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Safety Articles

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklifts are powerful tools that have transformed the way industrial facilities work. With such a powerful tool comes the risk of injury. This article outlines how to increase forklift safety.

Food Security

Food Security

With the 2011 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, considerable attention has been focused on the purity of our foods from the perspective of accidental contamination.

Arc Flash Label Requirements

Arc Flash Label Requirements

Arc flash hazard labels must be placed on any piece of electrical equipment where workers might need to perform work while the equipment is still energized.

Behavior-Based Safety

Behavior-Based Safety

Behavior-Based Safety, when used properly, can increase safety and improve employee engagement in safety programs. Learn how BBS can help you improve your safety program.

A Quick Guide to Underground Utility Labeling

A Quick Guide to Underground Utility Labeling

Underground utility labeling is an essential ingredient to every project that involves construction. This article outlines the step-by-step process of getting your site inspected for utilities, and how to label underground lines safely and accurately.

Safety Committee

Safety Committee

Implementing a safety committee can help improve the overall safety of your company. Discussing safety concerns and resolving them will keep your employees safe.

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

If you are looking to implement or update a pipe marking strategy for your facility it is important to gathering as much information as possible. Read More...

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical wire colors are essential to the safety of anyone working with electricity. Click here and learn more about electrical color standards.

The Two Faces of OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011

The Two Faces of OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011

OSHA regulations require businesses to follow one of two safety sign standards to remain in compliance: ANSI 1967 and ANSI 2011. Take a look at these two styles and pick the one that best meets your needs.

What is HAZCOM?

What is HAZCOM?

Hazcom is designed to help employees to quickly identify hazardous chemicals. Learn more beneficial information about Hazcom.

NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E

NFPA 70E was created to help prevent injuries to workers in energized environments. If you’re working with live energy, you need to know this safety standard to stay OSHA compliant.

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enhancement Program (SVEP) was created to help ensure companies actually improve safety practices instead of just paying fines for violations. Learn how to avoid getting this designation by improving your workplace safety protocols and become a safe, efficient facility.

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste water treatment labeling ensures that all water and flow is accurately labeled. keeping employees safe from contaminated water.

Neutral Wire Color

Neutral Wire Color

Since electricity is an essential component of virtually every facility, it’s important to know which wires are associated with what color, and at what voltage.

OSHA Accident Reports: How to Handle the Aftermath of a Work-Related Injury or Illness

OSHA Accident Reports: How to Handle the Aftermath of a Work-Related Injury or Illness

All companies want to avoid accidents, but an unfortunate reality is that work-related injuries happen. How a company reacts to the incident is crucial.

Compliance Audit

Compliance Audit

Compliance audits are intended to help improve safety both for employees of the company, and for the community as a whole. Learn more about compliance audits how to prepare for them.

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

The best way to enhance safety is keeping workers informed, and floor markings are the most reliable, durable method of ensuring that everyone is aware of potential hazards.

Anhydrous Ammonia – Safety & Labeling

Anhydrous Ammonia – Safety & Labeling

Concentrated (or anhydrous) ammonia presents significant hazards to people and the environment. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Every time a door opens, it presents a potential hazard to anyone on the opposite side. With careful floor marking, you can massively reduce this risk and prevent numerous injuries.

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

Industrial Floor Marking Guidelines

OSHA doesn’t offer much guidance on how floor markings should be installed, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips and best practices to ensure your markings are useful, straightforward, and helpful to everyone in your facility.

Floor Marking For 5S

Floor Marking For 5S

Inexpensive yet endlessly practical floor markings can drastically simplify your 5S efforts, while saving you time and money. Learn more in our latest article.

Wire Color Codes

Wire Color Codes

Proper electrical wiring is not the place for uncertainity. Fortunately, Wire Color Codes exist to protect you from harm, while ensuring that the lights stay on.

HMIS Labels

HMIS Labels

Having a complete understanding of the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) is essential to keeping your employees safe when working with chemicals.

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Use floor markings to make sure you can find the fire extinguisher and that it is not blocked in an emergency.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration | OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration | OSHA

Get answers to the most common questions regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Hazard Pictograms

Hazard Pictograms

More than crude drawings, these nine illustrations protect millions of people throughout a variety of industries each and every day.

HAZWOPER: Training For Hazardous Substances

HAZWOPER: Training For Hazardous Substances

Crucial training for anyone who works with or near hazardous waste, the HAZWOPER standard seeks to keep workers safe and prevent environmental catastrophe.

OSHA Card

OSHA Card

The term OSHA Card refers to a type of certification that is issued from OSHA after completing authorized training that they provide.

Pipeline Labeling

Pipeline Labeling

Pipeline labeling is essential when using pipelines in the facility. Without the proper labeling, you are putting your employees at risk.

Workplace Lifting Safety

Workplace Lifting Safety

Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. Save time and money by learning how to prevent lifting injuries.

Crane Safety

Crane Safety

Crane safety is essential when working within a construction area. Check out this article for important information and a crane safety checklist.

