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May 2022 Newsletter

Toolbox Talks: Make the Most of 5 Minutes

Toolbox talks are daily reviews run by safety supervisors before work begins. These meetings, sometimes also called safety briefings, or tailgate meetings are quick. Generally lasting no more than 5 to 10 minutes, they are perfect opportunities for the supervisor to keep workers updated on job-specific hazards, new safety materials or processes, and building an effective safety culture.

While informative, toolbox talks are not designed to take the place of formal safety training. 5 minutes gives supervisors time to review and supplement larger safety plans that can’t be explained or discussed easily on an open job site. We’ve put together a cheat sheet to show you can make the most out of 5 minutes, and make every toolbox talk worth the time.

5 Steps To Take After A Safety Incident

You’ve worked hard to train your employees and inform everyone on the job site how to best prevent a safety incident. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they won’t happen. Safety incidents are inevitable, even with the most strict safety precautions and procedures, but clear communication and a set plan of action can lessen the impact of safety incidents on workers, job schedules, and risk to your business.

Here are the five steps to take after a safety incident occurs.

How Often Do You Need to Be Conducting Safety Inspections?

A common question from safety professionals is, how often should I be conducting safety inspections? Now, the answer to that is there is no exact timeframe. Because every industry, job site, and management team has different rules and factors to consider before scheduling an inspection, there is not just one answer. However, laid out below are some of those factors and suggestions for what the inspection rate should be.

Checklist Updates

As we often do, Safety Reports takes suggestions from our subscribers regarding checklists and incorporate them into our system where it makes sense. There are been a couple of recent updates that we want to make you aware of…

  1. Added new category for Flaggers in the Construction 1926 checklist
  2. Added new category for Conveyor Systems in the General Industry 1910 checklist

As many of our subscribers know, our checklists are quite extensive and contain information that may not be applicable to certain operations. If that’s the case, you can easily modify our checklists by removing categories and/or questions within categories to make it more specific to your operations. If you need assistance customizing your checklist, please check with your Support Specialist.

OSHA Enforcement

OSHA Enforcement Activity

OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:

$796K in fines for Missouri contractor who continued to expose workers to cave-in hazards in unprotected trench

$139K in penalties to address workplace safety deficiencies after six workers injured in flash fire
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OSHA QuickTakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives, and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

First ever national emphasis program to protect workers from indoor and outdoor heat hazards
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COVID-19 Healthcare Rulemaking
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National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction
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OSHA initiates enforcement program to identify employers failing to submit injury, illness data
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Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide to Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities Under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977
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Whistleblower Laws & Protection from Workplace Retaliation
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