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As the pandemic continues to spread rapidly around the world, so do the COVID-19 safety precautions intended to keep businesses, and their employees, safe. With the sudden rush of new onsite procedures, many companies have also found themselves with new OSHA violations they have never needed to think about before. Here are the top OSHA violations regarding COVID-19 onsite from your safety partners at STC:

Medical Evaluations and Fit Testing

The most frequently cited OSHA violations during COVID-19 inspections deal with respiratory protection, specifically the lack of medical evaluations and fit testing. Employers are required to provide an employee with a medical evaluation before fit testing them for a respirator. Each time a new respirator is used, the employee must be fit-check prior to using the respirator.

Respiratory Protection Program

The second most violated OSHA regulation dealing with COVID-19 is related to respiratory protection programs. Employers are required to establish, implement or update a respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures. They must also provide workers with the mandatory information from Appendix D (Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under Standard). Failure to comply will result in citations from OSHA.

Training OSHA Violations

Finally, the third most cited OSHA violations all deal with training and information. If an employer did not annually provide effective training and basic information as described in Appendix D, they may receive a citation. Employers are required to ensure that their employees are able to demonstrate knowledge of a wide variety of COVID-19 workplace safety topics. It is crucial that each employee is able to understand this information to practice it on the job.

If your company is like so many others that are struggling to stay up-to-date on the new OSHA regulations regarding COVID-19, STC is here to help you make it simple. We specialize in providing companies in a wide variety of industries with managed safety services, instructor-led trainings and safety consulting services. Want to learn more about how STC can help your business? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we believe that it is never too early to start preparing for your business needs in the coming year. Many projects require things like onsite safety staffing and additional safety resources to be completed, and we are here to help you make the most of all your 2021 projects. Here is everything you need to know about onsite safety staffing from STC:

Our Onsite Safety Staffing is a Turnkey Solution

When your company requires onsite safety staffing to complete a project, the simplest solution is hiring STC to help you complete your project the safest way possible. We are your partner in safety, so we will handle all of the payroll, taxes, benefits and necessary equipment for getting the job done right. All you have to do is call STC for a quick fix for your onsite safety staffing.

A Nationwide Network of Qualified Professionals

When you work with STC, you will have access to a nationwide network of qualified safety professionals that are ready to help you with any project. Our team’s experience spans a wide variety of industries, each with a long list of satisfied clients and positive reviews. We can become an addition to your team and help your workforce prepare for every safety situation that might occur.

Our Extensive List of Qualified Industries

  • High-Profile New Construction
  • Manufacturing Shutdowns
  • Renovations
  • Outages
  • Demolitions
  • Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs
  • Contractor-Controlled Insurance Programs
  • Insurance Captives

The Simple Solution to Onsite Safety Staffing

STC makes the entire process of onsite safety staffing as simple as possible, no matter the project or industry. You will have access to top-quality safety professionals that are dedicated to helping your business succeed. We work hard to deliver a partnership experience that puts your needs first, whether you are adding to your team or we are taking on the safety needs of the entire project.

The benefits of hiring onsite safety staffing are overwhelming, and STC is here to help you with every step of the process, no matter how big or small your needs may be. Our team is guaranteed to provide excellent support from start to finish, and all of the highest-quality service you need to succeed. Want to learn more about STC services? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we believe that workplace safety training is one of the most essential parts of running a successful business and keeping employees happy. When you are prepared for every possible safety situation, nothing can get in your way to slow down productivity or cause injuries among workers. Here are the top reasons why workplace safety training is essential from STC:

Preventing Injury and Death for Employees

Whether it is being unaware of important safety precautions or simply ignoring them, many employees at a wide variety of businesses are still injured at work every year. According to OSHA, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014, while over 3 million were injured. Workplace safety training can help prevent these injuries or deaths from happening at all.

Avoiding Financial Loss with Workplace Safety Training

While injuries and fatalities will affect the productivity and morale of employees at any business, there is also a great financial burden that comes along with these incidents. From workers comp to potential property damage and lawsuits, death and injury are sure to affect your company financially. The simple solution is preventing these incidents in the first place.

Major Productivity and Quality Increases

Workers tend to be happier at their job when their employer cares about their safety. If your company has a reputation for putting profits before safety, it is likely that employees will seek other jobs, or not perform as well in their current position. When employees feel respected, they will ultimately perform better at their jobs with higher quality and productivity.

No matter how you choose to care for the lives of your employees, STC is here to help you make safety simple with all of the services you need to prepare for every situation. We will help you conduct workplace safety training or provide managed safety services that build company culture and improve efficiency. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

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As anyone who follows OSHA standards knows, there are a ton of possible violations that can leave your business, and employees, at risk. At STC, we are dedicated to preserving human life by helping our clients find and eliminate OSHA violations before a fine or an injury occurs. Here are the top five most cited OSHA violations in the workplace during 2020 from STC:

1. Fall Protection, Construction

Accidental slips and falls are common in the construction industry and can cause significant injury or even death, especially at great heights. Keep your crew prepared for any accidental slips and falls by securing them with the proper equipment they need for safety on the job.