Metal-Detectable Labels (FDA Food Labeling Compliant)

Metal-Detectable Labels (FDA Food Labeling Compliant)

Accidental contamination is a major worry in the food industry, and while it’s impossible to completely rule out all contamination, metal detectable labels help eliminate a significant danger.

Forklift Safety

Forklift Safety

Forklift safety injuries have been on the rise and its up to you to help fix it. Here are some forklift safety tips to help you get started.

Job Safety Analysis

Job Safety Analysis

Job safety analysis is a great process to learn and understand to help identify safety hazards within the workplace. Learn more ›

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a visual workplace can help improve efficiency and reduce workplace injuries. Check out these tips for creating a visual workplace.

Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

Proper warehouse management can dramatically improve both efficiency and safety. This article covers everything you need to know.

NFPA 704

NFPA 704

NFPA 704 is a set of standards used to identify hazardous materials so that emergency response professionals will know the dangers.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Implementing proper hazardous waste disposal tools within the workplace is essential for keeping employees safe. Do you have these hazardous waste tools?

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-term exposure limits are a guideline that employers can use for how long an employee can be exposed to certain chemicals before their safety is compromised. Find out more...

Safety Audit

Safety Audit

In a safety audit, information is gathered about one or more aspects of the workplace in order to evaluate the risk levels for health or safety issues including efficiency, reliability, and effectiveness of their health and safety systems.

Planned Maintenance

Planned Maintenance

Planned maintenance, also known as planned preventative maintenance or scheduled maintenance, is an activity where a company will schedule work done in order to avoid outages.

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

In most facilities there is no way to eliminate dangerous levels of noise, so it becomes necessary to wearing hearing protection. Hearing protection is regulated by ANSI S3.19 standards.

Visual Factories

Visual Factories

Visual factories use signs, posters, charts, labels and floor marking to provide information that improves efficiency, safety and productivity in the workplace. This is a fairly simple concept that yields excellent results.

Hard Hat Classes

Hard Hat Classes

Each hard hat class is designed specifically to help provide protection against certain types of hazards. Learn about hard hat classes to ensure the right hats are used to keep everyone safe.

OSHA 10 Card / Certification

OSHA 10 Card / Certification

The OSHA 10 Hour Training program teaches those in attendance all about workplace hazards, the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, workplace safety, and more.

NIST Certification / Calibration

NIST Certification / Calibration

NIST is a standards laboratory that is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce that certifies that the equipment used by labs or manufacturing facilities is properly calibrated according to the industry standards in place.

ANSI Z87.1 – Safety Glasses

ANSI Z87.1 – Safety Glasses

ANSI Z87.1 focuses on safety glasses and helps employers and employees make decisions that can help protect people’s eyes and face from a variety of threats.

HAZOP

HAZOP

When done properly, the HAZOP process will identify potential design or process flaws that were not discovered in the past.

OSHA General Duty Clause

OSHA General Duty Clause

The OSHA General Duty Clause is in place to require that employers provide employees with a workplace free from any recognizable hazards that could put them at risk of death or serious injury.

Ammonia Refrigeration

Ammonia Refrigeration

When using ammonia refrigeration, or ammonia for anything in the workplace, there are a variety of OSHA regulations that need to be followed.

OSHA 1910.39 Fire Prevention

OSHA 1910.39 Fire Prevention

Fire prevention safety is important for all employees and workplaces. This article explains fire prevention standards and provides helpful tips.

OSHA 1910.145 Warning Signs and Tags

OSHA 1910.145 Warning Signs and Tags

Understanding OSHA standards for warning signs and tags is an essential part creating a safe work environment.

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

When following the ANSI A13.1 standards, the most important thing is to understand the six most common color schemes.

OSHA Hearing Protection Requirements

OSHA Hearing Protection Requirements

Many people don't think about hearing protection when we talk about safety, but hearing injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the work place.

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Installing floor markings for forklift traffic can help improve safety and efficiency in warehouses and factories. Take these steps to keep employees safe.

Understanding the NFPA 704 Labeling System

Understanding the NFPA 704 Labeling System

Learn how to properly label hazardous materials following NFPA 704 labeling standards.

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

These five lean manufacturing tools are essential for making your lean journey a success.

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Warehouse floors provide an opportunity for visual communication. Find out what floor signs, tapes, and shapes you can use.

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Typical Lockout Tagout Procedures

Find out how to use lockout tagout procedures for different kinds of energy including electrical, chemical, and pneumatic.

GHS Label Information

GHS Label Information

A closer look at OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard—1900.1200—and how it applies to your facility.

Types of Floor Marking

Types of Floor Marking

Many options exist for marking floors. Learn about floor tapes, virtual floors signs, and more.

Confined Space Hazards

Confined Space Hazards

When is it safe to work in a confined space? Get the details in this article.

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Learn how arc flash works and how it relates to your larger electrical safety program.

Lockout Tagout Program

Lockout Tagout Program

Understand the basic requirements for preventing the accidental startup of equipment during maintenance.

Safety Colors

Safety Colors

Using colors strategically makes communication in your facility more effective. Get the details about common color codes.

