Lead Hazards in the Workplace

The hazards of lead are well known, so people may assume exposures to this dangerous metal have been reduced. To a certain extent to this true; lead levels in the general population have decreased since the 1970s. In some workplaces, though, lead continues to be a serious problem. The Seattle Times recently published a series

Permit-Required Confined Spaces – Do You Know What They Are?

Confined Space

Confined spaces in the workplace are common, and they may even be more common than you think. For example, sewers, storage bins and tanks can all be confined spaces, but in many cases so are silos and open pits. Some confined spaces may not pose great harm, but others can be very dangerous to anyone

Fall Prevention – 5 Reason why Prevention is better than Protection

Fall Prevention

One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, types of accidents in most workplaces is related to falling. Whether this means falling down stairs, falling from great heights or just tripping and falling, it is important to make sure to take precautions in order to minimize this risk. Most facilities do a fairly good

Pipe Marking – 7 Things You Should Know

Pipe Marking, Pipe Labels

Does your facility have pipes? If so, those pipes need labels. While pipe labeling may seem like a confusing process with many requirements, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Starting with a plan will make your pipe-labeling project easier and more organized. Then once your facility’s pipes are labeled, you’ll see communication about pipes improve.

How to Fall Safely (and Avoid Falling in the First Place)

Fall Safely, Fall Prevention

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents in many kinds of workplaces, and these incidents often result in injuries that prevent people from doing their jobs. Businesses should take steps to reduce the hazards that cause slips, trips and falls such as implementing housekeeping procedures for floors, using salt or sand

Is Being OSHA Compliant Good Enough

Most facilities spend a lot of time, effort and financial resources working to remain compliant with regulations from OSHA and other organizations. While this is good, and certainly necessary, it is important to ask whether it is sufficient. The regulatory organizations provide guidelines and requirements that are meant to be the minimum acceptable levels of

Demolition Safety Planning

construction, demolition safety

Construction sites pose many hazards, and as OSHA puts it, demolition is “construction in reverse, with additional hazards.” Therefore, OSHA has dedicated extra time and attention recently to demolition safety, and it developed a resource page explaining the standards specifically related to this kind of work (29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart T). This emphasis on demolition safety

10 Places to Use Safety Signs & Labels in the Industrial Workplace

Safety Signs, Safety Labels

A visual workplace is one where information related to safety, rules, instructions, machines and other commonly asked questions is communicated through visuals like signs, labels, and posters. Visual cues allow workers to easily see and understand what they need to do in many situations without needing to stop and ask questions. This type of workplace is

Methods for Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

The industrial workplace is filled with machines, and many of them have sharp or moving parts that can pinch, crush and cut workers. Too often machines are even responsible for amputations and fatalities when proper procedures for performing maintenance (like lockout/tagout) aren’t followed. According to OSHA, about 18,000 amputations, lacerations and other injuries are sustained