Top Ten OSHA Cited Standards from 2017 for Construction

Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the most cited standards from the previous year.  Although the list changes little from year to year there are some valuable statistics that come from this list. The purpose of the list even though it changes very little is to raise awareness for employees about these commonly … Read More

Why are Site Safety Orientations so Important in Construction?

When workers arrive to your project sites for the first time, what is the first thing they do?  Hopefully the answer is report to the site office for a safety orientation.  These orientations can be critical to maintaining a safe jobsite.  Most workers are familiar with the general safety rules of a construction site but your project is unique and … Read More

Understating OSHA’s Respirable Silica Table 1

As we discussed in our post last week the silica standard OSHA 1926.1153 is in effect and everyone is talking about it.  Having had the opportunity to discuss the standard with OSHA hygienists we wanted to share what we thought was some helpful information.  Since the measurement of airborne silica is a fairly involved process OSHA has provided us with … Read More

Silica Rulings upheld and how it will effect your Construction Project

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected all industry challenges to OSHA’s final rule on respirable crystalline silica exposure, issuing its decision December 22 last year.  The new silica rule, reduces the permissible exposure limit to an average of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air during an 8-hour shift.  To put this in … Read More

Do not miss out on the value of digitizing your Construction Safety Plan

As the construction industry continues to move more and more digital the days of stacks of binders on a shelf in the trailer are becoming more of a thing of the past.  You might be asking yourself why digitizing this information is good for you and your team, well we have the answers.  When safety plans, MSDS, silica plans and … Read More

Avoiding the most common construction injuries

Construction sites can be a dangerous place, exposing workers to very physical and often high risk work.  Workers are often asked to work with heavy and powerful machinery or work in areas where danger can be imminent such as roadsides and heights.  If not trained properly workers can face a serious risk of injury at the job site. OSHA’s top … Read More

What you need to know about Safety Performance Standards

So what exactly is a safety performance standard and how is it different than a specification standard?  Safety Performance Standards dictate “How” not “What”.  Specification standards dictate both “How” and “What”.  In the case of performance standards, they are typically goal oriented, but they do not specify how that goal is to be achieved.  Usually this allows them to be … Read More

How OSHA Standards affect your jobsite

What are OSHA safety standards? At their highest level, OSHA standards are requirements for employers that strive to provide a safe workplace for workers.  These standards also encourage workers to be active in the formation of these policies.  Each industry has their own specific OSHA safety regulations that employers are required to comply with. The OSHA standards for Construction and General … Read More

The importance of OSHA Certification for jobsite safety

Why having employees OSHA certification is key to project safety? Almost everyone will agree that providing safety training to employees will help improve overall safety on the jobsite, but why should you spend the time and effort to get an OSHA certification. The goal of training should never be just to get a card that says you were there . … Read More

Hosting Meaningful Safety Meeting Toolbox Talks

One of the best ways to improve the safety culture on your jobsite is to host weekly safety stand downs.  These are weekly meetings where the entire jobsite gathers to be briefed on important safety information about the jobsite.  One topic commonly included in this stand down is a toolbox talk.  A toolbox talk is an informal discussion about a … Read More