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Male construction worker wearing a face mask

Who Was That Masked Man? A “Fitting” Question These Days

Almost a decade ago, MEMIC posted a 2-part blog titled What do I really need for a Respiratory Protection Program?, which described the requirements of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134.

OSHA  •  March 18, 2020
Man checks his cellphone while working at home with laptop on his lap

Remote Worker Safety and Ergonomics

Due to the highly contagious and potentially life-threatening nature of the COVID-19 virus, there has been a recent surge in the number of employers asking or requiring their employees to work from home.

Office Ergonomics  •  March 17, 2020
Workers in elevated work platform cleaning windows

New ANSI A92 Training Requirements

This is part 2 of our post covering the new ANSI A92 standard for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs). The standard has several significant changes including new training requirements. The new standards were effective March 1, 2020.

Construction, Manufacturing  •  March 12, 2020
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Talking Infection Control Over A Corona

Until recently, the word corona evoked an image of a clear, glistening longneck bottle of pale lager that pairs nicely with a summer afternoon down by the seaside. Add a wedge of green citrus fruit and another Corona gets its lime and your latitude h...

General  •  March 02, 2020
Two workers working in a boom lift.

New ANSI A92 Standards - Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a new A92 standard for aerial work platforms that becomes effective on March 1, 2020.

General  •  February 26, 2020
Young male worker pointing at safety glasses worn on his face.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

As a safety management consultant, the prize is always injury prevention. No one wants to be hurt, and no one tries to be hurt. Yet this year there will be millions of people hurt at work, while driving, or while doing everyday household tasks.

General  •  February 19, 2020
Car and truck involved in rear-end collision

Putting Rear-End Collisions Behind Us

Rear-end crashes are the most common type of vehicle collision accounting for 29% of all crashes. The National Safety Council reports that of the 37,100 fatal vehicle crashes in 2017, 2,700 were rear-end crashes resulting in 3,000 deaths.

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  February 12, 2020
Wood worker guiding wood into cutting tool

“Blue, Silver & Gold”: The Color of Claims Best Practices, I’m Told

The opening lyric from “Silver, Blue & Gold”, an old rock ballad by Bad Company goes like this: “In the beginning, I believed every word that you said. Now that you're gone my world is in shreds…”

General, Claims Management  •  February 06, 2020
Chemist working with dangerous chemicals.

OSHA's Fundamentals of the HAZMAT Regulations

When we think of hazardous materials, or HAZMAT for short, most think of chemicals that are manufactured for large businesses or a liquid that requires people to wear a “spacesuit” to be around it.

General, OSHA  •  January 29, 2020
A semi truck sits parked at a loading dock

Clearing Up The Question Of Chocking Em Up At The Loading Dock

There’s cargo coming in and freight going out at a fast and furious pace in Shipping & Receiving. With deadlines and commitments and no possibility to make time stand still, oftentimes drivers are eager and itching to leave the dock...

General, Transportation, OSHA  •  January 22, 2020

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