May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day

The month of May is annually recognized as Hepatitis Awareness Month, with May 19, 2018, designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States.

According to the CDC more than five million Americans have chronic hepatitis, which is an infection that attacks the liver and in the most serious cases can result in liver cancer or cirrhosis. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C.

In the world of OSHA, hepatitis B is usually the biggest concern. About 1,800 people die from Hepatitis B-related liver disease.

Per the Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030),  any workers who have a reasonable chance of contact with blood or “other potentially infectious materials” during their work duties are required to make a hepatitis B vaccination available at no cost to the employee.

Employers must also create and implement an exposure control plan, while ensuring that workers are properly trained on safe work practices. Workers that are at a higher risk of exposure to hepatitis include those in the healthcare, public safety, and sewage industries.

At SCT, our qualified and trained occupational health experts can prepare your company for all facets of hepatitis hazards. Whether it’s training in proper PPE use, safety program development, administering hepatitis B vaccines, or carrying out hepatitis testing, we have you covered. Plus, our experts can host you at one of our office locations or travel to your worksite with our mobile medical vehicle.

Contact us today for all of your occupational health and workplace safety needs. Call 1-800-204-1729 or fill out the contact form below.








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SCT Experts Host Monthly Safety Webinar

SCT Vice President Nick Walters and Regional Director Tom Bielema have partnered with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to host a safety webinar each month.

The webinars, which are available on the Chamber’s website, provide recertification credits for HR professionals, attorneys, CPAs and payroll professionals. SCT will host a number of webinars throughout the year, but here are the next two on the schedule.


May 15th at 10:30AM-12PM CST: Lockout/Tagout & Machine Guarding

Lockout/Tagout & Machine Guarding can be your best friend if used properly, or your worst nightmare if ignored. These complex standards cover almost every machine used in general industry. This webinar will help simplify these complexities and realize that these issues can be fixed by knowing what to look for.

June 19th at 10:30AM-12PM CST: Personal Protective Equipment & Respirators

Although PPE is the least effective way to protect your employees from a hazard, sometimes it is the only way. Respirator and PPE deficiencies are very common in all industries and consistently rank in OSHA’s Top 10 Most Violated Standards. This webinar will teach you why PPE is important, and how to create a culture where PPE always comes first.


If you can’t make the scheduled times to watch the webinars live, never fear! Every webinar is recorded for later playback and is available for purchase from the Chamber.

It’s National Safety Stand-Down Week!

From May 7 through 11, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is recognizing the 5th annual National Safety Stand-Down, an event that encourages employers to take time special time out to recognize fall hazards at the workplace.

Year in and year out, falls from elevation are a leading cause of construction fatalities, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction deaths in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Furthermore, lack of fall protection annually tops OSHA’s list of the most cited safety violations.

There are no specific requirements for what needs to be done to participate in the Stand-Down. Employers can offer additional training, a toolbox talk, extra equipment inspections, or safety demonstrations.

If you’re at a loss of what to do for your Stand-Down, how about watching SCT’s Focus on Fall Protection video series? It features four videos that each drill into a different topic relating to fall protection. Check out the YouTube Playlist below.

OSHA also offers a number of free resources at its Safety Stand-Down website including a fall hazards quiz,  downloadable posters, hardhat stickers, infographics, and personalized certificates of participation. Many of the resources are offered in both English and Spanish.

Aside from OSHA, other participating organizations include NIOSH; the Center for Construction Research and Training; the National Occupational Research Agenda; OSHA-approved state plans; the American Society of Safety Engineers; and the American Society of Safety Engineers, among others.

ABCs of Safety: J is for JSA

Another week means another fun and informative ABCs of Safety video from the workplace safety experts at SCT. Our latest entry covers JSA, which stands for job safety analysis. Some also call it a JHA, or a job hazard analysis.

Performing a JSA at your workplace is one of the best and most effective ways to prevent occupational illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.

Missed any of our previous ABCs of Safety videos? You can watch them all in one handy playlist below.

Want the advice of SCT’s safety experts about your current JSA procedures? Drop us a note through our Contact Us page, and one of our safety representatives will contact you directly!

ABCs of Safety: I is for Incident Investigation

Nobody wants a near miss or severe injury to occur at their workplace, but an important piece of a successful safety program is examining why these events occur.

In this week’s ABCs of Safety video, we highlight the importance of a thorough Incident Investigation. Because the vast majority of workplace injuries and deaths are preventable, investigating past occurrences is a major key in preventing future incidents from happening.

Not sure how to conduct an incident investigation of your own? Contact the safety experts at SCT, whose decades of OSHA experience make them the best in the business. Call us at 1-800-204-1729 or fill out the contact form below.








