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TOPIC: Keep-workers-safe

Critical Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Safety Partner (Part 2 of 3)

As we continue our 3-part series this week on questions to ask before selecting a safety partner, let’s start with a brief review of the 2 questions covered previously.

In our initial blog on this topic we covered the merits of working with a safety partner who provides a comprehensive safety solution, from safety programs, safety training as well as Personal Protective Equipment. The take away is you want to determine if your provider can offer a one stop for solution for all of your safety needs.

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Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Safety Partner (Part 1)

This week Arbill will be posting 3 blogs on the best practices to employ when selecting a safety partner. In all, we have identified 6 critical questions you should ask (and the answers you want to hear) before committing to a safety company. We will cover two of the 6 questions in each post. However, you don’t have to wait for the end of the week to get the full set of questions. You can click here to download a white paper that includes all 6 questions.

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10 Reliable Workplace Safety Recommendations

Protecting workers is always in fashion… and when you’ve been keeping workers safe for more than 70 years, you find that there are some basics that never go out of style. The basic approaches work because they are provide a sound foundation – simple and sometimes overlooked – but effective nonetheless.

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Keep Workers From Breathing Silica Dust

Recently, there has been much in the news about concerns over breathing silica dust. Arbill feels it’s important to share this information to alert the many workers that come in contact with this substance.

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The Importance of Posting Injury/Illness Summaries

Documenting injuries is very important for businesses and employees.

As shared by the US Department of Labor, under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

In 2014, OSHA announced changes to the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, and to the list of severe work-related injuries and illnesses that all covered employers must report to OSHA. These new requirements went into effect on January 1, 2015 for workplaces under Federal OSHA jurisdiction. 

So what does this mean for most businesses?

All employers must report the following:

  1. All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.

Report to OSHA by

  1. Calling OSHA's free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
  2. Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours.
  3. Using the online form.

Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, these incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident.

OSHA reminds employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses. This summary needs to be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance, insurance and real estate sectors can be found at http://s.dol.gov/YP. Read the news release for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

The reporting of injuries, illnesses and deaths that might occur in your organization will help OSHA carry out its mission of saving lives, preventing injuries and protecting the health of America’s workers.  Yes, reporting does take time, but it is mandated. It’s critical to capture and share this information.

Many companies fail to fully appreciate the overall costs of safety, and have not drawn the connection between the implementation of best practices and the procurement of safety related products. Arbill offers innovative industrial safety products, services and training to protect your workers so that the reporting of injuries could be a thing of the past.

Contact a Safety Account Manager today to discuss best practices for protecting your workers. Visit www.arbill.com for more information on our safety products and services.  We hope that you find our blogs useful – please feel free to share with your colleagues and friends – the more workplace injuries that we can prevent will bring us closer to our goal.  Subscribe here and we will continue to provide important safety information for you and your employees.

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Sharing the importance of Safety Culture…

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13 Workers Will Die On the Job Today

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a statement from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on fatal occupational injuries in 2014. The rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 full time workers, the same as the final rate for 2013.

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Keep Your Employees Safe from Workplace Violence

It has been reported that deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. Additionally, nearly 2 million workers are reported to be victims each year of some type of workplace violence.

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Celebrate Safely this July 4th!

This Saturday marks our nation’s 239th birthday.  Most Americans will celebrate our country’s Independence Day with friends and family. Many will enjoy fireworks under evening skies.

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Speaking of WBENC...

In my last blog I wrote of Supplier Diversity and the importance of doing business with women-owned and minority-owned businesses. That message is being shared loudly and clearly this week at the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair in Austin, Texas.

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