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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OSHA Releases Final Numbers for Top 10 Cited Standards in 2017

The counts are in, and OSHA has released the final numbers in their annual Top 10 Violations for the 2017 fiscal year. Preliminary numbers were released at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis in September 2017.

The final numbers for the top 10 OSHA violations did not change the preliminary rankings of the top 10. Fall Protection remained well secured in the top spot with more than 2,200 more citations than the second highest violation, Hazard Communication.

Watch our breakdown of the 2017 Top 10 OSHA Violations in our latest safety video below!

OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Cited Violations for Fiscal Year 2017

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 6,887 violations
    • Standard: 1926.501
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 1 (6,906 violations)
  2. Hazard Communication: 4,652 violations
    • Standard: 1910.1200
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking 2 (5,665 violations)
  3. Scaffolding: 3,697 violations
    • Standard: 1926.451
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 3 (3,900 violations)
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,381 violations
    • Standard: 1910.134
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 4 (3,573 violations)
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 3,131 violations
    • Standard: 1910.147
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 5 (3,406 violations)
  6. Ladders: 2,567 violations
    • Standard: 1926.1053
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 7 (2,625 violations)
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,349 violations
    • Standard: 1910.178
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 6 (2,855 violations)
  8. Machine Guarding: 2,109 violations
    • Standard: 1910.212
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 8 (2,448 violations)
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,724 violations
    • Standard: 1926.503
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: Was Not Ranked
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods: 1,530 violations
    • Standard: 1910.305
    • Fiscal Year 2016 Ranking: 9 (1,937 violations)

Need to abate any of these hazards at your workplace? Contact us today at 1-800-204-1729 or complete the contact form below.


A Day in the Life of an SCT Safety Technician

In our continuing look into our Glass and Safety Staffing Division, our new video gives a detailed look at the everyday responsibilities of our Safety and Health Technicians.

Our techs are on job sites 24/7 during glass furnace demolition/rebuild projects or any other workplaces where it’s important to have a safety expert on hand.

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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.

Click here to learn more about our Safety Staffing Services. 

Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Program Offers Premium Rebates

If your company is located in Ohio, the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has a program that could both save you money and help you decrease workplace accidents.

Watch our video above to learn all you need to know about the Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Program, which offers a four to seven percent discount on workers’ compensation premiums.

At SCT, we can guide you through all the requirements, deadlines, and paperwork to make the process as easy as possible. Our Occupational Health experts, led by SCT President Gail Grueser, guide dozens of companies through the program each year and teach you and your employees the skills to keep your DFSP running smoothly for years to come.

Don’t hesitate: the March 30th deadline for private employers will be here before you know it. Contact SCT today online or give us a call at 440-449-6000.

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.

Prevent Employee Hearing Loss with Simple Solutions

Occupational hearing loss is the most common workplace injury, with most cases occurring in the manufacturing sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Do you know how to keep yourself and your employees safe? Watch the second video in our Protecting Workers with Occupational Health series that’s all about protecting those ears. You will learn a number of strategies to ensure that your employees will work safely without damaging their hearing.

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Protect Your Workers with Flu Vaccines from SCT

It’s that time of year yet again! Flu season is right around the corner, and getting your employees vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu from taking over your workplace.

Each year, the flu causes 111 million missed days of work and about $7 billion in lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Watch our video below to find out the importance of the flu vaccinations and learn some other habits that can go a long way in keeping your workplace free of sickness.

Want to get your employees vaccinated or avoid the long lines at the pharmacy? At SCT, we have flu shots available with no insurance needed. We can also bring our services directly to you with our mobile medical unit, so your employees won’t even have to leave the office. Contact us today online or call 1-800-204-1729.

Get a look inside our new Chicago Office

In 2017, SCT continued its expansion trend from 2016 with the opening of a brand new office in Chicago, Illinois. SCT staff members welcomed clients and friends at an open house for the new office in lat August 2017. Come explore the new office with SCT President Gail Grueser, Vice President Nick Walters, and Regional Director Tom Bielema.

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