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  • Most Cited OSHA Violations of 2016

    most cited osha violations 20162017 is a new year, offering up a new chance for everyone to improve their workplace safety record. It's important to know, however, that the 5 most cited OSHA violations continue to remain the same nearly every year. In fact, the top 5 violations in 2016 were same 5 from the year prior and they even ranked in the same exact order.
     
    If we pay attention to where the problems lie, we can make the extra effort to improve our compliance and get these numbers down. This isn't just for the sake of better statistics but an effort to reduce the risks of injury and death on the job.
     
    So what were the most cited OSHA violations of 2016? See the top 5 below.
     

    The Most Cited OSHA Violations of 2016

    Fall Protection: 7,402 Cited Violations
    Fall protection is an important requirement that seems to always be the first or second most cited OSHA violation. Make sure to adhere to OSHA standards, no matter how long or how high up you're working. Standards may seem overly cautious in some instances, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
     
    Hazard Communication: 5,681 Cited Violations
    Hazard communication covers a wide variety of information and situations related to chemical hazards. Generally, citations for hazard communication are based on a failure to implement hazard communication, failure to maintain records, or inadequete information about materials and labeling.
     
    Scaffolding: 4,681 Cited Violations
    Scaffolding citations make up a large part of OSHA violations and more often than not these citations are the result of improper use, or a lack of protection from falling. Other common scaffolding violations include improper entry and exit to the platforms and inadequate railing. Know the standards and avoid falls and fines!
     
    Respiratory Protection: 3,626 Cited Violations
    Respiratory protection is a highly important safety measure in circumstances where its use is required. Not only is respirator use important, it's important to have the proper type of respirators and to ensure they're clean, functional and provide a secure fit. The top citation for respiratory protection is medical evaluation for respiratory protection, followed by non-use and improper fit.
     
    Lockout/Tagout: 3,308 Cited Violations
    Lockout and tagout is a big deal. Some of the most horrible, lethal and 100% preventable injuries and fatalities in the workplace are a direct result of failure to properly lockout equipment, machinery, and delivery systems. The top cited violations for lockout/tagout are for unsafe operation, lack of performance evaluations, and lack of valid certification. It's important to follow lockout/tagout by the book to ensure safety in all procedures.
     
    Every day that you step foot into a workplace or onto a job site is a day where you make the decision to perform tasks. It's up to you whether they're performed safely and professionally. Remember that cutting corners is not always at your own risk - your choices and actions can cause serious injury or death to others. Be responsible on the job. Make the right choices when it comes to safety and remind your co-workers to do the same. Everyone wants to make it home safely, every day. Let's make that our goal.
     

  • Ready for Spring? Be Prepared with High Visibility Rainwear

    high visibility rainwearMarch, April and May are generally the wettest months for most areas of the US and sometimes it just doesn't seem to let up. While we need the rain to help nature transition from winter into summer, it can cause quite a mess for anyone who works outdoors. Job sites become muddy, messy and flooded. Materials are slick and slippery, creating an increased risk of hazards. Wet clothes and a wet body during a long, cold workday is not only uncomfortable but also a perfect recipe for getting sick. If you're working in these conditions, you need the proper apparel.
     
    The top brands in the safety industry have been working relentlessly in recent years to create the next generation of rainwear, with some impressive results. It has evolved from the most basic concept of keeping you dry into a respectable market with plenty of trade-specific options to choose from. The days of those heavy vinyl trench coats are a thing of the past. The demand for style, comfort, and functionality have taken equal importance to dryness and manufacturers have taken notice. This is especially true within the high visibility ANSI-rated market where ANSI Class 2 and 3 rainwear is now available in many colors and styles.
     
    Ripstop 300-denier fabrics, double-taped and heat-sealed seams, elastic wrist & ankle cuffs, drawstring waists, waterproof pockets, waterproof zippers and one-way vents for reducing undergarment heat build-up are some of the most important features offered with today's advanced high-visibility rainwear. Thinner, lighter, stronger and more flexible waterproof fabrics that allow for better movement are now commonplace, making it safer and easier than ever to perform tasks. In addition, today's rainwear isn't as bulky as it was just years ago. This helps reduce the risks of injuries from snags on equipment or machinery, making everyday a safer one.
     
    When you're heading out for work this spring - or anytime when it's wet and rainy - remember to bring your rainwear. The ability to remain comfortable, safe, dry, and highly mobile is now just a click away. To browse and buy high visibility rainwear from the top brand names in safety, check out our complete selection here. Remember, it takes the proper tools to get the job done and the proper apparel is a critical tool for the workday.
     

