ABCs of Safety: D is for Drug Free

We’re back with our latest edition of the ABCs of Safety. This week, we’re highlighting the benefits of a drug free workplace, which can increase the productivity and safety of almost any work environment.

Check out our video below for the full story. Join us next week as SCT Director of Construction Services Dennis Hobart reveals the topic for the letter E.

Looking to develop a Drug Free Workplace at your business? Contact the occupational health experts at SCT, led by company founder and president Gail Grueser. Call us at 1-800-204-1729 or complete the contact form below.





ABCs of Safety: C is for Competent Person

“C is for Competent Person” is the third installment of our ABCs of Safety video series. We’re getting back to basics and delving deep in to the guiding principles of occupational safety and health.

Per OSHA’s definition, a “Competent Person” is someone who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards, and who has the authority to take swift corrective measures to remove said hazards.

Check out our “C is for Competent Person” video below to learn the duties of a competent person on a worksite.

OSHA’s “Competent Person” Definition, word-for-word:

“A person who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”

Designating a competent person on your team is an important aspect of having a well-functioning safety program. Here are some questions to consider when deciding on identifying a competent person:

  • How much field experience does this person have conducting the necessary work?
  • Has this person received training in the needed area of work, and any related subjects?
  • Does this person have experience with supervision?

The safety experts at SCT can help you identify your competent person needs, and train employees to become identified competent persons on their worksites. Contact us today through the form below!



ABCs of Safety: B is for Best Practices

“B is for Best Practices” is the second installment of our ABCs of Safety video series. We’re getting back to basics and delving deep in to the guiding principles of occupational safety and health.

The term “Best Practices” can vary between companies and industries, but there is a core group of OSHA-recognized safety elements that are deemed essential for successful workplace safety programs.

Check out our “B is for Best Practices” video below to discover those critical solutions.

6 Key Best Practices as recognized by OSHA

  1. Management leadership
  2. Worker participation
  3. Hazard ID and assessment
  4. Hazard prevention and control
  5. Education and training
  6. Program evaluation and improvement

Did you miss the first letter in our ABCs of Safety video series? Check it out below!

Do you want to review your best practices with one of SCT’s occupational safety and health experts? Tell us what you want to accomplish in our contact form below, and one of our safety team members will reach out to help get you the best solution!



SCT Debuts New “ABCs of Safety” Video Series

Today we at SCT are excited to present our newest video series, the ABCs of Safety.

We’re taking occupational safety and health back to basics! During the next few months, the ABCs of Safety will cover 26 different topics about the fundamentals of workplace safety.

Kicking things off this week, “A” is for Analytics. Watch our video below to learn how to make data and statistics improve your company’s workplace safety and health program.

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Extent of falls in construction revealed by new database

Researchers with the Center for Construction Research and Training (also known as the CPWR) used a new database to find that 42 percent of all construction fatalities involved falls.

Using NIOSH data, the researchers created the Construction FACE Database. FACE stands for Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation. This database helped researchers discover a number of revealing statistics about injuries in the construction industry, according to Safety and Health Magazine. 

From 1982 to 2015, researchers found 768 fatality reports in the construction industry. Of those, 325 (42 percent) involved falls. Moreover, 54 percent of workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system, and 23 percent did have access to such a system but did not use it.

Nearly a third of the falls were from 30 feet or higher, and 20 percent of the fatal incidents occurred during the victims’ first two months on the job.

Fall protection routinely tops OSHA’s list of most cited violations, including 2017. Plus, fall protection training requirements was the 9th most cited violations. You can watch our video covering the entire Top 10 list below.

The full study can be viewed here in the Journal of Safety Research, but it does require account to view.

Video Recap: New SCT promo and World of Concrete Silica Sampling

Are you following SCT on YouTube? If not, you’re missing out on some great safety information videos!

SCT puts out videos about current safety topics and areas of interest every month. In the past we’ve focused on Ladder Safety, The Fatal Four in Construction, Outdoor Working Hazards, and our Ask the Experts series, where we talk to former OSHA officials about recent or upcoming changes to safety standards.

Recently, we released an updated company profile video answering the question “Who is SCT?” The answer, of course, is your one stop shop for all things workplace safety!

We also recapped our experience of testing for silica dust at the World of Concrete 2018 show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a fun experience and great to see so many people so passionate about keeping workers safe on the job. Check out the video tour below!

Do you want more videos? Then go to our YouTube page and hit subscribe to get all the latest safety videos from SCT.

But wait, there’s more!

SCT can also make videos for your company! Videos are a great tool to introduce new employees to the company and the specific safety practices at your facility.

Click here to contact us and learn more about our video production services.


Flu Shots Still Available at SCT


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has categorized the flu as “widespread” in 49 states (it is listed as “Local Activity” in Hawaii as of January 23, 2018), but there are still a few months left in the flu season.

In addition to the cost of doctor visits and hospitalization, influenza could cost employers an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity, according to outplacement consultant firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

An annual influenza vaccine is still the best way to prevent the flu. At SCT, we offer flu shots for $25 – without the pharmacy wait! Check out our video above to learn the importance of the flu vaccine in preventing the spread of the disease.

Other Preventative Measures

After getting the flu vaccine, their are still numerous other ways to further prevent exposure to the virus. Here are a few highlights from OSHA’s Seasonal Flu online resources.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. Clean your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Throw away tissues into a “no touch” wastebasket.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, such as telephones and computer equipment.
  • Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with other people who may be ill.
  • If you are sick, stay home to keep the disease from spreading through your workplace.

Use these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu. To learn more about SCT’s flu shots or to schedule a meeting with our Occupational Health experts, call us at 1-800-204-1729 or fill out the contact form below.


Start 2018 off right with an OSHA Tune Up from SCT

Start 2018 off right with an OSHA Tune Up from SCT, your number one occupational safety and health provider. Our OSHA Tune Up service, which is great for manufacturers, provides a comprehensive review of all written safety and health programs, a thorough safety and health hazard assessment of facilities, and written recommendations for achieving OSHA compliance.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. manufacturers have been seeing a trend of decreasing non-fatal injuries and illnesses, which is great news. However, manufacturing still outpaces other industries — including construction — for non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses.

Watch our video below and listen to Mike O’Donnell, SCT’s Director of Business Development, explain our OSHA Tune Up service and how it can benefit your business today!

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.

Be sure to check out for all of your safety gear needs. Use code HOLIDAY2017 for 10% off your order of $100 or more.

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.