Florida construction employment surging; new workers will need safety training

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS of all kinds are booming in Florida, and a key result of that is a sharp upswing in construction hiring all over the Sunshine State. According to a recent analysis of Labor Department data by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Florida added 34,900 construction jobs from March 2017 to March 2018 —a 7 percent increase in just a year.Continue reading

OHSA enforcement of modified beryllium safety standards begins in mid-May

IN JANUARY 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (www.osha.gov) issued comprehensive new industrial regulations for worker exposure to beryllium, an element that can cause severe damage to the lungs and even death. Now, little more than a year later, OHSA is back with modified beryllium standards that the agency will begin enforcing in mid-May.Continue reading

Introducing Safety Simon

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Follow along with our favorite example of occupational health and safety practices

THE TEAM at Safety Solutions & Supply is very happy to introduce to you a new colleague and super ally in the never-ending battle against workplace hazards, unsafe work practices, and noncompliance in the regulatory arena of OHS (occupational health and safety).

Please meet Safety Simon. He’s a dummy that’s not a dummy when properly and strategically employed for safety training.Continue reading

OSHA very much embedded in our workplace and in our safety training

A FEW BLOG ARTICLES BACK, we wrote about the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor. In our introduction, we stated that “MSHA … basically is for the mining industry … what OSHA … is for all other workplace environments.”

This presents a grand opportunity to now tell everyone more about OSHA, an acroynm (pronounced oh-shuh) that is much more familiar to American adults than MSHA (pronounced em-shuh). OSHA is VERY familiar to the management of Safety Solutions & Supply and our instructors. It’s foundational to the safety courses we teach and foundational to our instructors’ qualifications and certifications. It’s very rare when one of our classes is taught without at least one reference to OSHA.Continue reading