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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 -Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards causing serious workplace injuries and illnesses. In municipal utilities, PPE may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits. If you are wondering what can be done to ensure proper use of PPE, OSHA has some answers.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click the link to learn more from OSHA about Personal Protective Equipment - https://www.osha.gov/personal-protective-equipment

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - Rodents, Snakes, and Insects

Pests - rodents, snakes, and insects - may seem to be simple, minor annoyances, however they can dramatically impact operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers bites and stings to be recordable when an employee who is bitten or stung while working receives medical treatment beyond first aid. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here to the OSHA Quick Card on Rodents, Snakes and Insects: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/rodents_snakes_insects.html

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - Fire Safety

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fires and explosions can account for 3 percent of workplace fatalities. This OSHA page provides valuable reference materials for prevention of fire-related injuries in all workplaces. Fire safety is addressed in specific standards for recordkeeping, the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, gear certification, and the construction industry.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here for information from OSHA regarding fire safety: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/index.html

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Reminder

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases trend up in Oklahoma, we remind you to clean your hands often, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. We encourage you to simply do the best you can. The Oklahoma State Department of Health provides some great information about what to do if you think you've been exposed, experience symptoms, etc.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here for more Covid-19 information: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/what-you-should-know

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Hand and Power Tools

Hand and power tools help us easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. However, these simple tools can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when used or maintained improperly. Special attention toward hand and power tool safety is necessary in order to reduce or eliminate these hazards. OSHA helps identify hazards and provide solutions for your safety.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here to learn more about Hand and Power Tool Safety: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/handpowertools/index.html

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - Fireworks Safety

While July 4th Holiday celebrations and fireworks seem to go together, fireworks are not safe and can cause serious injuries. On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the MONTH around the July 4th Holiday and fireworks cause nearly 20,000 fires each year. If you choose to legally set off fireworks, please consider safety suggestions from the National Safety Council.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here to learn more about Firework Safety: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/f...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - National Lightning Safety Awareness Week - June 21 - 27, 2020

National Lightning Safety Awareness week was started in 2001 to call attention to this underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from about 55 per year to less than 30. This reduction in fatalities is largely due to greater awareness of the lightning danger, and people seeking safety when thunderstorms threaten. The National Lightning Safety Council has numerous resources to help you stay safe during storms.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Click here to learn more about Lightning Safety https://lightningsafetycouncil.org/LSC-LSAW.html

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - Medical and First Aid Programs

OSHA requires employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. Accidents may happen, so employers also are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. Recognizing the details of a workplace medical and first aid program depend on various circumstances, we are sharing general information that may be of assistance.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

To learn more about Medical and First Aid Programs visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/medicalfirstaid/index.html

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - Working in Outdoor and Indoor Heat Environments

Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. Risk factors for heat illness include heavy physical activity, warm or hot environmental conditions, lack of acclimatization, and wearing clothing that holds in body heat. OSHA offers multiple resources to help keep you safe in the heat.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/index.html

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

Hazardous energy includes electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers. Proper lockout/tagout practices and procedures safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/index.html

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety

Moving large, heavy loads creates unique challenges and requires both extensive training and safety precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of different "lifting" devices (cranes, derricks, and hoists), and for workers near them. OSHA offers information about these devices, including elevators and conveyors, and their operation.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cranehoistsafety/index.html

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Remember: May 15 - 22 is "Work Zone Safety Awareness Week" in Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

In the past five years, 95 people were killed in highway and turnpike work zones in Oklahoma, including four ODOT workers who were on the job. May 15 - 22 is "Work Zone Safety Awareness Week" in Oklahoma, so we are reminding you work zones need traffic controls identified by signs, cones, barrels, or barriers. Here is a quick reference guide from OSHA.

https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/work_zone_safety.pdf

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Understanding Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances

Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances

Chemical hazards and toxic substances pose a wide range of health hazards (such as irritation, sensitization, and carcinogenicity) and physical hazards (such as flammability, corrosion, and explosibility) to workers. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) allows workers to understand these hazards and associated protective measures.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/hazardoustoxicsubstances/index.html

We are all in this together Your safety is our #1 priority.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Beware of Tree Care/Trimming Hazards

Beware of Tree Care/Trimming Hazards

Many hazards in the tree care industry including trimming are potentially hazardous or fatal. Overhead power lines, falling branches, and faulty safety equipment are just a few of the dangers. OSHA provides references to aid in recognizing some of the hazards that may be encountered by tree care professionals.

We are all in this together Your safety is our #1 priority.

Learn more at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/treecare/hazards.html

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - Beware of Ventilation Hazards

Proper ventilation may be deficient in confined spaces, facilities failing to provide adequate maintenance of ventilation equipment, facilities operated to maximize energy conservation, windowless areas, and areas with high occupant densities (and confined work areas associated with water and wastewater services). OSHA provides several resources to help recognize and evaluate hazards associated with ventilation in the workplace.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ventilation/hazard.html

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Investigating Worksite Incidents

Investigating a worksite incident - a fatality, injury, illness, or close call - provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards. Incident investigations that focus on determining and correcting root causes, not on finding fault or blame, also improve workplace morale and increase productivity, by demonstrating an employer's commitment to a safe workplace.

We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/incidentinvestigation/index.html

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Young workers may face unique safety challenges

Young workers get injured on the job for many reasons, including inadequate training or supervision, pressure to work fast, and stressful conditions. Workplace hazards associated with specific jobs are another major cause of injuries. We - along with OSHA - recommend employers work to minimize hazards in the workplace and train employees how to work safely. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Learn more about safety hazards for young workers https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/hazards.html

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Workplace Violence

Workplace violence includes physical threats, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior. Unfortunately, it ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It is reasonable employers offer working conditions free of a risk of harm from a co-worker or a customer. Here are some tips to keep your workplace safe. We are all in this together Your safety is our #1 priority.

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/index.html

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Be aware of worker fatigue

Long work hours and irregular work shifts are common. Work schedules like these may cause fatigue and increase the risk of injury. Studies show long work hours can result in increased stress, poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, and illness. The link below will help you learn more about recognizing and reducing symptoms of worker fatigue. We are all in this together Your safety is our #1 priority.

To learn more about worker fatigue click the following: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workerfatigue/index.html

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