Posts made in December, 2014

Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Hazardous Substances

Hazardous substances are chemicals and other substances that can affect worker health. Examples include solvents, pesticides, paints, adhesives, petroleum products, heavy metals, or any other substance that is hazardous to health and is used or produced at work. Hazardous substances can take the form of liquids, solids, vapors, gases, fumes, or dusts. To be...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Working Environment

Most accidents are the end result of many contributing causal factors. Employee/management behaviors and system defects create an overall safety culture that may or may not support safe conditions and practices. If the safety culture is not supportive, and an employee is exposed to the hazard, the probability of an accident increases greatly. Under such conditions,...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Egress

During a fire, unobstructed emergency egress ensures that building occupants, including workers, can exit a building to safety. This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas that may occur with emergency egress from their buildings. Any question answered “No” should be thoroughly...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Fall Arrest Systems

To provide optimum protection, a fall arrest system should be designed by a structural engineer experienced in the elimination/control of fall hazards. Similarly, proper installation by a contractor should be supervised and directed by a professional engineer who understands all of the challenges posed. Unlike a general contractor, a skilled engineer understands the...

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Small Business Self-Evaluation Checklist: Housekeeping

Good housekeeping is a basic part of accident and fire prevention programs, and effective housekeeping should be an ongoing operation and not a hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic “panic” cleanups can be costly and ineffective in reducing accidents. Housekeeping is more than just sweeping the floor. A good company housekeeping program should...

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