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Creating a Safe Work Environment with First Aid Training

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As an employer, your team trusts you to look out for them while at work. One of the most important and direct ways to establish a safe work environment is to ensure your employees have basic first aid training.

Basic first aid training means your employees can respond quickly and appropriately to any medical needs, emergent conditions, or workplace injuries.

If customers are on-site and have a medical emergency, it means your teams know how to react and call for help. Assuring your employees and establishing your business as a safe work environment can save lives.

First Aid Training is Critical for Any Industry

First aid training is appropriate for any business or industry. While first responders are always on call and available, they are not immediately on site. Your employees are, and their instant, well-trained reactions to a life-threatening condition can make a huge impact.

Prioritizing Industrial Hygiene

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Let's start with the basics: what is industrial hygiene? Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions and illnesses. This means explicitly working with health hazards and understanding, evaluating, and managing things like pesticides, infectious diseases, noise, and substances like lead and asbestos.

Now, is industrial hygiene more important now than ever before? Absolutely. Looking out for employees, hazards, materials, and diseases in the workplace is more critical than ever before. Businesses are hiring to address hygiene needs, and staying ahead of the demand is vital. That's why training and consultation in industrial hygiene are directly applicable to anyone working in manufacturing.

Industrial Hygiene Training

Industrial hygiene services from Northwest Safety and Risk Management addresses:

The Right Training for Scaffolding Safety

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Scaffolding regulations are dangerous because they have severe consequences if not followed closely. Working with OSHA to ensure appropriate compliance and training for scaffolding safety is essential for any construction team.

Concerns with scaffolding arise from how common scaffolding accidents occur, and that improper scaffolding -- a major safety liability -- is the third most cited OSHA violation, injuring over 4,500 workers per year. Keep your team safe with the right scaffolding training and safety procedures.

OSHA Scaffolding Standards

OSHA scaffolding requirements are stringent and include 12 components, outlined below as an overview. If you have questions about these requirements, you can always connect with the team at Northwest Safety and Risk Services to learn more and discuss training options.

  1. Weight capacity of scaffolding

  2. Stability

OSHA's 4 Big Construction Safety Guidelines

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Working in construction is more complicated than some people might think. As a manager or owner, there are many considerations, compliance requirements, and other behind-the-scenes business issues that many people never see.

Of course, the most important thing at your construction site is the safety of your employees, clients, contractors, and the public near the site. This is a priority, but it also is an element of compliance with national regulations.

That's why OSHA is an essential part of construction sites. The OSHA safety guidelines for construction help keep everyone on the same page about how to keep a construction site safe. They create a checklist that you can follow to ensure your company is ahead of the game on safety.

Why Confined Space Training Matters

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Confined space training informs construction or other industry employees about how to evaluate, understand, and mitigate risks involved in working in a small, unsafe space for a temporary period of time.

What is Covered in Training?

Confined space training will cover potential hazards associated with confined spaces, how to control procedures and identify additional risks, and how to use appropriate equipment in a confined space.

The training will also discuss PPE, safe work procedures for entering, additional hazardous situations, how to complete specific work, and how to reduce risk.

A confined space is any enclosed or partially enclosed and is big enough for a worker to enter but not for working in at all times.

Courses offered for confined space training also cover emergency procedures and a variety of levels, testing, ventilation, and more.

Why Training for Excavation and Trenching?

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Excavation and trenching training are critical in construction because job site disasters like collapsing of trenches and the resulting injuries and possible fatalities are highly avoidable.

As the construction industry has boomed, trench deaths have also increased, and an unfortunately low awareness around the issue also increases the risk.

Companies owe it to their employees and their families to invest in the right training to prevent these accidents. No company wants to cut training corners to save time or money and have a job site death or major injury be the result.

OSHA Competent Persons Training Overview

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Industry Concept.

Training and proper employee comprehension of safety, prevention, and compliance is an essential aspect of many industries and businesses.

OSHA training is the national standard as a government regulatory body. OSHA keeps employees (and with that, employers as well) safe by creating a solid, reliable, and consistent plan for workplace safety.

OSHA standards require that training meets several critical requirements, one of which is the competent person requirement.

What are the Competent Person Training Requirements?

Competent person means accountability is built into the job site. The competent person has extensive training and experience in the industry (like construction) and also understands OSHA regulations like utility location, PPE, hazardous atmosphere, and more.

Every Company Needs CPR Training

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Major health issues can happen anytime, in any location. It can happen at home, while traveling, or in the office. If you are responsible for a team in your office, they must know how to respond if a customer or coworker had an urgent medical issue.

One of the primary levels of emergency training is CPR, AED, and First Aid training, which many companies provide to employees annually. This emergency procedure can save lives when people have the right training and are prepared to use it properly.

Read on to learn about providing quality CPR, AED, and first aid training for your team, so that you can be ready for a medical problem in your office or life.

MSHA Part 46

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Do you have questions about MSHA, what it means for you, and how it impacts your workplace safety training regimen? Read on to find out everything you need to know, plus a few tips for implementing Part 46 guidelines.

What is MSHA?

MSHA, or the Mining Safety and Health Administration, is the mine-specific version of OSHA. Much like OSHA, it spells out specific rules for health and workplace safety training--and, perhaps most importantly, it can act as a road-map for establishing and implementing guidelines as you train new employees or give existing workers a refresher course. Remember, this information isn't just required by law; it's also a practical way to make sure you, your company, and your employees are protected from risks of all shapes and sizes.

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