Trench Sloping Made Easy With Mobile App

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2 min read Trench sloping at a safe angle prevents cave-ins and saves lives. Trench Right is the free mobile app designed to calculate safe slopes in all soil types. Trench collapses needlessly kill workers every year. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes the new tool to avoid collapses. Simply input excavation dimensions, soil type and penetrometer readings into Trench Right. It quickly reveals the safe angle for trench sloping. See the transcript for links to the iOS …

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5 Safety Goals For The New Year

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2 min read Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the new year. Hear about five targets of safety growth. Dan Clark says reviewing the current year and looking ahead to expected regulations are a couple ways to reach your safety goals. Communication, eliminating distractions and practicing for emergencies also increase the safety odds at work. Finally, Dan reminds safety managers and owners to have reasonable, …

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OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop

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2 min read OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop is a song. It’s a gift to listeners of The Safety Brief podcast and a tip of the hat to OSHA employees. Merry Christmas! Our podcast crew concocted this original piece and you’re welcome to share it with anyone. It’s available free on iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Facebook and our own website, TheSafetyBrief.com. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) Dan Clark: This is The Safety Brief podcast. I’m Dan Clark wishing you a merry …

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Arc Flash and Winter Underwear

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2 min read Arc flash can melt synthetic underwear right to your skin. Wear arc-rated base layers, socks and briefs beneath an arc-rated jacket. An arc-rated coat may seem like an all-protective shield, but don’t be fooled. Thermal hazards are just waiting to overheat your non-arc-rated undergarments! What about spandex waistbands? In this podcast, Dan Clark reviews the 2015 OSHA clarifications on the flammability of spandex. Also, hear about the polyester molecule that’s flame-resistant in modern arc-rated wear …

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Respirator Fit Tests And Medical Evaluations

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3 min read Respirator fit tests are required by OSHA. But the employer must also do a medical evaluation of an employee before they wear a respirator on the job. A worker does not need to see a doctor, but he or she must answer an extensive list of questions which is then reviewed by a medical professional. A link to the OSHA-required questionnaire is in the transcript, below. Also in this podcast, Dan Clark details the two …

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I2P2 – Injury Illness Prevention Programs

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3 min read I2P2 is shorthand for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Even though OSHA doesn’t have a standard, they’re still a good idea. Dan Clark explains how to start an I2P2, including mandatory management and worker involvement. Look in the transcript for links to OSHA programs such as VPP and SHARP. State programs are also linked. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: I2P2 … not a Star Wars character. It stands for Injury and …

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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

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3 min read Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed new walking-working surfaces rule. Good footwear, guardrails and housekeeping are just a few of the tips Dan Clark offers to avoid workers’ slips, trips and falls. Also featured are quotes from OSHA head Dr. David Michaels on the long-delayed walking-working surfaces rule. Dan wonders why there is a fall protection requirement of four feet in …

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4 Steps To Prevent Scaffolding Collapse

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3 min read Scaffolding collapse can be dangerous and expensive. Avoid it with trained personnel and proper equipment. Hear the four elements of constructing scaffolds. Do you need a Competent Person, a Qualified Person or an Engineer? Dan Clark explains the difference between the three. Scaffold construction and inspection are also covered in this podcast, as well as staff training. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: We don’t set up scaffolding and then expect it …

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7 Hazards Of Oil And Gas Extraction

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3 min read Oil and gas extraction can knock a worker on his butt. Or much worse. Hear about the on and off-site hazards of this high-risk job and how to avoid them. Vehicle, struck-by and fall accidents are some of the seven hazards facing oil and gas extraction workers. In this podcast, Dan Clark shares the dangers and best practices for prevention in this active sector. Also hear what OSHA and NIOSH have planned to stem the …

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Whole-Body Vibration Hazards

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3 min read Whole-body vibration is dangerous for workers, but OSHA has no standard on vibration limitation. Hear what safety managers can do to reduce worker risk. An employee sitting, standing or reclining on a vibrating machine or vehicle is susceptible to WBV, whole-body vibration. It can affect vision, the bones, joints and the gut. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes what is known, and much of what is not know about WBV. It’s valuable advice for the …

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