Arc Flash PPE

Arc Flash PPE

Make sure everyone knows what protective equipment they need to work near this serious hazard.

ANSI Z535

ANSI Z535

An in-depth look at ANSI’s standard for safety signs and labels in the workplace.

Forklift Safety Tips

Forklift Safety Tips

This helpful list for drivers provides 15 practical tips for safe forklift operation.

Floor Stickers - Life Saving Uses

Floor Stickers - Life Saving Uses

Improve safety in your workplace by using these 10 types of floor signs.

Washington State – Accident Prevention Program

Washington State – Accident Prevention Program

Find out the basic requirements of an accident prevention program. Then learn how to implement or improve one.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Get an overview of common PPE requirements for the workplace including breathing protection, eye protection, and more.

Guide for Proper Valve Tag Use

Guide for Proper Valve Tag Use

Tips and recommendations for labeling the valves on your pipe system.

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

10 Essential Steps for Electrical Safety

Follow these 10 steps to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

Arc Flash Software

Arc Flash Software

A review of common software programs that will help you reduce arc flash hazards.

Aisle Marking Tape

Aisle Marking Tape

Learn the requirements for marking aisles and the best methods for doing so.

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

Implementing GHS has been an evolving process for many companies. Here's what you need to know.

Hierarchy of Hazards

Hierarchy of Hazards

An explanation of the best ways to mitigate hazards: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE.

MSDS to SDS

MSDS to SDS

Learn the difference between the old material safety data sheets and the new GHS/HazCom safety data sheets.

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

The ANSI/ASME A13.1 pipe marking color code explained.

OSHA Facts

OSHA Facts

Everything you need to know about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Arc Flash Facts

Arc Flash Facts

Arc flash can cause serious damage to people and property. Learn how arc flash works and how you can prevent it.

OSHA Floor Marking

OSHA Floor Marking

Find out what OSHA has to say about marking your facility's floors.

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

PSM is an OSHA standard developed for companies that handle hazardous chemicals.

Cable Management

Cable Management

Properly marking wires can improve organization, facilitate faster maintenance, increase safety, and more.

GHS Label Creation

GHS Label Creation

Find out how to make Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labels in 3 steps.

Floor Marking Comprehensive Research, Education & Training

Floor Marking Comprehensive Research, Education & Training

Everything you need to know about marking your facility’s floors. Types of markings, practical tips, and more.


Safety Blog Posts

Safety Infographics

Drone Safety

Drone Safety

Text From Infographic Drone Safety Though they once seemed like the products of a distant future, drones are now used for all… 

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace 1000 eye injuries occur every day in U.S. workplaces, according to OSHA estimates. Injuries range from eye… 

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

Text From Infographic 5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program WHAT IS 5S? The 5S methodology is a systematic approach to workplace… 

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Six reasons you should stop buying labels from a catalog and start printing your own labels with an industrial label… 

Pokemon GO: Safety Do's and Don'ts

Pokemon GO: Safety Do's and Don'ts

Pokémon Go: Safety Dos & Don'ts Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings. Don't tresspass on private… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2015* Fall Protection (1926.501) - 6,721 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 5,192 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) - 4,295 Violations … 

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories The Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Category is determined by consulting the PPE tables in article… 

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR FALL DISTANCE +   Lanyard Length (LL) +   Energy Absorber Deceleration… 

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint The average factory in the U.S. is 600,000 square feet. Many of them contain… 

10 Tips to Keep You Awake and Safe on the Job

10 Tips to Keep You Awake and Safe on the Job

10 Tips to Keep you Awake and Safe on the Job The CDC officially recognizes insufficient sleep as a public health… 

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba – A Powerful Piece of Your Lean Toolbox Gemba is a straightforward way for business owners and managers to find… 

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

How to stay on top of ladder safety Each day ladder-related accidents cause: 2000 Injuries 1 Fatality In the workplace, 20% of… 

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers in the Workplace Safety 2.8 million workplace injuries occur every year in the US alone.This equates… 

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101 - Why is pipe marking important? Safety - Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors. Efficiency - No wasted time… 

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect. Inspections have four main parts Presentation of Credentials The inspector will present credentials, which contain a… 

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries They may seem simple and ordinary, but they sure add up! Knowing the kinds of injuries… 

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS: What's Next? The timeline of GHS Compliance The GHS Mission: To internationally standardize classification and labeling of chemicals with pictograms, signal… 

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash An Arc Flash is an energy discharge that forms when a fault occurs in an… 

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S.

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S.

