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Tech Bulletins

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...

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...

Tech Bulletin: Ready, Set, Post

You may still have New Year’s champagne leftover or if you’re like us, you keep typing 2018 instead of 2019. None-the-less, it’s time to start thinking about an important 2019 OSHA recordkeeping deadline.Ready? Employers with 250+ employees and employers...

Tech Bulletin: Safety in the Coffee Industry

Savoring that cup-o-joe is something many of us do each morning. But when you’re consuming your caffeine, do you ever think about how those coffee beans became the coffee in your cup? Making the drink is a laborious process that includes workers roasting...

Tech Bulletin: Bloodborne Pathogen FAQs

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) is designed to protect workers who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens like Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus and HIV. We often get questions from clients about this standard. Here’s a quick FAQ...

Tech Bulletin: DOT Security Plans

Hazardous materials--you need them for your business--but you must be vigilant about shipping them. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is concerned about the misuse, sabotage and diversion of hazardous materials during transportation. DOT has stepped up their...

Tech Bulletin: Silica Resources

Resources for Controlling Silica in Construction Hot off the press! OSHA recently released some new resources for controlling respirable crystalline silica in construction. To help loyal customers, like you, we’ve rounded up what we thought would be most...