Many company’s and states require their workers to get an OSHA card. This often refers to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Outreach Training Program’s 10-hour and 30-hour safety courses. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in fraudulent activity related to these courses over the past several years. Knowing the facts can help workers avoid fraudulent trainers and
During some recent fit testing we were conducting, a person asked, “How do I know that hood is clean when you put it on my head”. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has made us think more about everything we are doing. We all may have questions regarding potential transmission of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the
As many of us begin to go back into the office we are requiring more cleaning stations and hand sanitizer stations. We wanted to share an advisory that came across our desks from The Operational Services Division for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We thought that sharing this information can help prevent exposure to a potential
Safety Leadership from Management You’ve heard it so many times. Safety must come from the top down. Why is this approach so important? Because management must set the priority for the workers. If production is valued more highly than safety, workers will take risks in order to satisfy production goals. If safety is on
You have the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace. You’re required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses if you’re a business with more than 10 employees. Minor injuries do not need to be recorded. These records shall be maintained at the worksite for a minimum of least five years.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings as a protective measure in addition to social distancing (i.e., staying at least 6 feet away from others). Cloth face coverings may be especially important when social distancing is not possible or feasible based on working conditions. Not only are these mandatory in Massachusetts and many other parts
On April 13, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This provides a blueprint for OSHA inspectors to follow when conducting an inspection during the pandemic. I believe that this is the new normal and will continue this way inevitably. What to
Oh Snap! We forgot to read the entire contract that included the requirement to follow The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manual for safety regs. Part of this requirement is to have people in a leadership role trained in a 24 hour fall protection course for the competent person. Every contractor
Does my employer have to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and do they have to pay for it?
Lot’s of OSHA standards require employers to provide personal protective equipment, when it is necessary to protect employees from getting sick or hurt at work. OSHA requires employers to pay for personal protective equipment when it is used to comply with OSHA standards (almost always). These typically include: goggles, safety glasses hard hats, gloves, welding
Do face masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the disease. So, why weren’t face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic? At the beginning of this, experts didn’t know the