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The use, storage, and handling of oils are common occurrences at construction sites. One of EPA’s top priorities is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills that occur in and around “Waters of the United States.” Authorized under the Clean Water Act, EPA’s oil spill prevention program includes the Spill Prevention, Control, and Counter measure (SPCC) regulations in 40 CFR 112.

Posted: October 24, 2017 | Tags:

The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and offers a good opportunity to review fire prevention plans and promote fire safety on construction sites.

Posted: October 4, 2017 |

A recent article in Safety + Health magazine reported that a National Safety Council survey of 3,000 workers across the United States revealed that more than half of the workforce is not trained in basic first aid or CPR.

Posted: September 27, 2017 |

Hand tools make jobs easier and are a necessary part of construction. But, they can also present just as much danger on a job site as larger construction equipment. Knowing the hazards of hand tools and how to combat these dangers can protect your team from harm.

Posted: September 20, 2017 |

Visit an active commercial building site, and you may see EIFS insulating board being installed. If you see this, you will likely also observe foam pellets, or particulate fines, drifting in the air or scattered on the ground.

Posted: September 13, 2017 | Tags:

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the world. Construction workers are exposed to chemicals, electricity, heavy equipment and machinery, heights, and extreme heat on a regular basis. As a result, 20% of occupational fatalities and injuries are construction-related, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Posted: August 29, 2017 | Tags:

Dewatering is often needed when stormwater accumulates in trenches, manholes, foundation excavations, and other areas of construction jobsites.

Posted: August 9, 2017 | Tags:

“Tight” spaces vary between individuals, so identifying confined spaces can be a difficult task. For some, hiding in a closet during hide-and-seek is fun, and for others, a few minutes in an elevator is a claustrophobic experience. What exactly is a confined space?

Posted: August 2, 2017 |

When does the summer heat transition from fun to dangerous? With sun exposure and heat radiating off the concrete, is it really a good idea to be outside?Working outdoors is part of many jobs, but there are ways to protect your team from the heat.

Posted: July 19, 2017 | Tags:

Workplace injuries aren’t just harmful to employees; they hurt the entire company—from profits to employee morale.

Posted: July 12, 2017 |