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.




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!

ABCs of Safety: F is for Fall Protection

Fall protection has topped OSHA’s list of most cited violations for a number of years, and it does not seem like that will change any time soon.

Watch our latest edition of the ABCs of Safety to learn how to eliminate one of the most dangerous hazards from your workplace.

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.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel or “Like” us on Facebook so you never miss a new video!

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.