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S. These jobs had the highest rate of fatal injuries for full-time employees for… 

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

It's Pipe Marking Season! Are you in Compliance? Now that the snow is melting and spring is springing, this is a… 

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about? Poka Yoke is a simple concept that is often used in manufacturing. It means “mistake-proofing.”… 

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention There are approximately one million active forklifts in the United States. It is estimated that 11%… 

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety Lockout/Tagout regulations are based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 “Control of Hazardous Energy” standard Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) refers to the specific… 

The 12 Days of Christmas Safety

The 12 Days of Christmas Safety

The 12 Days of Christmas Safety Clean your chimney. Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires. Make sure your outdoor lights… 

Safety Podcasts

Workplace safety improves from watching The Shawshank Redemption? Dr. Timothy Ludwig says we can learn about safety complacency from the… 

Actively Caring For People. What? Hear what Behavioral Safety has become. In this podcast, we talk with Dr. E. Scott Geller,… 

Safety programs work best by consulting workers. EHS expert Lori Siegelman of W&M Environmental tells how to involve employees to… 

A safety vest that alerts a roadside worker of oncoming vehicles is in the works. Hear about the InZoneAlert safety… 

Behavior observation means workers watch out for each other. Safety expert Marc McClure shatters myths, tells of reducing incidents with… 

Total Worker Health. Dr. Bud Harris says it's safety goggles and an apple. It's occupational safety and health protection plus… 

Forklifts vs. pedestrians. Who has to stop? People on foot technically have the right-of-way. But some say powered industrial trucks… 

HazCom labels and SDSs are confusing - until now. Two OSHA industrial hygienists explain what is happening right now with… 

Front-line workers shouldn’t be fired for blowing the whistle on safety. Their observations need to be taken seriously by managers,… 

Safety kickoffs can alienate experienced workers. Learn how to bring these staffers into new, safer realms with John Drebinger, Jr.,… 

Safety kickoffs can have spark and NOT be boring. Hear John Drebinger, Jr., expert safety speaker, give great tips on… 

Safety apps picked by safety expert Paul Colangelo. He debuted the 10 best at ASSE’s Safety 2015. Hear Paul offer… 

Buy Quiet - for less occupational noise exposure. Many power tools are designed to be quiet. A NIOSH expert tells… 

OSHA inspections are a breeze if you’re ready. An OSHA Consultation Manager tells how OSHA can help your company be… 

Counterfeit electrical components can instantly burst into flames. Hear how to identify fake wiring, breakers and switches from Brett Brenner… 

Fall prevention requires employer planning and employee training. Listen to Matt McNicholas of OSHA discuss the annual Construction Fall Safety… 

Fall prevention saves lives. Hear Dr. Christine Branche of NIOSH talk passionately about the annual Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down May… 

HazCom labeling changes are here. OSHA’s new standards finally match GHS labeling. Expert Chuck Paulausky, CHMM, explains hazard communication labeling. Chuck… 

NFPA 70E electrical standards see a major shift in the 2015 edition. Hear Bill Burke of the NFPA explain the… 

Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for… 

Ladder safety increases with tips from expert Dave Francis. 3 points of contact/control, fiberglass vs. wood, correct footwear and more… 

Earthquake safety at work? A quake could happen while employees are on the job. Prep with workplace emergency supplies, equipment… 

Unsafe generation. New people entering the workforce, the Millennials, are unskilled and unsafe. Hear safety expert Elaine Cullen explain why… 

Safety Management. Has it helped workplace safety improve? Safety management systems expert Maureen Johnson, of IBM, rates 30 years of… 

Safety recognition programs that cost the least work the best. Hear a former OSHA trainer explain how to have a… 

OSHA inspections can create panic in every safety manager. Relax. An OSHA Enforcement Manager responds to 18 questions on inspections,… 

Combustible dust explosions can happen in a confined workspace without notice. Hear dust and flammability expert Dr. Ashok Dastidar discuss… 

High noise levels make you shout to be heard? You’re at high risk for on-the-job injury. Hear about noise-induced hearing… 

Safety observations can eliminate deadly workplace accidents? Hear how one man hopes to use statistics to stop fatal accidents by… 

Safety observers don’t have to be safety managers. You can count on regular employees to monitor safety. Hear about the… 

  Flame resistant clothing now means comfort. Hear about the new polyester FR fabric, a comfort and safety breakthrough from Bulwark… 

The Safety Iceberg: Just 10% of workplace safety issues are obvious. Hear expert Rosa Carrillo explain why 90% of safety… 

Does on-the-job safety improve if managers set a good safety example? Yes! Hear the study results: A leader’s safety behavior… 

Safety resources for free? Former OSHA inspector, Dave Weber, explains why he offers the goods. Listen, be inspired, and find… 

The old suggestion box used to be a fair way for employees to offer ideas at their organization. However, over… 

Starting A Visual Workplace should not mean you’ll get a pink slip because of workplace efficiency. Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth explains. In… 

Starting A Visual Workplace—improving efficiency with Visuality. Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth explains better work flow through visual devices. Dr. Galsworth defines the… 

10 Rules For Forklift Safety can keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the job. Some forklift safety tips are obvious,… 

Safety Experts Talk is the place where manufacturing and construction experts discuss safety and continuous improvement. Listen to keep workers… 

Eye and face protection must be worn correctly by the worker and provided by the employer. Hear OSHA’s answers to… 

Hot work dehydrates employees. A urine color chart can help workers monitor hydration by checking the shade of yellow. So… 

Emotional driving makes a person ten times as likely to get in a crash. Hear how driving mad or sad… 

Thermal imaging can make a safer workplace. Add-on thermal imaging devices are available for your smartphone. Soon we’ll see the… 

