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  • ACCIDENTS - It Can't Happen to Me

    Accidents happen to other people. Car accidents happen to other people, work injuries happen to other people. Yes, accidents do happen to other people, but the lucky ones never experience an accident. Well, if that's a true statement, we'd all be wearing our lucky charms all the time. Luck has nothing to do with it, but accident prevention is each individual's responsibility.

    Why do people think that accidents only happen to someone else? One of the best reasons is a person may have worked safely for many years without an injury and truly believes that an accident will not happen. There are many other reasons or rationalization that can be used to explain how accidents happen to other people, but let's for get that for now.

    Accidents and injuries can be prevented, so let's begin that journey right now.

    If you look at the word accident itself, it's defined as an unplanned, uncontrollable event..... When you use the word uncontrollable, that means it can't be controlled.

    Experience has demonstrated that accidents can be controlled. Right away, that tells you the word accident should not be used in what we normally call an accident.

    It may be unplanned, but it can be controlled. For the time being, everyone is familiar with the word accident, so we'll continue to use it, just keep in mind that accidents can be controlled.

    What causes accidents? There may be several causes contributing to an accident... lack of knowledge, taking short cuts, not paying attention to the job, violating safety rules and others, caused by the behavior of the individual. There may be causes related to unsafe conditions or safety hazards that contribute to the accident. A combination of unsafe behavior and unsafe conditions can cause accidents. Accident investigation is conducted to determine the cause of all accidents so corrective action can be taken to prevent a similar occurrence in the future; not to find fault or blame, but the cause of the accident.

    When you determine what caused an accident, you can do something about it so it won't
    happen again. That's basic safety information, but it's something you should keep in mind to help maintain a good attitude about accident prevention.

    Are accidents ever caused by something beyond an individual's control? Quite obviously, since the action or failure of action by another individual can lead to an accident of someone not involved. It happens everyday. There have been thousands and thousands of fatalities of employees who weren't doing anything unsafe, but got caught in the process of some other accident cause.

    How about those deaths resulting from cave-ins? Its’ straight fact that no employee would ever go into a trench, if they knew it was going to cave in. No one would ever stay at hotel, if they knew that particular hotel was going to catch on fire during their stay.

    There's always a sense of security about the job you're performing, and you fully believe that nothing will go wrong. It's when you let your guard down, by believing in this false sense of security that accidents occur.
    We could go on and on, but the point we want to make is..... accidents and injuries can be prevented. Nothing mysterious about the process, no magic....... but each individual must
    take the responsibility to avoid accident causes.

    How about those back injuries? Can they be prevented? After all, the back is a weak link in our anatomical being, so how can back injuries be prevented? By keeping your back healthy through exercise and using your knowledge to lift safely, every time you lift anything. It's not good enough to know how to lift safely. You have to practice it every time you lift anything. You need the knowledge of how your back works, so you can make the right decision how to lift safely even when you can't bend your legs. It's thinking about your back and not taking chances....every day, on every job.

    There are thousands of safety rules, regulations and certainly your organization's policies and procedures relating to safety. It's up to each individual to be aware of safety, exercise good judgment and to perform every job in a safe and healthy manner. No more, no less. You've heard it from the people who have witnessed or experienced accidents and injuries. You've probably witnessed or experienced accidents yourselves, but the moral of the story is that accidents don't just happen to other people. They are caused by something or someone. If you eliminate the cause of accidents, you're on your way to an accident free workplace and lifetime.

    Safety works in your home also. It works when you're driving your automobile. It works when you decide to make it work. Right now, commit to taking safety seriously and you'll find that accident prevention is a piece of cake.

    OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR. Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more! OSHA Safety Training & DOT, Oil & Gas, Maritime, Forklift, Construction & HAZMAT
    From OSHA Safety Series Training and Federal Title 29 CFR to Forklift Safety, to Petrochemical and Maritime OSHA Compliance, we have Books, Manuals, CDs, DVDs, Videos, Training Materials, Safety Kits, Forms, Safety Posters & much more to make sure that your are compliant with not only the Department of Labor and Department of Transportation rules and regulations but also keeping you properly informed about how to properly protect your workforce on a day-to-day basis. Whether its a construction site, hauling hazardous waste or working as a longshoreman, there are specific federal rules and regulations that need to be followed and kept up-to-date with. We are here to make sure that you have available the most most up-to-date, thorough, yet easy to understand material and information on the ever-changing codes of the CFR.
    Books, DVDs, Update Services on DOT/49 CFR Standards, Petrochemical and Maritime Regulations, Cal/OSHA Safety Regulations, 1910 and 1926 Parts and much more!
  • How to Manage OSHA Inspections and Investigations

    Perhaps of all of the interactions that occur with regulatory agencies, the unannounced OSHA inspection is the most stressful, and least understood by business owners. The key to managing a surprise OSHA Inspection or a letter of complaint directed at your company is to understand what the process is and what the OSHA inspectors are looking for.

