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What you need to know - and tell your employees - about the new Hazard Communication Standard for chemicals You should already have a chemical safety program (Hazard Communication/Right-to-Know) at your funeral home, cemetery or crematory. It's time to update it because classification and labeling of chemicals have changed to conform to the Global Harmonization System (GHS), and you need to train your employees on those changes this year.

Is your organization 'OSHA Safe'? Do you know what factors go into making your cemetery or funeral home a safe workplace? Do you know what OSHA inspectors will be looking for if they visit your organization?

Six Steps for Gravesite Safety Grave preparation and closure is physical work and can be hazardous. Foremost are the dangers posed by digging and working in and around excavations. Fortunately, taking basic precautions can prevent injuries and accidents...

Obama Administration brings more OSHA enforcement, expansion plans  The tone at the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and health Administration has changed in the Obama era.  More emphasis and resources are being allocated to enforcement.  Inspections, penalties and fines are being increased.  OSHA has issued a call for information on infectious agents and specifically included mortuaries on the list of health care setting in which it was interested...

What OSHA's General Duty Clause Means for your Funeral Home, Cemetery or Crematory  OSHA does not have a specific standard to cover every possible hazard in every workplace, so to make sure everything is covered, it includes a catch-all General Duty Clause. Make sure you know what it means...

Working Safely in and around Graves Cemetery work is very physical and can be hazardous. First and foremost are the dangers of digging and working in and around excavations...

Checking out safety at your funeral home, cemetery or crematory before OSHA does Studying the sorts of violations funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories are most frequently cited for by OSHA is one way to determine how to give your safety program a check-up ...

Reducing the chance of cuts, burns, shocks, bruises and worse Are you following safe practices when maintenance work is being done on your crematory?  Is your grounds equipment configured to be as safe as possible?  Do your office employees know how to spot...

The ABC's of Creating a Workplace Safety Program In the funeral industry, safety programs are needed for personal protective equipment, including respirators, chemical exposure, formaldehyde, bloodborne pathogens and ergonomics. For cemeteries, chemical exposure, ergonomics, and personal protective equipment are also critical, as are machine guarding and lawnmower safety, noise exposure, flammable materials, and outdoor work hazards...

Personal Protective Equipment for the Cemetery and Funeral Industry PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, is clothing and equipment worn to protect or minimize workplace hazards.  PPE is a critical part of any safety program. It is used to shield your body from any material or process in the work area that could hurt you through absorption, inhalation, or physical contact...

Your Hazard Communication Program The Hazard Communication Standard is the OSHA Regulation that requires evaluation and communication of all chemical hazards at the workplace. Each employee who works with or around hazardous chemicals must receive information about those chemicals through a comprehensive hazard communication training program... 

Handling Formaldehyde Hazards  Employers are required by law to take preventive measures to protect employees from formaldehyde exposures, and must develop a Formaldehyde Protection Program. Some of the components of a protection program must be in writing...

Protect Against Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure to bloodborne pathogens is a significant risk to employees of the cemetery, funeral and crematory industries.  Violations of OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard were the most prevalent citation in the industry in 2004.  While OSHA citations are infrequent relative to other industries, the last thing you want is this type of notoriety when your goal is to offer your clients competence, caring, and peace of mind...

Ergonomics and Occupational Safety and Health OSHA estimates that approximately one third of all reported occupational injuries and illnesses are related to poor ergonomics. These types of injuries cost employers approximately $50 billion a year in workers compensation costs, lost work time, and other related expenses. Ergonomics safety programs and interventions can reduce or eliminate these injuries...

Respiratory Protection Standard Revisions  Effective November 22, 2006, OSHA made changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard. The standard revision includes a table giving the Assigned Protection Factors for all types of respirators. This is a good time to review your respirator program (or determine if you need one) to be sure you are adequately protecting your employees...  

Protecting your Employees from Hazards, and your Firm from OSHA Citations Violations of OSHA Hazard Communication and Formaldehyde regulations constituted nearly one-third of all OSHA citations in the Funeral Service and Crematories last year (from Oct 2003 to Sept 2004.)  The Hazard Communication Standard is...

Common Sense Tips for Ladder Safety Ladders can be a source of occupational injuries. Many minor accidents involve only cuts, bumps and bruises, but some result in broken bones, paralysis, or even death.  Common problems include poorly maintained ladders, unsafe usage, and incorrect positioning. Fortunately, most ladder hazards can be avoided by taking common sense precautions that are also required by Federal OSHA regulations...

Common Sense Tips for Lawnmower Safety  Lawnmowers are a key component of the cemetery industry. Unfortunately, lawn mowers can be a source of accidents and injuries. While many of these are minor accidents that involve being burned or bruised, the more severe ones can result in the loss of a limb or even a life. Fortunately, these accidents can be avoided by taking common sense precautions...

Slab Handling Handling and transporting rock slabs can be hazardous.  Each slab can weigh from hundreds to a few thousand pounds. An average truck load can weigh between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds.  In response to a number of worker injuries and fatalities, OSHA has just released a safety and health information bulletin regarding the hazards associated with the handling and transporting of rock slabs...

Ergonomics: Tips to Keep in Mind Sprains and strains are common in the landscape industry. Ensure that your employees understand these ergonomic safety tips...  

Hispanic Worker Safety There are approximately 17.5 million Hispanic workers in the U.S., and these workers have vital roles in virtually every American Industry. The responsibility for providing a safe and healthful workplace for all employees rests squarely on the shoulders of every employer. Employers face some specific challenges when it comes to the safety of Hispanic workers, particularly in the bilingual training area...

Teen Worker Safety It is an unfortunate fact that children do get injured, and even killed, in the workplace.  Approximately 80% of teens are employed at some point before they leave high school.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that over 210,000 American children suffer occupational injuries every year, and over 70,000 of these injuries are serious enough to warrant emergency room treatment.  Teens are consistently injured at higher rates than adults, even though they are restricted from the most hazardous jobs...

OSHA Issues Bulletin on Dump Truck Bed Hazards  Accidents related to the unintentional movement of dump truck beds have resulted in deaths...

Working in Hot Weather Working in hot weather is a fact of life for many cemetery employees.  Strenuous physical activities in high temperatures and humidity have a high potential for inducing heat stress and subsequent illness among exposed workers.  It is the responsibility of the employer to understand all risks associated with the work environment and to ensure that employees understand these risks and comply with safe work practices...

What's OSHA Doing in the Green Industry?  Last year, OSHA issued 161 citations in the Lawn Care Industry, a total of $67,423 in penalties. Avoiding costly OSHA citations requires that you provide a safe workplace and understand what OSHA might focus on in your business. Looking at last year’s OSHA citations can give you an insight into where to focus your compliance activities...

 

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