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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

Jay Biggs Receives Raymond Critchfield Memorial Scholarship

Jay Biggs, Safety Advisor, was awarded the Raymond Critchfield Memorial Scholarship by TEXO last week.

Jay Biggs, Safety Advisor, was awarded the Raymond Critchfield Memorial Scholarship by TEXO last week.

“Raymond L. Critchfield was a dedicated safety professional who impacted the construction industry through his passion, love of people, family, and friends. The Raymond L. Critchfield Scholarship Program provides scholarships to individuals pursuing or continuing a course of study in the construction health and safety profession. This program recognizes individuals for their high level of academic achievement, contribution to the profession, and intent to pursue construction careers in the discipline of construction health & safety. This scholarship will assist the construction industry in providing trained safety professionals for the construction industry. Ensuring the success of these individuals will be essential to improving workplace safety for not only our projects, but for projects worldwide.”

Based in Dallas, TX., Jay has been with CORE Safety Group for almost two years and continues to raise the bar with safety expectations on each project he serves. Jay is pursuing both his Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) and Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) certifications.

Pictured: Jay Biggs with members of the scholarship committee. (L to R): Jeff Wolfla – Humphrey & Associates, Dan Saddler – Structure Tone, Jay Biggs – CORE Safety Advisor, Christian Pieschel – Schwob Building Company

Scott Lydick Achieves Associate Safety Professional Certification

Congratulations to CORE Safety Group’s Scott Lydick, Director of Safety Services, who achieved his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification last week.

Congratulations to CORE Safety Group’s Scott Lydick, Director of Safety Services, who achieved his Associate Safety Professional certification last week.

Awarded by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation is awarded to qualified individuals who demonstrate their professional skills and high standards of safety. To receive the certification, candidates must have a relevant bachelor’s degree, at least one year of safety experience, and pass a comprehensive exam.

BCSP is the industry leader in credentialing for safety, health and environmental practitioners and aims to set standards for safety practices, evaluate academic and experience qualifications for certifications, monitor continued learning and more.

Based in Chattanooga, Tenn., Scott has more than 20 years of safety management experience, including loss control and claims for manufacturing and construction industries. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Management from Indiana State University. Scott began his career with CORE Safety in 2007 as a Safety Manager. He continues to be a valuable leader within our team by supporting the operations of the company and in overseeing a large staff and various client accounts.

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