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.

 
Confined Spaces In Construction 60 Day Delay

Confined Spaces In Construction 60 Day Delay

CONFINED SPACES IN CONSTRUCTION gets a 2 month deferral. OSHA won’t issue citations for violations of its new rule until Oct. 2nd, if there’s good faith. Employers get extra time to train employees in confined space hazards and acquire equipment needed to implement the new confined spaces in construction standard set to go in effect

10 Awesome Workplace Safety Apps – Pt 2

10 Awesome Workplace Safety Apps – Pt 2

Safety apps can help avoid injuries or save a life. Safety expert Paul Colangelo reports about his 10 picks for construction, general industry and more. Paul is ClickSafety’s National Director of Compliance Programs. For over a year, he reviewed 150 safety and health applications for iOS, Android and Windows devices. He presented his 10 best

10 Awesome Workplace Safety Apps – Pt 1

10 Awesome Workplace Safety Apps – Pt 1

Safety apps can help prevent worker injuries. Paul Colangelo, a safety expert, describes his 10 favorites. Most are free, some are low cost, all are great. Paul, ClickSafety’s National Director of Compliance Programs, put 150 apps to the test. If you have an iOS or Android device, or Windows phone, listen for great app advice.

7 Tips For July 4th Safety

7 Tips For July 4th Safety

July 4th safety is just as important as safety at work. Use your head, and follow these seven common sense tips for using fireworks. In this podcast, Dan Clark reminds workers to follow safety procedures away from the jobsite, whether at the company picnic, while camping or at home. Fire season has come early in

Transparent Truck Is Easy To Pass

Transparent Truck Is Easy To Pass

A transparent truck can allow cars to pass safely. Video screens on the back of the big rig show the view from a camera on the truck’s front bumper. Samsung outfitted an 18 wheeler, dubbed The Safety Truck, with TVs mounted on the rear trailer doors. A live image from the front-view camera lets following

Airbag Recall List For Trucks And Pickups

Airbag Recall List For Trucks And Pickups

An airbag recall involves many trucks and pickups from 11 automakers. Hear about the lethal makes, models and years affected, and the VIN Lookup Tool. Designed to save lives, faulty airbags by manufacturer Takata are exploding. Flying metal shards have killed eight and injured many. In this podcast, Dan Clark gives details about the full

Temp Workers Suffer Twice The Injuries

Temp Workers Suffer Twice The Injuries

Temp workers have double the accidents and serious injuries compared to permanent employees. Hear a government agency’s solution to this alarming trend. Many more people are taking temporary work, often out of necessity due to the economy. Companies are offering more temporary positions. The National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health, NIOSH, points out this

11 Tips To Survive A Vehicle Crash

11 Tips To Survive A Vehicle Crash

Survive a work vehicle crash with 11 tips. If you drive a company truck, car, or van listen for ways to avoid an accident, and what to do if you’re in one. Did you know many vehicle engines shut down when airbags deploy? Knowing how to reset the system is important if you need to

Hearing Protection – Muffs, Plugs And NRR

Hearing Protection – Muffs, Plugs And NRR

Hearing protection for workers comes in two varieties, earmuffs and earplugs. Hear selection tips for both, including their Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). In this podcast, Dan Clark outlines the benefits of both muffs and plugs. Dan also explains the NRR, the EPA ratings label on all hearing protection. The label indicates noise reduction in decibels

Eye Protection – Summer Outdoor Workers

Eye Protection – Summer Outdoor Workers

Eye protection should ramp up in summer, when outdoor workers are exposed to more hazards. Hear how cheap sunglasses may actually be ok. In this podcast, Dan Clark says that UVA and UVB protected eyewear does not have to cost a lot. But beware, lens color is not an indicator of protection. Also, Dan tells

Halo Light For Hard Hats

Halo Light For Hard Hats

The Halo Light makes sure workers are visible at night. It’s not just for highway crews. The light is great anytime workers and vehicles mix in the dark. Hear about the safety advantages of the work light that fits over a hard hat. It shoots out light 360° so drivers can see a worker who

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an SDS on each chemical, says OSHA. OSHA’s new Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to follow new guidelines modeled after GHS, the Globally Harmonized System. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of OSHA’s ongoing standard changeover,

Workplace Concussion Discussion

Workplace Concussion Discussion

Workplace concussions should not be taken lightly. They’re serious brain injuries which should be reported to management, then reviewed by a doctor. In this podcast, hear how a concussion is not just a brain bruise. Host Dan Clark describes what happens inside the head when a concussion occurs. Dan explains that even a slight hit

Heat Safety App Updated

Heat Safety App Updated

Heat safety is easier with OSHA’s updated smartphone app in your pocket. Their Heat Safety Tool calculates the current heat index—how hot it feels—on your phone. Free. Local temperature and humidity greatly affect workers. High temperatures and humidity can make the air feel much hotter than it actually is. Often, a worker’s sweat can’t evaporate

8 Questions About Self-Driving Trucks

8 Questions About Self-Driving Trucks

Self-driving trucks? An 18-wheel big rig now drives itself on the highways of Nevada. Hear from someone who’s been in the passenger seat. The Daimler / Freightliner Inspiration is world’s first licensed, autonomous (self-driving) truck. Freelance automotive writer Jeffrey Jablansky rode in the truck at its debut, and Dan Clark asks all about it. Jeff

Ethnic Group Most Unsafe In Construction

Ethnic Group Most Unsafe In Construction

Unsafe in construction. One group of young, immigrant workers wins the prize for most at-risk in construction. Hear about the study from NIOSH and ASSE. Hispanic immigrant construction workers under 25, who don’t speak English, and work for small companies, have the highest injury and death rate. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains why, based

8 Tips For Work Zone Safety

8 Tips For Work Zone Safety

Work zone safety near live traffic is critical. Hear advice on keeping your workers safe with a traffic control plan, work zone barriers and more. In this podcast, Dan Clark offers eight ways to protect employees near moving vehicles. Dan describes reflective clothing, warning signs and message boards. Also covered are STOP and SLOW paddles

Fall Prevention: Safety Stand-Down

Fall Prevention: Safety Stand-Down

Fall prevention is up to the employer. Hear OSHA’s Matt McNicholas and NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche talk about the National Fall Safety Stand-Down. Protecting construction employees from falls is job 1. Contractors and companies are required to provide equipment, training, and enforce the rules. The 2nd annual National Fall Safety Stand Down, May 4th-15th, is

3 Landscaping Machines That Bite

3 Landscaping Machines That Bite

Landscaping machines cause many injuries. In this podcast, hear about the three biggest culprits, and how to stay safe around them. Dan Clark tells about this trio of noisy tools and their obvious—and not so obvious—dangers. Listen to hear things you may not know about lawnmowers, weed whackers and wood chippers. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music

New Rule On Confined Spaces In Construction

New Rule On Confined Spaces In Construction

OSHA issued a confined spaces in construction rule. It’s about time. After noodling with it for over 20 years, the new standard goes in effect Aug. 3, 2015. The confined spaces rule for general-industry, initiated in 1994, never fully protected construction workers. OSHA finally catches up. Hear about the five things contractors must determine about

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