Kick off the Holidays with the 12 Days of PPE

Here at SCT, the safety experts are getting in the holiday spirit with a safety-focused rendition of the classic song “12 Days of Christmas.”

While we may not win any awards for our singing talent, we nonetheless hope you enjoy our “12 Days of PPE” video below and use it as an entertaining reminder to always follow proper workplace safety procedures, including wearing the right PPE for the job.

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SCT earns spot on 2017 Weatherhead 100 list

CLEVELAND, OHIO — SCT broke into the top 40 of the fastest growing businesses in Northeast Ohio, earning the 36th spot on the 2017 Weatherhead 100 List, a jump of 35 places from 2016’s 71st position.

The list is an annual recognition of the top 100 fastest growing businesses in Northeast Ohio as compiled by representatives from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Representing SCT at the November 30, 2017, awards presentation was President Gail Grueser and Office Manager/Controller Annette Plavny.

“I am thrilled that the efforts of our dedicated employees have boosted our growth so much,” Ms. Grueser said. “We’ve experienced such growth from just this past year, and it feels wonderful to be recognized as one of the area’s fastest growing companies.”

The Weatherhead 100 is based on revenue from the past five years, 2012-2016, with a minimum of $100,000 in sales in 2012. Winners must also be a for-profit organization that is not a franchise or a subsidiary of another company, and must be headquartered in one of the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne.

Like the growth in 2016, 2017 has also proved a banner year for SCT. A second physical location was opened in Chicago, Illinois, and satellite offices were established in Boston, Massachusetts; Peoria, Illinois; and Tampa, Florida.

As she said last year, Ms. Grueser added that employers continue to recognize the benefits of having a proactive safety program.

“Employees are a company’s most valuable resource. A successful business should do everything it can to keep them healthy and safe, which will make them more productive.”

SCT VP Delivers Training at Conference on Glass Problems

Dragan Savic, SCT Vice President of Glass Technology and Safety Staff Augmentation, spent the first day of the 78th Annual Conference on Glass Problems in the classroom delivering a safety training short course.

His presentation, “Exploring the Safety Landscape of Silica, Confined Space and Hexavalent Chromium in the Glass Industry,” focused on the serious health consequences for workers, as well as any and all updated/new regulatory guidelines on the three content areas. Mr. Savic will also wrap up the Conference on Glass Problems by presenting at the GMIC Symposium on November 9th.

The majority of SCT’s traveling Occupational Safety and Health Technicians, who are directed by Mr. Savic, work within the Glass Manufacturing Industry as safety leaders and managers on glass furnace demolition and rebuild projects. With personnel on the front lines of glass projects, SCT’s safety experts regularly abate hazard exposures, and that includes those relating to silica, confined space, and hexavalent chromium.

Trainings, like Mr. Savic’s, are crucial for supervisors and workers within the glass manufacturing industry to receive, understand and share this important safety information.

We’ve written extensively about the importance of silica training before and have updated training courses that comply with OSHA’s 2016 new final rule. If it isn’t already, silica should be a major priority for all involved in any aspect of the construction sector and general industry going into 2018.

The confined space standard, which was updated a couple years back, covers another critical hazardous safety area in which employers need to be up to date on all relevant training. At SCT, we have both an in-house hands-on training facility and a mobile training simulator that prepares students with a rigorous practical curriculum on confined space and fall protection.

To talk with one of our safety experts about how SCT can help protect your employees and help your business flourish at 1-800-204-1729 or by filling out the contact form below!


SCT hires National Director of Risk Management

Chicago, IL – SCT continues to grow its world-class team of safety professionals, and we’re excited to welcome John Tuisl as the National Director of Risk Management Services.

Mr. Tuisl, who holds the ARM (Associate in Risk Management) and CRIS (Construction Risk Insurance Specialist) designations, will spearhead SCT’s risk management services and will assist our OSHA expert witness staff with litigation management, loss investigations, and claims management.

“We are very excited about the addition of John Tuisl to the SCT team. John brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table with over 22 years in the construction risk management and safety and health fields,” said Nick Walters, SCT Vice President of Safety Engineering Services.

“John has built risk management and safety departments from the ground up for heavy civil contractors, construction management, building contractors and project owners. His experience includes a unique blend of executive level leadership for both construction companies and one of the largest insurance brokers in the country.”

Mr. Tuisl began his career as a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1989. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in safety at Northern Illinois University in 1992.

Starting as a Risk Management Department Safety Engineer, Mr. Tuisl worked his way up the corporate ladder working in the public and private sectors as a Chief Safety Officer, Corporate Risk Manager, Area Executive Vice President, Director of Risk Management, and Vice President of Risk Management and Safety.

Most recently, Mr. Tuisl provided risk management support to construction clients and large project teams as Senior Vice President/Central Region Account Executive Leader at Aon Construction Services Group, which he joined in 2013.

Mr. Tuisl’s areas of expertise include OCIP/CCIP Project Solutions, Claims Resolution, Large Project Risk Management Solutions, Construction Risk Management and Safety, Contracts Evaluation, and Builders Risk and Casualty.
He is also a former 10-hour OSHA Outreach Instructor for the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council.

“We are confident that John’s experience will allow SCT to expand our footprint in the insurance and construction safety staff augmentation areas,” added SCT VP Walters.

