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As summer starts to heat things up with record-breaking heat waves, it is crucial that every employee stays safe in these dangerous working conditions. Heat illness can set in a lot faster than most people think, so we’ve put together a list of quick tips to keep your crew safe. Here are some essential summer safety tips from the safety experts on the STC team:

Always Stay Hydrated, No Matter What

Hydration is key to preventing heat illness in your crew. People working in harsh summer conditions can lose a lot of hydration due to sweat and exposure to the summer sun. To keep your entire crew safe, it’s important to provide essentials such as water, electrolytes and plenty of breaks throughout the day to ensure everyone has a chance to cool off and stay hydrated.

Stay Up-to-Date on OSHA Guidelines

OSHA is notorious for regularly updating and improving safety guidelines, so it’s important to follow them as closely as possible to keep your crew safe. Recently, they introduced enhanced and expanded measures to protect workers from the hazards of extreme heat, both inside and outside. If you feel like you’re falling behind on all of the constantly updating guidelines, check back into our blog where we outline new guidelines as they are introduced.

Summer Safety Tips for Construction

Summer is one of the best seasons for finding construction jobs, but one of the hardest seasons for workers. Staying prepared for summer weather can keep your employees safe from severe injuries, illnesses and even death. Help your employees protect themselves from extreme heat by ensuring they are taking regular breaks and wearing light, breathable clothing.

No matter how you choose to implement these summer safety tips, STC is always here to help you make it simple. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, instructor-led training and safety consulting services that will help build a safety culture around your business. Want to learn more about protecting workers from extreme heat with STC? Check out our blog!

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At STC, we believe that safety is the most important part of every job, no matter how big or small. That’s why we are so excited to celebrate National Safety Month this month and continue our dedication to preserving human life every day of the year. Here’s how you can make safety a priority in your workplace to celebrate National Safety Month the right way with STC:

Keep Your Safety Plans Up-to-Date

It’s easy to go months without updating your workplace safety plans, especially during months without incident. When you work in construction, there are tons of dangerous situations and new kinds of incidents can occur without you even realizing they were an issue in the first place. As you take your walks of the job site, it’s important to look for specific hazards and update your safety plans accordingly to keep your entire crew safe.

Let Those with Experience Lead the Way

During your regular safety meetings, you can let those with more experience lead the way by explaining what they have experienced with certain jobs in the past. More likely than not, they have had to learn things the hard way and can pass that knowledge onto the younger members of your crew. You never know what kind of situations may occur, but those with first-hand experience will understand how to better prepare your crew for what to expect.

Celebrate National Safety Month

One of the most important things you can do for your crew is to make safety a top priority in your workplace. When your crew has a safety culture that they can fall back on, they will not only keep themselves safer on the job but also keep those around them safe. Some of the best ways to implement a safety culture in your business are keeping training regular and celebrating the importance of safety all year long. You never know when you’ll need the training most.

No matter how you choose to prepare your employees for National Safety Month, STC is here to make safety simple with our services. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, from onsite safety staffing to safety consulting to help prepare your employees for every situation. Want to learn more about keeping your workplace safe? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we work hard to ensure we provide accurate information at every turn by always staying up to date in the industry. That’s why we are so excited to meet with all of you in Atlanta at the 2022 BOMA Show! On May 11th, we are bringing our message of safety in the workplace to the largest annual trade show for property managers, building engineers and commercial property owners in Georgia. Here’s what you need to know about attending the BOMA Show with STC:

Keep Up to Date with the Industry

At the 2022 Atlanta BOMA Show, there is guaranteed to be countless opportunities for learning more about the industry’s latest innovations and trends. With hundreds of exhibitors, networking opportunities and well-known sponsors, you can be sure that you’ll walk away from the BOMA Show with plenty of ideas for enhancing your own business. Whether it’s safety or sales that you’re concerned about improving, the BOMA Show will have something for you.

