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Does the Safety Dance Song Really Improve Workplace Safety?

by Paula Reavis on July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am · in Paula's Blog

Workplace Safety Dance

Dancing for Safety

Trying to maintain workplace safety is never easy. Companies write best practices, policies and guidelines regularly to keep workers safe. Where there is often a breakdown is in having people actually follow those practices, policies and guidelines. As a former educator, engaging students and having them work with me rather than against me could be challenging. Even though my subject matter was science and my students were high school students, the data is clear. Music is a powerful tool to help with learning, driving concepts home and strengthening the mind.

So, to get workers involved with their own safety perhaps the 1980s song “Safety Dance” by the band Men Without Hats can be used. (Click here to hear the song) Granted the lyrics are not exactly written for workplace safety but the rhythm of the song and the chorus can be used to ask some basic questions every employee should ask every day.
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OSHA Issues Updated Interim Enforcement Guidance

by Emily Walter on June 3, 2015 at 11:33 am · in Emily's Blog, GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Industry News, Safety

new osha updates on hassock 2012 enforcement guidance

On May 29, 2015, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an “Interim Enforcement Guidance for Hazard Communication 2012 (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 Effective Date” in response to petitions from the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). The new enforcement document is a follow-up to the guidance that OSHA published on February 9, 2015, and further clarifies the guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors of hazardous chemicals.

According to the memorandum, the incorporation of additional clarification to the revised Hazard Communication directive “has led to a minor delay in completing review and clearance of the directive”.  OSHA now anticipates that the revised directive will be approved shortly after June 1, 2015. Upon issuance of the Hazard Communication directive, the Interim Enforcement Guidance will be cancelled.
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National Electrical Safety Month – What Did You Do?

by Sändra Miller on June 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Safety, Sandra's Blog

National Electric Safety Month

Electrical Safety Month is over, but Safety is Important Year Round

May marked the time of year for National Electrical Safety Month. What did you and/or your employer do to participate? Many Employers held toolbox talks on electrical hazards in their facilities or about the job performed by employees in the field. They may have done refresher training for their employees or, more simply, handed out an OSHA quick card.

Electrocutions are one of the fatal four for the construction industry. Among the General Industry Standards, multiple electrical standards made the top 10 most frequently violated and cited standards in 2014. The cited standards include: control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), electrical wiring methods for components and equipment, and electrical systems design under general requirements.
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Everywhere a Sign – Signs in Everyday Life

by Clifton Brown on April 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm · in Clifton's Blog, Products, Regulations, Safety

Safety signs are all around us in our everyday lives.

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign … Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” was a hit song for Ottawa’s Five Man Electrical Band (written by founder Les Emmerson) in the early ‘70s (19 not 18!), but the query in the refrain still can be heard today.

“Sign” shares a common root with the word “signal” and the noun may refer to an object that communicates by words &/or pictures; or an indication/event related to something that has taken, or is about to take, place. We will concentrate on the former in this discussion.

Signs are a fact of everyday life and at best may provide a quick and concise way of communicating information in a variety of circumstances. In some cases there is a legal requirement for signs (e.g. fire exits, hazard communication); others are for commercial purposes (e.g. advertising, business or product identification/branding); some may help ease life’s journey (e.g. rest stop, washrooms, HOV lanes, deer crossing); whereas we also encounter those that appear to just be of the “blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind” variety.
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SDS Research for OSHA HazCom 2012

by Paula Reavis on April 2, 2015 at 10:08 am · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Paula's Blog

Researching chemical information for OSHA 16-section SDS

The Next Revolutionary War?

For many, this transition period to OSHA HazCom 2012 from the Hazard Communication Standard of 1994 can best be summarized by Thomas Paine’s famous quote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” While it was used in the pamphlet The American Crisis to deliver the ideas of the Revolution to the people of early America, there are many in the throes of classifying chemicals, substances and mixtures that feel this quote applies to daily life.

There is pressure on SDS authors, either internally or externally, to “get it right”. How can we be sure our classification is accurate? Did we cover all the hazards? Did we use the correct data?  Should we check other sources? These last two questions can be the most difficult to answer.
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