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Focus Safety Training On These Top 10 Injuries

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Before your employees attend annual refresher safety training, consider adding additional topics like Ladder Safety and Slips, Trips & Falls. Liberty Mutual released its 2018 Workplace Safety Index to reveal the Top 10 causes of serious, non-fatal injuries. These injuries cost the company money in terms of insurance expenses, days lost and decreased productivity.

Top 10 Workplace Injuries

  1. Overexertion. These types of injuries are related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying objects. Employees should be trained on proper lifting techniques and back safety. TIP: Minimize distances loads must be carried.
  2. Same Level Falls. An example of this injury is tripping on an extension cord on ground level and falling. This does not include falling from an elevated walk way or from a ladder onto the ground level. This type of injury costs businesses an estimated $11.2 billion in direct costs. Employees should be trained on slips, trip and falls. Ways to help eliminate hazards include good housekeeping, quality walking surfaces, proper footwear, and walking at an appropriate pace.
  3. Worker on LadderFalls to Lower Levels. Examples of these injuries include falls from ladders, scaffolds, tops of equipment and other elevated work areas. Ladder falls account for the majority of these types of injuries. Make sure employees receive Ladder Safety training. TIP: Use the hierarchy of hazard controls to prevent these injuries.
    1. Elimination and Substitution
    2. Warnings
    3. Training and Procedures
    4. Personal Protective Equipment
  4. Struck by Object. Falling tools while performing equipment maintenance is a major cause of these types of injuries. TIP: Properly stack materials, always wear proper PPE, and don’t work under heavy machinery when in operation.
  5. Other Exertions. Examples of these injuries include working in unnatural positions or exerting too much physical effort. Make sure employees are trained on proper ergonomics that prevent getting in awkward positions.
  6. Motor Vehicle Accidents. The average car crash costs employers up to $16,500 per incident. These accidents include use of fleet vehicles and company trucks/cars. TIP: Develop a driving safety program to keep your employees safe on the road.
  7. Slip and Trips. This category does include falls. Examples of this injury is slipping on a wet surface without falling but still pulling a muscle. Good housekeeping procedures can help eliminate these injuries. Make sure work areas are clear of debris, extension cords, clutter, etc. Make sure any wet areas are clearly marked with wet floor signs.
  8. Caught in equipment. These injuries include your hand getting stuck in a machine, or employees getting pulled into some type of machinery. Make sure employees receive lockout tagout training annually. TIP: Make sure employees do not wear loose clothing.
  9. Struck against object or equipment. Examples of this injury involve workers running into pipes, corners, machinery or other people. TIP: Make sure workers do not carry things that can obstruct their view. Make sure they use extra caution when walking around corners.
  10. Repetitive motion involving micro tasks. These injuries are quite common in the manufacturing industry. TIP: Practice a rotating schedule so employees are not making the same movements over an extended period of time.

Need Some Help With Deciding What Training Topics To Cover? Call SRP to Discuss Your Program Today! Call SRP at (866) 222-4972 or visit us online.

Source: Safety Complance Alert, June 1, 2018, Vol. 24 No. 550

Control Lead Exposure. Keep Workers Safe & Avoid Costly Fines

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In case you missed it…National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) started October 22, 2017.  NLPPW aims to educate communities, families, organizations and government entities about the risks associated with lead poisoning among children and adults.

OSHA estimates that approximately 804,000 workers in general industry and an additional 838,000 workers in construction are potentially exposed to lead. Workers are commonly exposed to lead as a result of the production, use, maintenance, recycling, and disposal of lead material and products.

Of course respiratory protection should always be used, but  personal protective equipment may not be enough.   Because lead exposure is dangerous, employers must implement engineering and administrative controls to minimize employee exposure to the greatest extent possible. Engineering controls can include substituting the use of lead with a less hazardous material, isolating exposure areas, or using ventilation systems.   Administrative controls include polices and procedures, general housekeeping, personal hygiene guidelines, and lead awareness training.

If you suspect the presence of lead based paint or lead dust, DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself.  Always contact a professional to inspect materials that may contain lead.  Also, call a certified lead abatement contractor to remove the materials.

