Archived 2019 - Safety E-Quick Tips


  • For the past 7 weeks we’ve been reviewing the OSHA citation process.If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed the process can be long and drawn out.

    But thankfully for most employers, visits from OSHA are few and far between.

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  • We started what I had hoped would be a short review of what takes place during and after an OSHA visit the second week of September. As you can see it has gone on a little longer than I thought.

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  • We started talking about what takes place during and after an OSHA inspection in September. So if you would like to catch up or just go back for a quick review, click here. Today we're going to continue to discuss a couple more options on how to handle OSHA negotiations when you receive citations.

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  • Last week we left you with a decision to make. Should you just pay the penalty and move on, or defend your company for what you believe is right and talk with OSHA?Maybe even file a contest notice?

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  • Time is running out. You’ve put off dealing with your OSHA citations and now you think one or more of the citations are wrong, so you contact someone who has represented employers to determine how to move forward.

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  • Have you checked your calendar in the last week? Maybe you should have because that OSHA citation you received 2 to 3 weeks ago is coming up on your last day to do something about it.

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  • As you read through the citations and penalties you search your mind and try to recall when the compliance officer talked about each of the citations.

    You now begin to realize that about 4 months ago when you thought the compliance officer was being helpful by pointing out a few things you should address, they were pointing out what you were going to be cited for.

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  • And then it happens.

    OSHA shows up on one of your jobsites.

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  • As I’m writing this, it looks like Hurricane Dorian is going to be moving up the east coast, so I hope that everyone in the way has taken the necessary precautions to protect their property and, most importantly, themselves and their families.

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  • Today I want to talk about how you can make your safety efforts more effective in keeping your employees safe from hazards in the workplace by making sure you can educate your employees of the value of the information within your safety program.

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  • If you knew of a way to protect your employees, company reputation and profits with just 5-10 minutes per week, would you do it? Of course, you would.

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  • I was driving home from vacation with my family yesterday when I looked in my review mirror and see this motorcycle weaving through a couple cars with what looks to be very little room.He’s moving so fast that in seconds he’s around me, squeezing in between the car passing me on the left.Then he was gone.

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  • As I said before, “most” workplace accidents can be easily prevented if we use a little common sense, our safety training, and the safety equipment.

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  • The dreaded inspections and enforcement of company and OSHA safety policies. Two of the 4 requirements OSHA has placed on employers if they want to protect their company from costly OSHA citations and possibly some of the best ways to prevent employee accidents.

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  • When it comes to workplace safety compliance, there is no question that it has become more difficult for employers to meet the increased requirements.

    Increased requirements are coming from every direction.

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  • You’ve seen it on signs, shirts, hard hats, in newsletters and even on company websites.What is it?

    “Safety First”

    Yet how many times have you seen it plastered at a jobsite and then looked around and without really giving it much thought, you can list off 3, 4 or even more serious hazards.

    Why is that? We all know that safety is important, right?

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  • From time to time, many of you know that I will go back to Safety E-QuickTips written in the past because some of them are just timeless. Here’s one written October 18, 2010.It was the first Safety E-QuickTip written, but still holds true today.

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  • I was at breakfast after church on Sunday when our friend, a farmer said, “I had a close call this week. You almost didn’t see me today.”

    Then he went on to tell what happened and it went something like this.

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  • To lessen the possibility of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, keep your body well hydrated with water; wear light clothing that allows for perspiration; and reduce exertion on extremely hot, moist days, and allow for air circulation.

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  • Today we’ll talk about some ideas to help you manage the process.

    We’ll start with establishing a management system that focuses on your workplace safety priorities and goals.

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  • This week we’ll continue with some tips on how you can get everyone engaged in your common goals and a few ways to help you track progress.

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  • Last week we talked about the first thing you need to do to get everyone in a company to share common attitudes, interests, and goals when it comes to workplace safety.

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  • Over the years the government has put more restrictions on what our youth can do in an effort to protect them from hazards in the workplace.This includes prohibiting certain jobs and equipment for anyone younger than 18.

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  • Over the years the government has put more restrictions on what our youth can do in an effort to protect them from hazards in the workplace.This includes prohibiting certain jobs and equipment for anyone younger than 18.

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  • If you’re looking to implement a safety program at your company, you can’t do it all by yourself.

    And if you are in upper management, you can’t give the job to someone under you, walk away and expect it to succeed.

    Why is that?

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  • When was the last time you or someone you know experienced a near miss or close call at your workplace?

    You know what I’m talking about.

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  • Where humans are involved there will always be accidents, because we are not perfect no matter what we might think. But that does not mean we have to accept numbers like these.

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  • There is no question that the safety industry spends more time dealing with the paper work necessary to meet OSHA and workplace requirements than getting the information into the hands of those that need it most – the employees!

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  • In seconds you have pages of information at your fingertips.In fact, some people find they have too much information and they don’t know where to start.

    Well here’s a hint. Find something that works for you. Something that fits your needs, not necessarily what works for everyone else.

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  • Let’s face it, workplace safety isn’t rocket science. But we always need to keep in mind that it has real value for everyone.

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  • As we all know, accidents happen fast and sometimes they happen because of a hazard created by someone other than the injured party.

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  • Workplace safety.When the subject comes up it’s usually about meeting OSHA, insurance, jobsite or pre-qualification requirements.

    But when was the last time someone in your company brought up workplace safety because they were concerned about employee safety?

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  • Last week my wife called to me and said, “You have to see this.” Of course, I thought she was going to show me a picture or video of one of our grandchildren, a home that was for sale or a renovation project.

    But much to my surprise, it wasn’t.

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  • It has been a while since we’ve done a “Did You Know” Safety E-QuickTip and for some of you who have not seen one of these in past years, this is where we share a few current safety statistics.

    So here goes.

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  • I believe it would be safe to say that no one goes to work each day with the belief that they will be not be returning home at the end because of a workplace accident.

    Yet in 2017 around 14 employees died from a work-related injury every day.

    Why is that?

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  • Prior to setting up the safety committee the company’s idea of workplace safety was little more than posting a sign that said “Safety 1st” and hoping for the best.It seemed to work since the company had managed to go without any serious injuries.

    But that was about to change.

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  • Whenever anyone brings up workplace safety, everyone’s eyes start to roll. 

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  • Using common sense to keep employees safe and meeting compliance requirements just makes sense, doesn’t it?

    But as we’ve learned, common sense and workplace safety is more than just sending employees out on the job and hoping for the best.

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  • For years employers and employees have been telling me that to prevent accidents in the workplace you just need to use common sense – nothing more, nothing less.

    Would you agree with that?

    If you do, I believe you are correct – here’s why.

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  • This week we’re going to take the 6 elements and turn them into 4 Steps to protect employees from hazards in the workplace while keeping your company OSHA compliant.

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  • Last week we talked about the different options you have available to you when developing your safety program, that the key is to find the option that works best for you and meets your specific needs and requirements, and how to determine what option is right for you.

    Today we’re going to talk a little about what really needs to be included in your safety program and why.

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  • Over the years there is no question that safety program requirements have become tougher to meet than ever before.

    As a contractor, manufacturer or supplier, I’m sure you’ve seen it.To start work with a client or to have the opportunity to bid on a project, more often than ever before you’re being required to submit a copy of your company safety program.

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  • Happy 2019! Hope your year got off to a good start and you were able to spend it with family and friends.

    With this being another short week I thought I would keep it short and let you know Safety E-QuickTips in 2019.

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