Safety First

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. 

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