  • Safety Starts With Me 2017

    safety starts with me 2017"Safety Starts With Me" is an annual competition where interested parties can submit creative entries in the effort to spread a message about the never-ending importance of workplace and social safety. Each year, the contest encourages contributors to take action by creating and submitting an impactive message that motivates others to make safe decisions while creating awareness.
     
    The theme for 2017 is "Prevent all injuries. Go home safe and healthy." The focus here is to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities by being mindful of hazards.
     
    Whether it be work or school, everyone deserves a safe environment to perform their duties. Although we may not always think of it, the ability to make it home safe & sound is a top priority. By working together, we can help reach a goal of zero harm. We believe that most injuries and ill-health are totally preventable, yet dependent on awareness and proper action.
     
    If you'd like to contribute, you might consider some of the ongoing hazards that affect your workplace and then utilize your preferred platform to create a powerful message that is informative, direct, and thought-provoking. How can we minimize these hazards? How can we create a healthier and safer work/learning environment for all? How can we improve our quality of life through an improved understanding of the issues we face?
     
    Categories for submissions include creative story writing, creative photography, poster drawing, animation and short film. Get your entry form here to get started!
     
    Best of all, there are rewards for the best submissions and you may be awarded up to $4,000! Winning submissions will be featured and showcased on various workplace safety and health council platforms including websites, exhibitions, publications and more. For more details and information, click here. The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2017 and winners will be announced in April. Get started, get creative and help make a difference in the world by spreading your message loud and clear!
     

  • 2017 BLR Safety Summit: April 3 - 5 in Austin, TX

    2017 BLR Safety SummitThe 2017 BLR Safety Summit is a platform and forum for the exchange of cost-effective and beneficial safety solutions for the for the workplace. If you're interested in improving the safety of your business while managing OSHA compliance and simultaneously benefiting your bottom line, you can't afford to miss out on this event.
     
    "Research shows that every dollar invested in injury prevention results in a $2 to $6 return for businesses, proving that risk management and training is an effective means of ensuring your company's financial health. Join us at the 2017 Safety Summit to get a rock-solid action plan to achieve total compliance and positive outcomes in the year ahead."
     
    By attending and participating, you'll get face-to-face time with industry experts and regulators and a chance to get answers and insight to your most important workplace safety questions. The event's goal is to provide a better understanding of the regulatory aspect of overall industry and various specialty fields. Attendance and sponsorship is a tax-deductible, risk-free investment in the future of your company, co-workers and employees.
     
    As an attendee, you'll learn about:
     
    • The biggest OSHA enforcement trends and initiatives for 2017
    • Expert tips for avoiding fatalities, injuries and costly penalties
    • New regulations and rules, including how to manage their compliance
    • New technologies for safety training
    • Acing OSHA safety inspections and avoiding penalties
    • OSHA's Final Rule on Silica
    • Ergonomic strategies to increase productivity
    • Effective inury and illness reporting
    • Risk management using the latest job hazard analysis tools and data
    • Safety recertification and professional development
    • .... and more!
     
    The nations leading industry professionals count on Safety Summit to network, share information, and collaborate on important safety issues. Attendees enjoy access to high-quality, consolidated insight and information that from a business and safety perspective is priceless. If you're serious about safety, you'll definitely want to consider attending.
     
    The 2017 Safety Summit is Scheduled for April 3 to April 5, 2017 in Austin, Texas. For more information and detail on attendance and/or sponsorship, visit the 2017 BLR Safety Summit Wesbite today. Join the nation's leaders in safety, compliance and strategy to create a better working environment for all.
     

  • 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    2017 world congress on safety and health at workIf you're seeking high-level insight for safety management in the workplace, you might be interested in the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work. Every three years, this event is held as an information exchange as well as a meeting and learning initiative among business owners, experts, safety professionals, officials and authorities. Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore from September 3 to September 6 of 2017, the program focuses on the continued importance and improvement of international workplace safety.
     
    The event consists of multiple events featuring high-level speakers and safety professionals from around the world, technical sessions, global safety issues and resolutions, symposia, poster exhibition, an international media festival for prevention, youth forum prevention, and the International Health and Safety Exhibition which will be held in unison as a supporting event. Technical and social tours will also be available to enrich the understanding and appreciation o local culture, key industries, and occupational safety and health development.
     
    Early registration is available for the event right now. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also available, but space is limited. For more information and details, please visit the on the 2017 World Congress on Safety and health website. We hope to see the global workplace environment become safer, healthier and more productive for all. It begins with you, so get involved!
     