    Some "Easy Steps to Avoid OSHA Issues" include:

    • Make sure to OSHA Records are always up to date
    • Have OSHA Compliant First Aid kits and Cabinets stocked and ready
    • Keep staff current on Safety Training

    Accident-Investigation


    Accident Investigation - OSHA Safety Training: "Accidents will happen". We have all heard that statement before. Unfortunately, sometimes it is true. In spite of our best efforts, things occasionally do go wrong. While many accidents seem to happen for obvious reasons, there may be things that contribute to an accident which are not always apparent. That is why it is vital to conduct a thorough Accident Investigation.

    Our training products on "Accident Investigation" show employees steps that are taken in an accident investigation, and highlight how important it is for employees to fully cooperate with any inquiry. They also point out that while an investigation's focus is to determine the cause of an accident, the overall goal is to prevent similar accidents from happening again. The topics covered in the products include:

    • ~ The goals of an accident investigation.
    • ~ Securing an accident scene.
    • ~ "Root-cause" analysis.
    • ~ The importance of investigative interviews.
    • ~ Assisting in an accident investigation.
    • ~ Reporting the "near misses".
    • ~ The role of policies, equipment and training on accident prevention.
    • ,,,and more.

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    Accident Investigation Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location


     

    Consider the "triggers" and events that occur during an inspection by OSHA. Learn ways to mitigate the results of an inspection, and the consequences of an inspection. Fines and possible penalties are also discussed.

    Know the reasons for an OSHA inspection and ways to attempt to prevent an inspection from occurring. However, should an inspection occur, manage an inspection to reduce the negative results that may occur, as well reducing penalties and fines. Know the current fees associated with the various types of findings in an OSHA inspection.

    What is the process is for an OSHA inspection? How should you respond to a letter of complaint?  Research the helpful resources at OSHA provided so that business owners and safety personnel have a better understanding and feel more in control of the situation when OSHA inspectors arrive at on-site, especially if they arrive unannounced.

    Points to consider:

    • Steps to take to avoid an OSHA Inspection
    • Understand the reasons for an OSHA Inspection
    • Understand what the inspector will do during the inspection
    • Help you understand how employees and unions fit into the inspection
    • Learn what to expect during an OSHA visit
    • Decide how to conduct yourself during a surprise inspection
    • Steps to take to avoid as many problems as possible during the inspection
    • Steps to take immediately following the inspection

  • On the Road in Winter

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    Driving and walking can become extremely hazardous due to icy conditions, snowfall accumulation, low visibility, or extreme cold. People may need to stay at home or work without utilities or other services, until driving is safe.

    Stay off the road during and immediately after a winter storm if possible, as well as during winter weather advisories or watches.

    If driving is necessary, follow these tips from America’s PrepareAthon! to prepare for travel:

    • 1) Ensure you have emergency supplies of food and water, warm clothing, and a full tank of gas;
    • 2) Try to travel during the day and not travel alone;
    • 3) Stay on main roads; and

    Let someone know your destination, route, and expected arrival time.

  • Holiday Safety

    holiday-safety-2Nobody is going to be paying any attention in the next few days, so here's our last bid at getting you to have safe as well as happy holidays...

    CHRISTMAS TREES: ? BEFORE purchasing, check for freshness to minimize fire hazard of dry needles. ? BEFORE mounting a tree in the house, cut base so it can absorb water. ? Place tree away from fireplaces and other heat sources. Read about Christmas Tree Fires (NFPA Fact Sheet) & Selecting and Caring for your Real Tree (Nat'l Christmas Tree Assoc.)

    DECORATIONS: ? Lights that are Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) approved for (exterior use.) Exterior lights, unlike those used inside the house, need to be weather-resistant. The same goes for any extension cords used outdoors. Don’t use outdoor lights indoors. They’re too hot for interior use. For the coolest bulbs and greatest energy efficiency, try LED lights, which come in a wide range of styles and colors. ?Inspect light strings. Discard any that are damaged. Frayed or cracked electrical cords or broken sockets are leading fire hazards. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting multiple strings. The general limit is three strings. Light strings with stacked plugs can usually accommodate greater lengths than end-to-end connections. Replace burned-out bulbs promptly. Empty sockets can cause the entire string to overheat. Don’t attach light strings with nails or staples. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Only use UL-approved hangers.

