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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...

Tech Bulletin: All About Toxics Release Inventory

If not properly controlled, handled, shipped, disposed, etc., many chemicals can be nasty to humans and the environment. As part of the EPA’s Community Right-to-Know Act, the EPA requires U.S. businesses to annually report certain chemicals they are...

Tech Bulletin: Handling Emergencies on the Job

On the job emergencies are no laughing matter. Before we dive into a serious topic, we thought you might enjoy a chuckle.     Before Chuck Norris gets involved, it’s important that your internal team has a plan for emergencies. Be sure to train...

Tech Bulletin: Be a Cold Weather Safety Champion

Thank goodness it’s not as cold in Ohio as it is in PyeongChang. While winter Olympians train in freezing conditions to prep them for cold weather performance, you can prepare by being informed. Knowing common cold stress injuries is key to keeping workers...

Tech Bulletin: Silica Safety Tool Box Talk

They say nothing in life is free. Whoever the proverbial they is - surely hasn’t met Safex. Today we’re sharing something for free—a tool box talk about silica. Feel free to use this video on your job site as a starting point for silica safety education....

Tech Bulletin: Silica Table 1

Quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite walk into a bar...  Sorry, we haven't figured out the punchline yet, but now that we have your attention, it's time to talk about silica.   If you aren't already aware, OSHA is now enforcing most provisions of its...

Extension Cord Safety Tech Bulletin

Tech Bulletin: Extension Cord Safety Extension Cords Mr. Mustard, in the library with an extension cord. Yep, an extension cord can kill and cause destruction. Exposed wiring. Missing ground prongs. Bad placement. Daisy chaining. Take your pick - all are common...

Traffic Safety: Traffic Control Plans and Training

Traffic safety can be confusing for everyone – even the CSPs at Safex! That’s why we called in a local expert and our friend, Mr. Parr Peterson, of the Paul Peterson Company, to help us better understand safety on the roads! During our interview, Mr. Peterson discussed a lot of details revolving around pre-planning traffic and road work. Major points, aspects or elements? included traffic control plans, the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (or OMUTCD for short), and municipalities that require traffic control plans.

Scaffolding – What You Need To Know

Scaffolding…what’s that? A scaffold is an elevated temporary work surface that supports employees or materials. What are the different types? Suspended Scaffolds: A plaform suspended from overhead. Supported Scaffolds: One or more platforms supported by poles, legs,...

Let’s Talk About Heat Exposure

Who’s in the Hot Seat? Lots of people are exposed to heat on the job, either outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Factors like high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects, or strenuous physical activities can...

Let’s Talk Cranes and Rigging!

Whoa! First things first… Don’t just jump into that crane and start driving! OSHA 1926.1427: Operator Qualifications and Certifications says that employers must ensure that operators are qualified or certified before operating any equipment. So how do I get legit? You...

Let’s Talk Silica

Silica is a major component of sand, rock, and mineral ores—materials that are used on job sites all over the world. Respirable crystalline silica refers to airborne particles containing the minerals quartz, cristobalite, and/or tridymite that can be inhaled.