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Globally Harmonized System

Are We Out of Tune? Part 1

When OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on March 26, 2012, it had been 25 years since the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) had been updated to include all industries where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous ...

General, OSHA  •  October 13, 2021
Fresh snow on trees and sidewalk

Getting Ready For Winter Weather

Now that we’re past the autumnal equinox, it won’t be much longer before Old Man Winter comes knocking on our door with a formidable fist.

General, Outdoor Safety, Emergency Preparedness  •  October 06, 2021
Empty school hallway with green lockers

The (Not So) Surprising Truth about Injuries in Schools and Educational Services

In reviewing injury data compiled by MEMIC's Education Services Team, it was found that faculty and administrative jobs have the highest injury frequency across all departments.

Education, Slips, Trips & Falls, Ergonomics  •  September 29, 2021
Two men in factory setting, one helmet-wearing man offers a helmet to the other man, who is not wearing one.

Moments Make the Leader with Patrick Nelson

Leadership is made up of critical decisions and choices. Sometimes they're obviously critical, sometimes not so obvious.

General, Leadership and Management  •  September 22, 2021
Shoulder Musculoskeletal System

Shouldering the Work: Simple Solutions for a Complex Joint

Work-related shoulder injuries cost over $28 billion a year. Safe shoulder movement is very dependent on muscle strength and a coordinated movement of a complex structure.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  September 13, 2021
Three workers in factory wearing face masks and hard hats.

OSHA Updates COVID 19 Recommendations

On August 13, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a trade release that provides updated guidance for preventing the spread of COVID 19 in the workplace.

General, OSHA  •  September 08, 2021
Hardhat and tools on American flag

Labor Day in America and how it became a federal holiday

As we celebrate Labor Day, gearing up for family and friends around the pool or the barbecue, have you ever thought about why Labor Day started?

General  •  September 01, 2021
"Are you open to change?" sticky note pinned to corkboard.

Why Employees Resist Change

One of the most critical aspects of improving an organization’s safety performance is the need to implement change.

General, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs  •  August 25, 2021
Coronaviruses Family Rendering

Is This Virus Outsmarting Us?

It goes without saying that this virus refers to the sinister coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 that continues to ravage humanity on a global scale.

Healthcare, Construction, General, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, Education  •  August 18, 2021
Fire Sprinkler

Sprinkler Heads - In Sight, But Out of Mind

Most of us don’t pay much attention to sprinkler heads, even when we are walking right under them. We may not even notice them; they seem to just be an integral part of the building. But clearly, they do have an important role to play should a fire o...

General, OSHA, Inspection  •  August 11, 2021