Safety Responsibilities on a Multi-Employer Project: Some Examples

Posted June 12, 2018 in OSHA , Workplace Hazards , Safety
In deciding whether to cite an employer for safety violations, OSHA uses a two-step process: What is the status of the employer in the case—Creating, Exposing, Correcting, or Controlling? Given the different responsibilities of each employer...
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What is the “Standard of Reasonable Care” for Safety?

Posted June 07, 2018 in Safety
If you are a Controlling Employer¹ on a multi-employer job, you have general supervisory authority over the entire work site, and power to correct health and safety violations, or require others to correct them. The standard of inspection or...
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eBook: Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning Can Keep Employers and Subcontractors on the Right Side of OSHA

Posted June 05, 2018 in Safety
Subcontracting is delegating. But you can’t delegate all of the safety issues that your subcontractors may face. In fact you, the prime contractor, can be cited by OSHA for safety-related problems and violations that are otherwise totally within...
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eBook: Are They Up to the Job? Pre- and Post-Employment Testing

Posted May 01, 2018 in Employee Testing , Safety
Every employer wants to fit the worker to the job. Where the job has significant physical requirements, the employee’s physical ability to do the work is crucial. Yet too often, employers simply take a look at potential hires and decide on the...
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To Automate or Not to Automate?

Posted April 25, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety

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Manual Material Handling: Why Do We Still Do Things the Way We Did 20, 30, 40+ Years Ago?

Posted April 19, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
As I walk through various manufacturing plants, I am fascinated by the new processes to make materials that are stronger yet lighter in weight than in previous years, or see robots performing tasks human operators dreaded performing...and then I...
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To Push or To Pull—That Is the Question

Posted April 17, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
One of the questions we're frequently asked is whether it is better to push or pull carts, hand trucks, racks, etc. The answer is...it depends.
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Infographic: The Dangers of Improper Manual Material Handling

Posted April 12, 2018 in Ergonomics , Safety
 
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eBook: Manual Material Handling Best Practices

Posted April 05, 2018 in Workplace Injuries , Ergonomics , Safety
Elements of manual material handling (MMH) are such basic workplace actions that it’s easy to think that we don’t need to worry about them. But if employers and employees don’t pay attention to how they’re being done, the result can be costly...
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What Will You Have to Do to Comply with OSHA’s New Beryllium Limits?

Posted February 27, 2018 in Safety
On January 9, 2017, OSHA published its Final Rule to Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure—laying out revised regulations for limiting worker exposure to this multipurpose metal, which is used throughout industry but which can be harmful if...
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