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NIOSH Ladder Safety App


Which ladder do I use for this application? How far out can I angle the ladder and still have it be safe?  Are there any accessories that I could use that would make ladder work easier and safer?  All these questions and more can be easily answered using the National institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Ladder Safety app.   The app is available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free on an android or iphone.  According to the CDC website these are the specific tools that app has:


Avoid Increased OSHA Fines


On August 1, 2016 OSHA fines will increase almost 80%.  According to an article entitled “Top three Ways to Avoid Increased OSHA Fines” on OSHA fines for a serious violation will increase from $7,000 to $12,600 and a fine for willful and repeat violations will go from $70,000 to $126,000! That’s a big increase and may spell disaster for small or medium companies!  The article goes on to suggest three ways to avoid OSHA compliance issues that would result in these increased fees:


OSHA Safety Resources


OSHA wants to make finding and utilizing quality safety resources about stopping slip and falls easily available to everyone.  If you are looking for educational materials, posters, hand-outs, booklets or wallet cards that will help you and your employees stay safe and guard against falls then the OSHA website is the place to visit!  They even have a phone app available for your use and can send you multiple copies of handouts upon request.


National Safety Survey


Are you a safety professional who would like to be part of something big?  Would you like your voice to be heard when it comes to issues like tracking safety, what injuries are the most common in your work place and if the new OSHA record keeping rule will help or hurt safety initiatives?  EHS Today’s National Safety Survey is ready and waiting.  Each year EHS Today puts out a survey to get feedback from safety professionals nationwide on issues that are important to them and to workplace safety as a whole.  The results are published on their website for the public to learn from.  Past surveys have included topics like budgets, advice for OSHA, employee engagement, leading indicators and injury reduction among others.


Meaningful Safety Conversations


Safety is something that is talked about everyday in most workplace.  How do you get people to truly listen and talk about safety without tuning it out?  How do you get safety conversations to really matter and to affect situations in the workplace?  A featured article on entitled “ 3 Tips for Creating Positive Safety Conversations” gives the following  suggestions:


Stronger Worker Protection


Worker protection and workplace safety should be at the top of every company’s agenda. Ensuring the safety of ones employees not only increases productivity but worker morale as well. “The most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses amounted to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs in 2012. Keeping your staff out of the waiting room will assist in keeping that cost down.”


Diamond Plate versus Metal Coated Products


SlipNOT® non-slip metal flooring products are an advanced safety alternative to traditional diamond plate.  Diamond plate may be classified as slip resistant; however, when it is wet or covered by a slippery substance, it does not provide the traction needed to keep people on their feet.  Overtime, the raised diamond pattern wears unevenly and will have to be replaced.  Below are pros and cons of both diamond plate and SlipNOT® metal coated products.


Benefits of Slip Resistant Aluminum Plates


For decades, diamond plate has been a default safety plate for many designers.  Today’s applications have shown this material to be inadequate in creating productive work environments.  Once the raised pattern becomes wet, it could become hazardous.


Slip Resistant Sidewalk Covers


SlipNOT® sidewalk covers are a durable and long-lasting answer to safety when it comes to keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe in wet and slippery conditions. SlipNOT® cover plates are double the OSHA recommended coefficient of friction (COF) for slip resistance and meet any DOT or customer requirements. In addition, they far exceed any current proposed ADA, UL, ANSI, ASTM and NFPA specifications for anti-slip surfaces.


Non Slip Aluminum Plank


Slip resistant aluminum plank is a durable flooring solution that is installed on applications such as docks, stair treads, scaffolding, bridges, mezzanines, and platforms.  Aluminum plank is made from extruded aluminum and is known for its lightweight properties, corrosion resistance, minimal maintenance, and excellent strength-to-weight ratio.  The flush surface and ability to pass light and air make aluminum plank an excellent choice.  Plank is available in rectangular punched plank, solid plank, or ADA diagonal punched plank for your convenience.


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