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Fall In Down Without Falling Down

Oh yeah, it’s getting nippy at night up North with morning frost on the pumpkin a telltale sign. It’s time to don the down or other insulating layer, like fleece over flannel, especially if you tend to be an outsider with autumn activities.

General, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  October 21, 2020
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Safety Quotes - Are They Just Lip Service?

Safety related quotes are easily found all around us. Internet searches find thousands of them, we see them on posters in the workplace, and safety meetings often include them.

General, Leadership and Management  •  October 14, 2020
Green extension cord

Which Extension Cords to Use - Lightweight Cords can be Shocking

Employers and employees often don’t recognize the exposures associated with using light duty extension cords and cords not listed and labeled for commercial and industrial use.

General, Electrical, OSHA  •  October 08, 2020
Office worker using computer and yawning at desk.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, but More of the Former May Delay the Latter

Current research suggests that adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep per night for optimal health and wellness, and don’t think you can “catch-up” over the weekend as this Harvard Medical School article discusses.

General  •  September 30, 2020
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Engaged Employees are Safer Employees

There is a direct correlation between the level of employee engagement and overall safety performance. Improving employee engagement might just improve workplace safety.

General, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management  •  September 24, 2020
Industrial ventilation system

Winter is Coming - is your Ventilation System Tuned for the Pandemic?

Blink and you will miss it. That is something I have been told many times while enjoying Maine’s beautiful summer days during my business travels.

Manufacturing, Services, Transportation, Inspection, Safety Programs  •  September 16, 2020
Legionnaires Disease Bacteria

Avoiding a Diagnosis of Legionellosis

Legionellosis, more commonly referred to as Legionnaires’ Disease, is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria of which there are at least 50 species.

General, Hospitality, Healthcare  •  September 10, 2020
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Increasing Opioid Awareness during a Pandemic

2020 has certainly brought its share of challenges. We are months into the current pandemic, with the ever-changing protocols, and the physical and emotional demands it has brought.

General  •  September 02, 2020
Gloved worker using cutting tool

Choosing Cut Resistant Gloves

You might not have thought about this… But our hands are one of the most important tools in our “TOOLBOX”. While many work environments contain automation and new-age machinery, we will always need our hands to manage the process.

Hospitality, General, Construction, Manufacturing, Manual Material Handling, OSHA  •  August 26, 2020
Hang plugging extension cord into outlet

Extension Attention! Avoiding Extension Cord Hazards

Extension cords are commonly used items both at home and work. The correct use of an extension cord is an important component to electrical safety efforts.

Construction, General, Manufacturing, Electrical, OSHA  •  August 19, 2020