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Focus On… Generator Safety—Don’t be Caught in the Dark

I’m sure you’ve heard it time and time again. During every winter weather storm, elected officials, first responders, and news anchors echo the same sentiment, “Don’t bring your gas-powered generators inside.” Running a gas powered generator in your home emits the...

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It Can Do What?

My seventeen year old thinks I need an Apple Watch. She has one and, from what I’ve seen, it’s strapped to her left wrist to notify her that the iPhone she’s holding in her right hand just received a snap-gram insta-text. To convince me to also get one, she describes...

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Trainer Toolbox for January 2019

Is Your Workplace Winter Weather Ready? Stand-Down to Stand Up Against Workplace Falls New Requirements for Crane Operator Certification  OSHA Outreach Training Program Revisions  FOOTnotes – For Our Outreach Trainers: Information specific to OSHA Outreach Trainers...

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Trainer Toolbox for November 2018

Weekly Safety Tips Brought to you by OSHAs  OSHA Clarifies Its Position on Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Dig Safely! OSHA Trenching and Excavation Updates  FOOTnotes – For Our Outreach Trainers: Information specific to OSHA Outreach Trainers authorized through...

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Intentions. Outcomes. Mine are Converging.

In the last MESHage, I boldly proclaimed my intention to earn a second MESH Certificate! So, here’s where I am so far—in October 2014, I completed the Core Course requirement and my first 30 hours of MESH credit by taking the OSHA #510 Standards for the Construction...

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Focus On… Ready to be Challenged?

Here’s a challenge for you. What do all these words or pairs of words have in common? Carpenter’s bracket, bricklayer’s square, horse, chicken and needle beam? Is your brain tickled yet? Give up? They are all types of scaffolds. According to The United States...

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How to Conduct Needs Assessment Part 2: PEST Analysis

What is PEST Analysis? Are you a business looking to improve your performance, efficiency or profitability? Is something holding you back? Not sure what it is? Don’t know where to start? In our last blog “How to conduct needs assessment: what is it and why do it?”, we...

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Clear Out. Restock. Let’s Plan A Resolution Together

Well, we got the kids officially back to school and not a minute too soon! The retail space that just last week was filled with binders, book bags and blunt-tipped scissors has been cleared and re-stocked in record time. After all, December 25 is right around the...

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