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Health and Safety: Beryllium

Posted by William Henderson on Tue, Feb, 28, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

Do you work in the electronics, energy, telecommunications, medical, aerospace, or defense industry? Because the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has finalized a new rule to reduce worker’s exposure to beryllium and help prevent beryllium diseases and lung cancer.

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Safety and Health: Sometimes it's What You Don't Know That Can Hurt You!

Posted by Michael Flynn on Fri, Jul, 29, 2016 @ 16:07 PM

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, the oldest written version of the saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” comes from 1576, in Petit Palace by G. Pettie. “So long as I know it not, it hurteth mee not.” And although this may be true in some circumstances, it is certainly not the case in matters of health and safety.

Not knowing that something toxic is present at the site can be lethal. 

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Temporary Workers:  Who is responsible for their health and safety?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, Jan, 13, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Temporary workers are an attractive to solution to companies who experience unpredictable or seasonal surges in demands for goods or services. They help employers who need extra help but are hesitant to permanently add personnel to their workforce. Finally, they can act as fill-ins for regular workers who take extended absences.

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Health and Safety Programs:  Some Common Shortfalls

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Nov, 06, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

OSHA regulations and standards apply to virtually every industry. In some cases only a few standards (such as Exit Routes and Recording/Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses) apply. On the other hand, many industries are heavily regulated (think construction, manufacturing, laboratories, and biotech companies).

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New OSHA Standard:  Confined Spaces in Construction

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Oct, 29, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Confined spaces may contain hazards that can injure, sicken, or even kill the workers that enter them. The hazards may be physical in nature – examples include moving parts, electric shock, and engulfment or entrapment hazards. In addition, atmospheric hazards such as low oxygen levels or dangerous concentrations of toxic vapors and/or gases are also often found.

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Nanoparticles in Consumer Products

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Sep, 16, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Many people are unaware of it, but nanoparticles (particles that range from 1 to 100 nanometers) are already all around us, and plans are being made to have them be even more ubiquitous.

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Safety and Health: Vitamins - Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Apr, 24, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Most of us are aware of the important role that vitamins and minerals play in our overall safety and health. In fact, billions of dollars are spent each year on dietary supplements, presumably because people are concerned that they aren't getting enough of these important nutrients in their diets.  Even if your diet meets the recommended dietary allowances (RDA), what's the harm in consuming higher amounts?

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Safety and Health: Flu Vaccine Information

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Nov, 25, 2014 @ 16:11 PM

We are all aware that the Ebola outbreak is dominating the news and keeping our public health and health care officials very busy.  Fortunately, most of us have a very low risk of contracting this serious and scary disease.  It's time to turn our attention to a disease that has a much broader impact in this country:  influenza, commonly referred to as the flu.

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Summertime Safety and Health: Sunburns, Poisonous Plants, and Insects

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jul, 24, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

An earlier blog post of ours focused on heat stress, a safety hazard that is much more prevalent during the summer months.  This post addresses other summertime hazards that can impact employees who work outside.

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Topics: health & safety, Summer safety, sunburns, insects, poisonous plants

EHS Management Systems: OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Jun, 24, 2014 @ 14:06 PM

Businesses today face many challenges - how do you hold on to your market share or attract new customers or clients?  How can your company distinguish itself from the competition?  If your company has successful safety metrics and a commitment to protecting the environment, then you should consider using them as a selling point.  You can take it one step further by implementing health, safety and environmental management systems.  

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