It's no secret how critical lockout/tagout (LOTO) is to a robust safety program. According to OSHA, compliance with the standard "prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year." LOTO is officially known as hazardous energy control. According to Jimi Michalscheck from Occupational Health & Safety, it is "a term used to describe the process that will protect employees when they are in harm's way of equipment movement when they are servicing it and unexpected startup could cause injury or death." Policies In a ...Read more
ASHRAE and IAQA are joining forces. In January, consolidation between the two well-known organizations in the Indoor Environmental Quality Industry was formalized at ASHRAE's 2015 Winter Conference. Leadership for both organizations have expressed excitement about the merger, and are hopeful the synergy between the two will provide greater resources and opportunities for their members. ASHRAE, which stands for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has been around since 1894 and IAQA, or the Indoor Air Quality Association has been in existence ...Read more
G2 is pleased to be co-sponsoring the 6th Annual Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Law Seminar and Networking Party coming up this next week in Seattle! This event will have fantastic panel speakers including Ryan D. Harris from Vial Fotheringham LLP, Anthony L. Rafel from Rafel Law Group PLLC and moderators Elizabeth D. Wright and Betsy A. Gillaspy, along with many more. Held March 19 from 3:30pm-7:00pm at the Hilton in Seattle, the event qualifies for 2 MCLE credit hours (WA and OR). ...Read more
January is National Radon Action Month, so now is the time to get informed and take some action! After smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is called "the silent killer," and a little information goes a long way in making sure you stay safe in the home or workplace. Find the EPA's A Citizen's Guide to Radon here. Check out Earth Gauge and their concise overview here. Glance at this free handout on radon that answers some common ...Read more
On September 16, OSHA revealed the top 10 most-cited violations for FY 2014. It was no surprise that fall protection, once again, made the top of the list. This continues to be a concern in the workplace although the standards are clearly delineated by OSHA as to what constitutes adequate fall protection. See the info graphic below from Creative Safety Supply for the basics of fall protection at a glance. Although this is a huge issue, the solutions are actually quite simple. ...Read more
Noise. It is one of the most common health concerns in the workplace. Fortunately, this concern can be handled proactively in a number of different ways. If you are looking for downloadable resources or the basic facts, the CDC and OSHA have everything you need at your fingertips. For a quick visual on hearing loss prevention in the workplace, see the helpful info graphic below from whitenoisedirect.com. G2 is pleased to offer noise assessments, whether you are needing personal dosimetry, octave band analysis ...Read more
Summer is a natural time to talk about heat stress, but it’s important to remember that many jobs have the potential to induce heat stress all year around. Staying informed and staying aware goes a long way towards heading off potential issues.
For a brief overview on developing an acclimatization plan, take a look at this great infographic from the CDC.
Also, this brief video from Randstad gives a great overview on the specifics of heat stress and how to respond if you ...Read more