SCT Leads Safety Stand-Down in California

As we continue to recognize this week’s National Safety Stand-Down effort to prevent falls in the workplace, SCT’s General Manager Joe Ventura is onsite in Tracy, CA, creating a safe and secure working environment.

Mr. Ventura led a Stand-Down Event for Lilja Corp. workers, reminding them that the site’s uniform threshold height is six feet. This means that any employee working at six feet or more above a lower level must be protected from fall hazards. Plus, employees need to be protected from falling into dangerous equipment.

Employees were also refreshed on how to choose and use proper fall protection equipment for different work scenarios. Additionally, workers reviewed where fall hazards exist on their particular job site and how those hazards are addressed.

OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor provided this certificate recognizing the proactive safety efforts of Lilja Corp. during this National Safety Stand-Down. SCT is proud to work with companies who recognize the importance of workplace safety and protect their workers with proper safety training and enforced safety policies.

Mr. Ventura also checked in with a Review from the Road video to give a peek into what life is like working in Tracy, CA, this week. If your company’s Fall Protection policies are in need of an update, contact the experts at SCT by calling 1-800-204-1729.

How to Hold a Safety Stand-Down

This week is the annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction, which is the leading cause of worker deaths in the industry.

Watch our video above to find out how to make a safety stand-down event at your workplace a success. Be sure to stay connected with SCT on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn so you’re always the first to know when one of our new videos hits the web. Coming up this month, we have two more videos in the Focus on Fall Protection series. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a video!

Focus on Fall Protection: It Could Save Your Life

This month SCT is Focusing on Fall Protection in a new video series. Falls from elevation accounted for more than a third of construction fatalities in 2015 in the construction industry and fall protection has been the most-cited violation by OSHA for many years.

We’ll have a new video every week this month highlighting a different aspect of Fall Protection. Check back next week as we show you how to have a successful Safety Stand-Down at your business.

Visit our YouTube Channel for more Workplace Safety Videos and then contact the experts at SCT to make sure your workplace safety plans are protecting your workers.

Sleep Awareness Week and Job Performance

As our lives get busier and busier, filled with ever-multiplying computer and cell phone screens, sleep is often one of the first things that gets cut to make room for more work.

Sleep deprivation can have negative effects on overall health as well as job performance, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which has named April 23-29 as Sleep Awareness Week.

The body’s natural rhythm is for day time activity and night time sleep, so it’s no surprise that those who work at night or have ever-changing shift times most often suffer from sleep deprivation or disruption. This can cause drowsiness and fatigue, and is also associated with immune system dysfunction, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems, according to NIOSH.

Drowsy driving is one of the most dangerous and easily observable effects of sleep deprivation. Much like alcohol, lack of sleep can negatively affect decision making, reaction time, and attention span, according to the CDC.

But even those who work a typical “9 to 5” job can suffer from a lack of sleep. A NIOSH study showed that 37.6 percent of respondents did not get at least 7 hours of sleep, which represented about 54.1 million workers. This lack of sleep causes an estimated $411 billion cost to the U.S. economy and about 1.2 million lost work days each year.

Some major companies have even created “nap rooms” at work to help employees be as productive as possible.

If your business isn’t yet ready to take the plunge in letting employees nap on the job, here are some healthy sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation that you can use to encourage your workers during Sleep Awareness Week.

  • Stick to the same sleep schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends.
  • Practice a bedtime ritual away from bright lights that will help signal your body to get ready to sleep
  • If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps especially in the afternoon
  • Exercise daily
  • Make sure your room is conducive to sleep: eliminate as much noise and sound as possible
  • Have a comfortable, supportive mattress. Most good mattresses last about 9-10 years
  • Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning
  • Try not to use electronic devices close to bed time

If your company’s employee safety plan needs a refresh, contact the experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729 or by sending us a message here on our website. 

Construction Connection: Recommendations for Training

For the final edition of our Construction Connection safety video series, we meet SCT Small Business Director Jay Medlock. Training is a vital component of any safety program, but construction workers face unique challenges when it comes to training.

