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.

Finally! Compare OSHA Standards State To State

Finally! Compare OSHA Standards State To State

OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and regulations. On a website. For free. In additional to federal OSHA standards, 25 states have their own OSHA laws and regulations. This complicates compliance. In this podcast, hear how two non-government entities compiled all U.S.

Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 should be observed by focusing on workplace illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals. Listen for the reasons. Employers need to take the safety bull by the horns, especially with chemical safety. This Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring people killed or injured on the job, companies are asked to go beyond OSHA standards. Hear

6 Effective Ways To Reduce Workplace Violence

6 Effective Ways To Reduce Workplace Violence

Workplace violence prevention should be the sober goal of every company. Hear how to keep workers safe from the public, clients and each other. With April designated National Workplace Violence Prevention month, it’s a good time to review precautions needed for every company. Creating a zero-tolerance policy is just one of the six important steps

4 Steps to Flammable Liquids Safety

4 Steps to Flammable Liquids Safety

Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions. Find out the difference between flammable and inflammable. Hear about volatile liquid chemicals, and how their vapors can ignite at a certain flashpoint. In this podcast, Dan Clark warns of four major areas of caution:

6 Proven Nail Gun Safety Tips

6 Proven Nail Gun Safety Tips

Nail gun safety increases with modern, well maintained equipment. Keep nail gunners from getting an injury with these six tips. The right nail gun trigger is just one of the items that will help save workers from a trip to the emergency room. Dan Clark says training, and jobsite best practices are important precautions when

5 Risks of Extended Workdays

5 Risks of Extended Workdays

Extended workdays can be good and bad. Workers enjoy longer weekends. However, workplace safety can decrease when shifts stretch past eight hours. In this podcast, Dan Clark reveals five safety issues with extended workdays. Fatigue is the obvious problem. Extended exposure to ergonomic, chemical and noise hazards should also be considered. Safety can also be

Crackdown On Texting And Driving

Crackdown On Texting And Driving

Texting and driving will get you a ticket in the DOT’s national crackdown April 10-15, 2015. Companies can be fined if workers text and drive on the job. Police across the United States are enforcing Department of Transportation’s first-ever campaign against driving while texting. The six day blitz will aim at everyone—John Q. Public, and

Government Wants Vehicle Ashtray Ban

Government Wants Vehicle Ashtray Ban

Ashtray ban in company vehicles? The government recommends it, plus more rules to stop secondhand smoke in the workplace. Listen to hear what NIOSH says. A tobacco-free work environment is the goal of the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Their new recommendations, including the removal of ashtrays from business trucks and cars,

4 Reasons To Use Lifting Devices

4 Reasons To Use Lifting Devices

Lifting devices at work can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Hear four detailed reasons why forklifts, conveyors and hoists are good investments. Workers can avoid sprains, fractures and musculoskeletal injuries if they use lifting devices. Dollies, hand trucks, or wheelbarrows can be helpful tools in the workplace. Straining while lifting can damage eyeballs? A 2008

Who Pays For Temp PPE?

Who Pays For Temp PPE?

Who pays for temp PPE? Not the worker. The host employer or the staffing agency are ultimately responsible for keeping temporary workers safe with the right gear. OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative clarifies the hot potato of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the temporary worker. These workers suffer more from work related accidents than their full

Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways

Slash Diesel Exhaust In 9 Ways

Diesel exhaust continues to pollute workplaces and kill workers. New research says exposure damages nerves in the lungs. Hear how to slash diesel exhaust. Some types of diesel exhaust contain over 10 times the particles of soot found in gasoline. These soot particles cause cancer. Breathing this exhaust on a regular basis could increase your

9 Volt Battery Myths And Facts

9 Volt Battery Myths And Facts

Battery myths. Can 9 volt batteries start fires, and how do you avoid them? Can 9 volt batteries fatally shock you? We peel away fiction, reveal the truth. Facilities and vehicles can burn down, all because a 9 volt battery was unsafely stored. Even partially charged batteries can put property and people at risk. Hear

6 Ways To Encourage Incident Reporting

6 Ways To Encourage Incident Reporting

Incident reporting increases when workers don’t fear losing their jobs. That’s one of six ways to encourage incident reporting, and improve safety. In this podcast, Dan Clark goes into detail about employee fears of reporting accidents and near misses. Trust of the company is a key component in logging accurate incident information from workers. Dan

7 Levels Of Laser Safety

7 Levels Of Laser Safety

Laser safety in the workplace minimizes the risk of eye injuries. Hear about the 7 laser classes, and the precautions required for each. Lasers are common in a worker’s everyday life, on the job and at home. Many lasers are harmless. Some are very dangerous. Dan Clark reviews the classes of lasers, and explains the

Rooftop Snow Removal Alert From OSHA

Rooftop Snow Removal Alert From OSHA

Rooftop snow removal by workers is so dangerous, OSHA just released a Hazard Alert. Listen for a list of 8 best practices of rooftop snow removal. Winter is still hitting hard, prompting OSHA to warn companies about the perils of working on a roof covered with snow. Hear tips assessing the roof for hazards, considering

Chemical Spill Cleanup In 9 Steps

Chemical Spill Cleanup In 9 Steps

Chemical spill! Stay and clean up, or call 911? Be ready to decide with these 9 steps on evaluating and cleaning up. A toxic chemical spill can happen without warning, requiring fast evaluation and decisions by nearby workers. These 9 steps help employees and managers determine the risks. Evacuation may be necessary, but if not,

Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Permit-Required Confined Spaces

Permit-required confined spaces, PRCS, are simply confined spaces with an added hazard. But who issues the permit? Listen to hear about the hazards and permits. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes the hazards that can complicate work in a confined space. They include toxins or low oxygen in the air, electrocution risk, unguarded machines and

9 Dangers Of Compressed Air

9 Dangers Of Compressed Air

Compressed air comes out of a nozzle at a bazillion miles an hour! Don’t let this dangerous air pressure hurt you or a co-worker. Listen for 9 safety tips. Pressured air tanks, hoses and nozzles can be a dangerous combination if treated casually. Hear about how to protect people and equipment working with compressed air.

Silica Dust Hazards With Countertops

Silica Dust Hazards With Countertops

Silica dust Hazard Alert out from OSHA and NIOSH about stone countertops. Hear about the new warning for fabrication shops or in-home work. OSHA and NIOSH jointly released a Hazard Alert silica dust exposure on February 18th, 2015. This notice is to warn workers of silica exposure when manufacturing and installing countertops. In this podcast,

Table Saw Safety

Table Saw Safety

Table saw safety needs to improve. Thousands of fingers are lost every year in table saw accidents. Better finger saving technology is available, and saw makers should use it. Hear about SawStop, the system that stops a saw blade cold on contact with a body part. It was developed over a decade ago, but saw

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