The Safety Brief

The Safety Brief is a compilation of short podcasts produced by Creative Safety Supply and Dan Clark, our resident all-around safety guru. In our podcasts we give short but valuable overviews and insights into how contractors and safety managers can be even more effective in protecting their workers.


5 Safety Goals For The New Year


2 min read Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the new year. Hear about five targets of safety growth. Dan Clark says reviewing the current year and looking ahead to expected regulations are a couple ways to reach your safety goals. Communication, eliminating distractions and practicing for emergencies also increase the safety odds at work. Finally, Dan reminds safety managers and owners to have reasonable, …

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OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop


2 min read OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop is a song. It’s a gift to listeners of The Safety Brief podcast and a tip of the hat to OSHA employees. Merry Christmas! Our podcast crew concocted this original piece and you’re welcome to share it with anyone. It’s available free on iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Facebook and our own website, TRANSCRIPT: (:00) Dan Clark: This is The Safety Brief podcast. I’m Dan Clark wishing you a merry …

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Arc Flash and Winter Underwear


2 min read Arc flash can melt synthetic underwear right to your skin. Wear arc-rated base layers, socks and briefs beneath an arc-rated jacket. An arc-rated coat may seem like an all-protective shield, but don’t be fooled. Thermal hazards are just waiting to overheat your non-arc-rated undergarments! What about spandex waistbands? In this podcast, Dan Clark reviews the 2015 OSHA clarifications on the flammability of spandex. Also, hear about the polyester molecule that’s flame-resistant in modern arc-rated wear …

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6 Steps To Head Off Forklift Overturns


3 min read Forklift overturns are the leading cause of forklift deaths in the U.S. Hear about six simple ways to dodge overturns by respecting location and equipment. A forklift is a short, squatty vehicle that gets cranky on corners. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains how to keep a forklift upright in rough terrain, slopes and more. Dan also describes what to do if you ARE in a forklift overturn. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) …

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Respirator Fit Tests And Medical Evaluations


3 min read Respirator fit tests are required by OSHA. But the employer must also do a medical evaluation of an employee before they wear a respirator on the job. A worker does not need to see a doctor, but he or she must answer an extensive list of questions which is then reviewed by a medical professional. A link to the OSHA-required questionnaire is in the transcript, below. Also in this podcast, Dan Clark details the two …

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10 Most Hazardous Jobs In The US


2 min read Hazardous jobs ranked by the U.S. government are listed in this podcast. Hear if your career placed in the top 10 for 2014, the most recently tabulated year. Commercial fishing, logging, farming and driving – any kind of vehicle work use – are hazardous jobs. Dan Clark reveals the list in this episode of The Safety Brief. Also, see the link for a free, printable infographic on the 10 Most Hazardous Jobs In The U.S. …

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Turkey Fryer Flames At Work


4 min read Turkey fryer disasters can happen in the workplace, not just at home. Hear how a pre-Thanksgiving jobsite cookout torched a house under construction. In this podcast, Dan Clark talks with Tim Schmerber, concrete contractor from Oregon, about a fire started by a turkey fryer. One of the crew members set up the turkey fryer in the garage of the nearly completed home. If you heard this story on The Safety Brief last year, you probably …

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I2P2 – Injury Illness Prevention Programs


3 min read I2P2 is shorthand for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Even though OSHA doesn’t have a standard, they’re still a good idea. Dan Clark explains how to start an I2P2, including mandatory management and worker involvement. Look in the transcript for links to OSHA programs such as VPP and SHARP. State programs are also linked. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: I2P2 … not a Star Wars character. It stands for Injury and …

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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls


3 min read Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed new walking-working surfaces rule. Good footwear, guardrails and housekeeping are just a few of the tips Dan Clark offers to avoid workers’ slips, trips and falls. Also featured are quotes from OSHA head Dr. David Michaels on the long-delayed walking-working surfaces rule. Dan wonders why there is a fall protection requirement of four feet in …

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4 Steps To Prevent Scaffolding Collapse


3 min read Scaffolding collapse can be dangerous and expensive. Avoid it with trained personnel and proper equipment. Hear the four elements of constructing scaffolds. Do you need a Competent Person, a Qualified Person or an Engineer? Dan Clark explains the difference between the three. Scaffold construction and inspection are also covered in this podcast, as well as staff training. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: We don’t set up scaffolding and then expect it …

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