  • Looking Ahead: Workplace Safety in 2017

    workplace safety in 2017It's a new year, but what does that actually mean for workplace safety? Realistically speaking, the main difference between this year and last is that it's a new time frame for safety statistics to be taken. However, it's also a solid timeframe to set and reach new personal (and team) goals in the workplace.
     
    Surely this year will bring new safety regulations set forth by various institutions as well as improvements in the areas of safety equipment development - both of which come naturally with the progression of time. Regardless, it's important to understand that additional regulations don't necessarily make for a safer work environment. The only real changes that will take place are dependent on you and your coworkers; your awareness, work habits, and willingness to teach, learn and improve all of these things for the benefit of everyone.
     
    Let's take a look at something interesting.
     
    When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported their revised (and final) numbers for the 2014 work year, they noted a 5.1% increase over the previous year for workers who died from traumatic events. Additionally, falls/slips/trips increased by 13% in the same time period. Furthermore, there was an increase in deaths among older workers as well as temporary and/or contract workers. These were primarily increases in the sectors of agriculture, mining, construction and manufacturing.
     
    According to experts, the increase was not a result of economical upsurge.
     
    On April 26, of 2016 The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) released a report titled Preventable Deaths 2016 which outlines more than 100,000 annual deaths related to direct workplace trauma, as well as from long-term exposure to on-the-job hazards. The report outlines many issues, shortcomings, and preventative measures geared towards a safer, more productive work environment across a variety of sectors and occupations.
     
    Particularly alarming are the statistics for fatal injuries in mining (up 17%) and agriculture (up 14%), manufacturing (up 9%) and construction (up 6%). Fatal injuries for workers 55 and over were the highest they've ever been. Female workers experienced a 13% overall increase in fatal work injuries in 2014 as compared to 2013.
     
    Now, it's important to note that these numbers take a while to come in and be thoroughly evaluated. At first glance, 2014 was thought to be a better year than 2013 in regards to fatalities; it took nearly 2 years to realize 2014 was more lethal.
     
    The real questions we need to be asking are "How and why?" are fatalities increasing?
     
    With our current technology and with our highly developed safety equipment and safety standards, why are more people dying? Do we not live in an age where we should be able to eliminate a rather large percentage of workplace injuries and deaths? Are we really so careless? Are employers to blame? Are employees simply disregarding the best-practices for their occupations? Is it more complicated than providing a simple answer???
     
    Of course there are many factors that contribute to each and every fatality. It wouldn't be fair or honest to place the blame on a single area or group of people without the proper data to back it up. Nonetheless, something is preventing us from seeing a solid decline. Over the decades, we have surely seen the numbers decrease, but is it really enough? Can't we do better? Is the pursuit of profits and paychecks really taking priority over safety? Are we all so ignorant as to assume "It can't happen to me"?
     
    We don't have the answers, and we're not sure that anyone actually does. Mistakes will happen, and accidents will happen - which is why we call them "accidents".
     
    What we do know, as a fact, is that a safer workplace begins with YOU. Whether you're a boss or a manager, supervisor or laborer, short-term or long-term employee; it begins with you. We all need to take the initiative to create a better workplace for ourselves and our co-workers. We need to be setting the example for the next generation of workers. We need to let our intelligence and abilities shine, proving that we're capable of performing our jobs safely. After all, the information is out there. We're living in a world of unlimited resources and ignorance is not a very valid excuse. We need to look out for one another as well as ourselves.
     
    Now, we'd also like to mention that the overwhelming majority of workers do take safety quite seriously - but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. Is a human life really worth an hour of saved work? Or even a few minutes? Is pressuring your employees or co-workers to work dangerously really profitable? Is taking a risk that you "think" is okay really worth a lifetime in a wheelchair, or a family without a father or mother?
     
    We like to think that we all have the best intentions in mind. We believe that most workers have a fear and awareness of workplace hazards, yet we're still confident that we can all make tiny improvements. Whether you're working alone or as a team, it's important to think things through. Be timely yet safe, effective yet cautious. Don't let the stresses of the job frustrate you and get the best of you. Safety comes first.
     
    Here's to hoping you're able to take something away from this post. We encourage you to make 2017 a better year in the workplace, even if you had a flawless 2016. Give a pointer to the new guy. Take that extra safety class. Keep up with safety advancements in your field. Lend a helping hand. Point out hazards that might otherwise go unnoticed. Give your best effort to make your workplace a safe, productive, and respectable one in 2017.
     
