As previously posted, the Silica Rule (Construction) was slated to take effect in June of this year.  After some delay, the rule officially takes effect Saturday, September 23, 2017. Check out OSHA’s fact sheet on the Crystalline Silica Rule: Construction. Are you prepared?  We can help… Air sampling Silica awareness training Respiratory training Pulmonary function tests … Read More

Why a Forklift Safety Day you ask?  Here is some disturbing information regarding forklifts.  According to the Department of Labor Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT or forklift) were #6 of the top 10 most cited OSHA standard in fiscal year 2016.  This list rarely changes from year-to-year and is the result of almost 32,000 OSHA inspections.  … Read More

Picture above:  Ed O’Brien, Safety Trainer & Consultant, conducts hands-on portable fire extinguisher training at Aurora BayCare Medical Center   According to the National Fire Data Center, national estimates for nonresidential building fires and losses in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, include: Fires: 104,600 Deaths: 70 Injuries: 1,325 Dollar loss: … Read More

Do you need someone on-site to conduct Powered Industrial Truck (forklift) training?  Forklift train-the-trainer classes are now being scheduled for May and June at Fox Valley Safety & Training. Our course includes classroom and hands-on instruction.  You will learn: Adult learning techniques Applicable OSHA & ANSI Standards overview (OSHA CFR 1910.178) Operating instructions, warnings, precautions … Read More

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compiles a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for its fiscal year.  This year’s list is compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety in your company.  Have you … Read More

My son, Cole, and I recently spent the day together running errands.  Our last stop was a gas station to fill up my tank.  Cole had been such a trooper throughout the day –patiently waiting as I browsed through stores, carrying packages, holding doors.  As such, I told him he could get a treat from … Read More

The dangerous nature of confined spaces requires us to be hyper-vigilant regarding worker safety. For those of you familiar with potentially hazardous atmospheres, you recognize that many hazardous gases are both colorless and odorless, which is why air monitoring is essential to your confined space safety program.  But even if the hazardous gas has a … Read More

Even our spouses take PPE seriously!  Tom St. John, husband of our scheduler Mary St. John, is decked out in personal protective equipment while grinding old paint from their clothes line.  It may have been 90 degrees and humid, but Tom’s still smiling because he’s safe!

OSHA recently released its final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica.  Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016, after which most industries have one or two years to comply with most requirements. Compliance Schedule Construction – June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date. … Read More