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Safely Reopening: Practical Tips

As an employer, how do you implement safe practices when reopening your workplace after the COVID-19 related economic shutdown? In this 30-minute webinar, Hellman & Associates’ Principal Environmental Health & Safety Consultant Craig Snyder and Sherman & Howard safety and health attorney Patrick Miller discuss the recent orders from the State of Colorado regarding the limited reopening of the state’s economy and best practices for employers to follow as they reopen.

September 10, 2020 SafeLand Training

The next class will be held September 10,  2020 8:00 am-5:00 pm at H&A’s Wheat Ridge, CO training facility

Hellman & Associates is an authorized SafeLand training provider of both the Basic Orientation and Core Compliance student courses. We can help your company become SafeLand USA compliant as required by the operator oil companies. …

January 9th: The Friday the 13th for Workplace Injuries

Colorado workers’ comp provider Pinnacol Assurance crunched the numbers to find out when workers are at the greatest risk of injury. Over the past five years, the company has received 62% more claims on January 9 than the daily average. The most common injuries are slips, trips, and falls followed by strains.

There are five main attributes that contribute to this high rate of injury:

  1. Lack of attention People are coming back from vacation and their heads aren’t in the game.
  2. It’s slippery While temperatures climbed up to 42 on January 9, 2020, lows were still below freezing, causing slick conditions. Plus, wet indoor surfaces from snow and ice being tracked inside can pose a harzard.
  3. It’s dark With winter solstice being just a couple weeks behind us, there’s a high chance that workers are either arriving at or leaving work when it’s dark, when they can’t see hazards.
  4. Improper footwear Dress shoes and high heels often have slippery soles, and in the interest of time people often skip the precaution of snow boots.
  5. Hands in pockets Although not for the reasons one might think, mittens and gloves are a good preventative measure. It’s hard for people to catch themselves when their hands are in their pockets.

If January 9 came and went without incident at your company, that’s great, but you’re not out of the weeds yet. February 4 is the most dangerous day for teachers.

This winter, make sure your employees are aware of hazards and how to prevent them by downloading our toolbox talks on Slips, Trips, and Falls and Cold Work Hazards. For specialized, site-specific training, contact us at 303.384.9828 or fill out our contact form and a safety representative will get back to you shortly.

OSHA’s 2020 Target: Beverage Manufacturers

Are You Prepared for an Inspection?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced a regional emphasis program in the Denver area with a goal to reduce or eliminate hazard exposure for employees working in the beverage manufacturing industry. Effective immediately, OSHA is conducting enforcement inspections of:

• Distilleries
• Breweries
• Wineries
• Soft Drink Manufacturing
• Bottled Water Manufacturing
• Ice Manufacturing

Beverage manufacturers who are found in violation of any safety standards face hefty fines. If you’re not 100% sure whether you are in compliance, contact Hellman & Associates today. We can assess your worksite and help you remedy any deficiencies before OSHA comes knocking.

The Heat is On–Is Your Workforce Safe?

Temperatures in the Denver area eeked up to over 100 degrees last week, with heat spreading from the Plains and Midwest to the East Coast. 50,000 New Yorkers lost power during the heat wave, and temperatures across the country will continue to be in the red zone this week. Now is a perfect time for an impromptu toolbox talk on heat stress, contributing factors, and how to prevent it. Left unchecked, heat stress can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Make sure your employees are aware of the signs of heat stress and how to cope with it. Download our Toolbox Talk on Heat Stress for a ready-made safety meeting agenda. We have dozens of toolbox talks on our Resources page , and they are all free and ready to use.

Heat Safety: There’s an App for That

Encourage your employees to be prepared by downloading the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. It includes a real-time heat index, hourly forecasts, and first aid for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. 

August 27-30, VPPPA Safety + Symposium

Hellman & Associates will be exhibiting and presenting again this year at the VPPPA Safety + Symposium in New Orleans, August 27-30. Visit us at booth 710 to find out how we have helped leading companies achieve and maintain VPP Star Site status. Mark your calendar for our presentation: Compliance Calendars, Tips and Tricks for the To-Do List Lover on Friday morning, August 30 at 9:15am. You’ll learn how to build your own calendar to stay on top of compliance across operations and sites.

The Deadline to Post Your OSHA 300A Forms is February 1

OSHA Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, must be completed and posted by February 1, 2019. The summary must include the total number of 2018 job-related injuries and illnesses that were logged on your OSHA 300 form.

If your company had no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2018, you must still post the form with zeros on the total line. All summaries must be certified by a company executive and remain displayed in a common area between February 1 and April 30, 2019.

OSHA 300 Log Exemptions

Employers with ten or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year are exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records.

Employers in certain industries may be exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness record-keeping and posting requirements. Click here to find out if your industry is exempt.

Running Out of Time? Leave the Reporting to Us

With Hellman & Associates’ annual ASSUREDComplianceSM program, we’ll keep up with changing regulations, keep your program and training current, and manage compliance and reporting for you.

As an ASSUREDCompliance partner, your regulatory compliance is guaranteed, meaning if you incur a citation for something we should have managed, we pay for it.

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations Were Up 10% From 2017

In the top 10 violation categories alone, OSHA issued 31,816 citations last year. That’s up more than 10% from 2017, and every single category saw an increase. Most of these are well-known hazards, yet companies are still not in compliance. Are you certain you’re taking the proper safety precautions to pass an OSHA inspection?

Hellman & Associates’ COMPLIANCEAction Assessment identifies gaps in your program and training, and our ASSUREDComplianceSM partnership guarantees you meet regulatory requirements across OSHA, EPA, FMCSA / DOT, and state and local agencies–meaning if you incur a citation for something we should have managed, we pay it.

OSHA’s Top 10 of 2018

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 7,270 violations up from 6,072 in 2017
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,552 violations up from 4,176 in 2017
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 3,336 violations up from 3,288 in 2017
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,336 violations up from 3,097 in 2017 
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.134) 2,944 violations up from 2,877 in 2017 
  6. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,812 violations up from 2,241 in 2017 
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,294 violations up from 2,162 in 2017 
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements 1,982 violations up from 1,523 in 2017 
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 1,972 violations up from 1,933 in 2017
  10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) 1,536 violations New to the Top 10 in 2018

The ROI of Risk Reduction

“Various studies show $1 invested in injury prevention returns between $2-6.” -Safety and Health Magazine

Fines are just one of the expense factors associated with safety incidents. Other costs range from medical to administrative to loss in productivity–and an enduring cost–the increase to your Workers’ Compensation modifier, which will increase your premium for years to come if you experience a workplace injury.

2018 Risk Management Symposium

Don’t miss our ninth annual, complimentary, full-day training event that focuses on the safety and health of your employees and your business.

Attend advanced-level courses designed to help you keep workers’ compensation costs down, practice safer work habits and get injured employees back to work.

  •  Denver, June 15
  • Colorado Springs, July 19
  • Grand Junction, Aug. 9