When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?

Fit testing is an essential function of any good respirator program. And the failure to wear a properly-fitted respirator can result in your ultimate demise. When we conduct respirator training or perform fit-testing, we instruct participants on when to retest. This is especially if certain events occur, such as dental surgery or weight loss. Often, Read more about When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?[…]

Why we don’t use padlocks in our lockout tagout programs

What is LOTO Lock out tagout is the control of energy sources with a physical lock of the system and break in the energy source to the piece of equipment.  It is important to keep you from being caught in the machinery and suffering loss of limb or death. Locks Matter The lock you choose Read more about Why we don’t use padlocks in our lockout tagout programs[…]

Should you really have a safety committee?

The safety committee is a staple of many organizations—at least as described in their injury illness prevention program and safety policies. But all too often, when we look at an agency’s safety committee, we don’t see a viable, fully functioning program that contributes to the health and safety of the organization. So you have to Read more about Should you really have a safety committee?[…]

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The proper fit testing protocols are important

Respirators are the last line of defense. This is something we say about all personal protective equipment, respirators included. What we mean is that if the respirator fails, there is no other defense between that chemical or biological hazard and the health of your people. And you won’t know if your respirators will fail unless Read more about The proper fit testing protocols are important[…]

Where you get your online safety training matters.

It’s your job as a risk manager to find the appropriate training for your people. In today’s virtual, online world, much of that training is available at the click of a mouse button. While we always advocate for the value of in-person training, we understand that the convenience of online training makes it an invaluable Read more about Where you get your online safety training matters.[…]

Do You Need A Medical Surveillance Program?

You may be surprised to learn that almost every organization needs a medical surveillance program. OSHA and Cal OSHA require a number of different safety and health programs. Many of these programs require annual or triannual reviews of the employees. The purpose of these reviews is to measure the impact of particular substances or hazards Read more about Do You Need A Medical Surveillance Program?[…]