ten reactive sulfur-emitting …

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Enhancing Safety and Coordination Before the Job Begins

John Knight, CHP, CHST Safety Advisor  In nearly every construction site, multiple groups of craftspeople handle their own tasks and timetables, all built around larger project objectives and schedules. However, none of those groups works in a vacuum. Even when they aren’t performing their tasks in the same space as another group, their tasks and timelines may cross over one …

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What Every Owner and Contractor Should Know About NFPA70E

Allen Holt Manager of Operations/Chief Engineer Premier Power Maintenance Keeping up with the wide variety of workplace safety regulations can seem like a full-time job, and it’s not unusual for building owners and contractors to view many of those rules and guidelines as little more than nuisances that get in the way of progress and profits. Often, that kind of …

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