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Boots equipped with traction enhancers.

Target Mapping to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls (STFs)

In 2018, out of the 900,380 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work, 27% were related to slips, trips, and falls

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  December 08, 2020
Report of Work Injury Form

Injury Reporting Versus Injury Recording (Part 1 of 2)

We all dread that telephone call that informs us someone has been injured in our workplace. Our first and most obvious concern is for the employee and ensuring they have received proper medical treatment and that family members have been notified.

Construction, Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logging, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Ski, Transportation, OSHA, Claims Management, Safety Programs, Return-to-Work  •  December 02, 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
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
Factory worker applying ear protection

Come Hear Uncle John’s Band (Don’t Forget The Earplugs)

It’s another sold-out show for this headlining band known for their long, improvisational jam sessions. Filling arenas every night during their recent U.S. tour, Uncle John and his bandmates have been playing covers of rock classics with a theme on n...

Manufacturing, General, OSHA  •  August 12, 2020
Hand holding a fire extinguisher

Ever Admire the Fire Extinguisher?

We walk by fire extinguishers daily and probably don’t give them much thought. If the time ever comes that we need an extinguisher, it would be great to know where it is and what its capabilities are.

General, Emergency Preparedness, OSHA  •  July 08, 2020
Worker wearing respirator doing wall construction

The Impact of Crystalline Silica In Interior Wall Construction

The days of lath and plaster wall construction have pretty much been replaced with wallboard applied over stud walls of wood or steel. Old plaster typically contained horsehair and in some applications asbestos was used as a binder to ensure the plas...

General, Construction, OSHA  •  June 23, 2020
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
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