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OSHA’s Releases COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s new COVID-19 national emphasis program (NEP) aims to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 and prevent retaliation against workers who complain about their working conditions.   "This program seeks to substantially reduce or...

March is Ladder Safety Month

March is national ladder safety month. You likely won't find a card for this holiday, but it's still important. This observance is about ladder safety at home and work. We're sharing this tool box talk with you so you talk with your employees about working safely at...

Biden Taps New OSHA Leader

OSHA has a new acting leader, and his name is Jim Frederick. Appointed by President Biden, Frederick will serve as OSHA’s deputy assistant secretary. In his role, he’s expected to lead occupational health and safety efforts, particularly against COVID-19, the largest...

How to Prepare for a COVID-19 OSHA Inspection

As a health and safety professional, you likely always have the thought of an OSHA inspection in the back on your mind. But how about OSHA COVID-19 inspection? The thought alone might spike your blood pressure but with Safex’s tips it doesn’t have to. OSHA area...

What To Do When an Employee Gets COVID-19

Managing COVID-19 cases in the workplace doesn't have to be difficult when you have the right resources. Our team of safety professionals has put together a tip sheet to help. It covers everything from how to communicate with affected employees to cleaning procedures...

Incentivizing Safety the Right Way

In the wake of a workplace incident, an incentive program sounds like an appealing solution to improve workplace safety. It worked for your children, why not your employees? Unfortunately, incentive programs that offer tangible rewards for safety compliance, often...

Working with Concrete: Hazards and Resolutions

Covering the Basics: With the summer months well under way, we can expect concrete pours to take place all over the Central Ohio Area. We all (should) know the required safety precautions to by which OSHA requires us to abide during a concrete pour: gloves, safety...

Welding Fumes Are Now A Group 1 Carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified welding fumes as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is an increased rating from the last time welding fumes were evaluated in 1989. There are more than 11 million welders worldwide and more than 110...

Utilizing Standard Interpretations for Tricky Situations

You’ve likely been in a situation when you’re looking for more guidance from OSHA related to a unique workplace situation. Maybe you’re diluting a solution and need to know if a separate safety data sheet is now necessary or if the original suffices? Or perhaps you’re...

Alert about Counterfeit Respirators – Buyer Beware

Personal protective equipment is a hot commodity and counterfeiters are aware and trying to take advantage of the market. In the last week, we’ve heard several stories from clients who’ve fallen victim to purchasing what they thought where NIOSH-approved N95s or...

Tips for Safely Using Powder Actuated Tools

What are powder actuated tools?  Powder actuated tools (PATs) are fastening devices used to connect material to hard surfaces such as steel, masonry and concrete.  PATs have three key components:   The fastener which is manufactured with special steel and heat treated...

Tech Bulletin: Fleet Safety

Have vehicles and will travel? If your company has a fleet, follow these tips to mitigate risk on the road.Have vehicles and will travel? If your company has a fleet, follow these tips to mitigate risk on the road. Curb Distracted Driving A study done by the...

Tech Bulletin: What is an “Empty” Container?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a glass (ahem) container half empty or half full person. This article about “empty” containers will help everyone better understand EPA and DOT hazardous materials/waste shipping regulations.Shipping and disposing of hazardous...

Improving Safety Culture, Moving Beyond Safety First

By Brian Basbagill, CSP, Project ManagerHow many times have you seen a “safety first” banner on a jobsite or heard a manager saying it? Whoever said it first likely had good intentions, however, we challenge you to move beyond this phrase if you want to...

Tech Bulletin: Lead is Lurking Where?

When you hear the term, lead poisoning, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe an old building with lead-based paint? Or contaminated water pipes? Although these are rather common causes of lead poisoning today, there’s another source of lead poisoning you...