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Taking Precautions with a Hazard Communication Program 

Taking Precautions with a Hazard Communication Program  When discussing hazard communication programs and chemicals in the workplace, most think the terms are exclusive to refineries and chemical providers. That is dangerously incorrect. Any company housing just the basics of cleaners can benefit from hazardous-chemical education.  Hazard communication programs can be used to facilitate the safe […]
Abrasive Blasting

Protecting Employees While Conducting Abrasive Blasting Ops

Abrasive blasting is an activity that utilizes compressed air or water to produce a high-velocity stream of abrasive material that is pointed at objects or surfaces in need of cleaning, burr removal, texture application, or to prepare that surface for an application of paint or other coatings. This activity generates extremely hazardous dust levels. Additionally, […]

Modifying Tools Can Lead to Hazardous Outcomes

Altering a tool design resembles the iconic scene in a bad horror movie. The movie viewers recognize the consequences of the foolhardy victim-to-be’s decision, but it is carried out anyway. Modifying tools takes the same course. As industrious as the newfound tool design might appear, the likelihood of failure leading to injury is quite high. […]
Abrasive Blasting and Painting

Examining the Human Side of Incidents

Companies have historically put great emphasis on mechanical failure and physical hazards when evaluating workplace incidents and injuries. While this area deserves attention, another factor sometimes goes unnoticed, leaving companies susceptible to repeating the activity that led to the incident in the first place. When studying the factors leading to an incident, companies must consider […]
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Discussing the Tireless Efforts of a Fit for Duty Program

Industry and the working world have gone through a 30-year transformation it seems. While it once displayed the attitude of working through any and all issues as time was money, an alternative approach has manifested. No longer is the bottom line of productivity more important than the risk of injury or incident. To provide a […]
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Good Habits Lead to Good Communication

Where would we be in this life with no communication? The ability to communicate gets things done. As simple as the concept might be, there are many who cannot seem to comprehend the importance of good communication skills. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines communication as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a […]
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Getting Deep into the Treads of Steel Toe Boots

Those working in any industrial environment have come to realize that steel toe boots are a requirement just as basic as safety glasses themselves. Sliding into those Ariats or Red Wings is as second nature as grabbing that favorite travel mug of coffee for the ride into work. There is more to it, however, than […]
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Decreasing Incident from Increasing Temperatures

Anyone venturing away from the delights of air conditioning can recognize the onset of summer. No one knows it better than those who earn a living in the great outdoors. With increased temperatures comes an increased chance of heat-related illness. Depending on the severity, various stages of illness can rear their ugly heads. Taking the […]
Pipeline and Structural Fabrication Services

Ensuring Safety Through Short Service Employee Programs

For those working within high-risk disciplines, short service employee (SSE) programs are a common segment found in safety manuals. Their purpose is to address onboarding and care applied to newcoming working personnel. As proactive as the process might sound, it is often met with challenges. Several unexpected issues can manifest that result in problematic interpretation. […]
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Identifying Hazards in the Workplace

One of the most important tools utilized in the workplace is the Job Safety Analysis, commonly referred to as the JSA. They come in several variations with differing degrees of detail. They all, however, follow the same concept in which three important factors must be identified: the job step, the hazard associated with the step, […]