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.

Counterfeit Electrical Products

Counterfeit Electrical Products

Counterfeit electrical products, such as circuit breakers and electrical panels, can cause a building to go up in flames. Hear how to spot the counterfeits. Not just consumer products. There are fake electrical products now at the very heart of electrical safety in building construction. Wiring, infrastructure and switches—which detect a fault condition and interrupt

Hierarchy Of Hazard Control – Explained

Hierarchy Of Hazard Control – Explained

A hazard control hierarchy is simply the steps a company can take to reduce workplace hazards. Hear how to build a hierarchy of hazard control. PPE is the lowest on your list of worker safeguards. It’s the LAST barrier a worker has to injury. Other ways to reduce hazards come above PPE on a pyramid

Snow Shoveling Heart Attacks – Update

Snow Shoveling Heart Attacks – Update

Snow shoveling heart attacks have caused 14 deaths this month, February, 2015, in Chicago alone. Hear why, and how to avoid them. We reported this danger at the start of winter, but it’s worth repeating. Snow shoveling is very hard on the heart. Clearing sidewalks and driveways can raise the pulse above recommended limits after

Avoid The Fatal Four

Avoid The Fatal Four

Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how to avoid them. Over 58% of construction fatalities in 2013 resulted from Caught-in/Between accidents; Electrocutions; Struck-By Object accidents; and Falls. In this podcast, Dan Clark details the statistics from OSHA. Dan also gives tips on

6 Jobsite Posture Tips

6 Jobsite Posture Tips

Every worker can benefit from these 6 jobsite posture tips. Learn how avoid stooping, squatting and twisting at the construction site or office. Hear what’s wrong with raising your arms above your head. Hear what’s wrong with conventional hand tools. Hear how poor posture and bad ergonomics can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Plus, in this

Trench And Excavation Hazards

Trench And Excavation Hazards

Trench and excavation hazards are higher than general construction. Cave-ins kill two workers every 30 days. Hear how to keep workers safe in your big digs. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes trenching protective systems, including sloping, benching, shoring and shielding. You’ll also hear tips from safety official and excavation expert Dan Taillefer about the

Washing Contaminated Work Clothes

Washing Contaminated Work Clothes

Contaminated work clothes should be washed or tossed. Only some can safely be washed at home. Others should be laundered at work, or deemed hazmat! When you drag your dirty carcass home after work, you could be putting family and friends at risk. Your work clothes can spread small, but dangerous, amounts of toxic material

Chemicals And Hearing Loss

Chemicals And Hearing Loss

Chemicals that cause hearing loss are called OTOTOXIC substances. Hear how to protect workers from these common industrial chemicals. Loud sounds in the work environment aren’t the only culprit in hearing damage. In this podcast, Dan Clark tackles ototoxic substances, which can march to your inner ear and give it a smack-down. Hear Dan describe

Itchy Fiberglass Ladders

Itchy Fiberglass Ladders

Fiberglass ladders can be damaged by sunlight, exposing itchy fibers. Eventually, it weakens the ladder, which will need to replaced. In this podcast, Dan Clark talks with ladder expert Dave Francis of Little Giant Ladder Systems. Dave explains the proper care and feeding of fiberglass ladders, and why UV damage can’t be repaired with coatings

Hot Work By Storage Tanks

Hot Work By Storage Tanks

Hot work, such as welding, by storage tanks is obviously dangerous. But even tanks which are seemingly empty or contain normally non-flammable substances are risks for explosions. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells the story of how a storage container of just water and fish residue caused an explosion and worker death during hot work.

Asbestos Dangers

Asbestos Dangers

Asbestos dangers are still here, even though the building material was banned, or mostly banned, over three decades ago. Hear this podcast for the hazards and solutions. Asbestos was used in many construction materials up to 1981. It was banned for common usage due to health issues such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Construction

Lead Hazards

Lead Hazards

Lead hazards are still here, even though leaded paint and gasoline were phased out years ago. Listen for current lead hazards, and how to avoid them. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of the lead hazards in many jobs, including battery manufacturing, old building demolition, radiator work, and even at shooting ranges. Dan describes what

Cold Stress

Cold Stress

Cold stress sneaks up on workers and puts them at risk. Hear about the four main cold stresses in this podcast. Exposure to the cold can bring on frostbite, chilblains, trench foot and hypothermia. Dan Clark gives the symptoms and treatment for all four of these cold stresses. Dan also gives tips on how employers,

Workplace Holiday Fires

Workplace Holiday Fires

Workplace holiday fires can happen in an instant. Be careful with electricity, heat sources and flammables with workplace decorations inside and outside. Electrical hazards abound, especially with those funky, ten-year-old light strings in the company storage room. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of other tips to avoid shock and fire. Heat sources at work

Snow Shoveling Heart Attacks

Snow Shoveling Heart Attacks

Snow shoveling heart attacks happen in young and old, fat and skinny. Hear why this sudden cardiac arrest occurs, and how to avoid it. Snow shoveling causes a rapid increase in heart rate, beyond the safe range of healthy people, let alone the average couch potato. Coupled with constricted blood vessels due to cold weather,

OSHA Finally Embraces GHS

OSHA Finally Embraces GHS

The deadline for OSHA’s new HazCom labeling standards, based on GHS, is June 1st, 2015. Are you compliant? OSHA has new requirements for labeling chemicals. In this podcast, HazCom industry expert Chuck Paulausky details these new standards, based on the Globally Harmonized System, GHS. Most manufacturers already comply with the new labeling standards, so buyers

Lone Worker Safety Monitoring

Lone Worker Safety Monitoring

Lone worker safety monitoring is important. Without it, workers on the job—alone—face dangers without help in sight. Employees are often isolated from other people in many jobs. Security guards, maintenance people and overnight convenience store clerks can go for hours without contact. Modern technology allows monitoring of these solo workers, and Dan Clark discusses the

Workplace Safety Myths Debunked

Workplace Safety Myths Debunked

Workplace safety myths are hazardous hogwash. We debunk four common myths about safety. Listen to stay safe! Folklore that “accidents happen” has been proven wrong. But are people naturally accident prone? In this podcast, Dan Clark delves into these topics, and the half-truths about PPE keeping everyone safe. Is it okay to punish workers involved

Airless Tires For Heavy Equipment

Airless Tires For Heavy Equipment

Airless tires are finally coming to jobsites, where tire punctures are notorious. Now, Michelin is making some available for heavy equipment. Safety improves. Non-pneumatic tires (NPT) have been on the wish list of contractors and industry owners for many years. Light, airless tire choices have been limited to riding lawn mowers and golf carts. In

Thanksgiving Leftover Lunch Safety

Thanksgiving Leftover Lunch Safety

Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch on Monday? Find out if they are safe to eat in this super short podcast! Dan Clark tells of the 2-2-4 formula for storing all of that leftover holiday food. It’s good advice for anyone taking leftovers for lunch at work. Also in this podcast, Dan reveals a surprising truth about

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