    Have a great year and stay safe out there!
     

  • Thank You, To Our Customers, for Another Great Year

    thank yo to our customers2016 is coming to an end, and we've had a great year here at HiVis Supply. We have an excellent team of dedicated employees, great management, and - most importantly - our customers to thank. Whether you're reading this as a return customer, a new customer, or a long-time customer, we'd like to thank you.
     
    It's a large world out there and although it seems rather small at times, our customers come from all walks of life. From young to old, from coast to coast and around the globe. From young laborers trying to learn a skill and create a meaningful career to the project management teams, supervisors, and everyone in-between. It's due to your business that we continue to strive to meet our goals of providing the highest quality, most affordable high visibility work wear on the market. We know that the demand for our products is there, and we intend to meet it. In fact, we've done quite well in doing so. Yet without you, the customer, we'd have quite the rough time accomplishing our goals; which is why we've always done our best to keep our customer service operating at nothing less than the highest levels of quality. We continually expand and improve our inventory as an effort to provide you with the latest (and greatest) selection of products on the market. We bring in new brands, various types and styles of garments, and we do our best to offer them at the best prices we can. We believe that providing our customers with the best service out there will secure our continued and growing success as a leading retailer of high visibility garments and gear.
     
    There isn't a whole lot more that can be said. We truly believe in what we do, and we care about workplace safety. We take pride in knowing that we help provide and promote safety in the workplace for thousands of workers in various occupations. We're proud that as a team, we're able to make a positive impact on the lives of workers while simultaneously making a business of it. We give our best in every aspect of our business, and by doing so, we feel a great level of confidence that HiVis Supply is one of the very best places to purchase your high visibility workwear.
     
    We thank you for your business, and we're honored to serve you. There will be many challenges, improvements, wins, loses, achievements, setbacks, and much more in 2017 for all of us. Regardless, we will continue to give you our best, without fail. We wish you all a safe, happy, prosperous and productive 2017!
     
    HiVis Supply
     

  • Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices for Winter Workplace Safety

    anti-slip oce traction devicesWinter is cold, frigid, freezing, and unforgiving. The temperatures are practically unbearable without the proper gear and working outdoors during the winter poses a definite increase in hazards and the risk of injury. Regardless of how safe you are or how warm you dress, accidents can happen, and one of the biggest threats out there is the workplace terrain.
     
    The combination of snow, freezing rain and brutal winds can create less-than-desirable job sites where materials and surfaces can become dangerous and even lethal. Snow cover (especially drifting snow) increases the risks of slips and falls, but it also hides potentially dangerous obstacles such as holes, ditches, pipes, cables, rebar and various other materials. One of the best precautions you can take to battle the unforgiving winter weather and reduce your chances of injury is to make sure you have quality footwear that offers sufficient traction.
     

    Ice Traction Devices for Everyday Use

    Ice traction devices such as those from Trex offer impeccable traction, helping to keep you on your feet and in control at all times. Whether you're crossing an icy parking lot, working on a scaffolding or scaling a steel staircase, you're going to have optimal traction. These devices make it easier to move, carry tools or materials, and focus on your job than just using work boots alone. Even without snow, freezing ground or exposed surfaces can become slick with even the slightest presence of moisture. It's always better to be safe rather than sorry!
     

    Types of Ice Traction Devices

    There are various types and styles of anti-slip ice traction products available on the market. The two we'll focus on are the Trex Strap-on Heel Traction Device and the Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction Device. Both of these products are designed and manufactured by Ergodyne, a global leader in work safety gear. Made to be highly flexible and effective, both of these devices offer simple use. With a small size and their easy-to-use application and removal, you can store them in your truck or toolbox and quickly toss them on as needed.
     
    The Trex Strap-on Heel Traction device works by sliding directly over your work boot and tightening snugly. It delivers an extra bit of traction that's perfect for maintaining an anti-slip grip on intermediate slick surfaces. They're also safe for use while driving and operating heavy equipment. See more HERE...
     
    The Trex Adjustable One-Piece Ice Traction device is more effective in areas with extremely slick surfaces. These devices utilize 10 heat-treated carbon studs, similar to football cleats. They feature traction at both the toe and heel, connected by a rugged center spine connecting the two. They slip over your work boot and tighten to a secure fit. The extreme bite they provide delivers the ultimate in balance and stability during extreme winter climates, in even the most harsh work environments. See more HERE...
     

    Get Your Anti-Slip Ice Traction Devices Today

    If you're expecting to work outdoors this winter, these anti-slip ice traction devices are valuable tools for your workplace safety arsenal. They could easily save your neck or back from an untimely fate, and at worst, they'll make you more productive, secure and confident on the job.
     
