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OSHA Recordkeeping Changes for 2015

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Dec 9, 2015 12:17:29 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements have been in place since 1971 (29 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1904). The requirements were updated in 2002 to make it easier for employers to comply. OSHA has again updated the recordkeeping rule for 2015 to include two key changes.

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Topics: OSHA, OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), health and safety, OSHA Compliance, Occupational Health, health hazards, occupational health and safety, reporting, Medical Records, OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reportin, OSHA 300A Annual Recordkeeping Summary Form, incident investigation

Incident Investigations and Learnings

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Dec 2, 2015 10:10:08 AM

With the amount of time that our Emilcott associates spend on different sites, they have seen just about everything when it comes to incident investigations. We thought we would share some of our incident investigation lessons learned, so that you don't experience similar situations. Here are a couple of example "learnings" from Emilcott's staff:

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Topics: remediation, investigation, incident investigation, incident

Thankful for Safety Lessons Learned

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Nov 26, 2015 4:56:45 PM

“Safety lessons” are usually “learned” as part of the accident investigation after an injury. The health and safety professional community refers to these investigations as incident investigations – following the logic that almost all worksite fatalities and injuries, along with illnesses, are not accidents – but rather they are preventable incidents.

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NEWS: NYC is Cracking Down on Workers with Fraudulent Safety Training Cards

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Nov 16, 2015 3:37:04 PM

Due to the increasing number of deaths taking place on construction sites, city investigators are showing up undercover at jobsites and arresting workers that are using fake safety training cards, according to the Daily News.

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Topics: OSHA, workplace safety, OSHA Compliance, worker safety, Occupational Safety, safety, safety training, heavy equipment safety

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard - The Next Completion Date

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Nov 3, 2015 4:24:24 PM

December 1, 2015 marks the next completion date for implementation of the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012).  As December arrives, containers of hazard chemicals shipped from a distributor must be labeled with HazCom 2012 hazard warning information. Manufacturers and importers shipments to their distributors included these revised labels on June 1, 2015.  Or at least “should have” included these revised labels.

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Topics: HazCom, hazwaste, haz waste

Fire Safety Prevention and Preparation

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Oct 28, 2015 3:10:09 PM

Regardless of the industry or type of business you conduct at your work facility, fire safety should always be a main concern. Too often we get wrapped up in our work and do not take the conscious steps needed to prevent work fires. The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about the following precautions they can take to be aware of their surroundings in the facility to prevent future fire emergencies.

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Topics: checklist to prevent fires, how to prepare for a fire, fire preparation checklist, Fire Safety, fire, Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention is a Hot Topic!

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Oct 21, 2015 11:20:18 AM

Fire safety is an important workplace topic throughout the year. While death and injury are the greatest risks and the ones with which most people are familiar, fires also destroy jobsites and offices. In fact, many workplaces destroyed by fire are never rebuilt because it is simply too expensive. Don’t let a fire threaten you, your co-workers and your job. Here are some general tips for a fire-safe workplace to share with your fellow employees.

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Planning for a Fire in the Workplace is Key!

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Oct 13, 2015 4:42:00 PM

Nobody ever expects an emergency or disaster to occur in their workplace. Yet the basic truth is that emergencies can strike even in the least expected places, such as work. When it comes to workplace fires, the best way to protect yourself, your workers and your business is to develop a well-thought-out emergency action plan as a guide for when instant action is essential.

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Topics: checklist to prevent fires, how to prepare for a fire, fire preparation checklist, Fire Safety, fire

Fire Safety In the Workplace

Posted by Emilcott Associates

Oct 6, 2015 3:35:00 PM

While October is generally recognized as Fire Prevention Month, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and most fire departments designate the second week of October as Fire Prevention Week.  This has roots dating date back to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. The purpose of this focused effort is simple—fire safety is serious business.  It deserves a month long effort to underscore the importance of fire safety in the home, in schools and at work.  

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Planning and Responding to Workplace Emergencies

Posted by Barbara Alves

Sep 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Considering that many of us spend a good portion of each day at our jobs, being prepared at work is essential. In addition to its long list of regulations, the OSHA website has all types of information, resources and tools available to employers to help prepare for emergencies and keep employees safe, should an emergency or disasters strike. Obviously, preparedness is key, since no one can predict a fire, earthquake, explosion, etc., so employers must establish and implement effective safety and health management systems that will prepare their workers.

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