Wednesday Safety Message(s)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - Electrical Safety Month 2021

We are joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in celebrating May as Electrical Safety Month 2021. This year’s This year's theme "Connected to Safety," delves into the emerging technology that makes a home safe and efficient. The annual campaign educates key audiences about the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. The link we are sharing offers resources you can use.

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

Click here to learn more from ESFI: Electrical Safety Month 2021

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - Understand Tornado Alerts

What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service? Tornado watch – Be Prepared. Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Tornado Warning – Take Action. A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Both indicate the possibility of severe and dangerous weather in your area. Neither means go outside and look for a tornado.

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

Click here to learn more: Understand Tornado Alerts

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - COVID 19 Vaccine

Recognizing medical decisions – particularly the choice to receive the COVID 19 vaccination – is extremely personal and there is a lot of conflicting information and speculation, we are sharing “Frequently Asked Questions” from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In addition to providing good information, the OSDH site also serves as a resource for scheduling – if you choose to get the vaccine.

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

Click here to learn more: Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID Vaccinations FAQs

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - National Safe Digging Month

Did you know every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first contacting 811?  April brings spring outdoor projects which often include digging. Whether it is a small project or a large home improvement project, National Safe Digging Month is a way to remind us all to call 811 before starting any digging project. Learn more from our friends at OKIE 811.

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

Click here to learn more: National Safe Digging Month

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Did you know more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes EACH DAY? We challenge you and your family members to take the National Safety Council pledge to drive distraction-free. Click on the link below for more information.

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

Click here to learn more: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month


Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - Public Power Conference & COVID 19 Protocols
 
With our Public Power Conference in a few weeks (April 25-27), today’s safety message lays out the COVID 19 Protocols for the event. For anyone concerned about attending the in-person gathering, we are planning with “safety first” in mind. Many of these widely accepted precautions are things we’ve been doing for some time, so consider this a reminder of what we can do daily – wear masks, socially distance, etc.
 
We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.
 
 
Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - National Weather Service – Tornado Safety Information

Last week's tornado warnings in Oklahoma are a not-so-subtle reminder. We know tornadoes can destroy well-made structures, uproot trees, and hurl objects through the air. They can happen at any time day or night (and any time of year). The National Weather Service provides great resources to remind us all how to stay safe. Knowing what to do before, during and after a tornado minimizes the risk of injury and increase chances of survival.

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

Click here to learn more: National Weather Service – Tornado Safety Information

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - Grass/wildfire preparedness tips

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where grass and wildfires are a real risk. Nearly 45 million homes abut or intermingle with wildlands and more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now at risk. But by working together residents can make their own property - and their neighborhood - much safer. The National Fire Protection Association offers great tips to help minimize your risk. 

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

Click here to learn more: Grass and wildfire preparedness

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - Make a family disaster plan 

Distracted workers may be more prone to mistakes and injuries. We recommend making a family emergency plan for increased peace of mind. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Learn more by clicking on the link below.

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

Click here to learn more: Make a family disaster plan

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].  

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Emergencies will happen affecting business operations and, in turn, safety operations because teams find themselves in a crisis mode . These emergencies include natural, health, human-caused, and technology-related hazards. There is much a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards. The Ready Business program helps leaders make a preparedness plan to get ready for these hazards.

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

Click here to learn more: The Ready Business program

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].  

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons. Workers can be exposed to risk factors, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures, and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors for MSDs increases a worker's risk of injury. Awareness of Ergonomics may help reduce the number and severity of work-related MSDs.

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

Click here to learn more: Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Avoiding Hypothermia & Frostbite

Cold weather can be dangerous for anyone who spends time outdoors for either work or pleasure. Be mindful of the risks. Excessive exposure to low temperatures, wind or moisture can cause two dangerous conditions: frostbite and hypothermia. Take a few minutes to learn more from the National Safety Council.

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

Click here to learn more: Avoiding Hypothermia & Frostbite

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - Prevent Hypothermia & Frostbite

Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can happen when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Stay safe by learning more about hypothermia and frostbite, including who is most at risk, signs and symptoms, and what to do if someone develops hypothermia or frostbite.

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

Click here to learn more: Prevent Hypothermia & Frostbite

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - Emergency Preparedness and Response

It is more than a fire or tornado drill. Emergencies happen and can create a variety of hazards for workers. Proper preparation BEFORE an emergency incident is important in ensuring you and your employees have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. OSHA provides great resources for emergency preparedness and response to prepare and train for emergencies.

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

Click here to learn more: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - More about COVID 19 Transmissions

About 59% of COVID 19 transmissions come from people WITHOUT symptoms, according to a study recently published by the American Medical Association. This includes 35% from people who infect others before they show symptoms and 24% from people who never develop any symptoms. You know what you need to do - mask up and practice social distancing.

More about COVID 19 Transmissions

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

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - ODOL Safety Consultations

Did you know the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s Workplace Safety and Health Division consultation programs include a free and confidential service designed to help both public and private sector employers comply with OSHA standards? ODOL consultants will work to customize services to best meet your safety and health needs. Learn more by clicking on the link below.
 
 
We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.
 
Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Occupational Noise Exposure

More than 22 million Americans are exposed to potentially damaging noise at their workplace each year. If you need to raise your voice to speak to someone 3 feet away, noise levels might be over 85 decibels. Several sound-measuring instruments are available to measure the noise levels in a workspace. These include sound level meters, noise dosimeters, and octave band analyzers. Regardless of where you work – hearing loss is preventable.

Occupational Noise Exposure

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

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - Weight Loss and the effect of weight on COVID 19

With the beginning of the New Year, we are offering two tips this week to get 2021 rolling with a great start.

Losing Weight – Getting Started

With the start of any new year, countless Americans share the desire to “lose weight and get healthy.” Taking care of ourselves helps us be safer and more efficient at work. Losing weight takes more than desire. It takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan. Also, to be successful the support of family and friends is important. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting started.

Losing Weight – Getting Started

Weight and COVID-19

Obesity is a common, serious, and costly chronic disease. Having obesity puts people at risk for many other serious chronic diseases and increases the risk of severe illness from COVID 19. Everyone has a role to play in turning the tide against obesity and its disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minority groups.

Weight and COVID-19

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

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected]

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - Don’t Drink & Drive

According the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person is killed about every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash or more than 10,500 annually. During the holiday season, there is typically an increase in drunk-driving deaths. That is why you will likely see more law enforcement on the roads during this time. Take a minute took watch this video from NHTSA. It packs a powerful message.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected].

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 -  The Christmas Holiday Season and COVID 19 and the Flu


Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. So we remind you the safest way to celebrate this year is at home with the people you live with. We also recognize the importance of family gatherings especially during the holidays. If you plan to travel or gather, take a moment to read the information provided from the CDC.

Winter Holiday Information from the CDC

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

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - Oklahoma’s COVID 19 Vaccination Plan

 

The first Americans began receiving COVID 19 vaccinations Monday, December 14 including healthcare professionals in Oklahoma. We recommend everyone consider taking the vaccine when it is widely available, most likely late Spring or early Summer 2021. We are sharing information from the Oklahoma State Health Department. It is a tremendous resource of information that hopefully answers questions we all may have. Take a moment to review and, particularly, learn about Oklahoma’s Vaccine Plan.

Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID 19 Vaccination Plan

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

Any questions regarding safety or OMA Job Training and Safety may be directed to Tom Dougherty at [email protected]

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Tips from OSHA to prevent COVID-19 exposure in the workplace


As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the state and nation, we offer this simple list of 10 things from OSHA that any organization can do at workplaces to reduce the risk of exposure. In addition to these safety tips, we encourage mask wearing and social distancing.

Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus

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

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - Winter weather/ Slips, Trips and Slides

Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.


Preventing Slips on Snow and Ice:
To prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers should clear snow and ice from walking surfaces, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm.

When walking on snow or ice is unavoidable workers should be trained to:

  • Take short steps and walk at a slower pace to react quickly to changes in traction
  • Wear footwear that has good traction and insulation (e.g. insulated and water resistant boots or rubber over-shoes with good rubber treads)


Preventing Falls When Removing Snow from Rooftops and Other Elevated Surfaces

OSHA’s Hazard Alert, Snow Removal:
Know the Hazards Pamphlet, and winter weather webpages provide guidance to employers on how to prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

Employers should consider options to avoid working on roofs or elevated heights, plan ahead for safe snow removal and must:

  • Provide required fall protection and training when working on a roof or elevated heights
  • Ensure ladders are used safely (e.g. clearing snow and ice from surfaces)
  • Use extreme caution when working near power lines
  • Prevent harmful exposure to cold temperatures and physical exertion

https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/osharesources.html

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

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - Special Thanksgiving Safety Message


At the Oklahoma Municipal Alliance, we value safety and we know safety is something we must all be vigilant about from home to work and back again.
We send each of you our best wishes for a safe and restful Thanksgiving Weekend. To help make it safer, we offer the following tips.

