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Mascot Safety: Keeping Your Mascot in the Game

This article discusses safety tips for agencies with costumed mascots. A review of the issues and industry best practices are covered.
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15 Passenger Van Safety

Research indicates that 15-passenger vans are inherently riskier than are their smaller and larger counterparts. This article provides guidelines for best practices, communication of safety policies and audit processes in the use of these vehicles.
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Accident Analysis: The Details Are In The Data

This article provides agencies with the necessary tools for conducting accident data analysis. The article also highlights best practices and guidelines when conducting accident data analysis.
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Accident Reduction through Good Housekeeping

This article discusses the importance, purpose and benefits of good housekeeping practices, presenting strategies on developing a good housekeeping program and outlining elements that are beneficial to a housekeeping program.
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ANSI Z10: The Blueprint for a Better Health and Safety Program

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Z10-2005 OSHA Management Systems encourages agencies to reduce the risks of injuries in a cost effective manner.
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ATV Safety

This article discusses "all terrain vehicle" (ATV) safety in environments likely to be encountered in state agency use.
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Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention for Emergency Response Personnel

This article focuses on preventing and controlling workplace BBPs and methods of protecting employees who may be exposed .
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Bugs, Insects, and Poisonous Plants

This article focuses on methods to protect agency employees from various types of bugs, insects, and poisonous plants encountered when working outdoors.
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Building Your Facility Safety Committee

This article provides key elements for establishing an effective and productive safety committee. The information also can be used to evaluate existing safety committees to determine if improvement is necessary.
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Buying Into Safety

Buying Into Safety - Enhancing Employee Safety & Health through Informed Purchasing Decisions. Procurement officers can have a positive impact on employee safety by making informed decisions on materials they purchase for their agency.
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Chainsaw Safety

This article discusses issues agencies should consider and key practices to implement when employees are required to operate chainsaws.
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Comfort Indoors

During the winter months there is increased stress on the ventilation system throughout office complexes. Have you ever noticed that when the temperature outside changes within a few degrees, a rash of complaints come from your personnel.
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Conducting Effective Employee Hazard Surveys

This article reviews the key elements of an effective employee hazard survey. It will provide an overview by first defining a hazard, then identifying what constitutes hazards in the workplace.
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Confined Space Awareness

This article provides the reader with general confined space information including features of permit-required confined spaces and some of the hazards that may be encountered in a confined space.
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CRASHES!! The Leading Cause of Occupational Fatalities

Suddenly, another driver speeds past and darts in front of you, just making their turn and missing your bumper by inches. Yikes! That was a "near miss!" Your peaceful mood is ruined and you begin to get mad. But wait!
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Developing Goals and Strategic Plans to Address Injuries and Illnesses

This article is the third installment in a series on how to analyze workers’ compensation claims and develop loss control strategies
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Does the New OSHA Rule for Powered Industrial Trucks Affect You?

Do you or anyone else on staff operate a powered industrial truck? If so, there are certain things you should know.
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Driving Distractions

Effectively managing and monitoring a fleet safety program could literally be the difference between life and death. Distractions are a major contributing factor to vehicle accidents. Cell phones represent one element of vehicle distractions.
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Emergency Action Plans

This document will provide you with an overview of the requirements of Subpart E, as well as guidance on what you should do in your agency to help your co-workers evacuate the workplace quickly an emergency.
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Emergency Evacuation

This article identifies recommendations agencies should consider when developing, implementing, and evaluating emergency evacuation programs. Specific regulatory guidelines and best practices will be discussed.
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Emergency Evacuation Reminders

This article identifies recommendations agencies should consider when determining effective training content, frequency of training, and frequency of policy review for emergency evacuation plans.
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Emergency Eyewash and Shower Safety

Properly maintained emergency eyewashes and showers could be the difference between a catastrophic incident and a minor chemical contact incident.
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Employee Safety: Working In and Around Traffic

This article will discuss safety precautions employers should implement when they have employees performing tasks around moving traffic.
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Ergonomics in the Workplace: Material Handling

Ergonomics matches the workplace and job to the worker in order to increase overall worker satisfaction. By matching the job to the employee, productivity can be increased and the risk of injury can be decreased.
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Ergonomics: The Relationship Between People And Machines

