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Do You Need Full-Time Safety On Your Project?

Do you need an onsite safety professional?  There are several factors that may trigger the need for a full-time onsite safety professional. CORE Safety’s Bill French  reviews when you might consider full-time safety support on your next project.


Does my OSHA Card Expire?

Your OSHA card will never expire, but your employer may require you to retake the course every three to five years to refresh your knowledge and stay up-to-date with OSHA safety standards. If your OSHA card was issued more than five years ago, some employers may not accept it.  It is always a good idea to take the course every couple years to see what has changed. If you need help with your training call us and we will be happy to assist.


Stretch and Flex

Warming up is key to being ready to work and reducing strains. Check out our link for our Stretch and Flex Routine video.

Ladder Safety

Check out our new post for National Ladder Safety Month. Check out the links below to OSHA ladder safety regulations and the NIOSH Ladder Safety App downloadable to iOS or Android devices. NIOSH Ladder Safety App: iOS: Android:


Check out our video on holes. If you would like our assistance auditing your project, give us a call! 888-250-1830

Good Housekeeping

Check out our video on good housekeeping. If you would like our assistance auditing your project, give us a call!

Opiod Use in Construction

Construction work can result in painful injures that are sometimes treated with prescription opioids. One in four people prescribed opioids for long-term pain become addicted and opioid-related deaths are on the rise. In 2017 alone, more than 72,000 people died in the U.S from an overdose, over 49,000 of which involved an opioid. Overdose deaths that occur on the jobs are on the rise.

Construction workers have one of the highest rates of strains and sprain injuries due to the physically demanding nature of their work. Use of opioids to manage pain has been a common practice and resulted in high rates of addiction and overdoses.

Construction workers encounter a variety of hazards from the specific work they perform, as well as from work being performed by other workers around them including,

  • equipment hazards,
  • falls from heights,
  • confined spaces,
  • and heavy lifting.

To work safely, they must be mentally alert.

When injures do occur it’s important for employers to work with their occupational clinics to explore other pain management options, rather than the use of prescription opioids.  There are several non-opioids that can be used to manage mild to moderate pain.  Non-drug treatments such as,

  • ice,
  • heat,
  • massage,
  • exercise
  • and physical therapy can be especially useful in treating chronic pain.

To learn more on this topic you can visit the CPWR’s Opioid Resources webpage.

To ensure workplace safety, explore our options for onsite trainings, safety consulting and safety staffing so your employees enjoy their job and stay safe.

Safety Habits: Part 2

Habits are built in four stages:

  1. a cue
  2. a craving
  3. the response
  4. the reward.

Knowing how a habit is formed, steps can be taken to create good habits or to break bad ones.

To create a good habit you need to make the cue obvious, make the craving attractive, the response has to be easy and the reward must be satisfying.

On the flip side, to break a bad habit, the cue needs to be invisible, make the craving unattractive, the response should be difficult and the reward has to be unsatisfying.

For example, if we want to ensure that a worker wears a face shield while grinding, make sure that the danger labels on the tool are legible to help make the cue obvious.  Also, ensure workers are trained on what injuries look like when face shields aren’t worn, this can make the craving of not being hurt, attractive.  Make sure that every grinder always has a face shield paired with it, this will make the response easy to perform.  And lastly be sure to positively recognize workers for wearing their PPE, this can be as simple as a thank you that over time could lead to a larger reward.

So whenever you want to influence behaviors, ask yourself.

  • How can I make it obvious?
  • How can I make it attractive?
  • How can I make it easy?
  • And how can I make it satisfying?

Click the link below to watch part 2!

If you did not get a chance to watch part 1, Click here!


Excerpt from Atomic Habits

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