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Safety Culture Exercise: Improving Attitudes Towards Safety

FDR Safety

Creating an effective Safety Culture is something we at FDRsafety preach daily to our clients, partners, friends, and family.

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OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

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EHS Today : “A recent court decision extending the time limitation for OSHA to assess repeat violations has upped the ante for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them.

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Two Tips For A Safer Project

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The United States is and has always been one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Not only are we constantly building, we are doing so at a rapid pace and massive scale.

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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.

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2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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.

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How College Basketball Can Change Your Workplace Safety Culture

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Picture via 247sports. As Safety Professionals we are constantly asked, “how can we improve our safety performance?” Our response is typically a variation of the same answer: You have to develop and practice a workplace culture that values safety and rewards your employees for being safe.

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10 Benefits Of Including Mock OSHA Audits In Your Safety Program

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OSHA Audits can be nerve wracking, tedious, and costly for any business. Rather than being caught off guard by the findings of OSHA during one of their audits, we highly recommend that you implement Mock OSHA Audits into your regular safety program.

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Shortcuts On The Job: Are They Worth It?

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Over 5,190 fatal accidents occurred in the United States as recently as 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some accidents are simply that, accidents, while others are avoidable.

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

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

What to Do When LOTO is Not Feasible

FDR Safety

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.

An Economical Way to Do Arc Flash Assessments

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Much is being written about arc flash assessments using NFPA 70E. FDRsafety is being contacted by small and medium size enterprises bemoaning quotes of $75,000 to $150,000 just to do the calculations. We’re often asked, “Do we have to do this?” The answer is “no,” but you need to do something to establish due diligence and compliance with OSHA. FDRsafety has an approach to arc flash assessments designed to help you achieve those objectives.

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OSHA Electronic Records Submission Delayed, But Not for Long

FDR Safety

OSHA recently announced another delay in the deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data to the agency. While there are plenty of indications that the new agency leadership will seek to reconsider, revise, or even rescind the amended recordkeeping rules, it appears that the most recent deadline, December 15, 2017, will stand.

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Important LOTO Ruling for Die Changes

FDR Safety

A decision by the Occupational Safety Health and Review Commission offers importance guidance to all industries, particularly stamping, about when OSHA’s lockout/tagout regulations should be applied and when not. The 2016 ruling involved an automotive supplier, Matsu Ohio, that did not deploy lockout/tagout around its 10 partial revolution mechanical power presses.

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Pausing to remember the bad old days before OSHA’s creation

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Much of the discussion about OSHA these days is about whether the agency has gone too far with some of its regulations and programs. No matter where you stand, though, it is good every once in a while to remember the reasons for OSHA’s creation.

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April 2017 Newsletter – A “New, New OSHA” Emerges

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By Jim Stanley. President, FDRsafety. What a difference a few months can make, as can be seen with changes at OSHA. A review of recent issues of OSHA’s “Quick Takes” newsletter highlighting important agency news paints a different picture of OSHA than newsletters from last fall. Then, the publication was full of news about companies being cited and fined. The new penalties had kicked in and the fines were reaching record levels.

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New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

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Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. The rule , which was issued late last week and goes into effect within 90 days, provides new means for employees to pursue claims that they have suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns.

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July 2016 Newsletter

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FDRsafety VP Brad Giles receives top honor from Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Heat Illness: Are Your Employees Protected? Join Our Mailing List. FDRsafety VP Brad Giles receives top honor from Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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OSHA proposes delaying recordkeeping rule, and may change it

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OSHA has proposed delaying the start of a new electronic recordkeeping rule until Dec. 1, and intends to make a separate proposal to reconsider, revise or remove some of those requirements. The recordkeeping rule , put in place in May 2016 with an effective date of July 1 of this year, requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness forms to OSHA, which the agency said it would then publish on a searchable website open to the public.

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June 2016 newsletter

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6 tips to help small businesses with OSHA compliance. FDRsafety helps launch Ark Encounter project. Join Our Mailing List. 6 tips to help small businesses with OSHA compliance. By Jim Stanley, President of FDRsafety.

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Another OSHA-related regulation on verge of reversal

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A second OSHA-related regulation appears close to being reversed with a Senate vote this week to roll back a regulation that would have required firms that bid on government contracts to disclose past safety and labor law violations.

House votes to overturn OSHA rule on record-keeping

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A change in OSHA rules that extended employers’ liability for recording workplace injuries and illnesses to five years appears close to being reversed. The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to overturn the rule change , which was put in place late last year. The Senate will now consider whether to follow suit, and if it does the measure will go to President Donald Trump for his signature. The changed regulation was OSHA’s response to a 2012 U.S.

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How to Achieve Acceptable Risk with TaBRA

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In past years I’ve written about the value of the ANSI B11 standards and risk assessment. Those blogs were focused on describing the “what” and “why.” After recently concluding a class with a couple of safety pros and larger group of operations executives from a manufacturing company, it occurred to me that what was missing in my blogs was a description of “how” to go about the process.

