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1/28/2020 - OSHA Required Silica Assessments

Regardless if your company is in construction or general industry, OSHA requires employers to conduct initial negative exposure assessments whenever there is a potential for exposure to silica. Then, ...

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  • 1/28/2020 - OSHA Required Silica Assessments
    Regardless if your company is in construction or general industry, OSHA requires employers to conduct initial negative exposure assessments whenever there is a potential for exposure to silica. Then, depending on exposures, resampling must be done at 3 or 6 month intervals until exposures remain below the action level. 1Source professionals can develop a cost effective sampling plan that complies with the OSHA requirements and guide you through the entire standard.
  • 1/27/2020 - Workplace Fatigue Explained
    Fatigue is defined as the increasing difficulty in performing mental and physical activities. This is typically a consequence of inadequate restorative sleep; however, other factors such as health and emotional issues can also play a role. Fatigue has been studied extensively in key industries such as transportation, chemical and nuclear due to the potential for catastrophic losses. The fact is that we have all experienced fatigue at one time or another and to varying degrees. No job is exempt ...
  • 1/20/2020 - Impact of Outdoor Seasonal Changes on IAQ
    Indoor air quality (IAQ) is vital to provide a safe and healthy working environment. However, while proper ventilation and housekeeping can mitigate some of the IAQ issues you experience, they will not cover unexpected changes that occur throughout the year. These changes, such as passing seasons and the age and health of your building's occupants, are not as easy to control. When you know what to expect during each season, you can improve the air quality for the majority of those in your ...
  • 1/16/2020 - Chemically Induced Hearing Loss
    Are you aware that chemicals (ototoxicants) in the work environment can cause hearing loss? Amazingly, they can! So today, I would like to share some information on Chemically Induced Hearing loss and how 1Source can assist you. 1Source professionals draw on their many years of noise assessments and hearing conservation to assist clients.
  • 1/15/2020 - Hazardous Energy Lockout Tagout
    Good hazardous energy lockout/tagout practices are critical for ensuring employee safety in industrial and manufacturing workplaces. "Lockout/tagout" refers to the processes used to make sure that high-energy machines are properly turned on and off. When these procedures aren't followed correctly, workers can experience severe injury or even death. Lockout/tagout failures are responsible for a substantial percentage of all industrial workplace injuries. However, most lockout/tagout problems ...
  • 1/10/2020 - Safety and Health Audits Benchmarking for Performance Improvement
    What methods do you use to assure that your safety and health programs are moving in the right direction? One method many employers use is the periodic performance of safety and health audits. In doing so, they are benchmarking against:Themselves back to the dates of earlier auditsOthers in their class of business, andThe standards and guidelines which are applicable to their activities.Why Conduct Workplace Safety Benchmarking?Workplace safety benchmarking enables employers to assess the ...
  • 1/7/2020 - Infectious Diseases in the Workplace
    Today I would like to share some information on Infectious and environmental diseases in the workplace. Often times when someone mentions infectious disease, most people will think – blood borne pathogens. Healthcare faculties are not the only setting were Infectious and environmental diseases are a concern. Infectious and environmental disease can be present in any building and work setting. It is important to point out that people are the normal carrier and transmitter of infectious ...
  • 1/1/2020 - How to Combat Heat Stress and Heat Illness
    Heat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from heat exposure on the job. Some of these workers even die. However, these illnesses and deaths are preventable. OSHA has strict regulations on working in heat both outdoors and indoors. Every company where employees need to work in extreme heat conditions is required to follow OSHA's protocols regarding working conditions, heat breaks at work, and how heat stress and illness regulations are followed in the workplace. ...
  • 12/12/2019 - Fall Protection - 2019
    Today I would like to share some information on Fall Protection and how 1Source can assist you. 1Source professionals draw on their many years of technical and management expertise for the review and development of written policies and programs, to help you comply with fall protection regulations in construction and general industry. Knowledge of the changing regulatory and OSHA interpretations regarding fall protection will help you with the standards implementation.
  • 12/4/2019 - How to Prevent Infectious Diseases in the Workplace
    Germs are a part of day-to-day life and are all around us in the soil, air and in your body. While some pathogens can be helpful, others aren't. Many live on and in your body without causing harm, and some may even help you stay healthy. Others, however, can cause an infection that can spread around the workplace.
  • 12/3/2019 - The Difference Between a Public Health Inspector and a Health and Safety Professional
    Public health and safety are essential to providing the best work environment for your employees and satisfying your customers. Both public health inspectors and health and safety professionals serve to make sure your employees are safe and that you are not liable for any work-related injuries. While public health inspectors are typically more well-known, health and safety professionals are usually more experienced and provide more service than a health inspector.There may be confusion about ...
  • 11/25/2019 - Machinery Safeguarding
    Today I would like to talk to you about Machinery Safeguarding. When determining the best solutions for safeguarding machinery and equipment, one of the biggest challenges that OSH professionals face is answering the question, “How safe is safe enough?”
  • 11/15/2019 - Incident Investigation and Prevention
    Today I would like to talk to you about the Incident investigation. Understanding the possible causes and events leading up to an incident is critical in prevention of future incidents. Incident investigation should be conducted by individuals experienced in the operations/tasks and experienced in safety and health, along with the employees involved in the incident. Often, using an outside resource is helpful in identification of the cause(s). 1Source professionals draw on our many years of ...
  • 10/30/2019 - ROI of Safety Programs
    Today I'd like to talk to you about the return on investment (ROI) of safety programs. 1Source professionals draw on our many years of technical and management responsibility for the review and development of written policies and programs, assessment of workplace conditions and practices to help you comply with regulations, increase productivity and reduce costs.
  • 10/25/2019 - How to Avoid Accidents at Work
    According to the National Safety Council (NSC), an employee is injured on the job every seven seconds. Workplace accidents are all too common and can cause major problems for employees and employers. We're going to look at some of the most common workplace accidents and discuss how to avoid them so you and your employees can enjoy the benefits of a safe work environment.
  • 10/17/2019 - Environmental Services
    Indoor Air Quality complaints caused by the presence of odors, irritants, allergens, thermal discomfort, disease clusters, or visual indicators such as mold growth or excessive dust, are a signal that you need to investigate.
  • 9/27/2019 - Industrial Hygiene
    Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ methods to control potential health hazards.
  • 9/13/2019 - Construction Safety Support
    note  Safety and health programs foster a proactive approach to “finding and fixing” job site hazards before they can cause injury or illness. Rather than reacting to an incident, management and workers collaborate to identify and solve issues before they occur. The professionals at 1Source provide clients with onsite daily oversite, daily safety meetings, audits of programs and activities, interface with construction managers, interface with subcontractors, and regulatory interpretation. ...
  • 9/12/2019 - The Importance of Workplace Noise Control
    For many people, nothing is more distracting at work than lots of noise, whether it's coming from the outside or inside of the building. Excessive workplace noise has several adverse outcomes, such as decreased productivity, more difficult communication, permanent hearing loss and increased health issues and hearing-related accidents among employees.
  • 8/27/2019 - Legionnarires Disease - Outbreaks
    Did you know that 10% of the people infected by the Legionella bacteria die! The bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ Disease can be found in cooling towers, building water systems such as showers, facets and more. A written and well-thought-out plan and regular audits of all water systems can help prevent contraction and respond quickly and effectively to any suspected cases. Should the need arise, we provide expert witness services for these types of cases. Please feel free to e-mail me and ...

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