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Utility Contractors: Employee Safety Training And Orientation

Excavation/trenching work is inherently dangerous. Prior to starting work at a jobsite, employees must be informed of the potential hazards that may exist in their work environment. In addition to knowing how to recognize hazards, they need to know how to avoid unsafe conditions. OSHA and State safety regulations require employers to train and educate workers to recognize and protect themselves from hazardous conditions. How can an employer expect their people to work safely if they are not aware of what constitutes an unsafe condition and/or what conditions exist?

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Why does the High-Visibility standard have FR requirements?

ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 is the latest update of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 revision which is the American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear. An area of the standard that remains is the Flame Resistance (FR) portion. This doesn’t mean that all High Visibility Safety Apparel (HVSA) must be FR, but it does mean that if HVSA is marketed as compliant with ANSI 107, the garment must meet specific FR standards in order to claim Flame Resistance on the ANSI 107 label.

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How to Reduce Noise Levels in Your Workplace

In the United States alone, about 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work every day. In addition to contributing to hearing loss, excessive noise prevents workers from hearing warning signals, negatively affects communication between workers, and decreases workers’ ability to concentrate. It’s also been linked to stomach problems and high blood pressure.

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Get In Touch With your Feelings

Feelings in your hands that is!  Growing up my mom always said, “Cold hands mean a warm heart.”  While that may be true, in an industrial setting, cold hands can mean a dangerous situation.  It’s that time of year in many parts of the country where the early mornings and evening temperatures are a foreshadowing of the winter weather that is coming at us sooner than many would like.  You know, that first snowy morning where you start cleaning your windshield and even though your gloves are in your trunk you press on because it will only take a minute?  Cold temps on unprotected hands can be dangerous.

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5 Ways Cloud Technology Helps to Strengthen Workplace Safety

Advancements in cloud technology and the availability of user-friendly devices are game-changers. Companies are using connected devices and intuitive software platforms to help drive positive safety outcomes without sacrificing productivity.  This proactive approach supports workers’ safety and overall organizational goals. Here are 5 ways cloud technology is helping to improve and strengthen workplace safety.

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Trending Safety Solutions In Construction

According to OSHA, the continuously evolving construction industry accounts for one in five worker fatalities across all private industries. It is crucial to stay vigilant and take the best safety precautions available when facing the multiple hazards present on a construction job site. Let’s highlight some current construction safety solutions trending in the market today that keep workers present, focused and safe on the job.

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How to Improve Your Safety Communication Program

A safety communication program is the sum of all activities related to promoting and maintaining interest in workplace safety among all employees. There are many policies, processes, and programs that make up a company’s overall safety program. One vital program in any safety program is the safety communication program. This post dives into some things to consider before implementing such a program or even when trying to improve an existing one.

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Key Features Utility Workers Need in their Gas Detectors

Gas detection is an important safety precaution in the utilities industry.  However, when it comes to using gas detectors for utility work, it’s often hard to know how you should configure it for your specific application.  Case in point: working in the utilities industry could include digging trenches, working in manholes, installing/repairing cables, monitoring power distribution, and so on.  All these examples (and more) require gas detection, and in these few examples alone, the way you use and configure your gas monitor can vary dramatically.

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