Chemical hazards can lurk, unseen. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says we should learn from the West Fertilizer Company… 

Occupational skin disease (OSD) is caused by hazardous agents directly affecting the skin or creeping through it to wreak havoc… 

Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories… 

Portable containers for hazardous chemicals in the workplace can have NO labeling in only two situations, according to OSHA's HazCom… 

Carbon monoxide hazards spike in winter when heaters and fuel-gobbling equipment are used indoors. Beware of poisoning from odorless carbon… 

Permit-required confined spaces aren’t just sewer pipes. Semi-trailers can be hazardous too. Hear about hazards in three trailer types, empty… 

Forklift blind spots are everywhere. Forward, back, left and right. Hear how to avoid collisions and injuries when hauling large… 

Storm cleanup done by company employees can cause them injury. Listen for tips on how to protect workers from the… 

PPE vending machines in the workplace can increase safety and lower cost. Hear about the many types of machines and… 

First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015 and if… 

OSHA 300A is a safety form most employers need to display in the workplace by February 1 annually. Hear how… 

Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of… 

Arc blast dangers can be minimized with a Hierarchy Of Controls. Hear the difference between arc flash and arc blast,… 

Snow safety avoids on-the-job cold stress and slips, trips and falls. Plan ahead for the next flurry with the right… 

Ladder safety begins with both the boss and the worker. Hear tips on how they can increase safety on freestanding… 

Trench sloping at a safe angle prevents cave-ins and saves lives. Trench Right is the free mobile app designed to… 

Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the… 

OSHA Inspection At Santa’s Workshop is a song. It’s a gift to listeners of The Safety Brief podcast and a… 

Arc flash can melt synthetic underwear right to your skin. Wear arc-rated base layers, socks and briefs beneath an arc-rated… 

Forklift overturns are the leading cause of forklift deaths in the U.S. Hear about six simple ways to dodge overturns… 

Respirator fit tests are required by OSHA. But the employer must also do a medical evaluation of an employee before… 

Hazardous jobs ranked by the U.S. government are listed in this podcast. Hear if your career placed in the top… 

Turkey fryer disasters can happen in the workplace, not just at home. Hear how a pre-Thanksgiving jobsite cookout torched a… 

I2P2 is shorthand for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Even though OSHA doesn’t have a standard, they’re still a good… 

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed… 

Scaffolding collapse can be dangerous and expensive. Avoid it with trained personnel and proper equipment. Hear the four elements of… 

Oil and gas extraction can knock a worker on his butt. Or much worse. Hear about the on and off-site… 

Drones in construction can save time surveying and inspecting sites. But contractors should think about drone costs, FAA registration, insurance… 

Whole-body vibration is dangerous for workers, but OSHA has no standard on vibration limitation. Hear what safety managers can do… 

Pervious concrete is a porous pavement that can quickly drain stormwater, saving lives and property from flash floods. Hear about… 

Workplace amputations are in the spotlight at OSHA. They’ve updated their National Emphasis Program on amputations. Hear about best practices… 

Power line safety must be checked and double checked when working with lines overhead or underground. Observe the 10 foot… 

Podcast: Hot or not? Please give your opinion of The Safety Brief podcast series. We have more than 160 episodes.… 

Confined spaces need a portable gas monitor if there is a chance of low oxygen, high carbon monoxide or other… 

Recycling workers have over twice the injury rate of all industry. How and what we recycle can make their job… 

Anti-vibration gloves don’t do much to protect hands and arms from tool and machine shaking. Hear about the initial studies… 

Drive Safely Work Week is all about workers driving to, at and from work. Get the free media tool kit… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as… 

Asbestos fibers can damage lungs years after exposure. Help spread the word about asbestos hazards on Mesothelioma Awareness Day September… 

Driverless trucks for highway work zones will soon be tested by Florida and other states. Hear how autonomous trucks using… 

Safety data sheet compliance is hard when suppliers don’t update. Hear OSHA experts answer five important questions on SDSs required… 

Hazcom label rules are confusing. Get chemical labeling answers direct from OSHA on their Hazard Communication Standard, HCS, implemented June… 

A car wash chemical can burn skin and even be fatal. A new hazard alert warns of handling hydrofluoric acid… 

COPD means lung problems, and not just for smokers. Construction workers breathing vapors, gases, dusts and fumes are at risk.… 

Pesticide safety needs an uptick! Thousands of people are poisoned every year and many don’t know the cause. Listen to… 

A new fatality database can help workers avoid death dangers and help managers predict which jobs generate risk. Hear how… 

Wildfire smoke is a creeping health hazard in the western US. Hear how to breathe safely as the smoke moves… 

Fall protection with personal fall arrest systems in residential construction is no longer a controversy. A new study says a… 

Traffic deaths have jumped by 14 percent from the same period in 2014. Injuries are up even more. We dig… 

Safety glasses that can track eye blinks and tell you when you’re tired? Hear about three smartglasses that keep drivers… 

Eyewashes can injure the eyes if the water is allowed to stagnate. OSHA issued a reminder about flushing and cleaning… 

