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What is Fall Prevention and Protection?

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Fall prevention and protection training establish a 'competent person' in the workplace to support and evaluate OSHA standards for fall prevention and protection. It's an important priority to protect workers, customers, and contractors in the workplace.

This topic is critically important because falls can be one of the most common causes of serious injury in the workplace. Falls can cause injury or death and also can reduce workforce efficiency, trust, productivity, and morale. Employers have a responsibility to protect employees and all workers from falls by putting into place fall prevention and protection safety measures, participating in training, and establishing a competent person to assist with hazard reduction in the workplace.

All You Need to Know About MSHA Part 48

silhouette of worker in an underground mine

If you work in mining, you probably already know about MSHA. If you're new to the industry or managing compliance though, MSHA is the Mining Safety and Health Administration, similar to OSHA.

MSHA coordinates workplace safety and compliance based on the kind of mine, conditions, and various hazards.

How Often Should You Hold Safety Meetings in the Workplace?

Environmental, Safety and Health training for construction workers on site

We don't have to tell you why workplace safety matters. First of all, employee health and safety is your number one priority, because your people are your business.

How Scaffolding Safety Classes Can Help You and Your Crew Stay Safe on the Job Site

workers performing scaffolding risk analysis at construction site

Scaffolding use is common in the construction industry, with almost 75% of construction workers operating on scaffolding for some part of their work. The prevalence of scaffolding results in high injury rates, with approximately 4,500 workers injured in scaffolding-related incidents.

The Basics of Forklift Safety and Certification

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Forklifts are essential in many workplaces and can make the site safer and more effective in multiple ways. However, operating a forklift also has its own risks, which is why Northwest Safety and Risk Services offers several forklift safety-specific classes. These classes coincide with OSHA forklift safety guidelines to prevent many accidents by providing your employees with the right training, knowledge, and equipment to increase worksite safety.

The Quick Guide to Industrial Hygiene

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Industrial hygiene is an essential aspect of any workplace. Especially as the current workplace continues changing with the coronavirus pandemic, making sure that industrial hygiene is in place is important.

Do You Have the Proper Training for Confined Spaces?

top view of a male worker climbing in or out of a confined space

Confined spaces can be very dangerous working environments. As many managers know and learn in industry training, confined space environments can cause serious injury or death when working in an industrial facility. Fortunately, with a good understanding of the risks, quality and pertinent training, and necessary controls, many of the risks of confined workspaces can be avoided.

What You Need To Know About MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher

Miner signing off on permit or paperwork according to the mining safety requirements, from MSHA part 46 surface mine training or annual refresher

The Mining Safety and Health Administration, also known as MSHA, requires any employee who has taken the Part 46 new miner training, to do an 8-hour annual refresher training. However, it is an easier requirement to meet than you may think.

Defining a Competent Person by OSHA Standards

Construction woman standing in front of construction crew, OSHA competent person concept

OSHA standards are critical to any company across many industries for applying the right regulations, training, and compliance for your team. Ensuring that you and your team understand definitions and requirements is vital to getting the training you need to meet the standards. Having a properly trained team and operating in a safe, secure environment is key to business success and sustainability. Here, we'll dive into the Competent Person definition outlined by OSHA.

Choosing a Defensive Driving Course that Works for You

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Defensive driving can be a big help for many new, returning, or less than confident drivers. For some, depending on your state, it may be required to get a license back or before upgrading your license or changing driving privileges.

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