Category Archives: Safety

Wide area disinfection using atomized mist

Wide area disinfection using atomized mist

Methods for wide-area suppression of surface-borne microbes such as the novel coronavirus — also referred to as SARS-Cov-2 or Covid-19 — is a serious consideration for both private industry and public works. Atomized mist technology is currently being utilized for the safe and consistent distribution of Surface Disinfectant Cleaners (SDCs) over worksites, busy foot traffic […]

MSHA publishes new COVID-19 resources for miners

MSHA publishes new COVID-19 resources for miners

by Avi Meyerstein on June 23, 2020 POSTED IN COMPLIANCE TIPS, MSHA NIOSH and MSHA collaborated recently to publish more resources to mitigate miner exposure to COVID-19. The materials include a web page with guidance for staying healthy, as well as posters, all provided on both MSHA’s and the CDC’s web sites. The primary CDC […]

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips: 4-step plan for handling confirmed COVID-19 cases during re-opening

4-step plan for handling confirmed COVID-19 cases during re-opening

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips As businesses continue to reopen, employers are presented with new challenges as part of the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With no known vaccine or treatment currently available for the novel coronavirus, reopened employers will likely experience confirmed cases of the illness in their workplace. Now is […]

U.S. DOL issues OSHA guidance as non-essential businesses reopen and employees return to work

U.S. DOL issues OSHA guidance as non-essential businesses reopen and employees return to work

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing […]

Portable, vehicle-mounted hand-washing station from National Fleet Products makes hygiene compliance mobile

Portable, vehicle-mounted hand-washing station from National Fleet Products makes hygiene compliance mobile

BUFFALO, MN — National Fleet Products, a global source for aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, recently announced the introduction of its new portable and vehicle-mounted hand-washing stations. The rugged, purpose-built product design allows water and hand sanitizer to be dispensed virtually anywhere, and application-specific hardware enables units to stand on their own or to be […]

Belt conveyor danger zones

Belt conveyor danger zones

Recognizing the hazards is a key step toward preventing conveyor-related injuries. In bulk material handling applications, a conveyor is typically a massive, complex and extremely powerful system. It’s usually constructed of rubber belting, set on rolling idlers, wrapped around large steel drums at each end and driven by a high-torque motor. As such, a conveyor […]

OSHA changes how to record COVID-19 cases

OSHA changes how to record COVID-19 cases

Agency said to be returning to standards in place prior changes made in April. Source: EHS Today David Sparkman May 28, 2020 OSHA is trying to simplify how most employers go about determining whether an employee who is diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted the disease at work or elsewhere, but in the process may have just […]

OSHA and MSHA update

OSHA and MSHA update

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on May 26, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA, OSHA More enforcement? New regs? Deregulation? It’s all on the table All bets are off as regulatory agencies are tugged in every direction in pandemic world. Normally, an election year probably would not have seen particularly aggressive enforcement or […]

ARTBA launches “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” course

ARTBA launches “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” course

WASHINGTON, DC — A national association has developed the transportation construction industry’s most comprehensive safety training course to help dramatically reduce the 700 motorist fatalities and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around the nation’s infrastructure improvement project sites. The online “Fundamentals of U.S. Transportation Construction Safety” features modules on falls, electricity, preventing struck-by […]

Top five COVID-19 litigation risks for employers: Is your company prepared?

Top five COVID-19 litigation risks for employers: Is your company prepared?

  Source: Safety Law Matters Despite the best of intentions to comply with the myriad of laws, orders and recommendations and to “do right” by employees while dealing with the current pandemic and recession, employers remain vulnerable to a whole host of potential COVID-19-related claims. Ever-changing guidance and return-to-work orders complicate the issues. Keeping abreast […]

A closer look at the new Vortex Edge Max

A closer look at the new Vortex Edge Max

The latest simulator in CM Labs’ Edge series of award-winning training products, the Vortex Edge Max is an entry-level tool that develops transferable operator skills. The affordability of the Vortex Edge Max expands professional-grade simulation to contractors and training organisations that did not previously have access to these capabilities. The new Vortex Edge Max is […]