    Don't forget that these aren't only for outdoor use - they work just as well in any situation where wet, snowy, icy and freezing condition occur. They're just as ideal for people who frequent a slick loading docks as they are for construction workers. Check out Trex Ice Traction Devices now, and stop worrying about slips and falls at work.
     

  • Winter Workplace Safety: Best Practices

    winter workplace safetyFor many of us who work outdoors, the coldest part of the year is approaching. This includes harsh winds, frigid temperatures and slippery surfaces that nobody really looks forward to. In addition to the general discomforts of the temperature, winter brings with it an noticeable increase in work-related hazards.
     
    To survive the winter workplace while maintaining productivity and safety, it's important to utilize time-tested best practices. While some of these things may seem like common sense, now is the perfect time for a review and to prepare for the changes in routine that lie ahead.
     

    Dressing for the Weather

    Yes, this one may be clear as day - you can't head to work in jeans and a t-shirt. The cold weather demands appropriate protection, but it's more complicated than that. It's possible to be too warm, too bulky, or too limited in movement - all things that can affect your safety and performance.
     
    If your job duties are strenuous, dress in layers. Consider wearing a sweatshirt under your jacket that can be removed when your body heat rises during have activity. You'll need to be sure to keep your head and face warm depending on the intensity of the weather, but be sure that any headwear doesn't limit your field of vision. Gloves are a must-have; be sure they fit well and offer a safe grip for any tools or materials you might be handling. Waterproof boots will help keep your feet warm and dry, while heavy-knit socks such as wool will protect your toes from prolonged cold.
     

    Driving and Operating Heavy Equipment

    Even if there's no heavy equipment operation, chances are you'll be driving to and from work each day. Winter roads are cold, which provides less traction against your rubber tires. Rain, sleet and snow can create highly dangerous driving conditions, even for the most experienced driver. If the weather is bad, be sure to allow yourself additional time to arrive at work. You'll need to leave early, drive slower, and give your undivided attention during your commute. Be sure to carry an winter emergency kit in your vehicle at all times just in case things get really bad.
     
    For heavy equipment operators, it's important to pay close attention to even the smallest changes in wind and temperature. Surfaces can become slick and materials can be harder to handle. In snowy conditions, hazard can be camouflaged by snow cover. A co-worker could slip on the ice behind your vehicle and be at risk of serious injury or death should you not realize they've fell. Take your time, be aware, and don't rush things. Winter weather requires a different approach to how you operate your equipment.
     

    General Tasks and Hazards

    There are probably too many winter hazards to list here, but the majority of them are the direct result of wet and slippery surfaces. While a slip and fall is bad, a slip and fall with a concrete saw in your hand can change your life. When we say to proceed with caution, we can't express that enough.
     
    Job sites are often ridden with hazards and when a slippery surface is added into the equation, simple errors can prove deadly. Slipping under a machine can cause you to be crushed and killed, while smacking your head on a pipe or steel beam as you fall can cause serious head trauma or worse. Take your time, be careful where you step/stand and be sure to use boots designed for winter traction. Depending on your work environment, you might even consider investing in Ice Traction Devices which are affordable and highly effective.
     
    Other hazards of the winter include melting ice that can fall from buildings or equipments, pooled water that poses a risk of electrical shock, snow cover that might mask dangerous holes, and low visibility conditions that can make everything you do a bit harder. Winter is one of those times when you definitely should consider wearing extra ANSI-rated reflective gear.
     
    Overall, winter weather is the most unforgiving and dangerous when it comes to work. It's hard on your body, hard on your mind due to the intensity of attention required, and it's hard on equipment, materials, and tools. Be sure to get good rest during the winter months, eat nutritional meals for the energy you'll need, and above all stay warm. If you plan accordingly, dress properly, maintain awareness and move cautiously, you'll have a productive and safe winter working season.
     

  • Workplace Safety is NOT a Priority

    We know that safety isn't the most exciting or amazing thing on earth, but it IS a priority. Isn't it? The truth is, most of the time safety is not a priority, and this worries us. Safety is often put on the backburner, especially when the "risk" seems low. Taking certain steps for safety while avoiding or ignoring others is contradictory to the whole purpose of safety, and it's a genuine cause for concern.

     

    Take a look at this innovative, highly informative and humorous video that explains the most typical reality of workplace safety. You just might see things from a different perspective. After all, workplace safety is NOT a priority!
     

     

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