Learning about MSHA, the OSHA cousin for the mining industry

TIM BURTON, the operations manager for Safety Solutions & Supply, reports that our mine safety classes are among the most taken or attended classes we offer. These would be the training courses titled MSHA New Miner and MSHA Experienced Miner Refresher.

If you’re not familiar with the mining industry, you might now be wondering: “What is MSHA? What does MSHA stand for?”Continue reading

Safety Solutions & Supply has forklift safety training covered from all angles

AMONG THE DOZENS of certified safety programs and courses offered by Safety Solutions & Supply are two that deal specifically with forklifts — those indispensable machines of warehousing, shipping, industry, manufacturing, and construction.

Given that, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that our attention was quickly drawn to a headline and link we came across during recent trip around the World Wide Web. The headline is “5 Elements of Forklift Safety.” The link here points to an article in the October 2017 online issue of Safety+Health, the official magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo. NSC is short for National Safety Council, which has a home on the Web at www.nsc.org.

Without spoiling the article for anyone who wants to read it on his or her own — and we do recommend it as a thoughtful piece — the article has a subtitle of “Operators Balance Numerous Practices to Perform Work Safely.” It goes into some detail about the NSC’s five forklift safety elements of:

  • Train for Safety
  • Perform Checkups
  • Know the Machinery — and the Rules
  • Understand the “Stability Triangle”
  • Know About Load Basics

The Safety+Health article is a nice and interesting supplement to the essential and professional forklift safety training offered by Safety Solutions & Supply and taught by our highly experienced and certified instructors. The courses we provide are:

  • Straight Mast Forklift Training. (Find details here.)
  • Extended Reach (Type 7) Forklift Training. (Find details here.)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers who own and use forklifts in their business to develop and implement an employee-operator training program based on the general principles of:

  • Safe truck operation;
  • The types of vehicle(s) being used in the workplace;
  • The hazards of the workplace created by the use of the vehicle(s); and
  • The general safety requirements of the OSHA standard.

According to the OSHA standard, forklift operators must know how to do the job properly and do it safely as demonstrated by workplace evaluation. Formal (lecture, video, etc.) and practical (demonstration and practical exercises) training must be provided.

To learn more about the safety training offered by Safety Solutions & Supply, go to http://solutionsinsafety.com/training/. You can find our current course schedule at http://solutionsinsafety.com/upcoming-events/. Our next forklift training courses are scheduled for Jan. 13 and 26.

The season of giving brings out the best in people and businesses

IT’S THE SEASON OF GIVING, and the management of Safety Solutions & Supply really does admire, respect, and appreciate all of our team members who get involved in various ways and with various organizations to help make the holidays brighter and more joyous for fellow community members in need. For many of our team members, extra community involvement during the holidays is an extension of the noble charitable work and giving they do throughout the year.Continue reading

The gift of personal protective equipment (PPE) is a practical gift indeed

ARE YOU A PRACTICAL sort of gift buyer, preferring to give a family member or friend something he or she actually can use? If so, the Safety Solutions & Supply team would like to suggest that there’s nothing more practical than personal protective equipment, or PPE. It’s useful, of course, for people involved in construction, industry, shopwork, medicine, or hazardous trades, but it’s also practical for the rugged individualist, the outdoorsman or woman, the would-be lumberjack, the heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer (DIYer), or the careful-is-the-watchword person on your gift list.Continue reading

For the holidays or for any time, we share ‘The Twelve Ways to Safety’

IT’S DIFFICULT TO HEAR “The Twelve Days of Christmas” holiday tune and have it quickly leave the mind. It kind of sticks with you for a while, wouldn’t you agree?

At Safety Solutions & Supply, we’re working toward the day that the focus on workplace safety sticks to everyone in construction, industry, manufacturing, and mining without fail — without letup. We’re doing that, to a great part, through the wide-ranging workplace safety training we offer.Continue reading

FLSME Regional Mining Conference a Knowledge- and Idea-Sharing Event

Safety Solutions & Supply IntroducesVeri 5000 AVD, a New Portable Anchorage Verification Device

THE 32nd ANNUAL FLSME REGIONAL MINING CONFERENCE wrapped up recently in Lakeland, giving Safety Solutions & Supply an opportunity to showcase a brand-new device in fall protection. The conference, a key event for mining industry representatives and associated service firms to gain important industry knowledge and exchange ideas, was held Oct. 11 and 12 at the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center).Continue reading