AEM connecting manufacturers with safety supplies as businesses plan to return to work

AEM connecting manufacturers with safety supplies as businesses plan to return to work

As communities, states and companies decide whether and when to re-open for business in this unusual time of pandemic-induced isolation, one question weighs heaviest on decision makers: Once we decide to re-open, how do we do it safely? Starting May 13, 2020, AEM and The Marek Group teamed up to provide a hub for businesses […]

To the members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange

COVID-19 UPDATE To the Members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange Earl R. Hall, Executive Director May 12, 2020 As reported by various media outlets and press conferences by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and various County Executives throughout the 16-county central New York region, construction will most likely begin to reopen on or about May […]

Three tips for safe screen media change-outs

Three tips for safe screen media change-outs

by Serge Raymond, MAJOR product specialist Downtime in inevitable. And when you’re up against the clock and the pressure is on — that’s when accidents happen. From risks of falls or back injuries and cuts, rushed jobs where production is waiting on the change-out can lead to distracted workers and greater risk of accidents. Implementing […]

Terex Utilities releases Tech Tip for disinfecting aerial devices, digger derricks

Terex Utilities releases Tech Tip for disinfecting aerial devices, digger derricks

  Watertown, SD — The need for frequent and thorough disinfecting of work trucks like aerial devices and digger derricks is a new task for service managers. In response to questions from customers, Terex Utilities has released Tech Tip #140 to provide a reminder of the many surfaces on a piece of equipment that may […]

New ARTBA safety video highlights fall rescue techniques on construction sites

New ARTBA safety video highlights fall rescue techniques on construction sites

  The transportation construction industry and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are taking their commitment to safety to the next level with the release of a new training video to help significantly reduce the leading cause of death on project sites. Falls account for roughly 1,200 annual fatalities on construction projects.  The video resource is designed […]

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. During the coronavirus […]

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, must procure, fashion or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee. Businesses are deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), pursuant […]

CICB offers online crane operator and inspector classes in response to COVID-19 pandemic

CICB offers online crane operator and inspector classes in response to COVID-19 pandemic

ORLANDO, FL — Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB), a veteran-owned Texas company with a global network, recently rolled out its initial online training programs as a response to the coronavirus. As social distancing and safety precautions dissuade some companies from sending their employees to traditional classrooms, CICB has created several, dedicated online programs to […]

Terex Utilities joins community effort to supply face shields to health care workers

Terex Utilities joins community effort to supply face shields to health care workers

  WATERTOWN, SD — Terex Utilities recently acted on a request by Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) to 3D print parts for face shields. The Electronic Systems Technology and Robotics departments at the technical college are leading the effort. “Because it takes up to 13 hours to print four face shield bands, they sent a […]

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White and Chantell Foley The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) requires covered employers to meet several reporting requirements to prove compliance. At this time of the year, many covered employers have posted (or should have posted) OSHA Form 300A for injuries and illnesses that […]

How to implement social distancing practices in your workplace

How to implement social distancing practices in your workplace

Creative Safety Supply publishes new quick guide that provides tips and tools for preventing the spread of disease BEAVERTON, OR — Creative Safety Supply, an Oregon-based retailer of industrial safety and Lean manufacturing products, has created a new guide to social distancing in the workplace. This quick guide showcases essential distancing supplies and illustrates steps […]

Emergency funding of COBRA called for by leading union

Emergency funding of COBRA called for by leading union

Domino Effect for Workers as COVID-19 Layoffs Lead to Lost Healthcare and Uncertain Futures  HANOVER, MD – One of the largest and most influential construction unions in the country is calling on Congress to subsidize COBRA health plans for 11 million US construction workers who may lose their jobs as the COVID-19 virus spreads and […]

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

Below please find a model notice poster released by the United States Department of Labor notifying employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). All employers covered by the FFCRA are required to give employees notice. This poster will satisfy the FFCRA notice requirements. For a copy of the poster, click here.