Something for Everyone at the BOMA Show

The BOMA Show is a fun-filled day with exciting events like silent auctions, great networking opportunities and educational exhibitions. Attendees enjoy great prize-winning opportunities such as iPads, vacation packages and Yeti coolers. As the largest annual one-day gathering of commercial real estate building owners, managers, engineers and vendors in the state of Georgia, the BOMA Show is sure to have something fit for a variety of industry professionals.

Visit with STC at Our Booth

Safety should always be a major concern, no matter the industry. STC is dedicated to preserving human life in the workplace and we would love to talk to you about it at the BOMA Show. You can visit the STC team at our exhibition booth to learn more about our managed safety services, passion for safety in all of its aspects and how our passion can benefit your company.

No matter how you choose to spend your time at the 2022 Atlanta BOMA Show, STC is always here to spend time with your organization to answer questions. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, from onsite safety staffing to safety consulting to help prepare your employees for every situation. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we are not only committed to keeping you safe on the job site, but also on the road. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which has quickly become one of the deadliest epidemics on our roads. In the age of technology, there are countless distractions that could lead to potentially fatal accidents. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping safe on the road during Distracted Driving Awareness Month from the safety experts at STC:

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each year, we celebrate Distracted Driving Awareness Month to bring attention to the importance of driving safely. In 2019 alone, 3,142 people died behind the wheel due to distracted driving. This is a problem that not only affects the driver, but also passengers, other drivers and pedestrians who have no way to defend themselves from an oncoming vehicle. 

The Extent of Distracted Driving 

Distracted driving is more than just using your cell phone while driving. Whether it’s eating at the wheel, managing a navigation app or trying to store loose items in your vehicle, there are a large number of distractions that many people do not even consider. Basically, if you are doing anything in your vehicle that takes your attention away from the road, you are distracted. 

Driving Safety Tips from STC

As always, it’s crucial that you keep your eyes on the road at all times. This means saving that text for later, picking music before entering the vehicle and storing loose items before hitting the road. You never know when someone in front of you may hit their brakes or an animal may run into the middle of the road. It’s best practice to keep your attention on the road, always. 

No matter how you choose to protect yourself and others from traffic accidents caused by distracted driving, STC is always here to help your employees understand what it takes to stay safe. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, from onsite safety staffing to safety consulting to help prepare your employees for every situation, on the road and on the job site. Want to learn more about how STC can benefit your business? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we work hard to provide an unmatched managed safety services experience that goes above and beyond the services you can find anywhere else. We pride ourselves in providing a unique experience that makes building a safety culture in your workplace the highest priority. Here’s everything you need to know about all of the ways in which STC stands out from the crowd:

Our Method of Improving Culture

When you choose STC, safety training is only a small fraction of the safety and business benefits. We dig deep to understand every detail of your operation so that we can work to improve the way your team communicates essential safety information. We work with you to improve the safety culture of your organization. Research shows that culture building in the workplace can create a motivated community of employees that work well together. 

A Hands-On Approach to Safety

When you work with STC, our team works hard to get into the flow of your operations to understand where safety improvements can make a difference. We believe that satisfying OSHA requirements is only one part of the job, and doing everything you can to improve safety is what’s most important. We work hands-on with your team to improve safety drastically. 

Making Long-Lasting Partnerships

To us, our clients are more than just businesses that utilize our services. They are mutually beneficial partners in our goal of improving the safety of businesses around the nation. We value clients who take safety seriously, and who will work with us to create partnerships that stand the test of time. We believe that our success depends on the success of our clients. 