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OSHA drug testing rule makes it harder to keep drugs out

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. New OSHA drug testing guidance further tightens restrictions on employers’ ability to test workers who report injuries, making it more difficult for companies to maintain a drug-free workplace. The guidance is contained in a larger document that also addresses what requirements employers can have for prompt employee reporting of injuries, and clarifies rules about safety incentive programs.

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OSHA’s Use of General Duty Clause in a Way Never Intended

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Throughout its 46-year history, OSHA has had the authority to utilize Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, commonly known as the General Duty Clause, to address “recognized hazards which are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees,” and where there are measures that are “feasible, available and likely to correct the hazard.”

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OSHA extends record-keeping liability to five years

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Employers are now liable for potential problems with their OSHA-required records of work-related injuries and illnesses for five years after the occurrence of any violation, under recently revised regulations, and may need to revise their record-keeping practices. The new regulation, which takes effect Jan. 18, is OSHA’s response to a 2012 U.S.

Workplace fatalities at seven-year high

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Despite a surge in OSHA enforcement in recent years, workplace fatalities in 2015 hit their highest level since 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The total of 4,836 fatal work injuries in 2015 was up slightly from the 4,821 reported in 2014. In 2008, the number was 5,214, the bureau’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries said.

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September 2015 newsletter

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7 Tips for Building a Strong Contractor Safety Program. Project profile: Building Noah’s Ark. See you at the National Safety Council Congress. Join Our Mailing List. 7 Tips for Building a Strong Contractor Safety Program. By Jake Snyder.

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Safety off the job for July 4th

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July 4th is a good time to remember that safety for employees shouldn’t end when the work day is over. Fireworks are potentially hazardous, and anyone who intends to use them this weekend should be very aware of safety. The Consumer Products Safety Commission offers the following tips for using fireworks. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them and be sure to purchase your devices from a licensed distributor.

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Judge declines to delay OSHA anti-retaliation rule

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A federal judge has denied an industry request to delay enforcement of a new OSHA anti-retaliation rule designed to protect workers against reprisals for reporting injuries or illnesses. The rule – and the guidance OSHA has issued about complying with the rule – can have a substantial impact on how employers conduct drug testing after an accident, set up safety incentive programs, and create requirements for employees about reporting accidents.

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November 2016 Newsletter – Tips on responding to new OSHA drug testing, injury reporting guidance

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One of the most significant OSHA actions of 2016 was issuing guidance on drug testing, injury reporting and safety incentive programs. In the following article, FDRsafety Senior Advisor and attorney Andrew Kaake offers tips on how to respond. – Jim Stanley, President, FDRsafety Join Our Mailing List. By Andrew Kaake. OSHA threw a curve ball to employers with its recent guidance on drug testing, injury reporting and safety incentive programs, leaving companies wondering how to respond.

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Fall protection: Big OSHA changes take effect soon

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. General industry employers are under a short timeline to revise their fall protection practices now that OSHA has issued its long-awaited updated final rule on the subject. The new rule does not impact construction industry standards, but according to OSHA is intended to align general industry requirements “as much as possible” with those construction standards.

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OSHA targeting manufacturers on amputation hazards

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OSHA is launching what it calls a “surge” of planned inspections of manufacturers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas focused on amputation hazards. In a press release, OSHA said that amputations most frequently occur during the operation of machinery without adequate safety guards. OSHA said there were more than 2,600 workplace-related amputations in 2015, with more than half suffered by workers in manufacturing.

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Caveats about OSHA’s safety and health program guidance

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A core ingredient in creating a safe workplace is a written safety and health program that defines potential hazards and ways to address them, along with goals and objectives, and provisions for training, accountability, etc. The question for many small- and medium-sized businesses is how to go about creating or improving a plan. Employers can go it alone, of course, but many find it beneficial to engage an expert safety and health consultant.

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U.S. appeals court rules against OSHA on machine guards

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A federal appeals court has ruled against OSHA in a case stemming from a fatal accident involving a lathe at a manufacturing plant, saying that the agency’s interpretation of its regulations on machine guards “strains a common sense reading.”. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that regulations were designed to protect workers from “point of contact risks and risks associated with the routine operation of lathes, such as flakes and sparks.” The accident at a Loren Cook Co.

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October 2016 newsletter – 6 Tips to Improve Supervisors’ Safety Performance

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6 Tips to Improve Supervisors’ Safety Performance. Need a safety professional to staff your project? We can help. Join Our Mailing List. 6 Tips to Improve Supervisors’ Safety Performance. By Flavius Brown. A key ingredient in creating a strong safety culture is having supervisors who are committed to their company’s safety program. Employees take their cues from their supervisors. Supervisors set employee performance expectations.

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OSHA proposal for LOTO rule could impact automated controls

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OSHA’s proposal to eliminate one word, “unexpected,” from its lock-out/tag-out standard could have significant impact on the use of automated controls to protect workers from exposure to power hazards. The standard currently requires the lock-out/tag-out of machines “in which the unexpected energization or startup of the machines or equipment, or the release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.”.

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September 2016 newsletter – The key to a strong safety culture

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The key to a strong safety culture: positive employee attitudes. Improve safety performance with Attitude-Based Safety Culture Training. Join Our Mailing List. The key to a strong safety culture: positive employee attitudes. By Fred Rine.

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