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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6 Ways To Prevent Workplace Amputations

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3 min read Workplace amputations are in the spotlight at OSHA. They’ve updated their National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Hear about best practices to avoid them. Some industries have over double the number of amputations compared to industry norms. In this podcast, Dan Clark shares six tips to keep workers protected from losing a finger, leg or arm. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: Your job shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. OSHA’s …

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Power Line Safety At Work Sites

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3 min read Power line safety must be checked and double checked when working with lines overhead or underground. Observe the 10 foot Circle Of Safety at any work site. Dan Clark describes the hazards of equipment or vehicles making contact with power lines. Learn about the Circle Of Safety, step potential and touch potential. Dan also gives important advice on how to hop and shuffle out of an area of land which has been energized. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) …

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Confined Spaces with Hazardous Atmospheres

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3 min read Confined spaces need a portable gas monitor if there is a chance of low oxygen, high carbon monoxide or other hazardous atmospheres. Hear about a bump test. A confined space with a hazard, or potential hazard, is called a permit-required confined space. One of those hazards is a hazardous atmosphere. In this podcast, Dan Clark explains how the air a worker breathes needs to be monitored. Portable gas monitors are highly sensitive and can detect …

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5 Safety Data Sheet Questions For OSHA

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4 min read Safety data sheet compliance is hard when suppliers don’t update. Hear OSHA experts answer five important questions on SDSs required in Hazard Communication. The SCHC OSHA Alliance hosted OSHA’s Lana Nieves and Sven Rundman of The Directorate of Enforcement Programs in a webcast to explain what importers and manufacturers need to do in developing a compliant safety data sheet. In this podcast, we focus on safety data sheets discussed in that webcast. SCHC is The …

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7 HazCom Label Questions For OSHA

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4 min read Hazcom label rules are confusing. Get chemical labeling answers direct from OSHA on their Hazard Communication Standard, HCS, implemented June 1st. Hear important information about pictograms, labeling bulk shipping containers, refillable containers, secondary containers and more. In this podcast, we bring you highlights about HazCom labeling from a webcast presented by the SCHC OSHA Alliance featuring OSHA’s Lana Nieves and Sven Rundman of The Directorate of Enforcement Programs. SCHC is The Society for Chemical Hazard …

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Car Wash Chemical Can Kill

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3 min read A car wash chemical can burn skin and even be fatal. A new hazard alert warns of handling hydrofluoric acid used to wash cars and trucks in your fleet. Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industries issued a warning in August about potential burns, nerve damage and paralysis caused by HF acid. The CDC, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports Washington’s findings. In this podcast, Dan Clark describes the care needed when …

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Construction Workers Wheezing From COPD

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4 min read COPD means lung problems, and not just for smokers. Construction workers breathing vapors, gases, dusts and fumes are at risk. Dr. John Dement has the fix. Dr. Dement, of Duke University, teamed with The Center For Construction Research And Training (CPWR) for a study on nearly 20,000 construction workers. Results reveal an 18 percent jump in lung problems due to airborne particulates. In this podcast, Dr. Dement tells host Dan Clark about the study, and …

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