This article provides an overview of what responsible personnel should consider when determining if a workstation and all the tools used in and around the workstation are ergonomically appropriate.
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Everyday Material Handling

This article will discuss strategies and techniques that an employee can use when performing material handling tasks.
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Fire Safety: Protecting Employees and Assets

According to OSHA Secretary of Labor, "Workplace fires and explosions kill 200 people and injure more than 5,000 workers each year. This article outlines common causes of fires, and reviews strategies for protecting employees and agency assets.
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Flammable and Combustible Material Storage Safety

Failure to properly store flammable and combustible materials can result in fires with serious, even catastrophic, injuries to employees and severe damage to agency property
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Groundskeeping Safety

Groundskeepers use various types of equipment and are exposed to a variety of hazards. This article provides safety officers with general outdoor safety advice as well as specific information on the most common types of equipment used by groundskeepers.
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Hand Safety: Get a Hold of It!

This article discusses the types and causes of hand injuries and agency requirements for hand safety, as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration/Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA/VOSH).
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Handling Patients Safely

This article provides information about safe patient handling techniques for healthcare professionals and includes issues to consider when determining the appropriate technique to use.
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Hazard Assessments

This article briefly describes the regulatory requirements for conducting hazard assessments. It discusses identification of potential hazards and the information required to complete a hazard assessment.
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Hazard Communications

This article outlines agency responsibilities related to the OSHA Communications Standard, including best practices and requirements related to labeling, Material Safety Data Sheets, training, and contractors.
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Hearing Conservation

This article provides a general overview of the structure of the ear and the definition of noise and discusses the importance of protecting the ears from damaging noise.
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Heavy Equipment Safety

This article identifies various categories of heavy equipment and safety rules that should be observed when operating heavy equipment. OSHA/VOSH standards that apply to heavy equipment are also identified.
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Housekeeping Personnel Safety

This article identifies and addresses safety-related hazards faced by housekeepers in any type of organization.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Safety and Health Committee Meetings

Safety and health committees are an integral part of any comprehensive safety and health program. This article provides the reader with methodology for conducting an effective safety and health committee meeting.
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Indoor Air Quality: Handling Complaints

This article discusses common signs and symptoms of possible indoor air quality issues, including asbestos.
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Industrial Hygiene: Chemicals, and Noise, and Mold, Oh My!

This article is the first in a series and will provide readers with an overview of the science of industrial hygiene.
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Industrial Hygiene: Chemicals, and Noise, and Mold, Oh My!

This article is Part II of a series of articles on industrial hygiene. The first article in the series introduced the reader to industrial hygiene.
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Job Safety Analysis: A Fundamental Tool for Safety

This article introduces the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) process (also known as Job Hazard Analysis or Task Analysis) as an effective tool for assuring that standard operating procedures equal safe operating procedures.
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Ladder Safety

This article focuses on safety tips, regulatory guidelines, and inspection criteria to help ensure the safety of employees working on portable and/or fixed ladders.
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LATEX ALLERGIES – Are You at Risk?

What do you think of when you hear latex allergy? Most of us probably think of the health care industry and the use of latex gloves to help protect workers against infectious disease. But there are risks...
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Lockout / Tagout

This article is a basic guide to assist individuals with safety responsibilities as they evaluate the need for lockout/tagout procedures in their agency
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Machine Guarding

This article identifies various types of machines that require guarding and the appropriate types of guards to be used.
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Material Safety Data Sheet... A High Tech Solution

It’s 1:30 p.m. Your report is due at 4 p.m., but you’re lacking some valuable information. Your report requires an inventory of all chemicals that have flashpoints greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit...
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MRSA: Methicillin/oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

(MRSA) is a disease long recognized in healthcare settings and now commanding attention outside of the healthcare environment.
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OSHA CHECKLIST

OSHA has specific requirements to ensure that agencies are operating in a safe manner and that employees are aware of their work environment and worker rights.
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OSHA Recordkeeping

This article will inform responsible personnel about OSHA recordkeeping requirements for calendar year 2003.
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OSHA’s Respirator Standard – Interpreting the Changes