Silica Enforcement Is Here

October 23, 2017, marks the end of the 30 days of compliance assistance offered to employers taking good faith efforts to follow OSHA’s new construction silica standard. On October 19, Thomas Galassi, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), issued an Interim Enforcement Guidance for the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard.

“Effective October 23, 2017, OSHA will fully enforce all appropriate provisions of the Silica in Construction standard. This memorandum will serve as interim enforcement guidance while the standard’s companion compliance directive is proceeding through the review process. It will expire when the compliance directive becomes effective and available to the field,” according to the announcement.

The interim guidance was released to all OSHA regional administrators, as well as to the public. It includes detailed outlines related to inspection guidance and citation guidance. From the documents, areas of high priority include:

  • Following Table 1 parameters
  • Exposure Assessment Options, both Performance and Scheduled Monitoring
  • Methods of Compliance
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Housekeeping Practices
  • Written Exposure Control Plan
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Communication of Hazards

SCT offers updated training classes and program assistance to help transition companies into compliance with the new OSHA standard. Check out our specialized Silica webpage here.

We’ve done numerous videos on the new silica standard and what employers need to do to be in compliance. Check out our latest silica video below!

Want more information? Call us today at 1-800-204-1729 to discuss your silica compliance plans.

SCT VP to Present at Glass Problems Conference

Next month, SCT will be in Columbus, OH, for the 78th Conference on Glass Problems. We have attended this great event in the past, but this year we’re taking on a larger role.

SCT Vice President of Glass Technology and Safety Staff Augmentation Dragan Savic will lead numerous presentations during the conference covering the latest in glass manufacturing safety concerns, including silica and hexavalent chromium.

If you’re going to be at the conference from Nov. 6 through 9, be sure to stop by Booth 313 to meet the rest of our team, including Senior Vice President Jim Joyce and Staff Augmentation Specialist Aaron Zaksheske.

Watch our video below to find the rest of the details you need.

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6 Components of a Drug-Free Workplace (Infographic)

We’re wrapping up our focus on the benefits of a drug-free workplace with a look at the 6 major components of a successful program. This spotlight on drug free programs aligns with National Drug-Free Work Week, an annual event that raises awareness about the importance of drug-free work environments.

National Drug-Free Work Week is sponsored by the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance.

Want help creating a drug-free workplace program and policy for your workplace? Contact the Occupational Safety & Health experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729!

Hidden Economics of Drugs in the Workplace (Infographic)

Though the health effects of drugs are devastating, the economic impact of drugs can also prove harmful.

Setting aside the emotional and physical tolls that drugs have on a user, the abuse of drugs–both legal and illicit–have serious financial repercussions in business. Costs associated with drugs–usually related to crime, loss of productivity, absenteeism, and health care–account for about $700 billion annually, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use & Health.

We’ve created an infographic that highlights the overall costs of substance abuse in the workplace, breaking it down into costs associated with alcohol ($224 billion/year), tobacco ($295 billion/year), and illicit drugs ($193 billion/year).

Additionally, the infographic depicts the industries that see the highest rates of substance use and abuse, including general construction, mining, general manufacturing, transportation and warehouses, and hospitality and food service.

Check out the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance website for more information and statistics regarding the impact of drugs in the workplace.

To talk to an Occupational Safety and Health expert about crafting a Drug Free Program or Policy for your workplace, contact SCT at 1-800-204-1729, or contact us via the electronic form below.



SCT Recognizes National Drug-Free Work Week

This week marks the 11th annual recognition of National Drug-Free Work Week.

Started by the U.S. Department of Labor as a way to improve safety and health in the construction industry, National Drug-Free Work Week now highlights the importance of keeping substances out of all workplaces and encourages workers with a drug or alcohol problem to seek help.

According to the latest statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which uses data from 2008 to 2012,  an annual average of 8.7% of full-time workers aged 18 to 64 used alcohol heavily in the past month, 8.6% used illicit drugs in the past month, and 9.5% were dependent on or abused alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year.

Mining (17.5 percent)  and construction (16.5 percent) saw the highest rates of past month heavy alcohol use, while the food services industry had the highest past month rate of illicit drug use.

In Ohio, home to our headquarters in Middleburg Heights,  the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers premium discounts to companies that participate in its Drug Free Safety Program.

At SCT, our Occupational Health experts have decades of experience in guiding companies through the requirements of the Ohio BWC’s drug free program. The deadline for companies to complete all drug testing, training and reporting is approaching at the end of March. The final application is due at the end of May.

Having a Drug Free Safety Program brings many additional benefits to a business, including fewer workplace accidents and injuries, reduced absenteeism and employee turnover, and increased productivity.

Watch our video below to learn more about how we can help your company can encourage employees to live healthy lives while also improving your bottom line.

To get your Drug Free Safety Program started, contact SCT today online or call us at 440-449-6000. Our experts are ready to help you reach all of your safety goals.

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Recap of the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo

This week SCT travelled to Indianapolis for the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo.

The event draws 10,000 occupational safety and health professionals together to learn about and discuss the latest innovations in keeping workers safe and healthy.

If you couldn’t make it out to the show this year, check out our quick recap video below. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth.