Death on the Job

A new report published on the website gives a national and a state-by-state profile of worker safety and health. The 216 page report entitled “Death on the Job the Toll of Neglect” gives a ton of information and data.

dotj_cover_2015_mediumThere’s a lot of reading that gives a lot of numbers and statistics but once you get through that there are a number of very telling and interesting charts and graphs that tell the story better.

Then, look up your state to see where it ranks with other states.

OSHA Laser Safety Information

Here’s a quiz for you… What does Laser stand for? Laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

Lasers are increasingly showing up in the workplace and most employers and employees are unaware of the particular dangers they might entail.

Fortunately, OSHA has put together an extensive set of tools and documentation to help you navigate the complexities of Laser safety.

The Laser Hazards OSHA page gives you information on:

Just the downloads of the Laser Safety Manual, under the “Possible Solutions” section will give you more than you’ll ever need. Enjoy!

5 Steps to an Effective Lockout Program

From our friends at Brady, a free whitepaper that outlines 5 steps to Develop an Effective OSHA-Compliant Lockout Tagout Program:

Download this Whitepaper to get started on a 5 step plan that will help you comply with OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout regulations and keep your employees safe.

The whitepaper includes a detailed description of each of the five steps:


  • Develop energy control program
  • Written, equipment-specific lookout procedures
  • Identify energy control points
  • Training, communication and inspections
  • Provide proper protective products

Click here to go to the Brady website to download it.

Step-by-Step Guide to OSHA Inspection

Do you know what to expect when there’s an OSHA Inspection? Do you know what your rights are? What you have to do and what you don’t have to do? Do you know the best way to proceed when OSHA inspectors show up?

If not, there’s a short 4-page document that you need to download entitled “The OSHA Inspection: A Step-by-Step Guide

This document, provided by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, details your rights, your responsibility and more. Did you know, for example, that as an employee you have a right to request an OSHA inspection if you believe that your rights are being violated and that working conditions are not safe?

The paper details what you can expect before, during and after the inspection as well as what you can do to prepare for an inspection if you are given advance notice (It will also outline under what circumstances you’ll be given advance notice and when you won’t).

Download and read it now, before OSHA shows up because I’m not sure you’ll have time once they’re at your door.

RedBook: How to Handle Flammable Liquids Safely

From our friends at Justrite…

RedBook: How to Handle Flammable Liquids Safely


When it comes to protection against hazardous materials, we wrote
the book!  The RedBook! Heralded as a valuable safety manual
by end users, OSHA officers, fire officials, and insurance risk managers,
the RedBook is a “must have” for anyone concerned about worker
protection and fire risks in any type of company or commercial establishment—big and small.

View or download PDFs or Request a printed copy

Free Downloadable Safety Training Videos

Got a safety meeting coming up? Want to do more than just talk for 45 minutes and watch your audience’s eyes glaze over? In this digital age, most people don’t do well simply listening or taking notes; they need and want something more, something that will capture their attention and keep it, even if only for a few minutes.

That where video training comes in. You could purchase safety training videos and there certainly is a time and place for this type of training material but there is also some good free stuff available online.


We try to highlight and let you know where the good stuff is and, having just come across this site a couple of days ago, I figured I’d point you to  where you’ll find a nice collection of totally free videos available either to stream live during the safety meeting or that you can download to show when you need to.

Most of them are relatively short, between 2 to 6 minutes and many are available in English or in Spanish but they would be great in getting discussion going.

Need a Respiratory Program? Use OROSHA’s!

If you’re a small business and you need a respiratory program, you could different pieces from here and from there and create your own… or you could just use the one just published on the Oregon OSHA (Orosha).

This 44-page document walks you and your employees through every aspect of the OSHA respiratory program, especially geared for small businesses.

It explains why and when you need a respirator, how to select the right respirator, how to select the right cartridge, how to fit test, how to clean and store your respirator and everything else you and your employees need to know.

Well illustrated, clear and easy to understand, this respiratory program takes all the guesswork (and leg work) out of any small business respiratory program.

Have a look for yourself and download it at