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.

 
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

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

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

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

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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