Want to learn more about lead exposure?  Download an SRP Toolbox Guide here.

Have Concerns About Lead?  Call SRP Today to Schedule a Lead Survey or Lead Awareness Training for Your Workers. Call Us At ( 866) 222-4972 or email us below.

 

4 Key Things to Do After A Noise Exposure Survey

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4 Key Things to Do After A Noise Exposure Survey

One manufacturing facility has used SRP for safety training, safety audits, as well as environmental air permitting. However, one concern was the lack of follow through in implementing the safety precautions taught in class.

One topic in particular was noise conservation and noise exposure. SRP conducted noise conservation and awareness safety training, which led to employee noise exposure monitoring inside their manufacturing facility.  According to OSHA, 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.

Four Things To Do After a Noise Exposure Survey

  1. Notify Employees of the Noise Levels.  Let employees know if areas are above 85 decibels.  Post signage in noisy areas so employees know when to wear hearing protection.
  2. Require Employees to Wear Hearing Protection. Types of hearing protection include disposable foam earplugs, molded earplugs, and earmuffs.  Remember, if you require hearing protection, employees MUST be properly trained.
  3. Hearing ProtectionFollow Recommendations. Always consider the recommendations from the safety consultant who conducted the noise survey.   Engineering and Administrative controls should be implemented to reduce employee exposure to noise.  Recommendations may include replacing noisy equipment components, creating sound barriers, placing equipment on resilient pads, or requiring rotating work shifts.
  4. Train Employees In Noise & Hearing Conservation.  Employees should understand the effects of noise; the purpose, advantages, and disadvantages of various types of hearing protectors; the selection, fit, and care of protectors; and the purpose and procedures of audiometric testing.  Safety training should be conducted at new hire orientation and as part of annual refresher training.

Have Questions? Call SRP Today to Speak With an SRP Safety Consultant! Call (866) 222-4972 or Email Us Below!

For over 20 years, SRP Environmental has provided full-service environmental, industrial hygiene, safety and disaster response services to oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, agricultural and healthcare industries. 

New Requirement For ISNetworld Users

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If you are required to have an ISNetworld account, expect a couple changes.  ISNetworld is a third-party, vendor verification portal and is required by many companies in oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and other industries.  The portal grades you on various factors including your experience modification rate, certificate of insurance, safety programs and training documents, and OSHA 300 & 300A logs.

SRP received a notice stating that ISN made a couple of enhancements to the Training Document tool, which was previously known as T-RAVS.

Updated Safety Training Documents

ISN Hiring Clients have requested that a renewal requirement be added to show proof of current training.  The expiration will be based on the date your document is submitted.  Expiration dates will either be annually or according to regulatory standards and best practices.

Examples Include:

  • Asbestos Awareness – Annually
  • Bloodborne Pathogens – Annually
  • Respiratory Protection – Annually
  • Hearing Conservation – Annually
  • First Aid – Every 2 Years
  • Hazard Communication – Every 3 years, or when new hazards are introduced.
  • Confined Space – Every 3 Years
  • Fall Protection – Every 3 Years, or when new equipment is introduced.

Even though certain topics require training every so often, SRP recommends conducting annual refresher for all pertinent topics to your industry and job tasks.

User Enhancements

Training Document pages include additional details on the requirements and assistance tools for your company. Assistance tools include an export of current requirements and a new training roster/sign-in sheet sample.

Source: ISNetworld, Customer Service Team Email

Have More Questions About ISNetworld? Call an SRP Safety Consultant Today to Review Your Account! Call (866) 222-4972 or email us below.

WEBINAR: Prevent Heat Stress. Beat The Heat!

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The heat is already here.  Many workers are affected by heat stress year-round.    Heat stress can be detrimental to workers in harsh outdoor environments, as well as indoor environments that use a lot of heavy equipment and produce energy and heat.  It is important to review and update heat stress prevention procedures.

SRP Safety: Heat StressThis 30-minute webinar provides an overview of important topics regarding heat stress and heat illness, so you can understand the key elements of an effective heat stress prevention program. Learn the basics of heat stress prevention, the signs of heat stress, and training requirements for employees.