Earthquake kit sales are up after a published earthquake warning. Employers can plan ahead with kits and employee drills in… 

Wind energy safety is a careful blend of fall protection, electrical hazard awareness and much more. Hear the best practices… 

Fire shelters for firefighters may soon withstand more heat, thanks to NASA. Testing is on now for fire shelters made… 

Truck underride rules may be expanded by NHTSA. The agency may soon require underride guards on the backs of trucks… 

Work-related asthma can be stopped dead in its tracks if employers and employees work together. Hear nine ways to prevent… 

CONFINED SPACES IN CONSTRUCTION gets a 2 month deferral. OSHA won’t issue citations for violations of its new rule until… 

Safety apps can help avoid injuries or save a life. Safety expert Paul Colangelo reports about his 10 picks for… 

Safety apps can help prevent worker injuries. Paul Colangelo, a safety expert, describes his 10 favorites. Most are free, some… 

July 4th safety is just as important as safety at work. Use your head, and follow these seven common sense… 

A transparent truck can allow cars to pass safely. Video screens on the back of the big rig show the… 

An airbag recall involves many trucks and pickups from 11 automakers. Hear about the lethal makes, models and years affected,… 

Temp workers have double the accidents and serious injuries compared to permanent employees. Hear a government agency’s solution to this… 

Survive a work vehicle crash with 11 tips. If you drive a company truck, car, or van listen for ways… 

Hearing protection for workers comes in two varieties, earmuffs and earplugs. Hear selection tips for both, including their Noise Reduction… 

Eye protection should ramp up in summer, when outdoor workers are exposed to more hazards. Hear how cheap sunglasses may… 

The Halo Light makes sure workers are visible at night. It's not just for highway crews. The light is great… 

Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an… 

Workplace concussions should not be taken lightly. They’re serious brain injuries which should be reported to management, then reviewed by… 

Heat safety is easier with OSHA’s updated smartphone app in your pocket. Their Heat Safety Tool calculates the current heat… 

Self-driving trucks? An 18-wheel big rig now drives itself on the highways of Nevada. Hear from someone who's been in… 

Unsafe in construction. One group of young, immigrant workers wins the prize for most at-risk in construction. Hear about the… 

Work zone safety near live traffic is critical. Hear advice on keeping your workers safe with a traffic control plan,… 

Fall prevention is up to the employer. Hear OSHA’s Matt McNicholas and NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche talk about the National… 

Landscaping machines cause many injuries. In this podcast, hear about the three biggest culprits, and how to stay safe around… 

OSHA issued a confined spaces in construction rule. It’s about time. After noodling with it for over 20 years, the… 

OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and… 

Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 should be observed by focusing on workplace illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals. Listen for the reasons. Employers… 

Workplace violence prevention should be the sober goal of every company. Hear how to keep workers safe from the public,… 

Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions. Find… 

Nail gun safety increases with modern, well maintained equipment. Keep nail gunners from getting an injury with these six tips. The… 

Extended workdays can be good and bad. Workers enjoy longer weekends. However, workplace safety can decrease when shifts stretch past… 

Texting and driving will get you a ticket in the DOT’s national crackdown April 10-15, 2015. Companies can be fined… 

Ashtray ban in company vehicles? The government recommends it, plus more rules to stop secondhand smoke in the workplace. Listen… 

Lifting devices at work can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Hear four detailed reasons why forklifts, conveyors and hoists are… 

Who pays for temp PPE? Not the worker. The host employer or the staffing agency are ultimately responsible for keeping… 

Diesel exhaust continues to pollute workplaces and kill workers. New research says exposure damages nerves in the lungs. Hear how… 

Battery myths. Can 9 volt batteries start fires, and how do you avoid them? Can 9 volt batteries fatally shock… 

Incident reporting increases when workers don’t fear losing their jobs. That’s one of six ways to encourage incident reporting, and… 

Laser safety in the workplace minimizes the risk of eye injuries. Hear about the 7 laser classes, and the precautions… 

Rooftop snow removal by workers is so dangerous, OSHA just released a Hazard Alert. Listen for a list of 8… 

Chemical spill! Stay and clean up, or call 911? Be ready to decide with these 9 steps on evaluating and… 

Permit-required confined spaces, PRCS, are simply confined spaces with an added hazard. But who issues the permit? Listen to hear… 

Compressed air comes out of a nozzle at a bazillion miles an hour! Don’t let this dangerous air pressure hurt… 

Silica dust Hazard Alert out from OSHA and NIOSH about stone countertops. Hear about the new warning for fabrication shops… 

Table saw safety needs to improve. Thousands of fingers are lost every year in table saw accidents. Better finger saving… 

Counterfeit electrical products, such as circuit breakers and electrical panels, can cause a building to go up in flames. Hear… 

A hazard control hierarchy is simply the steps a company can take to reduce workplace hazards. Hear how to build… 

Snow shoveling heart attacks have caused 14 deaths this month, February, 2015, in Chicago alone. Hear why, and how to… 

Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how… 

Every worker can benefit from these 6 jobsite posture tips. Learn how avoid stooping, squatting and twisting at the construction… 

