Get Ready: How to Prepare Your Workers for Emergencies

September 2, 2014 by

When a heat wave, earthquake or tornado strikes, do your employees know exactly what to do? The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded a total of 446 fatalities due to severe weather conditions in 2013. From this figure, males accounted for 307 deaths, which were more than double than the female deaths amounting to 125. NWS attributed this typical gender discrepancy of weather-related deaths to the fact that more men hold outdoor occupations such as construction and masonry or perform open-air activities such as fishing and boating.


REALITY CHECK. Are your workers ready for this?

September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the best time to arm your workers with tools and valuable knowledge they can utilize to combat unavoidable calamities. Here, we have outlined an emergency preparedness checklist you can follow to better keep your employees on their toes even before disaster happens.

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Workplace Safety News Roundup

August 29, 2014 by


Here’s a sampling of what’s happening in workplace safety this month.

Who’s Blowing the Whistle on OSHA

After retiring from a high ranking state regulatory position in California Garette Brown filed a whistleblower complaint just 2 weeks after stepping down. The complaint, which remains under investigation, accused Cal/OSHA of failing to maintain the staffing levels required to receive federal funds and said the state has one of the worst inspector-to-worker ratios in the nation.

To read more about Garette Brown’s filling click here.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Confined Space Standard

Oregon OSHA on July 25 announced it will hold a public hearing Aug. 25 on proposed changes to its confined space standard for general industry and construction. The goal in this process was to draft a rule that was significantly less confusing than the current rule, address shortcomings with the current rule, and organize the standard so employers can better understand what is expected of them. These amendments clarify employer obligations and eliminate confusing requirements.

To Learn more about the proposed changes click here.

$101,300 in OSHA Fines for A Major Airline

An major airline allegedly has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark, N.J., airport to hazardous conditions, prompting OSHA to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300. electrical hazards, falls, and being struck by objects and equipment daily failure to clearly mark exits located inside facilities where food service employees, baggage handlers, and gate agents worked; keep unused openings closed on an electrical box where conduit or knockout plugs were located; and use extension cords as a substitute for required permanent wiring at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Find out more about this infraction here.

A Higher Dimension: Why Use 3D Projection Signs

August 29, 2014 by

In cases of emergency, even a few seconds can be the difference between “saved” and “impaired”, which is why you need to install signs that immediately inform your workers what to do and where to proceed to when an accident occurs.

3D Projection Signs - AED

NEVER SKIP A HEARTBEAT. A 3D AED sign quickly informs your workers where they can find an automated external defibrillator.

Emedco is launching new 3D first aid signs, which are perfect for that job. Here’s why:

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10 Ways to Beat the Stress of Working in the Summer Heat

August 26, 2014 by

Summer weather means temperatures are high, humidity is up, and any chance of a breeze is non-existent. But for a worker, it also means safety glasses fogging up, excessively sweaty hands from wearing gloves, pools of sweat inside the ears from plugs, difficulty in breathing because of respirators, and the list goes on. There is also the very real danger of heat stress. In these conditions, making sure your employees are wearing the required PPE can be quite a challenge.  A risk assessment by a trained specialist is a wise investment to ensure both PPE requirements and your workers’ comfort are being met.

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We’ve Got Your Back: Tips on Proper Lifting

August 21, 2014 by

Proper Lifting

Tasks that involve lifting and bending present serious job hazards. Stocking shelves, managing storerooms and unloading trucks are all common actions that can easily cause injury.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) comprised 34 percent of illness and injury cases in 2012, with a total of 388,060 reported cases resulting in a median of 12 days away from work. Employees working in freight, stock, and material moving incurred the highest number of cases, with a rate of 164 incidences for every 10,000 full-time workers.

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