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What is a Competent Person as defined by OSHA?

  • The term Competent Person keeps coming up in construction safety and I have noticed there is a bit of a mystery as to what it means and how it’s defined by OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration). In this post, you’ll learn exactly what the term Competent Person means, as well as the requirements and responsibilities. What does the term Competent Person mean? OSHA defines a Competent Person as the following: Person capable of identifying hazards Has the authority to…

    5 Basic Accident Prevention Tips

  • Workplace accidents are costly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites some eye-opening statistics, including the fact that falls account for nearly half of all workplace fatalities in construction, while OSHA points out that the average cost of these accidents — even when they’re not fatal — is about $106,000 per incident. Faced with unacceptable human and financial costs, the obvious solution is to create a safer workplace. That, and the accident prevention behind it, need not be intimidating or unnecessarily…

    5 Ways to Help Get Your Employees to Buy Into Safety

  • As Robert Burns once reminded us, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” There’s a lesson to be learned here; no matter how airtight your safety plan seems to be, things can still go wrong. And when they do, it’s usually out of neglect, not malice. Getting your employees on board with workplace safety is the key, and Safety International has some tips drawn from our extensive experience to help you do just that. Make it…

    The Role of Surveillance Cameras in Workplace Safety and Accident Investigations

  • When you consider a video surveillance system, your initial thoughts are likely of loss prevention and identifying potential intruders. However, video surveillance can take on an additional role of monitoring your business for safety concerns - for the sake of accident and injury prevention, as well as accident investigation. (more…)

    The Basics of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, protects more than just your employees. It also safeguards your bottom line, your insurance premiums, and your OSHA compliance. Beyond the safety training and consulting offered by Safety International, you should also know about the types of PPE available, your obligations as an employer, and your employees’ responsibility for their own safety. Common Types and Uses of PPE There are several types of PPE, falling under two broad categories: general industry, and construction,…

    3 Important Steps to Safer Scaffolding

  • Sometimes a stepladder is sufficient for working off the ground, but if a project finds you working at a greater height over a wider area, scaffolding is a more effective solution. You should also be aware that working with scaffolding brings with it a new set of issues to be addressed, including accident prevention, added OSHA compliance, and even safety training. Use this brief guide — and safety consulting — from Safety International to keep your workers safer at any…

    Maintaining ISNetworld Certification

  • To the uninitiated, ISNetworld can seem like more trouble than it’s worth; the process is long and arduous, with the 1,200 question Management System Questionnaire (MSQ) only being one of many considerations. However, manufacturers, contractors, and subcontractors alike find the end result worthwhile, since the certification is widely considered the industry standard in risk mitigation, safety, and transparency. Safety International doesn’t just help with the long road to obtaining ISNetworld certification; we provide thorough ongoing support for the even more…

    7 Ways to Prevent Construction Falls

  • Pop quiz: what’s the safest time of year, during which your employees are least likely to experience a fall on the jobsite? If your answer was “never,” congratulations. You’re better-versed in workplace safety than you think. You’re probably also more than a bit frustrated since fall risks on-site mean liability exposure, lost productivity, and the chance of catastrophic injuries. If you’re trying to keep your employees safe from harm, Safety International has seven simple and easy-to-follow tips. Audit Your Workplace…
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    5 Ways to Make Safety Training More Exciting

  • Safety training isn’t nearly as effective if your trainees aren’t focused during it. How can you keep your employees engaged for more effective training — and for their own safety? Based on our years of experience in safety consulting, Safety International has five simple tips you can use. Limit Distractions We all get distracted. It’s human nature. There are a few different ways to approach this. First, don’t schedule trainings first thing in the morning or right after a big…
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    The Hidden Costs of Workplace Accidents

  • The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which most of us know as OSHA, estimates that “employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.” That “alone” should be setting off alarm bells right now, because it points to a simple, sobering fact: those direct costs, steep as they are, are only part of the equation. Workplace injuries have other, indirect, ways of draining your business’s resources. Safety consulting services from Safety International can…

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