2. Hazard Communication Standard, General Industry

Chemical safety in the workplace is vital to keeping employees safe. In order to avoid any potentially dangerous interactions with hazardous chemicals, all hazardous chemicals must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, with additional training for workers.

3. Scaffolding, General Requirements, Construction

In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 61 fatalities from scaffolds. Every fatality and injury resulting from improper scaffolding can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards, potentially saving the lives of employees.

4. Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), General Industry

Many forms of energy that are common in the workplace, such as hydraulic, electrical, thermal, chemical and many more, can be hazardous to workers if proper precautions are not taken. Proper lockout/tagout procedures can safeguard workers from hazardous energy releases.

5. Respiratory Protection, General Industry

Insufficient respiratory protection is another one of the OSHA violations that can cause permanent damage or death in certain situations. Harmful gases, dusts, smokes and vapors can cause cancers, diseases or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could potentially prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses each year.

Prevent OSHA Violations with STC

STC is dedicated to helping companies resolve these issues to protect the lives of their employees and keep operations running as smoothly as possible. From managed safety services to onsite safety staffing and instructor-led safety training, our team is here to protect yours. Want to learn more about how we can prevent OSHA violations? Check out our blog today!

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Fall is here and winter is right around the corner, both bringing new weather conditions that can affect construction safety at work sites. The first step to preventing the new weather patterns from affecting your employees’ safety is understanding the signs of harmful conditions. Here is everything you need to know about seasonal construction safety from your partners at STC:

The Safety of Employees During Rainy Season

Fall in Texas has one of the highest levels of precipitation out of the entire year. Not only is it hurricane season, resulting in high volumes of rain and scattered storms, but it is also filled with several rainy periods throughout the season. This added layer of moisture can affect the safety of employees due to a higher chance of accidents and the possibility of damaged materials.

The Cold Winter Can Affect Construction Safety

As temperatures continue to drop, conditions at construction sites continue to present more dangers. Cold temperatures, especially those below freezing, can cause a variety of health issues for employees that are exposed to it for long periods of time. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause a higher chance of heart attacks, windburn, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Weather Conditions Can Change in an Instant

While the weather conditions change due to the season, the new season can also cause them to change more quickly throughout the day than most weather stations can predict. It is essential that you provide employees with shelter or overhead protection for inclement weather. These shelters can also prove beneficial for protecting expensive equipment.

No matter how you choose to protect the lives of your employees, STC is here to help make it simple with all of the safety services you need. From managed safety services to instructor-led trainings and safety consulting services, we have everything you need to ensure every precaution is taken. Want to learn more about construction safety? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we believe that preserving human life means creating awareness around all aspects of workplace safety. In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we will be highlighting the dangers of distracted driving and five of our favorite driving safety tips. Here is what you need to know about keeping your employees safe behind the wheel at work from the experts at STC:

1. Save Your Cell Phones for Emergencies Only

According to recent data, nearly 390,000 injuries, and 1 out of 4 car accidents, occur each year from texting and driving. Even something as simple as a phone call can take your eyes off the road for up to 5 seconds. To keep yourself and others safe on the road, limit cell phone usage to emergencies only. This will allow you to focus on the road to make quick, potentially life-saving decisions.

2. Drowsy Driving is More Dangerous Than You Think

Falling asleep at the wheel is far more common than most people think. After a long shift on the job or an early morning commute, drowsy driving can easily turn into asleep at the wheel. Up to 37% of U.S drivers have reported falling asleep while driving, so if this happens to you, pull over. You are much safer taking a quick nap in your car while parked than driving while drowsy.

3. Store Loose Gear Before Hitting the Road

When you are on the job, it is common to store loose work materials in your car during transport. If these materials are not secured properly, they will move around in your car causing distractions for the driver. Storing loose gear in a safe space where it will not move around is a simple way to ensure that you are not distracted or losing focus while driving.

4. Make Adjustments Before You Start Driving

Since many companies require employees to share the same work vehicles, it is easy for mirror and seat positions to need adjustments when you get in the car. To keep yourself safe while driving, it is essential that you make these adjustments before driving. Simply check mirrors, seat positions and GPS before starting your car to save yourself some trouble on the road.

5. Teach All Employees Driving Safety Tips

Lastly, it is critical that every employee that enters a company vehicle is trained on your company-mandated driving safety tips. These driving safety tips can save your lives and prevent your company from receiving legal trouble from improper training. You can create simple checkpoints for employees to ensure that all necessary safety measures are followed.

