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Hard hats – Take Care of Them so They Can Take Care of You

Here’s a brief reminder about hard hats. They are designed to protect the wearer’s head from impact. It’s best to not add items to the hat such as clamps, pencil holders, tape measures and the like as they can interfere with the hat’s protection. If a falling object strikes the hat and catches something attached to the hat, it may cause the hat to fall off. Or the impact energy may be greater...

Breathing Air for Confined Spaces and Emergency Workers

If supplied air is required for confined space entrants, be absolutely certain that the source of air meets breathing air standards. It is recommended that breathing air meet or exceed NPFA 1989; the standard for first responders and emergency services workers. If workers use supplied air, ensure that the source of air meets Class D breathing air requirements. Over the years, we have accessed breathing...

Confined Spaces – A Reminder

OSHA’s final rule on confined spaces in construction was published May 4, 2015. Confined spaces are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency and may contain serious hazards to health. Confined spaces may be utility vaults, storage tanks, bins and hoppers, tunnels, crawlspaces pits and other spaces. Job planning, training, equipment and communication...

Managing Vehicles and Drivers

Remember that even if your company does not operate a commercial fleet, if you have employees who drive for you in company vehicles or their own, you have some risk exposure. Vet your drivers carefully. Require at least annual review of their MVR’s (motor vehicle records) and ideally, require that they voluntarily report to...

Fire Safety and Life Safety Systems

As we survey commercial and industrial operations, we find common errors in fire safety and life safety systems. In brief, they are:

  1. failure to have fire safety equipment inspected annually by an inspection service;
  2. lack of or improperly placed fire extinguishers such as those on the floor and not mounted,, and a lack of signage to indicate the presence of a fire extinguisher;
  3. Deficient...

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