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Pour Me Another Cup of Coffee

“Pour Me another Cup of Coffee… for I am a truck driving man” comes from the song “Truck Drivin’ Man” recorded by Buck Owens in 1965. This blast from the past came to mind when thumbing through a recent AAOHN journal.

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  March 22, 2017

Safety Shoes—Selecting the Right Shoe for Your Workplace

What better day to discuss this topic than “Shoe the World Day?” There are multiple factors to consider when selecting the most appropriate foot protection. The goal is to make sure that your feet are comfortable, supported, and protected.

General  •  March 15, 2017

Load Limits for Structurally Supported Surfaces

The last line of the lyrical refrain in the 1968 hit song “The Weight” by Canadian-American rock group The Band reads, “You put the load right on me.” In the context of a work environment with a mezzanine storage platform, this verse conjures up a m...

General, OSHA, Inspection  •  March 09, 2017

Redefining the Workplace

It would seem that everyone would like to work at Google. Google’s efforts to create the happiest place to work include more than complimentary gourmet meals, massages, “nap pods” and other lavish perks.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  March 01, 2017

Personal Safety—Listen to Your Inner Voice

During a recent safety training session the subject of famous last words came up. The favorite last words turned out to be, “Hey! Watch this!”

General  •  February 22, 2017

OSHA & Healthcare: Update 2017

People ask many questions when it comes to healthcare facilities. Hospitals and nursing homes are under scrutiny and many want to know, “How do they compare?”

Healthcare, OSHA, Safety Programs  •  February 10, 2017

Back Belts—Do They Prevent Back Injuries?

Back injuries are common in many industries, and can be extremely debilitating. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 155,740 private industry back injury cases in 2015. That’s over 400 cases per day!

General, Manual Material Handling  •  February 08, 2017

OSHA’s Updated Electronic Recordkeeping Rule: Are You Prepared?

OSHA has updated their recordkeeping requirements for employers across many different industries in an effort to ensure the completeness and overall accuracy of injury and illness information.

General, OSHA, Leadership and Management  •  February 02, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule for Beryllium – Part III.

In prior posts, we covered the new exposure limits for beryllium and the requirements for exposure assessment, work areas, written exposure control plan, engineering controls, respiratory protection and personal protective clothing and equipment. In...

Construction, General, OSHA  •  January 31, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule for Beryllium – Part II.

This is the second post in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s final rule for beryllium. In the first part of this series, we covered the exposure assessment, work areas, and written exposure control requirements. This post covers the respiratory p...

General, Construction, OSHA  •  January 26, 2017