Tag: workplace safety

Preparing for Active Shooters with Safety Technology

For the past 30 years, Joel Vetter, chief of fire rescue services for Suffolk County, New York, has seen an evolution in the types of threats that call for emergency preparedness. He’s observed schools and the American public at large move from simple procedures such as stop, drop and roll to full-scale drills to prepare…

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Active shooter training worked: Walmart employee helps lead 150 people to safety

Unlike other types of safety training that employees use every day, active shooter instructions are the kind that you hope they’ll never have to depend upon. In the case of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, active shooter training may have saved dozens of lives. Long-term Walmart employee Gilbert Serna was…

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Kentucky ATV Fatalities Prompt Hazard Alert

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) has issued recommendations regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety after discovered a disturbing trend in fatalities. Between 1982 and 2016, the state recorded a total of 675 ATV-related deaths, or 19 per year on average. This trend led the state to rank 5th in the nation during the…

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Can You Keep Guns Out of Your Workplace?

One of the hottest controversies polarizing the public debate in recent years is gun control, and the topic of guns in the workplace and public businesses continues to be a front-burner issue. The most prevalent of these are the “parking lot” laws that allow employees to keep guns in their vehicles parked at the plant…

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OSHA memo: Area offices must use four-part test when citing respiratory hazards without PELs

Washington — OSHA area offices must apply a four-part test before issuing General Duty Clause citations for respiratory hazards that do not have a permissible exposure limit, the agency states in a memorandum sent to regional administrators. In the memo, issued Nov. 2, Kim Stille, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, writes that…

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Under-reporting injuries still big challenge for OSHA

An annual review pinpoints one of OSHA’s biggest challenges as its strives to reduce workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. A law passed in 2000 requires the Office of Inspector General to identify the most serious management and performance challenges facing the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA’s parent agency. The OIG report says OSHA and its…

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Sexual Harassment, Take The Right Steps

Recently, sexual harassment has become a big issue brought to light by the media. From famous entertainers, political representatives and even big industry leaders, sexual harassment is more common than ever. Unfortunately, it has always been a reoccurring issue in the workplace environment.   So what is sexual harassment? When you hear sexual harassment the…

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VPPPA 2018: Addressing Cultural Barriers in a Hispanic Workforce

The rate of fatalities among the Hispanic population in the construction industry role 7% from 2005 to 2017. This trend is expected to continue if companies don’t identify and address the barriers to working with a non-English speaking demographic, Dr. Ahmed Al-Bayati, Western Carolina University assistant professor told Safety+ Symposium attendees. “The job is to…

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OSHA Aims to Stop Increase in Worker Fatalities

OSHA aims to stop a recent increase in workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Recently, the agency has seen an increase in fatalities associated with falls, struck-by objects and vehicles, machine hazards, grain bin engulfment, and burns. OSHA launched its Safe + Sound Campaign in 2017 to encourage employers to develop and implement a…

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