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Flu, RSV, & Covid run rampant
Flu, RSV, & Covid run rampant

The risk of the Flu, RSV, and Covid are casuing some to miss an extensive period of time from work and other holiday activities that they would normally complete around this time of year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends that men and women with certain chronic health... Continue Reading

12/23/2022


Monkeypox declared public health emergency
Monkeypox declared public health emergency

The Biden administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak to be a public health emergency in the U.S. today. A public health emergency declaration lasts for 90 days, but can be extended. Please be aware of any of the symptoms listed below: - Flu-like symptoms that include a fever, headache,... Continue Reading

08/4/2022


Updated Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Updated Suicide & Crisis Hotline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Line. The line provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. This new... Continue Reading

07/15/2022


US Department of Labor to meet to discuss OSHA initiatives to protect workers from heat hazards
US Department of Labor to meet to discuss OSHA initiatives to protect workers from heat hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting with stakeholders on May 3, 2022. The meeting will give insight on OSHA's efforts to protect workers from heat-related hazards as part of the Biden-Harris commitment to workplace safety initiatives.... Continue Reading

04/29/2022


Supreme Court Blocks Biden Ruling
Supreme Court Blocks Biden Ruling

Today the Supreme Court rejected President Joe Biden's push to mandate vaccination shots under the OSHA umbrella that would impact 80 million workers. However, SCOTUS did uphold a seperate ruling requiring shots for workers in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that receive Medicare and... Continue Reading

01/13/2022


COVID Emergency Temporary Standard
COVID Emergency Temporary Standard

The release of the long awaited COVID Emergency Temporary Standard from OSHA was presented to the public last week. The 500 page document discusses the parameters of the standard. The link to the document is below. https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-23643.pdf Continue Reading

11/11/2021


Lift Safety
Lift Safety

Fabricated frame scaffolds, mobile scaffolds and scissor lifts are valuable tools of the sheet metal industry, but they present many safety concerns for our workforce. Hazard awareness and safety planning can alleviate much of the exposure to danger associated with work on scaffolds and lifts.... Continue Reading

09/1/2021


Heating Systems Inspections
Heating Systems Inspections

During cold weather months, you'll be using your heating systems at the shop and the job sites. All heaters that burn fuel can leak deadly carbon monoxide. These fuels include natural gas, kerosene, oil, and propane. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that furnaces, heaters,... Continue Reading

09/1/2021


Handling & Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Handling & Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders

Compressed gas cylinders, whether containing 'air', oxygen or acetylene, can all be a safety hazard if not handled with care. First, are all cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained? Cylinders should always be considered full and handled accordingly. Handling cylinders is a... Continue Reading

09/1/2021


Scaffolding Awareness
Scaffolding Awareness

Many times scaffolds are taken for granted. Someone else may have set them up, they have been at the site for a while or the mobile scaffolds are "always there", plus there are many different types of scaffolds. So training in safety on scaffolding is sometimes overlooked. Before employees begin... Continue Reading

09/1/2021


Safety in Welding
Safety in Welding

Safety in welding is an often-overlooked topic when preparing your safety training. However, it is important for the most experienced welder to be reminded of safety procedures that are invaluable to his safety, coworkers and to the company when working with oxygen and acetylene. There are many... Continue Reading

09/1/2021


Quick Tips: Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses
Quick Tips: Avoiding Heat Related Illnesses

Summer and hot weather can add another safety concern. Heat related illnesses and injuries can affect you whether in the shop or on the jobsite. Expert from the National Institute for Occupational Safety, OSHA, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists recommend drinking... Continue Reading

09/1/2021