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ABCs of Safety: H is for Hazard Communication

This week, we’re covering OSHA’s second most cited violation: hazard communication. While the HAZCOM system aligned with the Globally Harmonized System more than a year ago, OSHA’s statistics prove that many companies are still not properly adhering to the standard.

Properly labelling and handling chemicals can be the difference between life and death in the workplace. Watch our latest edition of the ABCs of Safety to make sure your HAZCOM practices are where they need to be.

Our team of experts can raise the bar of your workplace safety plan. Contact us today at 1-800-204-1729 or complete the contact form below.








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National Safety Stand-Down set for May 7-11, 2018

This year’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is set for May 7-11, 2018.

The Safety Stand-Down is an annual effort where the workplace safety industry comes together to focus on preventing falls, which account for more than a third of construction fatalities and are the leading cause of death among construction workers, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Fall protection also routinely tops OSHA’s list of the Top 10 Most Cited Violations. 

Anyone who wants to prevent fall hazards in the workplace is encouraged to participate in the Stand-Down and there are no requirements for what occurs at a Stand-Down. It can be as simple as hosting a safety toolbox talk, taking extra time to inspect safety equipment, or anything that meets the specific needs at your workplace.

If you need to brush up on your fall protection knowledge, watch our Focus on Fall Protection series below. Feel free to use the videos as a part of your own National Safety Stand-Down event!

SCT added to woman-owned Cleveland business directory

SCT has been added to a growing woman-owned Cleveland business directory that highlights female-owned businesses across Northeast Ohio.

Your Local Girl Gang was started by Maria LeFebre, an educator whose idea to create Cleveland’s guide to women-owned businesses came from a T-shirt that read, “Support Your Local Girl Gang.” Read about LeFebre’s creation and development of the guide from the write ups in Cleveland Magazine and The Plain Dealer.

SCT is thrilled to be included with such a diverse group of female entrepreneurs. Categories/topics covered in the list include the following:

  • Baby: kid clothing & accessories, baby gifts, postpartum doula services, childbirth education, lactation services
  • Beauty: spa services, hair salons, make up styling, cosmetics and skincare, nail salons, tattoo & piercing, perfumers, aromatherapy
  • Business: photography, marketing & branding, design, public relations, event planning, web development, accounting, HR services, safety consulting, promotional products, commercial video production
  • Closet: apparel & accessories, ceramic jewelry, jewelry designers, leather bags & accessories, vintage clothing, handmade clothing
  • Coffee: coffee shops & cafés
  • Drinks: local wineries, bars & restaurants, specialty liquor retailers
  • Entertainment: bookstores, outdoor activities, lifestyle services
  • Food: cafés & restaurants
  • Guys: men’s skin care and shaving experts
  • Hobby: jewlery makers and metal working classes, pottery creator workshops, crafting and DIY workshops
  • Home: home goods & decor items, moving services, home texiles, custom displays and art installations, florists, salvaged building materials, interior designer services
  • Kids: children’s clothing and toys, tutoring services, children’s theatre, professional childcare services
  • Party: personalized gifts, event planning, calligraphy services, party decorations, rental services
  • Pets: pet boarding & grooming services, dog walking & sitting services, animal therapy services
  • Sweets: local bakeries & dessert specialists, ice cream makers
  • Wedding: event planning, photography services, hair & make up styling services, rental services, floral designers, stationary & calligraphy
  • Wellness: yoga studios, Crossfit gyms,  cycling studios, massage therapy, natural wellness products, paddle boarding, personal training, reiki therapy

In all, about 150 woman-owned Cleveland businesses are featured on Your Local Girl Gang.

SCT now offers blood draw services at Cleveland location

At SCT, we continually strive to provide the best services to our clients, and that often involves expanding our knowledge and expertise. To that end, we now offer full blood draw services at our Cleveland-area location at 6993 Pearl Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130.

Under OSHA standards, many workers must undergo medical surveillance testing, which often involves blood draws. These tests serve many purposes, but in the occupational health world they are most commonly used for blood lead levels of workers who are exposed to inorganic lead.

Overexposure to lead is associated with impaired kidney function, high blood pressure, and cognitive dysfunction later in life. It can also cause serious birth defects.

According to OSHA, about 804,000 general industry workers and 830,000 construction workers are potentially exposed to lead. Exposure often occurs as a result of the production, maintenance or recycling of lead-containing products, and in the renovation or demolition of structures that feature lead-based paint.

Need to have the lead blood levels of your employees tested? Contact the experts at SCT by calling 1-800-204-1729 or by filling out the contact form below.








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SCT adds two new drug testing partners

In the ongoing effort to better serve our clients, we are proud to announce two new drug testing partners.

Clients can now visit Lakewood Urgent Care (11716 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107) and North Olmsted Urgent Care (25757 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, OH 44070) to submit their samples.

To view our full list of partners and find the location that works best for you, check out our online Collection Site Locator.