No matter how you choose to protect the lives of your employees, STC is here to help you implement every precaution you need for every situation. Our safety consulting services and instructor-led safety trainings are designed to make preserving human life simple. Want to learn more about keeping employees safe on the job? Check out the STC blog today!

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As a major proponent of safety in the construction industry, our favorite time of the year is finally here. The Dallas Build Expo is coming to town on October 28 & 29 at Dallas Market Hall, and we plan on making the most of it with everything you need to know about safety. Here are some of the things you can expect from Safety Training & Compliance, STC, at the Dallas Build Expo in 2020:

What to Know About the Dallas Build Expo

Build Expo is the largest regional building and construction show in the nation and rated as the #1 trade show for general contractors. With over 150 exhibitors, 30 complimentary classes and 5000 pre-registered attendees, there are tons of learning opportunities for advancing your workplace. There are even thousands of new products and services that you can demo for free!

How STC is Preparing for the Build Expo

STC is dedicated to preserving human life by providing all of the information our clients need to know about OSHA compliance and workplace safety. We are gearing up for the Dallas Build Expo with the same mindset. We provide simple solutions to complex safety problems, from safety training to managed safety services, we are happy to help your business stay protected.

Come See Us to Learn More About STC

During the Dallas Build Expo, you can get all of your workplace safety questions answered by STC at booth 519. Our team will be more than happy to connect with you on all of your safety needs and more. You can learn more about our managed safety services, safety consulting or safety training to keep your business prepared for any situation that comes your way.

No matter how you plan to celebrate the Dallas Build Expo and learn about all of the latest innovations in the construction industry, STC is here to make every situation safer. Our team is dedicated to preserving human life and helping businesses of all kinds meet OSHA standards. Ready to register as an attendee for the Dallas Build Expo 2020? Register here today!

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At Safety Training & Compliance, we are dedicated to providing partnerships that preserve human life and make your workplace safer. We believe that forming partnerships with clients is key to their success, because the safety of any business relies on always being prepared. Here are some of the action items you can expect out of the first 30 days of your STC partnership:

The Start of Building Your Safety Culture

When you work with STC, we work hard to understand every detail of your business and create a workplace safety culture that extends into every employee. We help our clients get more out of our services by forming partnerships based on getting the job done right, rather than an hourly billing structure. We aim to deliver meaningful outcomes for all of our clients.

Continuing Safety Education from STC

There is always more to learn when it comes to keeping people safe, so we provide continuing education on the latest topics in safety. We host webinars that discuss staying ahead in safety in the workplace and expanding your knowledge on pressing topics. If you have a question on safety related topics, feel free to ask or check our blog for continuously updated information.

Get Ready for More Information than Expected

When many of our clients start their services with STC, they are surprised to learn of all the ways in which we can help improve the safety of their workplace. From managed safety services to onsite staffing and safety consulting services, every aspect of our business is designed to help yours thrive. We are here to enhance your safety program from every angle.

No matter where you are on the journey to improving the safety of your workplace, STC is here to serve as your partner in safety. We are dedicated to providing solutions that build culture, improve safety and preserve human life, one safety service at a time. Want to learn more about all of the ways STC can make a lasting impact on your business? Check out our blog today!

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At Safety Training and Compliance, safety is our highest priority, but the benefits our clients receive are much more meaningful than simply achieving OSHA compliance. We work hard to deliver an experience that transforms the safety and culture of every client. Here are the ways that STC partners with companies to deliver meaningful outcomes and improve their culture:

The STC Approach to Improving Culture

When you work with STC, safety training is only a fraction of the benefits you’ll receive. We are dedicated to understanding every detail of your business so that we can improve the way your team and company operates. Our team is highly motivated to help companies develop a safety culture based on increased productivity, employee satisfaction and improved outcomes.

Putting in Hours vs. Culture Building

STC does business differently to help our clients get more out of our services. Instead of the hourly billing structure that is common in our industry, we form partnerships based on getting the job done right. We don’t stop putting in hard work for your business when you’ve reached your allotted service time. We work with you until we’ve achieved a long-lasting safety culture.

The Benefits of Culture Building in the Workplace

The role a company’s culture plays on the success of their business cannot be underestimated. Research shows that culture building in the workplace can create a motivated community of employees that work well together. A solid company culture will create a clear message and an attainable goal for everyone to follow. We’ve seen it a countless number of times in our clients.

No matter how you choose to improve the safety of your business, STC is here to create a long-lasting partnership rooted in your success. We will latch onto the traction your company already has and work from there to create better results, build company culture and improve the safety of your workforce. Want to learn more about the benefits of working with STC? Check out our blog today!

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