Available Date(s):

Jul 27, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

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For a more comprehensive safety training course or safety program, contact SRP for assistance at (318) 222-2364. We have eight convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Shreveport, Long Beach, Midland and Pittsburgh.

Annual Safety Audits: 4 Reasons Why You Need Them

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ANNUAL SAFETY AUDITS: 4 REASONS WHY YOU NEED THEM

It is always heart-wrenching when you hear about devastating accidents and fatalities in the workplace.  OSHA reports that on average 13 worker deaths occur each day, and out of all the reported workers, 3% will experience an injury or accident each day.  Thankfully these statistics have decreased since the 1970s, however many of the deaths and injuries that continue to happen today are preventable.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a safe work environment for your employees.  This responsibility not only affects employees, but also their families.  That is why it is imperative to conduct annual safety audits at each facility in addition to meeting OSHA requirements.

Here are Four Reasons Why You Should Conduct Annual Safety Audits:

  1. To Ensure Compliance. Make sure you are in safety and environmental compliance with OSHA and the EPA, as well as state agencies.  Regulations are constantly changing and it is easy to miss urgent updates, even with all the email reminders and newsletters.  Conducting a safety audit with a third-party will help ensure that your facility is up to date with OSHA and EPA regulations.
  2. To Identify Potential Hazards. Facility managers and EHS managers may catch glaringly obvious hazards like damaged guardrails or puddles of water, but it is easy to miss less obvious hazards like noise or chemical over-exposure.   This can be common due to the fact the facility and EHS managers are on-site all day, every day and become acclimated to their surroundings.   Therefore, it is good practice to have someone other than the facility or EHS manager who is well versed in safety to audit the facility and to provide a fresh view of the work environment.
  3. To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Company Safety Training.  A thorough safety audit includes taking a look at the company safety training and policies.
    1. Are all supervisors’ and employees’ up to date with their annual refresher training?
    2. Has each employee completed a new hire orientation specific to their job duties?
    3. Are all employee training courses documented with a sign-in sheet, test materials, and a corresponding safety plan?

If you can not fully answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, it’s time to re-evaluate your safety training program.  Also, you will be able to identify where additional training may be needed.

4. To Assess the Condition of Equipment and Processes. OSHA regulations require inspections of equipment modifications and additions that could affect the safe operation of the equipment.  However, it is recommended that annual, or even semi-annual, inspections are performed on all equipment and processes.  Preventative maintenance is key to keeping equipment expenses within budget.  Additionally, equipment inspections allow supervisors and managers to assess the the safety and effectiveness of all work processes.

Have Questions or Concerns About Your Facility?  Call an SRP Safety Consultant Today!

SRP Safety Consultants work with companies across the United States in oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, agricultural, and healthcare.   SRP has eight convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Long Beach, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Located elsewhere? Let SRP Come To You.   Call SRP Safety Consultants today at (866) 222-4972 to schedule a safety audit.

Safety Training Offered in Spanish at SRP Colorado Office

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SAFETY TRAINING OFFERED IN SPANISH AT SRP COLORADO OFFICE

SRP Environmental is excited to offer safety training in Spanish at their Denver, Colorado Office.   The classes are conducted by a Spanish-speaking instructor, which means that there is no wasted class time or miscommunication with a translator.

  • SafeLand in Spanish
  • First Aid / AED / CPR in Spanish
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness in Spanish

SafeLand classes are held every Wednesday, and First Aid and H2S are held every Thursday.

View the Safety Training Calendar

For over 20 years, SRP has been offering turn-key environmental, health and safety solutions to companies in oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and agricultural industries.  SRP has eight convenient locations in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Located elsewhere? Let SRP Come To You. Call Us Toll Free at (866) 222-4972.

Understaffing Causes Lack of Safety, Company Fined $9.5Million

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Industry has faced budget cuts and layoffs caused by the poor economic environment.  Many companies have taken some serious shortcuts, like cutting safety training and not staying up to date with reporting, just to save money.