Do you or any of your colleagues need to wear a respirator? If wear a respirator or mask as part of your work duties, you will need to know that OSHA has new requirements for Respirator usage.
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Personal Protective Equipment: Employer Responsibilities

This article explains the role and responsibilities of agency managers and supervisors in protecting their employees from harm through the identification and control of workplace hazards.
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Powered Industrial Trucks - OSHA Compliance

This article provides agencies with the tools necessary to review the safe use of powered industrial trucks, commonly referred to as "PITs", in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 guidelines.
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Preventing Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures

This article provides techniques to prevent bloodborne pathogen exposures. It also highlights best practices and includes a checklist for sharps injury prevention.
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Respiratory Protection: The Right Respirator

This article identifies the various types of respirators and the cartridges/canisters that are used in a Respiratory Protection Program. Additionally, the reader will be able to determine if the respirators used within the agency are adequate.
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Safeguards for Tree-Trimming Activities

This article focuses on general hazard awareness, safety tips, and regulatory guidelines associated with tree-trimming and includes OSHA/VOSH requirements and resources
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Safety and Return-to-Work

This article provides helpful information to assist agencies in their efforts to safely return temporarily “disabled” employees to the workplace.
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Safety for an Aging Workforce

This article describes the diverse group of people who make up our workforce and identifies some of the challenges faced by aging employees.
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Safety in an Office Environment

This article examines the leading causes of injuries in an office environment, identifies areas of concern, and offers preventative measures for each.
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Six steps on How to Write & Implement A Safety and Health Program

So, you may be wondering, why should my agency develop a safety and health written program?
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Strategies, Implementation and Evaluation

This article is the final installment in a series of articles concerning the analysis of workers’ compensation claims and developing agency loss control strategies.
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System Safety – Analyzing Risks and Exposures

This article provides agencies with the tools necessary to use System Safety to analyze risks and exposures. The process of System Safety can also be valuable for agencies with few or no claims.
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The Basics of Laboratory Safety (Part II): What Should Be in Place?

This is the second in a series of articles discussing basic aspects of laboratory safety, including regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
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The Basics of Laboratory Safety: What must be in place?

This is the first in a series of articles discussing the basics of laboratory safety, including both regulatory requirements and industry best practices.
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The Eyes Have It…Safety Eyewear Considerations for Employees

This article discusses the (OSHA/VOSH) requirement for employee protective eyewear, types of eye protection and examples of appropriate use.
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Toolbox Meetings (Part I): A Big Message in a Little Time!

This article covers the benefits of these short safety meetings, as well as how to select topics, plan, schedule, and prepare these brief but important sessions.
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Toolbox Meetings (Part II): Get the Message Heard

This is the second in a series of articles introducing the reader to “toolbox” meetings, a brief, effective method of communicating safety information.
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Voluntary Use of Respirators

This article covers necessary provisions to allow the safe use of voluntary respirators in the workplace.
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VOSH Top 10 Violations: What Do They Mean to State Agencies?

This article identifies the top 10 violations found during Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) facility inspections.
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Walking and Working Surface Hazards: Don’t Fall for Them

This article looks at walking and working surfaces as they relate to slips, trips, and falls (STFs) in the workplace and the potential for serious injury that can result from such incidents.
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Winter Preparedness

Many times we are caught off guard and unprepared for the ice, sleet, snow and bone chilling temperatures. Take a few moments and see if your agency is prepared for the unexpected.
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Winter Weather Working Conditions

With the threat of snowfall here, we need to be concerned about our working conditions and the protective measures necessary to keep our employees safe.
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Wood Chipper Safety

This article addresses issues that agencies should consider and key practices to implement when employees are required to operate wood chippers.
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Workplace Violence in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001

Terrorist Attacks:Do Agencies Need to Change Their Focus?
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Workplace Violence Prevention

When violence comes to the workplace, the response of frontline employees can oftentimes lessen or accelerate the severity of the situation.
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Workplace Violence Prevention

A successful workplace violence prevention program is most effective when fully supported by management. Educating and training managers and supervisors about workplace violence is the first step in getting management commitment and support.
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Workplace Violence: The Program Review

This article serves as a general review of the definition of workplace violence and what constitutes workplace violence
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