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Celebrate 2017 Customer Service Week with These Cool Ideas [FREE GIFTS]

Working nights, weekends, and everything in between. Ensuring each customer walks away with a smile. And don’t even mention what one experiences during the holiday season. Customer service representatives might not have an easy job, but they do fulfill a major role for your company. 

For these reasons, among many others, it’s important you make the most of this year’s upcoming Customer Service Week, which will take place October 2nd – 6th. Although showing your employees they’re appreciated should be a year-round process, the following tips should help you make the most of the week.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, OSHA Fines

September 23, 2017 Deadline: Are You Compliant with OSHA®’s New Silica Rule?

No one likes to see their workers fall ill, especially when it stems from on-the-job activities. Still, despite companies doing their best to protect their employees, far too many workers receive injuries or develop illnesses when they’re simply trying to do their job. This is especially true in the construction industry, where hazards abound -- some of them far less visible than others.

We’re all well aware of the dangers of operating heavy machinery or working at great heights, but did you know nearly a million American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of silica each year? This can create a multitude of health problems for your workers, and one government agency is looking to prevent this sort of thing from occurring in the future.    

In an effort to reduce lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease in America’s workers, OSHA® has issued a final rule regarding employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Are you going to be compliant before their September 23, 2017 deadline? 

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, OSHA Fines

Don’t Let OSHA® Fines Cripple Your Business: Focus on Employee Engagement Today

A railroad wheel maker in Ohio is fined $610,034. A California explosives manufacturer is charged $292,235. A Missouri plumbing contractor faces $714,000 in OSHA® penalties. These are not hypothetical scenarios, they’re what actually happened within the month of June alone. To be more accurate, these fines were issued within less than two weeks of each other. Sadly, there were many more that didn’t make this article.  

Regardless of your occupation or even industry, OSHA® fines can cripple your entire company. We hear it time and time again. Companies who have the best of intentions go under because of on-the-job accidents that are totally preventable.

The question then becomes, how do we prevent accidents, fines, and – most importantly -- loss of life from occurring? The answer lies in employee engagement.

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Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies, Safegagement, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha, Culture of Engagement, OSHA Fines

OSHA® Announces Final Rule that Affects Over 100 Million Employees

With just a few more weeks remaining in 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA®) released yet another major rule change that will take place in 2017. The final rule, which will update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards, will affect over 110 million employees.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

OSHA® Targets Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Amputations

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, announced a number of major changes in 2016. And with just a few weeks left before the New Year, the administration just revealed another biggie for the manufacturing industry. In an effort to further reduce workplace amputations, a number of states are now facing a major crackdown by OSHA®. Will your job be affected? 

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

What Are the Top Ten OSHA® Citations for 2016?

As 2016 comes to a close, OSHA® has revealed their annual Top Ten OSHA® Citations list. The list – which is released every October – takes a look at the most frequently cited safety and health violations for the given fiscal year.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

OSHA® Breaks Tradition, Asks for Help in Identifying Leading Indicators

C.A. Short Company has long advocated the use of leading indicators as a means of creating a safe work environment. It turns out that OSHA® -- the Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- shares our beliefs so much that they are now turning to the public for help in identifying safety and health indicators in the workplace.

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Topics: Safety, Safegagement, Osha

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions and Updates for Many Industries

In this blog -- the second in our series examining OSHA®’s recently proposed rule changes -- we’ll take a look at the organization’s remaining set of proposals. If you missed our last blog, where we summarized the first set of proposed rule changes, you can find it here.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA® Proposes NEW Rule Provisions: General Industry, Construction & More

OSHA®, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, recently proposed a number of new rule provisions to the agency’s general industry, maritime, construction and recordkeeping standards.

The proposed changes are an effort to modernize OSHA standards, while saving employers millions of dollars per year. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels says that, if implemented, the new provisions will “help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance and reduce compliance costs."

 

This blog post will take a look at the first nine of these proposed changes.

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

OSHA ® Update: Severe Injury Reporting Assessment, More Citations Coming

OSHA® – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – recently announced some updates to their new Severe Injury Reporting Program, which requires companies to report any serious injury or hospitalization within 24 hours. The first year was found to be quite effective for the companies that complied. Unfortunately, not all businesses did. Thus, the agency announced that they would be issuing even more citations and increasing the amount of fines in the second year of the program

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Topics: Safety, OSHA Compliant Safety Incentives, Osha

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