    Do not run electrical cords under rugs or in high traffic areas. ? Turn lights off before going to bed or leaving the house. ? Place lighted candles away from combustible material. ? Extinguish all lighted candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

    TOYS: ? Ensure toys are appropriate for child’s age (not buttons, etc. for toddlers). ? Do not purchase infant toys that contain ropes or cords. ? Ensure toys are large enough not fit in a child’s mouth. Consider Eye Safety and Noise / Hearing Safety. Check the Holiday Toy Recall Checklist (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

    FIRE and CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY: ? Be sure all family members know and practice fire exit drills in the home. ? Have Fire Extinguishers ready at hand, Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. ? Be sure chimney and fireplaces have been inspected and cleaned. ? Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach. ? Do not overload electrical outlets. ? Do not leave a stove unattended. ? Follow manufacturer recommendations for kerosene and propane heaters.

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    PARTY SAFETY: ? Be sure rides are provided for intoxicated guests. ? Provide non-alcoholic beverages (and Food!) ? Provide large ashtrays for smokers to put ashes and discarded cigarettes. ? Be sure smoking materials are extinguished before tossing into trash container.

    When preparing and serving Holiday Food - be careful... here are some great guides:

    LADDER SAFETY: ? Inspect ladders for loose or missing screws, hinges, bolts and nuts. ? Be sure ladders extend at least three feet past the edge of the roof. ? Non-metal ladders should be used around electricity.holidayhazards

  • Holiday Shopping, Fraud, and Safety

    As the holiday shopping rush approaches, the number of incidents related to fraudulent credit card use, identity theft, and similar security breaches tend to rise in tandem.

    Here are credit card safety tips that all retailers that accept credit cards — and consumers who use them — should abide by this holiday season.christmas tree with presents

    Never write card numbers on paper.

    If a retailer’s credit card processing equipment is temporarily “down,” opt to pay with cash, a check — or forego the purchase altogether. Consumers should never allow a retailer to write a card number on a piece of paper for later processing. Likewise, retailers should never allow staff to do so, regardless of how long the delays at the point of sale become due to slow card processors. Not only is it an increased risk that the sensitive data will fall into the wrong hands, it’s a violation of Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards.

    Protect your card from skimmers.

    Credit card data thieves use a technique known as skimming to infiltrate sensitive credit card data, including numbers, expiration dates and security codes, without having to steal the physical credit card. As the experts at PC World explain, thieves often initiate this kind of fraud by placing an electronic magnetic strip reader over a legitimate device (like a card reader at an ATM or at the point of sale), or may use a device that “skims” card information from a distance. If successful, they’ll obtain the information they need to use a card fraudulently — while the credit card remains seemingly protected and safe in the cardholder’s wallet.

    Mitigate the risks of being “skimmed” by staying aware of card activity at all times. Sign up for text message alerts and emails for real-time notification of card activity. When you’re at the point of sale, be aware of who is nearby. Keep credit cards within in your line of vision when you’re shopping, to make it more difficult for skimmers to access your information from afar.

    Avoid using third-party operated ATM machines (like those located in a restaurant), and/or paying at the pump gas station terminals, when possible (which are often easiest for thieves to intercept because they’re unattended). If you must withdraw cash, visit your bank branch or withdraw money from an ATM that is part of your bank’s branch office.

    Retailers can protect their customers by conducting consistent and frequent security checks at point of sale devices. As PCWorld experts explain, a task as simple as running a finger along the terminal can help to detect suspicious manipulation of the equipment that has taken place.

    Use smartcard/EMV point of technology when available.

    Merchants were given an Oct. 2015 deadline to adapt their point-of-sale equipment to accommodate EMV smartcards, which provide enhanced security at the point of sale. Consumers can minimize the likelihood that they’ll be impacted by a data breach by using the card’s new smart chip feature. (Insert the card into the terminal for a few seconds for verification, instead of swiping.) Merchants who haven’t yet adopted EMV point-of-sale terminals due to cost or infrastructure issues should investigate ways to do so, even if it’s by way of mobile payment devices that are equipped to process EMV smartcards. (Should a data breach take place, the vendor offering the lowest level of card security in the transaction could be held liable.)

    Never check on your finances without a secure Wi-Fi connection.

    You may be tempted to access a personal finance app or your credit card’s activity via online banking to stay on budget during holiday shopping sprees — but do so only when you can connect to secure, password-protected Wi-Fi. Merchants should also educate their staff on the importance of processing payments only when a private connection is available; public Wi-Fi “hotspots” are easy for data thieves and cybercriminals to intercept.

    Holiday shopping season is full of excitement for retailers and consumers — but it presents added responsibility to keep card data safe. Follow these simple tips to make sure that all of your credit card transactions are kept secure during the holiday season, and beyond.

    Shop Online at sites you know.

    Kristen Gramigna is Chief Marketing Officer for BluePay, a credit card processing firm. She has more than 20 years experience in the bankcard industry in direct sales, marketing and sales management. Follow her on Twitter at @BluePay_CMO.

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