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.

 
Turkey Fryer Fires

Turkey Fryer Fires

Turkey fryer fires happen more than you might think. Listen to the story of contractors who nearly burned down the house they were building. You’ll hear why the NFPA and fire departments say you shouldn’t use a turkey fryer. In this podcast, Dan Clark interviews concrete contractor Tim Schmerber in Oregon about the 2005 construction

Cement Burns And Irritation

Cement Burns And Irritation

Cement burns and irritations are the #1 occupational skin disease in the U.S. Why is wet cement such a widespread danger? How do workers avoid it? Listen! Cement is in concrete, mortar, tile grout and other common construction materials. And it’s rich in chemicals which are damaging to skin. In this podcast, Dan Clark points

Backover Accidents

Backover Accidents

Backover accidents on jobsites can be avoided with modern technology. Listen to this podcast for new and traditional best practices. Too many workers are killed or injured annually in backover accidents. Dan Clark explains how backup cameras and proximity detection systems can lower the incident rate. If you were involved in an accident and want

Demolition Safety

Demolition Safety

Demolition safety is more complicated than in standard construction. Old structures can be weak and unpredictable. Listen to hear tips on demolitions. Tearing down an old building requires extra prep and caution. In this podcast, Dan Clark tells of common hazards in a demolition. Dan also urges demolition managers to have a detailed plan, and

Brown Bag Lunch Safety

Brown Bag Lunch Safety

Brown bag lunch safety can’t be ignored. One in six Americans gets food poisoning every year, so keep your meal chilled. Food can go bad in two hours. In this podcast, Dan Clark gives some obvious and not-so-obvious tips on how to keep your stomach safe. If you don’t have a fridge at work, arm

Vibration White Finger

Vibration White Finger

Vibration White Finger is an injury from using vibrating tools over extended periods. Also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, it can cause permanent damage. The white fingers name comes from low blood flow due to the collapse of vessels. Nerves and muscles are also injured with excessive vibration. Tools in construction and industry are the

Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, Kills Man

Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, Kills Man

Not wearing a hard hat can kill. A tape measure fell 50 stories. A man, whose hard hat was in his truck, died. This avoidable death happened Monday, November 3rd in New Jersey. We give the painful details, and urge workers to wear their PPE in this podcast. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:01)

Personal Fall Arrest Systems

Personal Fall Arrest Systems

Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are life savers in construction and industry. Hear how to use and maintain them in this podcast. Personal fall arrest systems have three major parts, the anchorage device, body support, and connectors. Dan Clark provides detail on the parts, including the two types of connectors. Also hear how to inspect

Eye Injury First Aid

Eye Injury First Aid

Eye injury first aid only happens if your workplace is prepared. Have a first aid kit, and in hazardous areas, an eyewash station. In this podcast, Dan Clark covers first aid for four types of eye injuries: Specks of debris in the eyes, chemical exposures and burns, flying or falling object impacts and cuts or

Eye Protection At Work

Eye Protection At Work

Eye protection at work could eliminate 90% of eye injuries. Listen to hear how easy it is to protect your eyes on the job. Flying or falling objects account for the lion’s share of eye injuries in the workplace. The sources are as varied as job descriptions—dust, chemical vapors, liquid chemicals, molten metals, and intense

Indoor Air Quality Hazards

Indoor Air Quality Hazards

Indoor air quality hazards are a pain in the brain! In this podcast, learn how to avoid worker headaches by ensuring clean air in the workplace. Hear how employers and building owners need to be aware of dangerous gases and substances that could cause employee illness. And that HVAC systems are the biggest culprit. Workers

Tips For Falling Safely

Tips For Falling Safely

Falling safely at work. Practice it. Yes, practice breaking your fall on the job. You can reduce injuries when you really have slips, trips or falls. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Listen as Dan Clark advises workers to actually develop a technique for falling safely. Dan gives tips on how to fall forward and backward. Also,

Hard Hat Selection And Care

Hard Hat Selection And Care

Hard hat selection and care is critical to safety. It’s your brain. Keep it in a good bucket. Hear about the Types and Classes of safety helmets and hard hats in this podcast. Dan Clark describes Type I and Type II, and how they are designed for impacts from the top and side. Also hear

Big Changes In NFPA 70E For 2015

Big Changes In NFPA 70E For 2015

The NFPA 70E changes for 2015 are substantial. Business owners and safety managers—not just electricians—need to be aware. Hear from the NFPA’s Bill Burke in this podcast. Bill explains the philosophical shift since the 2012 Standard For Electrical Safety In The Workplace. The 2015 edition of NFPA 70E is in effect now. We talk about

Fire Extinguisher Operation

Fire Extinguisher Operation

Fire extinguisher operation is not as easy as point-and-shoot. We explain the types of fires, and the types of extinguishers, and how to use them. What’s burning? Is the source wood, gasoline or electrical? What’s inside the fire extinguisher makes a difference. In this podcast, Dan describes the types of fires, and the various types

Top Forklift Safety Violations

Top Forklift Safety Violations

Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift safety violations, and how to avoid them. Lack of operator training is the most cited forklift violation. Once trained, a worker should be evaluated every three years. Operators should inspect these powered industrial trucks before

Safety Gloves And Skin Protection

Safety Gloves And Skin Protection

Safety gloves and skin protection can help fingers last a lifetime. Hear about many types of work gloves and how to treat your hands in this podcast. Beware of hand dangers in the workplace. Cuts and scrapes are the least of it. Protect workers from chemicals, heat, cold and more. Dan discusses it all here.

Loading Dock Safety

Loading Dock Safety

Loading dock safety is difficult to manage because of constantly moving vehicles, people and materials. Listen to this podcast for tips on improving safety at your loading dock. Workers should beware of trucks backing up trailers, forklifts and other powered transport devices. When walking or driving, employees should be wary of the dock edge. A

Machine Guarding

Machine Guarding

Machine guarding is one of OSHA’s top 10 most-cited safety violations. Workers should respect these devices that protect them from moving parts. In this podcast we cover the types of machine guards, including barrier guards, light curtains, and two-handed tripping devices. It can be a loose clothing hazard if machine guarding is needed or missing.

Stretch Breaks At Work

Stretch Breaks At Work

Stretch breaks for employees have big benefits. You lose a little production time, but make bigger gains in productivity. Workers doing the same task all day need to occasionally loosen up to prevent stiffness and workplace injuries. Company scheduled stretch breaks are an excellent way to encourage employee participation. OSHA says workers should do stretching

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