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Social distancing on the job just got easier.

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COVID-19 has shaken up how nearly every business operates. For many, that shake up came in the form of a remote model. Implementing Zoom conferences or adding in a Slack channel has become regular practice for many businesses.

The Importance of Safety During Disaster Relief

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The past several months have been as chaotic as any. Between healthcare employees facing a pandemic, firefighters and first responders battling wildfires, and skilled trade workers restoring order in communities impacted by multiple hurricanes, 2020 has simply been brutal.

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OSHA Issues Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19/Coronavirus

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On March 9, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance for workplaces preparing for the coronavirus. The document, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including safe work practices and appropriate protective equipment based on the level of risk. Here is a link to the latest information: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.

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HEAT STRESS

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As the summer heat sets in across the country, heat stress begins to raise to the forefront of conversations. This silent killer is prevalent in many settings and can take its toll on workers in the blink of an eye. It is key to remember that there are easy ways to combat heat stress and to ensure workers safety from the inside out. We are taught to wear hard hats for head protection, steel toe shoes for foot protection, and safety glasses for eye protection, but what about our internal systems?

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Is Gravity Part of OSHA’s LOTO Regulation?

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In recent months, we at FDRsafety have been surprised at the number of cases involving injuries resulting from falling objects. While accidents are an unfortunate reality in industry, some involved trained workers being in the line of fire.

The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard

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FDRsafety continues to encounter situations where worker training is incomplete or lacking, especially in safety. Unfortunately, we find that much of this training has no foundation… Let me explain. I recently attended the 2 nd Annual Process Safety Summit in Washington DC on Oct 15-16, 2019.

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“Safety Professionals Staffing Safety Professionals” – Behind The Curtain at FDRsafety

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Staffing construction projects is a hectic job regardless of the scenario. Staffing safety professionals can be even more difficult. We have a unique process to ease the pain of staffing safety positions for our clients.

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4 Ways To Protect Your Workforce During COVID-19

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The world has changed and it may never get back to exactly where it was before. As many are settling in to their “new normal” at home, we at FDRsafety have been meticulously learning and implementing programs for the “new normal” on the job site. For many, returning to work will be an entirely new and quite tedious experience. OSHA requires all businesses to have an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan. Additionally, different states have different COVID-19 return to work policies.

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Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Who Matters The Most? A Few Thoughts On Distracted Driving

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month meaning organizations such as OSHA, M.A.A.D, and EndDD are releasing annual studies on distracted driving. These studies include terrifying statistics on accidents, injuries, deaths, age groups most likely to be hurt, and suggestions on how to drive safer. The stats and suggestions are undoubtedly important. As a matter of fact, we’ve even published our own list of suggestions in the past.

Coronavirus FAQs | FDRsafety

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During this trying time many employers will have to continue to operate to provide essential services to the public. We have put together a frequently asked questions fact sheet to help assist you through the days ahead. We are available to provide infectious disease preparedness and response plans, questionnaires, and COVID-19 training materials. Coronavirus FAQs. QUESTION: How does someone get infected with COVID-19?

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OSHA Alert: How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection

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The following was prepared by the Sherman & Howard LLC law firm, www.shermanhoward.com. Part I: Selecting a Company Representative. The most important step to take before an OSHA inspection even takes place is selecting a company representative. The company representative is the individual charged with representing the company’s interests during an OSHA inspection.

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Allowing Employees to Voluntarily Wear Dust or Surgical Masks and the Coronavirus

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With the growing concern about the COVID-19/Coronavirus employers may have employees who express a desire to wear a respirator or mask in the workplace. If the employer allows employees to wear a respirator or a surgical mask certain sections of the OSHA respiratory protection standard may apply. The most common type of respirator employees will ask to wear is a dust mask which may be labeled as a NIOSH N95 respirator.

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OSHA New Enforcement Action For The Metals Industry

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OSHA National Emphasis Program Amputations Prevention Effective 12/10/2019. OSHA Intent: . The purpose is to target organizations with machinery or equipment that cause or are capable of causing amputations, and organizations where amputations have occurred. This National Emphasis Program – (NEP) instruction applies to General Industry organizations where machinery or equipment that is likely to cause amputation is present.

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OSHA Now Using Drones For Safety Inspections

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution. No matter the job, technology continues to find its way into every corner of every industry, including construction. Heading into 2019, one of the most interesting (and concerning to some) technology that we will be seeing on construction sites might not be on site, but above it. This is largely due to OSHA’s 2018 implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems to improve safety inspections.

Are You Ready For An OSHA Audit?

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This blog is targeting small employers, especially those involved with sheet metal fabrication. Of necessity, your work involves workers being close to the point of operation for many tasks. Spot welders, riveters, manual forming machines, etc.