No matter how you choose to cultivate a strong safety culture in your workplace, STC is here to help your organization grow through a large number of services. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, from onsite safety staffing to safety consulting to help prepare your employees for every situation. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

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The results are in, and we are so proud to announce that our very own Alan Hurtado has been awarded the Rising Star of Safety Award by the National Safety Council! This is a prestigious award that we are excited to include in our achievements in safety, both with our clients and with our peers. Here’s everything you need to know about the Rising Stars of Safety Award:

The Rising Star of Safety Award

The Rising Star of Safety Award is a prestigious honor awarded to those that are most dedicated to safety in the workplace. Each year, the National Safety Council chooses a group of young individuals under 40 who have made great strides in safety to receive the award. This year, our very own Alan Hurtado was included in the exclusive list of only 38 Rising Stars of Safety.

About Alan Hurtado

Alan Hurtado has worked hard to rise through the ranks of our organization due to his dedication to helping as many people as possible. He has always been eager to learn the best ways to help our clients and has always shown a natural leadership ability that sets him apart from others. Through his work, he is responsible for organizing, scheduling and executing our 1,500-plus inspections and 400-plus trainings, which impact more than 20,000 lives annually.

Celebrating This Wonderful Achievement

Alan was nominated to receive this award by promoting a cycle of continuous improvement within our organization and creating initiatives focused on measurable outcomes in safety. This is a wonderful honor awarded by one of the most trusted names in our industry, the National Safety Council. We could not be more proud of the work that got Alan to where he is today.

Each member of our team carries a similar mindset to Alan, that when we put our minds to something as important as safety, we do it right at every single step. Our managed safety services, onsite cna services and safety consulting services are designed to make safety simple. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we are dedicated to keeping you and your employees safe in every situation. The Farmers Almanac predicts that the south is in for another tough winter, with high possibilities for sleet and snow, similar to the winter storm in Texas this February. Here are all of the winter safety tips that you will need to know to keep your employees safe from the cold this winter:

Drive Safely in the Snow

As most of the south shuts down amid a rough winter storm, some people do not have that luxury. If you, or your employees, will be required to drive during snow or ice, it is crucial that you prepare yourself and your vehicle. Follow these tips to stay safe while driving in the winter:

  1. Check your battery. Battery power can drop as temperatures drop.
  2. Check the tread on your tires to ensure at least 2/32 of an inch.
  3. Drive slower, as black ice is hard to see and can cause your car to spin out.
  4. Check the tire pressure. Tire pressure can drop as the temperature drops.

Do Your Best to Stay Warm

Many workers will still be required to work outside as temperatures drop, sometimes even as they get below freezing. It is crucial that every employee bundles up to protect themselves from the freezing temperatures, preferably with thermal clothing and thick jackets. Cold-related illnesses are far more common than most people think, even in warmer areas like the south.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide can pose a serious threat to human life that is virtually undetectable without the right equipment. Each year, carbon monoxide poisonings result in more than 400 people deaths and 50,000 illnesses. This poison is produced by burning fuel in vehicles, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, portable generators or furnaces. It is crucial that every workplace is equipped with well-maintained carbon monoxide detectors to prevent these illnesses and fatalities.

No matter how you choose to teach your employees winter safety tips, STC is always here to help you make it simple. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, instructor-led training and safety consulting services that will help build a safety culture around your business. Want to learn more seasonal weather safety tips from the experts at STC? Check out our blog today!

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At STC, we are committed to keeping our clients informed on the latest news happening in our industry. Recently, OSHA passed a new rule regarding working temperatures in an attempt to limit the number of heat illness cases and fatalities. Here is everything you need to know about the new rules regarding heat illness and how they might affect how your business operates:

Expanded Measures to Protect Workers

The enhanced and expanded measures from OSHA are intended to protect workers from the hazards of extreme heat, both inside and outside. The new regulations specifically target those who work in conditions of 80˚ Fahrenheit or more either inside of their facility or outside on the job. Their new tactics will include an intervention and enforcement initiative to protect workers.

Implementing an Enforcement Initiative

The new enforcement initiative on heat-related hazards will be used to prevent illness and protect workers from heat-related illnesses while they are working in hot environments. In addition, OSHA will also be implementing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections and launching a more regulated rulemaking process to develop a workplace heating standard.

