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Situational Awareness: Are you really seeing what’s around you?

SafetyThe phrase “situational awareness” may not be one that you’ve heard before. Situational awareness is the ability to identify, process and understand critical information that is happening all around you. In safety, it’s the ability to be aware of all possible at-risk threats, even as you concentrate on a specific work task and what’s directly in front of you. Everyone’s situational awareness is potentially very different. We all see and frame at-risk threats using our own lens.  This framing is a product of our social upbringing, education and personal experiences. (more…)

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Heating Up!

safetyNow that we’re past Memorial Day weekend, the temperatures are starting to climb, and we are approaching a time of the year in the Southeast where we need to be mindful of heat stress risks associated with outside activities. Whether on or off the job, heat stress illness can be prevented by proper planning for your activities and by recognizing symptoms of the various stages of illness and immediately addressing them. (more…)

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Confined Space in Construction Standards

safetyOn August 3rd, 2015, OSHA’s new Confined Space in Construction standard became effective.  Under 29 CFR 1926.Subpart AA, there are significant changes that help ensure multi-employer worksites have more thoroughly planned for, and implemented, tactics to conduct safe permit-required confined space entries.  Some key changes include: (more…)

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McKenney’s Cold Stress Prevention

Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. (more…)

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