Trench and excavation hazards are higher than general construction. Cave-ins kill two workers every 30 days. Hear how to keep… 

Contaminated work clothes should be washed or tossed. Only some can safely be washed at home. Others should be laundered… 

Chemicals that cause hearing loss are called OTOTOXIC substances. Hear how to protect workers from these common industrial chemicals. Loud sounds… 

Fiberglass ladders can be damaged by sunlight, exposing itchy fibers. Eventually, it weakens the ladder, which will need to replaced. In… 

Hot work, such as welding, by storage tanks is obviously dangerous. But even tanks which are seemingly empty or contain… 

Asbestos dangers are still here, even though the building material was banned, or mostly banned, over three decades ago. Hear… 

Lead hazards are still here, even though leaded paint and gasoline were phased out years ago. Listen for current lead… 

Cold stress sneaks up on workers and puts them at risk. Hear about the four main cold stresses in this… 

Workplace holiday fires can happen in an instant. Be careful with electricity, heat sources and flammables with workplace decorations inside… 

Snow shoveling heart attacks happen in young and old, fat and skinny. Hear why this sudden cardiac arrest occurs, and… 

The deadline for OSHA’s new HazCom labeling standards, based on GHS, is June 1st, 2015. Are you compliant? OSHA has new… 

Lone worker safety monitoring is important. Without it, workers on the job—alone—face dangers without help in sight. Employees are often isolated… 

Workplace safety myths are hazardous hogwash. We debunk four common myths about safety. Listen to stay safe! Folklore that “accidents happen”… 

Airless tires are finally coming to jobsites, where tire punctures are notorious. Now, Michelin is making some available for heavy… 

Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch on Monday? Find out if they are safe to eat in this super short podcast! Dan Clark… 

Turkey fryer fires happen more than you might think. Listen to the story of contractors who nearly burned down the… 

Cement burns and irritations are the #1 occupational skin disease in the U.S. Why is wet cement such a widespread… 

Backover accidents on jobsites can be avoided with modern technology. Listen to this podcast for new and traditional best practices. Too… 

Demolition safety is more complicated than in standard construction. Old structures can be weak and unpredictable. Listen to hear tips… 

Brown bag lunch safety can’t be ignored. One in six Americans gets food poisoning every year, so keep your meal… 

Vibration White Finger is an injury from using vibrating tools over extended periods. Also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, it… 

Not wearing a hard hat can kill. A tape measure fell 50 stories. A man, whose hard hat was in… 

Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are life savers in construction and industry. Hear how to use and maintain them in… 

Eye injury first aid only happens if your workplace is prepared. Have a first aid kit, and in hazardous areas,… 

Eye protection at work could eliminate 90% of eye injuries. Listen to hear how easy it is to protect your… 

Indoor air quality hazards are a pain in the brain! In this podcast, learn how to avoid worker headaches by… 

Falling safely at work. Practice it. Yes, practice breaking your fall on the job. You can reduce injuries when you… 

Hard hat selection and care is critical to safety. It’s your brain. Keep it in a good bucket. Hear about… 

The NFPA 70E changes for 2015 are substantial. Business owners and safety managers—not just electricians—need to be aware. Hear from the… 

Fire extinguisher operation is not as easy as point-and-shoot. We explain the types of fires, and the types of extinguishers,… 

Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift… 

Safety gloves and skin protection can help fingers last a lifetime. Hear about many types of work gloves and how… 

Loading dock safety is difficult to manage because of constantly moving vehicles, people and materials. Listen to this podcast for… 

Machine guarding is one of OSHA's top 10 most-cited safety violations. Workers should respect these devices that protect them from… 

Stretch breaks for employees have big benefits. You lose a little production time, but make bigger gains in productivity. Workers doing… 

Cleaning chemicals can be as dangerous as other workplace chemicals. Be aware of potential health hazards, even with “green” products… 

FR wear finally has an improvement. Now you can buy lightweight, comfortable, breathable garments made from a new polyester. Flame-resistant clothing has a… 

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is not just for major equipment repairs. Do it for maintenance, cleaning, and even retrieving stuck items, or… 

Ammonia hazards are more common than you think. Many companies use this dangerous substance for refrigeration, and workers need to… 

WMSD means pain. WMSD means Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder. We cover WMSD in hands and arms in this podcast. Swinging a hammer… 

Earthquake at work? If a tremor happens, there's a good chance it will hit when employees are on the job.… 

Available fault current is the maximum current in a short circuit. Electrical service panels must be labeled with the current,… 

Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, need clear labeling to keep operators and pedestrians safe. This podcasts details the three… 

Machine safety at work requires constant attention. In our industrial age, there are many moving parts and sharp edges. Listen… 

Cooling shirts are a water cooled PPE for working in heat. They are used by industrial workers, athletes and medical… 

Warehouse traffic can be a safety battle. A battle of people vs. machines. Too often, the machines win. Struck-by accidents in… 

N95 respirators are part of a family of respirators which filter airborne hazards. The letter N means the respirator does… 

Exit route violations are very common in OSHA inspections. Make access to unobstructed, well marked workplace exit routes a priority.… 

