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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Why You Should Take OSHA Authorized Online Training

online OSHA trainingWorkplaces accidents are costly—not only in terms of injuries, illnesses and lives lost—but also property damage, legal liability, worker compensation claims and time off work. In fact, the Center for Construction Research and Training estimates that if we could reduce workplace injuries by just two percent a year, the savings would be $336 million!

As it happens, one of the best ways to reduce the rate of workplace injuries is safety training.

OSHA Authorized Training

Of the many workplace safety training programs available, it makes sense to choose OSHA authorized training if your industry is subject to OSHA regulations (and most are). After all, you don’t want to learn a work practice that might be okay overseas but is not acceptable here.

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The Cost of OSHA Financial Penalties

financial penalties OSHASafety for it’s own sake should be a strong enough reason for safety compliance. But sometimes taking a look at the many financial penalties OSHA can assess also helps. Here are just a few:

  • Serious violation: A violation with substantial probability of death or serious physical harm: $1,500 to $7,000.
  • Willful violation: $5,000 to $70,000. Some of these fines can multiply rapidly. For example, if OSHA finds that violations are “egregious,” they can apply a penalty to every violation found or every employee exposed to the hazard.
  • Willful death conviction: Conviction in court of willful violation leading to death of employee: $250,000 for individuals; $500,000 for corporations, plus six months imprisonment.
  • Failure to correct a prior violation: $7,000 for every day past the abatement deadline.

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What Should You Put in Your First Aid Kit?

first aid kitOSHA requires employers to provide “adequate” first aid supplies for their employees. While OSHA doesn’t define what “adequate” is, many employers use ANSI first aid kit standards as a guide.

ANSI First Aid Kits

ANSI standard Z308.1-2014 lists first aid supplies for two types of first aid kits: Class A for common workplaces and Class B for more complex or higher risk environments. Kits are further divided into different types based on other factors, such as indoor or outdoor use.

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Real Life Workplace Injury and Injury Prevention Stories

workplace injuryIt can happen in an instant. A young worker gets entangled in a mortar mixer. A farm worker is thrown from a truck. A construction worker falls from second floor scaffolding. Sadly, all of these accidents could have been prevented through the implementation of better safety procedures and use of safety equipment.

Sometimes it’s hard to change an “it won’t happen to me” attitude. Training, reminders and enforcement penalties are important, but sometimes, real life examples of workplace accidents do more to convince workers to comply with safety regulations.

In this blog post, we’ve assembled a few sources of real life workplace injury stories. These stories—heartbreaking when an injury occurs; inspiring when an injury is prevented—serve to remind us of the continued importance of workplace safety.

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