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From the category archives: Safety


ABC Spotlight 11/7/17

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Bring your employees to join us for a night of giving thanks! Enjoy dinner with your fellow ABC Members and celebrate over 100 hoodies and 200 beanies donated to local clothing banks. Click HERE to learn more or call our office at (509) 534-0826. ABC is actively recruiting for your business! Sara Cottam, our Director of Workforce Development, attends Job Fairs on a monthly basis looking for your next hire. Click HERE to access the pool of individuals ready to start today, make sure to have your username and password ready. Skilled Worker Shortage in Spokane Check out the efforts of our member, Construction Industry Training Council of WA, working hard to educate skilled trade workers in the construction industry! HERE is an interview Ken Hill from CITC did with KHQ on the skilled worker shortage in Spokane. ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) is a safety benchmarking and improvement tool that dramatically improves safety p ...

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Silica Rule Enforcement Begins Sept. 23! These Resources Can Help You Comply

OSHA enforcement of the new silica standard begins Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Are you prepared? CPWR's Work Safely with Silica website is a one-stop source for information on silica hazards in construction and free resources to help you comply with the new standard -- including an easy-to-use planning tool, Create-a-Plan. This planning tool guides users through creating the silica exposure control plan required by the standard, and offers options for saving, editing, and sharing plans. The website also provides quick access to OSHA compliance information and a variety of training resources, including CPWR's Silica Hazard Alert card in English (right) and Spanish. These pocket-sized brochures contain a brief summary of the hazard and ways to prevent exposures, and are good handouts for jobsites and training programs. You can request hard copies by email, or download and print them as 8 x 11 handouts. Do you need a toolbox talk that covers the basics? CPWR's Silica toolbox talk uses a brief ca ...

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OSHA Penalties to be Adjusted for Inflation after August 1

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year. The increases were announced Thursday by the Department of Labor, which issued two interim rules covering penalty adjustments for several DOL agencies, including OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division.

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It's Hot - Stay Safe and Cool

Working outdoors in hot weather can result in serious illness or even death. Workers exposed to extreme heat may experience symptoms of heat-related illnesses (HRI), such as heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, fainting, heat stroke and other symptoms.

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12 Tips to Survive Another "Nuclear Summer" -

After a harsh winter in many parts of the country, construction companies and their workers are now facing the opposite extreme. Already, many states are experiencing what safety consultant John Meola, CSP, ARM, calls “flat-iron” level heat.

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May is Stroke Awareness Month: Here's What You Need to Know

In the U.S. someone dies from stroke every 4 minutes. May is stroke awareness month, so it is literally time to do something about it!

Discuss these alarming U.S. stroke statistics in your next CPR or First Aid class:

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OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Construction Workers in Confined Spaces

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. People working in confined spaces (such as manholes, crawl spaces, and tanks) face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.

Last year, two workers were asphyxiated while repairing leaks in a manhole, the second when he went down to save the first – which is not uncommon in cases of asphyxiation in confined spaces.

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Safety Week 2015

Many Roles, One Goal - Building Safety Together!

That's the message ABC, along with more than 40 national and global construction firms comprising The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum will be presenting for the 2nd annual Safety Week May 3-9, 2015. Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. One incident is one too many. Life is too precious to not make safety the number one focus in the U.S. construction industry.

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OSHA Proposes Revisions to Eye and Face Standards

OSHA recently published a proposal to revise personal protective equipment requirements in the agency's general industry, shipyard employment, long shoring, marine terminals and construction standards. The proposal, if enacted, would align OSHA’s eye and face protection standard with the latest ANSI consensus standards on eye and face protection. OSHA also plans to update the construction eye and face protection standard to make it more consistent with general industry and maritime standards.

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Safety Awareness Tips

Safety Awareness is like almost everything else we is learned, not instinctive. We aren't born with awareness for safety fact anyone who has a young toddler or grandchild knows this first hand as they see them going around doing unsafe things constantly.

We learn through various means. Some learn by doing, others by watching, and some by reading. Others learn by their mistakes or the mistakes of others which is one reason we post and talk about near misses and direct hits that we've had here and at other companies and locations throughout the country.

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