Compliance and Safety

‘Miscellaneous’ Archive

Do you make these three fall protection mistakes? April 8, 2014 No Comments

Fall protection rules can seem complicated because every situation is different.

A roof that may be safe in one scenario needs a completely different approach in another.
A lanyard that is good for the work you are performing today is unacceptable for the work you’re performing tomorrow.
The rails that normally guard the [...]

Sanctuary fined $5,600 after keeper is killed by cougar No Comments

This is an unusual workplace fatality to be sure: An animal sanctuary keeper is killed by a cougar. But some of the errors that Oregon OSHA says the sanctuary made are ones that could be made at a number of workplaces.
Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, the head keeper at WildCat Haven Sanctuary near Sherwood, OR, was [...]

80% mistakenly believe this is a safe work practice 1 Comment

Bust any safety myths lately? New findings from a National Safety Council (NSC) poll point toward one misconception many of your workers probably have:
The NSC says 80% of drivers incorrectly believe hands-free cell phones are safer to use when driving than hand-held ones.
Some other results from the NSC poll:

Of those who admitted using [...]

High Pressure Gas Cylinders Explode on Highway – Great opener for a HAZMAT Class No Comments

Related HAZMAT Training DVDs:

DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Video or DVD Program
Aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter HAZMAT, & more. View Product

DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness DVD
Aimed at making employees more aware of security risks in which they may [...]

Does OSHA Make It More Difficult to Discipline Workers? April 1, 2014 No Comments

Companies have to enforce their safety rules, and that includes disciplining workers. But OSHA says you can’t retaliate against an employee for reporting an injury – one that might have occurred because the worker violated a safety rule. With OSHA’s growing emphasis on whistleblowers, how do you balance this?
The answer: carefully.
That’s the message in a [...]

OSHA Publishes New GHS/HazCom Guide for Small Businesses No Comments

OSHA has just published a 40-page PDF that describes the necessary steps for GHS compliance. It’s targeted specifically to small businesses and includes a sample written HazCom program. The PDF is available for free download at OSHAs website.
Related GHS Training DVDs:

HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities Training DVD
Assists industrial facilities of all types [...]

High-performing Companies Invest More in Training March 31, 2014 No Comments

A client of ours recently asked how many hours of safety training employees should receive each year. The answer, much like other things in life, is “it depends.”
Training requirements are influenced by a number of factors including industry type, the regulatory environment, employee tenure and senior management commitment. For example, new employees tend to have [...]

Renegade Union Official Leaks Censored OSHA Video No Comments

In 1980, OSHA commissioned a series of short films about worker safety. In 1981, legend has it, incoming OSHA Administrator Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies of the films.
However, according to, some “renegade union officials” refused to return their copies. Several years ago, a union safety and health official made the three films [...]

Hit by car on street outside workplace: Can he get comp? March 24, 2014 No Comments

Did a worker’s choice between two employer parking lots on the day he was injured seal his eligibility for workers’ comp?
Kenneth Acosta worked for Exide Technologies in Reading, PA.
Exide owned two parking lots. Lot B was next to the plant. Lot A was across the street. Employees could park in either lot.
On Nov. 12, 2010, [...]

Respiratory problem due to chemical exposure or 30 years of smoking? No Comments

An employee’s doctor says his lung condition was caused by chemical exposure when he was power washing a roof. His employer’s doctor says it was infectious pneumonia and had more to do with the worker’s two-pack-a-day, 30-year smoking habit. Will the employee get workers’ comp?
No doubt workers’ comp cases involving respiratory problems are tricky. But [...]