The Hazards of Extreme Heat

While the new regulations will help regulate working conditions for employees, we see it as a win for workers everywhere who have had to work in hazardous conditions. In 2019 alone, 43 workers died from heat illness and at least 2,410 others suffered serious injuries and illnesses. Since heat illness is a highly preventable injury, the new regulations are a much-needed change.

No matter how you choose to start regulating these rules into your workplace, STC is always here to help you make it simple. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, instructor-led training and safety consulting services that will help build a safety culture around your business. Want to learn more about the hazards of extreme heat from the experts at STC? Check out our blog today!

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In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we partnered with Upbring, a Texas-wide child-well being organization. We believe that there is no better way to celebrate our decade of workplace safety than to exemplify our first core value, passionately help others win, by developing a community partnership with Upbring. 

With North Texas Giving Day upon us, STC and Upbring want to highlight our partnership as the community gets into the spirit of giving. At STC we work to preserve human life in the workplace, while Upbring works hard to save children’s lives. Creating this meaningful partnership allows both STC and Upbring to elevate our communities. 

How Upbring Helps

Upbring works to heal communities by shifting perspectives and re-imagining systems. Their work increases child wellness, vitality and safety. STC’s partnership with Upbring seeks to highlight the community and cultural shifts needed to improve the well-being of children across the state. Upbring offers services including foster care, adoption, children’s centers and education. 

Upbring also started a Supervised Independent Living program, BeREAL, designed to help young adults on their journey to independence through education, planning and mentorship. 

How You Can Help

Because of generosity from supporters like you, Upbring is able to provide apartments that are move-in ready for future professionals who are seeking stability and support in their BeREAL program. 

In the spirit of North Texas Giving Day this week, STC hopes to continue highlighting our community partnership with Upbring and the transformational work they do. Learn more about Upbring and help us create change in our community today by making a donation at https://stcsafetyconsultants.com/upbring

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No matter how, or when, you choose to celebrate safety successes in the workplace, STC is here to help make safety the top priority in your organization. We offer a wide variety of managed safety services, from onsite safety staffing to safety consulting to help prepare your employees for every situation. Want to learn more about STC? Check out our blog today!

 

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As children and teenagers all across the nation start going back to school, it’s important to remember that practicing transportation safety can potentially save their lives. More people are starting to travel on similar schedules, creating traffic and other transportation problems that can be dangerous if not handled appropriately. Here’s everything you need to know about transportation safety in time for back to school from the experts at STC

Why Transportation Safety is So Important 

Even with massively reduced traffic due to the pandemic, there were still 400 vehicle crashes in school zones in the state of Texas in 2020. Those accidents resulted in 11 serious injuries and a large number of minor injuries. In 2019, there were 765 vehicle crashes in school zones in Texas, resulting in one death and 15 serious injuries. This is why transportation safety is so important. 

Our Favorite Driving Safety Tips 

As with any other time of the year, it’s important to always understand your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle. During the school year, there is an increase in traffic before and after school, with a large increase in the number of busses transporting students to and from school. It is crucial for drivers to stay vigilant of their surroundings by understanding how school zones may have deviated from years prior, and always understanding where children may be crossing the streets. 

More Back to School Safety Tips 

No matter the situation, a phone call or text message is never more important than the lives of those around you. Put your phone away, or on do not disturb, when operating a motor vehicle to ensure that you are not tempted to look away from the road for even a second, especially in school zones. Since bus stops or parent pick-up lines are usually located next to main roads, it is crucial to keep an eye out for any children that may dart across the road unexpectedly. 

No matter how you choose to remain vigilant of transportation safety for back to school, STC is always here to help keep you informed. We host a wide variety of safety-based content on our website that is designed to keep people safe on the job, at home and on the road. Want to learn more about transportation safety from the experts at STC? Check out our blog today!

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