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Amputations in Manufacturing – A New OSHA National Emphasis Program

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On December 10, 2019 OSHA published CPL 03-00-022 , National Emphasis Program on Amputations in Manufacturing Industries. This Instruction supersedes OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-019, National Emphasis Program on Amputations that was published in August of 2015.

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The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

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In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Safety Around Powerlines: Part I

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Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety?

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Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety? Just ask OSHA. OSHA has made it clear that staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary worker safety. This can pose a particular challenge for employers, since many staffing agencies lack the expertise to provide training or to ensure that record keeping requirements are met.

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OSHA is asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy

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On May 20, 2019, OSHA published an RFI asking for input on the Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) as shown below. link]. The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA’s control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. The standard’s purpose is to protect workers from the dangers of hazardous energy.

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Rose McMurray, FDRSafety Senior Advisor, Appointed to National Safety Council Board Of Directors

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On November 12th the National Safety Council announced the appointments of 11 new members to the National Safety Council Board of Directors, including FDRsafety’s own Rose McMurray. McMurray joins as a NSC Division Representative, bringing her vast knowledge and experience in Transportation Safety policies and practices to the Council. Leading FDRsafety’s Transportation Safety Division, she provides clients with insight into how to obtain good ratings in CSA 2010 measurements.

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A Few Words On Silo Syndrome And Safety

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We are a nation of silos… A silo, as most of us know, is a tall, self-contained cylindrical structure that is used to store commodities such as grain after a harvest.

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OSHA Memorandum Takeaways: Incentive Programs & Post Incident Drug-Testing

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On Friday, October 11th, many in the safety world received a memorandum from OSHA regarding Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing. While the memorandum is helpful in clarifying issues, the language and structure used throughout can be difficult to understand.

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Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

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Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

Court Limits Scope Of OSHA Inspections

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Based upon a communication from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently found that OSHA could not expand the scope of an injury-based inspection to a wall-to-wall inspection based on the employer’s OSHA 300 Logs.

The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 2

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

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The Myths Of Lockout/Tagout – Part 1

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We continue to encounter many mistaken beliefs about OSHA’s regulation CFR,1910.147 , The Control of Hazardous Energy. In this blog, we address the “myths” of Lockout/Tagout using verbatim quotes from OSHA’s Preamble to the regulation ( OSHA text in bold italics ).

Uncharted Territory: How To Teach Safety To Millennials

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In my 40 years as a Safety Professional and Instructor, I have trained over 50,000 people on the topic of workplace safety.

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5 Safety Tips Before Driving In The Snow

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As we approach the heart of winter, many areas of our country have already caught the wrath of cold temperatures, snow showers, and for some, a bomb cyclone. Whether you’re in the Northwest or Southeast, chances are your family members will be forced to “brave the elements” in the upcoming weeks and drive in inclement weather. Prior to letting them on the road, turn on your mom or dad voice and pester them with the (important) following questions and safety tips before driving in the snow: 1.

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Using TaBRA For Culture Change

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TaBRA (Task Based Risk Assessments) is a topic about which FDRsafety has written several times. Our previous blogs describe the “what,” “how, ” and “why” of the TaBRA method from a technical perspective.

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How To Create Effective Safety Signage

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There is good safety signage, bad safety signage and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety signage” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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Good Safety Signage

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There are good safety signs, bad safety signs and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety sign” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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The Financial Impact of a Workplace Injury

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In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Why Another Tool Is Needed to Reduce Safety Risks

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Below have demonstrated substantial improvement over the past 25 years. Figure 1. Bureau of Labor Statistics Safety Data. Rate Change Over Time Period. Percent Change. TRIR (Total Record Incident Rate). to 3.1. 63% decrease. Total rate (Case rate for days away Since 1992, US businesses, governmental agencies, and industry have substantially reduced the number of recordable injuries.

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A Wake-up Message for Employers or An Ounce of Prevention…

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I continue to receive many requests for assistance on matters involving the control of hazardous energy. In too many situations, an employee was injured and OSHA stepped in with significant fines for violations of 29 CFR 1910.147.

What to Do When LOTO is Not Feasible

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I’m finding clients who have excellent lockout/tagout programs but who have not taken the necessary step of identifying tasks where LOTO is not feasible. When you ask the right questions, you will typically find some number of service and maintenance tasks where the task must be done with power. These are tasks that call for further analysis and action.

Integrating Temporary Safety Staff With Full Time Employees

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Worksites are a melting pot of tradesmen who bring a range of skills and experience of how to do the job “the right way”. While logistics and coordination are critical to the success of a project, the most important piece could be the relationship between workers.

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