With standards and regulations updated on a routine basis, keeping up to date on training is essential for construction industry workers. Check out our interview with SCT Small Business Director Jay Medlock as he recommends necessary training for construction workers.

If you missed one of our previous Construction Connection videos, you can watch the YouTube video playlist here.

 

Reviews from the Road: Episode 5

SCT’s traveling Occupational Safety and Health Technicians in another episode of “Reviews from the Road,” a weekly web series featuring our safety techs at different project sites across the country.

SCT’s safety technicians can spend more than 80 percent of their time traveling from job to job, providing safety project management services to clients. Most of our technicians spend their time on glass furnace demolition and rebuild projects, many of which last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months or longer.

In the third episode of “Reviews from the Road” we introduce you to Tom Boyd who is on the job in Waterville, Ohio.

The Importance of PPE in Construction

This week’s Construction Connection video features Bo Wyszynski, Manager of SCT Supply. Construction workers always need to have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job to ensure they make it home safely at the end of the work day.

Watch the video to learn more about the importance of PPE and then check out a selection of related products from SCT Supply. Be sure to visit www.sctsupply.com to view our complete inventory of products for all your occupational safety and health needs.

 

 

Reviews from the Road: Episode 3

It’s time to go back on the road with SCT’s traveling Occupational Safety and Health Technicians in another episode of “Reviews from the Road,” a weekly web series featuring our safety techs at different project sites across the country.

SCT’s safety technicians spend upwards of 80 percent of their time traveling from job to job, providing safety project management services to clients. Most of our technicians spend their time on glass furnace demolition and rebuild projects, many of which last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months or longer.

In the third episode of “Reviews from the Road” we introduce you to Mike Baker who is on the job in DeWitt, Iowa.

Silica enforcement delayed until September

Enforcement of OSHA’s new final rule on crystalline silica has been pushed back until September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on April 6.

The cause for the enforcement delay is so that additional outreach, educational materials and guidance can be provided to employers. OSHA “determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique natures of the requirements in the construction standard,” according to an OSHA press release.

The enforcement date was originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017.

We’ve talked about the new silica standard before, when it was first announced and when OSHA released its guide for the updated silica standard.

Respirable crystalline silica is a hazardous substance that workers, especially those in the construction industry, face exposure to on a regular basis. Exposure to silica, coupled with lack of safety measures, can lead to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease.

OSHA’s new final rule, which reduced the permissible exposure limit and increased safety requirements, is estimated to save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, according to OSHA.

SCT has training programs in place to help employers update and refresh their silica safety policies. While enforcement may be delayed, the new final rule went into effect on June 23, 2016.

Protect workers today and call the safety experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729.

Employee Cell Policy Helps Curb Distracted Driving

While falls, electrical hazards, and lockout/tagout rightfully receive a lot of focus when it comes to preventing workplace injuries, motor vehicle crashes are actually the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Drivers talking on cell phones are four times as likely to be in crashes resulting in injury or property damage, and they also have a slower reaction time than drivers with .08 blood alcohol level, according to the National Safety Council.

To help curb motor vehicle crashes during this Distracted Driving Awareness Month, employers should consider a corporate cell phone policy that prohibits employees from using cell phones to conduct business while driving.

On top of the safety concerns, companies that expect their employees to use cell phones while driving can be held legally responsible if that employee crashes while distracted.  The NSC has compiled a number of lawsuits that resulted in multi-million dollar judgements against employers.

Many states and municipalities have laws in place restricting the use of cell phones while driving, but the NSC advises that a company’s cell phone policy should go above and beyond the minimum of the law.

A successful cell phone policy should cover:

  • Handheld and hands-free devices
  • All employees, company-owned or rented vehicles, and company-supplied cell phones
  • All business-related communication, even when conducted in a personal vehicle, with a personal cell phone, or off-the-clock

Employees then need to be properly trained in the policy and held accountable for following the rules.

The Occupational Safety and Health experts at SCT can help you develop written comprehensive a workplace safety policy that’s customized to your specific needs and are yours to keep. Contact us today at 1-800-204-1729 to begin reaching your safety goals.