OSHA 10 training is a 10 hour course on standards for safety in the workplace. In this podcast, we give… 

NFPA labels help workers identify hazardous materials. In this podcast, employees can learn how to read the NFPA label, the… 

Combustible dust is a major workplace danger. If you can write your name in the dust, and it’s combustible dust,… 

Forklift safety starts when the driver understands a forklift is not a car. Many of the basic safety rules apply,… 

Stacking and storing materials on pallets or shelves must be done with a solid plan for warehouse safety. If not,… 

Fall protection is critical near ledges, manholes, catwalks, windows and other openings and holes. Falls are one of the leading… 

Fall protection is critical. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction. In residential construction, risks can sometimes… 

Respirator safety increases if you know the basics. Here we talk about both types, air purifying and atmosphere supplying. Respirators don’t… 

Hand safety means more that wearing PPE. Even jobs that don’t require gloves can be dangerous for hands. Repetitive motion… 

Heat illness will zap you, no matter what the heat source. Indoors, it could be from a furnace. Outdoors, it… 

OSHA teaches hazard identification by engaging employees with their new, game-based Hazard Identification Training Tool. It makes hazard identification interactive.… 

Safety apps put important information at your fingertips. A mobile device with a free safety application can be a convenient… 

Owners and managers—the bosses—don’t often like change. Try “continuous improvement” to improve safety and efficiency. Start with no budget, in… 

Reflective tape gives safety an uptick in the workplace. It’s a long lasting, inexpensive way to visually warn workers of… 

Pipe marking can stop injuries. Labels on pipes give visual safety cues to workers on the job. Color codes from… 

OEE losses, the losses in Overall Equipment Effectiveness, can impact safety and cripple work-in-process. Learn here how to save time… 

Workplace hazards are sometimes hidden in plain sight. Workers and managers need to be aware of 10 dangerous hotspots in… 

Chemical safety in the workplace requires solid cooperation between management and employees. Workers must wear the proper PPE, which will vary… 

It’s easy to forget how dangerous tools can be. They’re around every worksite, in constant use. But tool safety is… 

Lean safety is the result of implementing “lean” methodology. Lean makes businesses less wasteful, more efficient and more profitable. An… 

Safety tape, the floor marking tape, is better than painting lines on a factory floor. Keep workers safe with color… 

Hazard labels give critical information. Labels are the glue that hold the whole safety system together. From manufacturing to office settings,… 

A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a… 

Silica dust is common in worksites, can scar the lungs and cause cancer. Symptoms sometimes don't appear for 10 years. The… 

An OSHA inspection can happen without notice, but with preparation, facilities can be ready for scrutiny. Prepare the employees so they… 

Industrial labels are cheaper to make in-house. And quicker. For a manufacturing, in a warehouse, or almost any work site,… 

Loud sound in the workplace can sneak up on people causing hearing damage. 60% of workers are exposed to sound… 

Falling object hazards can be hidden in plain sight. They’re a threat in many businesses, not just warehouses or construction.… 

It’s a myth! It’s a myth that employees are bad at hazard reporting. They are actually good safety observers. Having… 

This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The… 

Keep clothing tucked and tight! If not, workers could be pulled into a machine. Baggy pants, neck ties and untied… 

They are so familiar, workers ignore ladder safety. Misuse accounts for tens of thousands of at-work accidents, and 100 deaths… 

One million people have back injuries in the workplace every year, according to OSHA. And most of those injuries are… 

People will be safer at work, and companies could have lower insurance premiums if employees know CPR & AED operation.… 

It’s a killer you can’t see, taste or smell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen due to gas powered tools running… 

Safety managers, ATTENTION! Check hazards, provide safety training, and ensure proper use of PPE. Safety managers will best succeed by planning… 

This is the story of tragedy that could have been avoided with better safety housekeeping. Here, we detail a fatal… 

Dan has compiled the 10 most common signage and labeling questions asked about keeping workers safe and avoiding fines. These… 

An eyewash station is something you may need, but hope you will never use. But if there’s an emergency, it’s… 

Safety recognition programs for employees, implemented correctly, can be successful in reducing injuries and saving money. But, if executed poorly,… 

Will universal safety standards cause more problems than they solve? Implementing rules across cultures and languages will have benefits, but… 

Increase efficiency by red-tagging items you don’t need immediately. Store them or get rid of them. Red tagging is part of… 

Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot… 

Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many… 

Summer brings a new set of workplace hazards. Workers will be affected by heat and humidity, in and out of… 

Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure’s temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it… 

ALL injuries equal, or add up to, a loss of money for every company. And imagine how much money. The… 

In this podcast, we are going to talk about a less-known fact on construction sites in the United States -… 

Choosing the right safety label maker for your facility's safety program is an important job. Many safety managers are given… 

Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe. An inspection from… 

Lockout-tagout is the #1 cited violation for general industry by OSHA, but they estimate the lockout-tagout standard prevents 120 fatalities… 

Safety podcast? This is The Safety Brief, dedicated to industrial and construction safety. Episodes are always less than 5 minutes,… 

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