Posts made in November, 2014

Walking/Working Surfaces – Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist

Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents – they cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment, except where domestic, mining,...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Scaffolding

Serious injury or death can result from failure to comply with all applicable safety requirements of federal, State and local regulations before erecting, using, or dismantling a scaffold. This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas that may occur with scaffolding operations. Any question answered...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Hearing Protection

When noise control measures are infeasible, or until such time as they are installed, hearing protection devices are the only way to prevent high levels of noise from damaging the inner ear of workers. Making sure that these devices are worn effectively requires continuous attention on the part of supervisors and program implementers, as well as noise-exposed...

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Preventing Needlestick Injuries

Needlesticks can expose workers to a number of bloodborne pathogens that can cause serious or fatal infections. The pathogens that pose the most serious health risks are Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. HBV vaccination is recommended for all health care workers (unless they are...

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