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OSHA-10 Hour Training Benefits Every Workplace

Enrolling in an OSHA 10-hour training class is a great way for anyone tasked with the safety of your workforce to learn how to control industry-specific hazards associated with OSHA’s most frequently cited standards.

Construction, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Education, OSHA  •  November 01, 2023
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How to Deliver Safety to the Loading Dock Environment

Heavy freight, temporary trailers, mobile equipment, and hurried personnel with variable training combine to make loading docks uniquely hazardous. Shipping and receiving personnel must be alert and properly trained in material handling and equipment...

General, Manufacturing, Transportation, Retail, Driving Safety, OSHA, Outdoor Safety, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  October 18, 2023
Lithium-ion batteries

Don’t Get Burned! Know the Hidden Dangers of lithium-ion Batteries

As devices become more numerous and more portable, the dangers of malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries increase, but there are several ways to prevent these avoidable injuries, including awareness and proper use and charging techniques.

General, Electrical  •  October 04, 2023
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The Future is Now with Wearable Technology

Even simple wearable technology such as a smart phone or watch can help employees recognize hazards and improve workplace safety. The future may be moving toward connected technology for better real-time communication, and toward exoskeletons for ass...

General, Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Retail, Driving Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  September 20, 2023
Stone worker carrying stone blocks

The Menaces of Manually Moving Materials

Lifting, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, and carrying materials and products. It’s an everyday part of most work environments. Training employees in body mechanics is good, but there are limits to what our bodies can tolerate. And ignoring these...

Construction, Manufacturing, Logging, General, Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling  •  September 06, 2023
Office worker using hand fan in summer heat

For workers, summer wanes but the heat remains

Last time, as part of our impromptu series on heat safety this historic climate summer, we identified occupations with the worst heat risk, with tips on how to avoid or mitigate the hazards of working in excessive heat.

General, Construction, Logging, Manufacturing, OSHA, Outdoor Safety, Safety Programs  •  August 23, 2023
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Hiring Young Workers and Keeping Them Safe (Update)

This an updated version of “Hiring Young Workers and Keeping Them Safe,” from the July 11, 2013, MEMIC Safety Net Blog.

General, Youth Safety, Claims Management  •  August 10, 2023
Worker resting in warm summer heat

The Heat is (Still) On, Especially In These Jobs

In our July 13 post, we reminded you about the seriousness of heat-related illness in the workplace. In the four weeks since then, data indicates workers toiled through the hottest days in earth’s history -- a trend that seems certain to continue.

Transportation, Construction, General, Logging, OSHA, Outdoor Safety  •  August 09, 2023
Workplace Safety Puzzle Pieces

4 Pieces to the Risk Assessment Puzzle

For Terry Dussault, crafting a clear safety picture from disparate parts is part personal, part technological.

General, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management  •  July 26, 2023
Office worker struggling with warm weather

If You Can’t Stand the Heat – Go Somewhere and Cool Off!

More than 40 million people were under heat alerts in the South and Southwest this week, with heat indices in places like San Antonio, Texas, expected to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 U.S. localities on alert for record heat.

Construction, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Services, Outdoor Safety, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  July 13, 2023

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