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For the Pro's by the Pro's: How to Select your Toolbox Topic

posted by Todd Jenkins, CHST October 2016

When the OSH Act of 1970 was signed into law by Richard Nixon states had the opportunity to limit federal involvement and authority. States missed a revenue source that should have been leveraged against businesses that put profit over human life. “Pursuant to Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Federal OSHA), States may administer their own job safety and health programs, or State Plans, if they meet minimum federal requirements.” Today 22 states have made the move to administer their own program, wiether adopting the federal standards verbatim or adding more stringent requirements.

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Compliance Solutions: How to Select your Toolbox Topic

posted by Todd Jenkins, CHST October 2016

Identify the Topic

The more specific the training topic is to what is happening on the project the more effective the training will be. Talking about trenching and excavation when your project is in finishes may not be the most engaging way to spend your Monday morning.

  • Topics should be specific to your project
  • Activities that are coming up on the schedule
  • Activities described in the scope of work
  • Equipment and/or tools that will be used
  • Job-specific training requirements
  • At-risk or non-compliance issues discovered during inspections
  • Accident and Incident trends

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Product Solutions: CONTROLLING COLD WEATHER EXPOSURE

posted by Todd Jenkins, CHST October 2016

Borrowing from author George R. R. Martin and the popular HBO series A Game of Thrones, “winter is coming”. With the cold weather comes a new set of hazards on construction projects. Exposure to cold or freezing weather for prolonged periods of time can be fatal. Some of the danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. Train people working in construction in the winter months to recognize these signs.

PPE is an important element in preventing exposure. Wearing layers can help keep in body heat. When wearing layers try to keep clothes loose, tight clothing can limit movement and decreases the insulating effect of the layers. When the temperatures really start to fall a well-insulated coat or jacket is often necessary as a top layer. The top layer should be water proof when working outdoors.

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Product Solutions: AVOIDING CONCRETE BURNS

posted by Todd Jenkins, CHST October 2016

The most effective way to avoid concrete/ chemical burns is prevention. The issue is being aware that this can be an issue, specifically when the issue is not always obvious until symptoms have already started.

Getting wet concrete on you is not the problem. Letting it stay on you as you work and move is the issue. The coarse sand in concrete is abrasive to bare skin. Basic cement is alkaline in nature, so wet concrete is caustic and other cement mixtures are strongly basic (pH of 12 to 13). Strong bases-like strong acids-are harmful, or caustic to skin. Drying cement is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water. In fact, cement products need water to harden. Cement will draw water away from any material it contacts-including your skin. Take the time to prevent prolonged contact with wet concrete, and you will avoid concrete burns.

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