One Houston-based company is facing criminal convictions and will be paying $9.5 Million in fines.   The oil and gas services company falsified safety inspections due to time constraints and insufficient labor.  Additionally, the company was involved in an offshore Sparks Fly as Worker Cuts Boltsexplosion killing three and spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  A supervisor decided to not issue hot-work permits and discontinued daily toolbox meetings.  The supervisor delegated these items to a lesser experienced employee.  Because of this, employees began welding activities on piping that had contained hydrocarbons, thus igniting and creating an explosion.

Lesson Learned: A Disregard for Safety Leads to Catastrophic Disasters

The key take away here is that a lack of resources can quickly back fire.  Eliminating safety procedures and training causes serious repercussions, and companies can face criminal charges and fines.   If the company mentioned above had adequate staffing, they may have not needed to falsify safety inspections and reports.  Additionally, the supervisor would have been able to properly train the employee he or she delegated tasks to.

Consider how much employee injuries cost your company before making any major decisions regarding staffing or work place safety.  OSHA has a good tool to estimate what it could cost your company if an employee were to get hurt.  It includes direct costs, indirect costs and additional sales to recoup those costs based on an estimated profit margin.   This tool offers a bigger picture when considering safety and your bottom line. Check it out here.

Need advice on safety?  Contact SRP today at (866) 222-4972!

SRP has eight convenient locations in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Located elsewhere? Let us come to you. Call Us Today!

 

WEBINAR: Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Plans

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FREE WEBINAR:
Fire Safety & Fire Prevention Plans

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SRP Fire SafetyA successful fire prevention plan can be the difference between life and death in the event of a fire in the workplace.  Employees should know escape routes, exit markings, and emergency action plans specific to each company location.  All staff members should be able to properly use fire extinguishers, and know other important elements to successfully prevent fires.

This 45-minute awareness-based webinar will provide an overview of important fire prevention techniques and practices.

Available Date(s):
July 14, 1:00 PM CT

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Key Benefits of Annual Safety Training

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Workplace safety plays an integral part in the day to day operations in any company, which ultimately increases productivity and your bottom line.  Without safety, workers are exposed to dangerous situations, reckless activities and threat of injury or illness, or even death.

Here’s some interesting statistics: Only 1 in 5 new workers receive safety training.  That’s a scary thought. That means that 80% of new hires are sent to perform their work tasks without proper training and knowledge of workplace hazards.  It’s no surprise that workers in their first month are three times as more likely to lose work days due to injuries, as opposed to workers who have have employed longer.

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Why should you institute annual refresher safety training?

SRP Environmental Safety TrainingFirst and foremost, annual safety training is required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  If an OSHA inspector were to show up at your facility, one of the things they will ask for is a copy of the company health and safety manual, and safety training records.  We have also found that clients require hired companies be in compliance with required OSHA training.  Don’t risk not being able to perform work for a great and profitable client.

Secondly, safety training is crucial to reducing workplace accidents.  Common words that are said by employees involved in accidents are: “I didn’t think”, “I didn’t see”, and “I didn’t know.”  The last phrase,”I didn’t know”, is absolutely unacceptable.  Make it a priority to see that workers complete adequate safety training before they begin work on their own.

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Lastly, enforcing annual training creates a culture of safety.  A safety culture has to begin with top management in order for workers to accept and appreciate workplace safety.  If their managers or supervisors do not follow safety procedures, then why should they?  Additionally, you as an employer are investing in your workers when you provide any type of training, including skilled training and safety training.  A safer workplace increases productivity by not having loss of days due to injuries and can minimize OSHA recordables which lowers the TRIR.

What are the required annual safety training topics?

OSHA provides an extensive review of what training is required and when. The publication can be found here or you can visit www.osha.gov.

Notable OSHA Required Annual Training:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Space (Non-Permit & Permit Required)
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Safety & Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hearing Protection
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Respiratory Protection

There are several other safety topics that require training periodically or when standards/procedures change.  For example, ladder safety training should be implemented when equipment changes.  However, we do recommend including ladder safety in annual training.

Need guidance on annual safety training?  Call SRP and speak to one of our safety consultants to develop a custom training program to meet the needs of your company.  Call us at (318) 222-2364 or visit us online.   We have seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh.  Located elsewhere? Let us come to you.