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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?

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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.

MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher

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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

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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.

Why Your Employees Need CPR and AED Training for Workplace Emergencies

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Providing safe and healthy working conditions for employees means more than just sanitation, cleanliness, and risk prevention. In any workplace, it means investing in training so that everyone on the job knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

Excavation and Trenching Training is Essential

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Properly training your employees for working in and around excavation and trenching is an essential part of your business plan. Excavation and trenching injuries are more deadly than any other type on the job site, and training employees for awareness, hazards, and precautions are invaluable.

Safety Management at Work: Slips, Trips, and Falls

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Slips and falls occur every day in the workplace. These types of injuries and their recurrence can be minimized through proper safety knowledge and attitudes. There are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working. You can slip and lose your balance, you can trip over objects left in your walkway, or you can simply fall from an elevated position above the ground. 

Stay on Top of Chemical Container Labeling

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Safety compliance is a significant issue for many organizations. Especially in today's constantly changing world, you don't want your business to be impacted by surprises like compliance issues or consequences.

Luckily, you can work with the team at Northwest Safety and Risk Management to address various safety compliance types like chemical labeling, which we will discuss more in-depth here.

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