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Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Workplace fires and explosions kill about 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers each year. These disasters also cost businesses nearly $2 billion dollars in damages. The Occupation Safety and Health Administration has put standards in place to help prevent these occurrences and keep workers safe from fire related injury. Explosions and fires in the workplace can be extremely dangerous and you should take the necessary steps to ensure fire safety.


Here are some ways to keep your workplace safe from fires and explosions:

Accessibility: Electrical control panels need to be fully accessible as they are used to shut down power in case of an emergency.  Be sure that all sprinklers, firefighting equipment, and emergency exits are not being blocked by other equipment and are clear. 

Clean Workplace: Clutter and messy workstations can provide fuel for fires and can also prevent access to exits and emergency equipment. Throw out anything that can be a fire hazard in metal containers and be sure to empty regularly.

Proper Maintenance: Check and perform maintenance on machines regularly. It is a good idea to also keep a record of routine maintenance.

Report Electrical Hazards: If you notice something does not look right, immediately notify the proper person in your facility.  Do not attempt any electrical repairs unless qualified to do so.  REPORT, REPORT, REPORT!

Safe Chemical Use & Storage: When using and storing chemical materials, it is important to do so in an area with proper ventilation. Carefully read labels and the Material Safety Data Sheet to gauge flammability and other fire hazards of a substance. All employees must have the correct protective equipment for handling hazardous materials.


Take Precautions: Practice proper safety measures to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres.  This includes areas that contain flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. The use of non-sparking tools and properly controlling static electricity will help prevent a serious fire or explosion.

Building Security: Be aware of your surroundings and building.  Lock up doors and report any suspicious behavior.  Do not leave any never leave ignitable debris outside or near your building.

Designated Smoking Areas: Provide employees a designated smoking area and that it is being used by all workers who smoke.  Proper disposal of cigarettes and matches should be enforced. Provide appropriate receptacles for disposal of these flammable items.

Fire Extinguishers: Perform a safety check on all fire extinguishers often. If the equipment is damaged or not in proper working order, call for maintenance. It is also important to provide fire extinguisher training to all employees.


In Case of Emergency Plan: Emergency phone numbers and the company address should be posted by the phone station for easy and quick access. Clearly labeled exit signs should also be displayed by major exits in case of an emergency. Ensure that all workers are aware of all emergency exit plans and fire evacuation procedures.  Conduct fire drills regularly and review your plan with a local fire company. 



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Crane And Rigging

Crane and Rigging

OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA’s interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA’s website at 

Enforcement Policy – Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Crane Operator Requirements:

The Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard (the crane standard, 29 CFR Part 1926, subpart CC) includes requirements for operators of equipment covered by the standard. The effective date for its certification requirements is November 10, 2018.


As recommended by the Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health and an overwhelming number of construction stakeholders, on May 18, 2018, OSHA proposed removing the requirement that operators be certified by a crane’s lifting capacities (in addition to certification by type of crane).

Enforcement Policy-

OSHA is aware that there are concerns in the construction industry about whether OSHA intends to enforce the requirement for operator certification by lifting capacity (as well as type of equipment) that will take effect November 10, 2018, pending the upcoming publication of OSHA’s Crane Operator Qualification final rule. To maintain current industry practices and avoid any further confusion that could disrupt construction projects, OSHA is announcing that, pending the effective date of the new rule, OSHA does not intend to enforce the requirement that certifications identify a lifting capacity for the certification. Operator certifications must still meet all other certification requirements in 29 CFR §1926.1427, and employers must continue to comply with applicable state and local operator licensing requirements. This policy is consistent with OSHA’s de minimis citation policy in Chapter 4, section VIII(A)(2) of the Field Operations Manual, CPL 02-00-159, which states that an employer may comply with a proposed OSHA standard rather than with the standard in effect at the time of the inspection so long as the employer’s action clearly provides equal or greater employee protection.

Effective dates for revised operator training, certification, and evaluation requirements will be announced in the Federal Register notice of the final rule.

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Ski safe this winter. Knowing is shredding!

It’s estimated that over 50 million skiers find their way to resorts each year to enjoy  shredding the slopes. Ranging from Alpine, Snowboarding, Cross country, Freestyle, Telemark, and more, there are so many ways to enjoy the packed powder. But, skiing safe is always the key to having the most enjoyable time when hitting the slopes.  There are many ways to be safe when hitting the Alpine, here are some safety tips and tricks to make your skiing experience the safest and most enjoyable time possible.  Because knowing is shredding.



Before Hitting the Slopes

  • Dress Appropriate
  • Make sure to have proper equipment
  • Take a couple of lessons
  • Check the weather reports
  • Always wear eye protection
  • Exercise
  • Know your terrain


While on the hill

Hone your craft

If it is your first time out, lessons are key. Haven’t been out for a while? A short refresher course would be helpful. 


Stretching and a warm up routine will help reduce the risk and severity of an injury.

Don’t ski alone

Having a group or individual with you is not only a great time but safe. If anything goes wrong there are people to assist.

Stick to the track

Keeping on the slope and using the resort information will mean that if something goes wrong, help will quickly be available.

Don’t over do it
If you’re tired, stop skiing, Injuries happen more often when you are fatigued. Multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed lifts let you have lots more time on the slope, so pace yourself.


Dangers when Skiing

  • Frostbite/Hypothermia
  • Skier’s Thumb
  • Head Injuries
  • ACL Injuries
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Skiing off an embankment
  • Avalanches
  • Snow Immersion Suffocation
  • Broken Bones
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