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Five Things to Consider When Implementing Your Ladder Safety Efforts

The OSHA regulations and ANSI standards impacting ladder safety are changing. Specifically, the requirements for cable sleeves used on climbing ladder fall arrest systems, the fall protection equipment needed for these applications, and other elements of a vertical climbing system. If you use a climbing ladder system then these changes likely apply to you. Additionally, industries not previously required to

Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flash floods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash, and

Valley Fever: Taking Precautions if You Work Outdoors

Cases of Valley fever have been increasing, but many are not aware of this fungal agent and that it can be quite dangerous. What is Valley Fever? Valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is caused by inhalation of the spores of Coccidioides immitis fungus. The fungus is commonly found in the soil of southwestern states of the United States, and more likely to

Walking the Walk…Tips for Complying With the Final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Are falls a concern to you or your workers? Do you regularly inspect walking-working surfaces, correct and guard against hazardous conditions? Are you committed to a safe working environment at your company? Keeping current with legal changes is a necessary first step. In November of 2016, OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces,

Stand Up to Falls: Learn the ABCD’s of Fall Protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fall at work can be terrible. But, a fall from heights in the midst of an already dangerous job can be devastating. Do you know how to properly inspect your fall protection gear to ensure it is secure, compliant with OSHA regulations and comfortable? A typical Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) incorporates three components often

Fogged-up Eyewear

ST. PAUL, Minn.  -  For workers in metalworking, oil and gas, construction, utilities, and other physically demanding environments, safety eyewear is designed to try to keep lenses clear of fog – even when workers are in hot and humid conditions or climate-controlled areas. For example, in the food industry when machinery and equipment must be washed down, a high amount

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