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OSHA Issues Warning for Tree Care Services

  
  
  
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Crazy weather seems to be in the news again—hurricanes, Nor’easters, tornadoes, hail storms and even early snow fall. The tree service industry loves crazy weather, and their service model frequently requires rapid response, particularly when downed trees cause power outages, traffic delays and other issues.   Following any such weather event, tree care workers descend, ready to  clear debris, trim fallen trees and get us all back up and running!  Rapid response still requires safety procedures and two fatal incidents this year prompted OSHA to remind the tree service industry of the consequences of not following mandated safety requirements.  Released on June 16, the OSHA Hazard Bulletin addresses how to help prevent injuries and deaths from falls and falling objects during tree care work.

Using Gamification to Improve Occupational Health and Safety

  
  
  
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Gamification is described as the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve goals. Gamification incorporates a number of psychological concepts—centered on motivation, behavior, and personality traits—to harness people’s basic desires, needs, and impulses for improved status through achievement.

Emergency Breathing Apparatus: Important Part of H&S Training

  
  
  
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Where personal protection equipment (PPE) is available for use at a facility, employees must be trained in the proper use of this equipment.  This is a basic requirement for the use of all types of PPE, and one that is often overlooked for the rarely used Emergency Life Support Apparatus (ELSA).  These self-contained breathing apparatus are designed for emergency escape only. With proper training, affected employees will be able to react quickly and properly in the event that use of an ELSA is required. Proper initial training with regular refresher training prepares employees to react quickly and correctly in an emergency. 

Be Prepared for a Fire

  
  
  
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Inspect & Test Your Fire Alarm Systems

September was National Preparedness Month

  
  
  
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Reminder that the DOT is now Requiring Commercial Drivers to Receive Physicals from Certified Medical Examiners

25 Industries Are No Longer Partially Exempt From OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements

  
  
  
25 Industries Are No Longer Partially Exempt From OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements

On September 11, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule revision to the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. These revisions to 29 CFR 1904 are effective on January 1, 2015 and focus on two key requirements:

OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements – Updated

  
  
  
OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

On September 11, 2014, U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule revision to the Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements.  These revisions to 29 CFR 1904 are effective on January 1, 2015 and focus on two key requirements:

Study Shows a Third of Work-Related Disability Comes from Low Back Pain (LBP)

  
  
  
Work Related Disability Comes from Low Back Pain (LBP)

According to the Council for Disability Awareness, more than 25 percent of today's 20 year-olds will develop some type of disability before they retire. The overall toll on the individual, the company and the government is substantial. For this reason, legislation and guidelines have been issued and tweaked throughout the decades. The cause and severity of disabilities can vary greatly. However, a recent study sheds light on one major culprit, Low Back Pain (LBP). 

NIOSH Releases Strategic Plan to Prevent Work-Related Vehicle Crashes

  
  
  
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, vehicle-related accidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S. Out of all workplace fatalities, 36% involved a motor vehicle. In addition to the tragic loss of life, motor vehicle accidents have an economic impact, costing employers an average of $500,000 per incident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the total annual economic impact to be around $60 million. To lower those numbers and protect workers, this May, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a strategic plan for research and prevention of workplace related motor vehicle injuries and death.  This will be a four year initiative.

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Chemical Facility Security

  
  
  
Strengthen Chemical Facility Security

Terrorism threats on chemical facilities in the US? On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the House passed the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (HR 4007), in order to protect against such threats.

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