Thanksgiving Gatherings:

Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer. Click on the link below to learn more.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Information from the CDC

Thanksgiving Fire Safety:

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. If your family gathers this year, keep fire safety top of mind especially when there’s a lot of activity. By following a few simple safety tips, you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire. Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association by clicking below.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association

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

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Learn more by clicking on the link below.
We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Safe Winter Driving


We all know winter driving can be hazardous and even scary. A few simple preparations can help make any trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency. OSHA offers a straightforward list of safety tips to help prevent motor-vehicle injuries due to winter storms and get you safely to your destination.

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

Safe Winter Driving

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Welding, Cutting and Brazing Hazards
 
Health hazards from welding, cutting, and brazing operations include exposure to metal fumes and to ultraviolet radiation. Safety risks include burns, eye damage, electrical shock, cuts, and crushed toes and fingers. These may be controlled by proper work practices; using personal protective equipment; and following OSHA Standards. Click on the link below for more information.
 
We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.
 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  COVID-19 - Halloween Considerations
 
Oklahoma families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season, beginning with Halloween. Many traditional ways to celebrate this holiday do not allow for social distancing, so the Oklahoma State Department of Health provides the following guidance to allow for safe Halloween celebrations. When planning to host a celebration, assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees. Learn more by clicking below.
 
We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.
 
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020  OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
 

Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. This information helps employers, workers and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand industry hazards, and implement worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards -preventing future workplace injuries and illnesses. Learn more about OSHA Requirements by clicking below.

 We are all in this together. Your safety is our #1 priority.
 
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018. Among those killed are 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists. Is whatever is happening on your phone important enough to put yourself or others in jeopardy?

Click on the link below to get information to help you keep our roads safe .https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - Fall Protection

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces and six feet in the construction industry. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance. Learn more from OSHA by clicking on the link below.

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

Click here to learn more Fall Protection from OSHA https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/index.html

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - The Business Case for Safety

Workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses cost the country billions of dollars every year. The reports from research are staggering from more than $1 billion paid weekly for direct compensation costs for disabling non-fatal workplace. Setting the number aside, we want everyone to go home safely each and every day. Learn more from OSHA about the benefits making an invest into safety in your organization.

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

Click here to learn more about the business case for safety https://www.osha.gov/businesscase

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - Flu Shots

The beginning of Fall means the "traditional cold and flu season" is rapidly approaching. The overwhelming medical advice is to get a flu shot to help prevent the flu. We are not medical doctors, and we recognize the various personal opinions when it comes to getting a flu shot. Today, we ask you consider a vaccine, and we have provided additional information from our friends at OU Medicine for your review.

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

Click here to learn more http://library.oumedicine.com/Search/1,1050

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Flood Preparedness and Response

Floods can be serious catastrophes and are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Employers are required to protect workers from the anticipated hazards associated with the flood response and recovery operations that workers are likely to conduct. OSHA is working together with NOAA to improve awareness of severe weather.

Click here for more information - https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/flood/index.html

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

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - Eye and Face Protection

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards. Read about OSHA standards at the link below:

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

Eye and Face Protection information from OSHA - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/index.html

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has great resources, from recommendations on developing plans to tools for outreach in your community. Learn more by clicking on the link below.

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

Click the link for more information from the National Emergency Preparedness Month Resources https://www.ready.gov/september#:~:text=National%20Preparedness%20Month%20(NPM)%20is,Make%20Your%20Plan%20Today.%22

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - Back to School Safety

Many schools are opening in some form, and school days bring congestion: buses are picking up and dropping off passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to school, and parents are trying to drop their kids off. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present - especially before and after school. The National Safety Council has some great tips to help protect our kids.

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

Click here to learn more from the National Safety Council https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school/drivers

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 -Backing Safety Solutions

A backover incident occurs when a backing vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking, or kneeling behind the vehicle. Using spotters is a proven method of preventing these incidents, however they too may be at risk of injury or even death. Learn about actions OSHA recommends be put in place to help keep spotters safe and more.

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

Click here to learn more about Backing Safety Solutions from OSHA - https://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/backover/spotter.html

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - Eye and Face Protection

While OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees, thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. There is a long list of hazards to be protected from with eye and face protection. Take a look at the OSHA standards and solutions.

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

Click here to learn from OSHA about Eye and Face Protection - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/index.html

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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