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  • 10 Humorous Safety Quotes for Your Next Safety Meeting

    Humor is an excellent teaching tool and often helps to begin or end safety meetings. We want to share the following 10 comical safety quotes with you. Even though they will make you snicker, remember that these sayings are also a great way to wrap up any meeting.

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  • Beware: OSHA’s “Look-Back” Period for Repeat Violations is Unlimited

    Until 2015, it was the practice of OSHA to look back only three (3) years to prior citations to establish “repeat” violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.  In 2015, OSHA modified the look-back period in its Field Operations Manual (FOM) from three (3) years to five (5) years.  Violations of OSHA regulations are classified in several ways, including willful, repeat, serious, or other than serious.  The higher the classification, the larger the penalty.

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  • OSHA Seeks Public Comment on NPRM to Revise Electronic Submission Requirements

    On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking to revise and improve the Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illness rule.  The proposed rule rescinds the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from the OSHA Forms 300 Log and 301 Forms.

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  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

    OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is based on a simple concept that employees have a right to know and understand the hazards of the chemicals they might be exposed to in the workplace.  Unfortunately, many employers fall short when it comes to compliance with the HCS as evidenced by the fact that hazard communication is always toward the top of OSHA’s most cited violations every year.

    The HCS requires information to be prepared and transmitted regarding all hazardous chemicals.

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  • Join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent the #1 Cause of Deaths in Construction: Falls

    Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. From May 7-11, 2018, the National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
    A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety.

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