Hot Work? You Need A Urine Color Chart

Hot Work? You Need A Urine Color Chart

Hot work dehydrates employees. A urine color chart can help workers monitor hydration by checking the shade of yellow. So says government agency NIOSH, the National Institute For Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH has a new study, the first in 30 years. They say, during hot work, use urine color charts. Workers in a hot

Emotional Driving Spikes Crashes Tenfold

Emotional Driving Spikes Crashes Tenfold

Emotional driving makes a person ten times as likely to get in a crash. Hear how driving mad or sad can be worse than using a cell phone behind the wheel. That’s a red flag for company owners and their employees who drive for work. Drivers who are noticeably emotionally agitated are a huge crash

5 Tips For Snow Safety At Work

5 Tips For Snow Safety At Work

Snow safety avoids on-the-job cold stress and slips, trips and falls. Plan ahead for the next flurry with the right PPE, equipment and vehicles. A snowfall adds additional hazards for outdoor workers. In this podcast, hear about the four major cold stresses caused by exposure to winter weather. Host Dan Clark offers tips on avoiding

Ladder Safety At Work, Pt. 2

Ladder Safety At Work, Pt. 2

Ladder safety begins with both the boss and the worker. Hear tips on how they can increase safety on freestanding and self-supporting ladders. Ladder safety rules are important for companies to establish and post. They should provide properly maintained ladders made from material appropriate for the job. Workers should inspect a ladder before each use.

Trench Sloping Made Easy With Mobile App

Trench Sloping Made Easy With Mobile App

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

10 Most Hazardous Jobs In The US

10 Most Hazardous Jobs In The US

Hazardous jobs ranked by the U.S. government are listed in this podcast. Hear if your career placed in the top 10 for 2014, the most recently tabulated year. Commercial fishing, logging, farming and driving – any kind of vehicle work use – are hazardous jobs. Dan Clark reveals the list in this episode of The

I2P2 – Injury Illness Prevention Programs

I2P2 – Injury Illness Prevention Programs

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:

4 Steps To Prevent Scaffolding Collapse

4 Steps To Prevent Scaffolding Collapse

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

Drones In Construction? 6 Tips To Consider

Drones In Construction? 6 Tips To Consider

Drones in construction can save time surveying and inspecting sites. But contractors should think about drone costs, FAA registration, insurance and more. Hear about six big things to consider before you put down good money for a drone. The biggest issue is the FAA permit, as they are backlogged with applications. Other than the initial

Whole-Body Vibration Hazards

Whole-Body Vibration Hazards

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,

Pervious Concrete Gulps Stormwater

Pervious Concrete Gulps Stormwater

Pervious concrete is a porous pavement that can quickly drain stormwater, saving lives and property from flash floods. Hear about the latest improvements. For over 30 years, pervious concrete has been made with just aggregate and cement, no sand. The void spaces allow stormwater to flow through a slab into the soil, replenishing groundwater. Storm

Do You Love Or Hate This Podcast?

Do You Love Or Hate This Podcast?

Podcast: Hot or not? Please give your opinion of The Safety Brief podcast series. We have more than 160 episodes. We want to know if they are helping you. In this podcast, Dan Clark asks you to grade the content of this twice-weekly audio resource. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and effects (:04) Dan Clark: Do

Confined Spaces with Hazardous Atmospheres

Confined Spaces with Hazardous Atmospheres

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

Recycling Workers And Safety

Recycling Workers And Safety

Recycling workers have over twice the injury rate of all industry. How and what we recycle can make their job safer. Hear how you can help at work and home. Employees at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) face conveyor belts full of sharps, biohazards, chemicals and more. In this podcast, Dan Clark synopsizes the report

Anti-Vibration Gloves A Gimmick?

Anti-Vibration Gloves A Gimmick?

Anti-vibration gloves don’t do much to protect hands and arms from tool and machine shaking. Hear about the initial studies and NIOSH’s recommendations. NIOSH, The National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health, says those purported anti-vibration gloves do a poor job of isolating vibrations from sanders, grinders, pavement tampers and other equipment. In this podcast,

Drive Safely Work Week 2015

Drive Safely Work Week 2015

Drive Safely Work Week is all about workers driving to, at and from work. Get the free media tool kit from NETS. Save lives, save injuries October 5-9, 2015 In this podcast, Dan Clark describes and offers links to The Network Of Employers For Traffic Safety free kit promoting Drive Safely Work Week. Use it

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as a guide to find hazards in their own workplace. The OSHA Top 10 is the most frequently cited standards after inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. They release the list to help companies understand these

Why Your Lungs Hate Asbestos

Why Your Lungs Hate Asbestos

Asbestos fibers can damage lungs years after exposure. Help spread the word about asbestos hazards on Mesothelioma Awareness Day September 26th. Even though it was mostly banned in the 70s, asbestos is still a danger in old buildings and products. Hear about dangers current and retired workers face with mesothelioma. TRANSCRIPT: (:00) intro music and

Driverless Trucks In Road Construction Zones

Driverless Trucks In Road Construction Zones

Driverless trucks for highway work zones will soon be tested by Florida and other states. Hear how autonomous trucks using military technology can be safe. Royal Truck And Equipment in Pennsylvania, and partner Micro Systems of Florida, have co-designed a truck that will operate without anyone at the wheel. The “Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator” is