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Reducing job-site injuries and safety hazards is the ultimate goal for many health and safety professionals. Unlike comfy office jobs, field operators and field service technicians face safety hazards on a daily basis. Whether it’s the risks of being on the road or the very real perils of working with wind turbines or oil rigs, their jobs come with more than their fair share of safety concerns.

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It’s the beginning of August, and many of us continue to take advantage of summer travel before the fall begins—along with the semester, or that big third quarter business project. But nothing is worse than having your trip to the beach interrupted by the perils of travel: Lost luggage, stolen credit cards, misplaced reservations or confirmations…the list goes on. Yet, while some aspects of travel are beyond your control—your flight lands in Los Angeles, but your bags land in New York City—others are more easily navigable. With a few tips and tools, you can avoid becoming a victim of travel by staying prepared, knowledgeable and safe.

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Keeping your employees and customers safe is a vital part of running a successful business. Guardrails play a significant role in every organizational safety plan and like most commercial facilities, you probably have them in various locations around your workplace. Being familiar with the differences between varying guardrails and their appropriate applications may seem like unimportant trivia. However, staying well versed with OSHA’s expectations and the encompassing needs in your own workplace can be the barrier that stands between you and a nasty violation and potential fine. We’ve put together a quick crash course on the major guardrail variations and industry applications to help you make an informed decision.

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Have myths about the AED machine swayed you against including one in your workplace preparedness plan? Here are the facts about this life-saving device. An AED machine, or automated external defibrillator, is an essential component in first aid and safety. Somehow, though, there remains a knowledge gap that includes many misconceptions.

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Can you call it safety “training” when the information provided is not being retained? The definition of training is the act of teaching a particular skill or type of behavior, and for those that tend to sleep or zone out during the presentation, the chances of them recalling what was covered during the session is low. Even for those who do pay attention during the training, the Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve demonstrates how information is lost over time unless something is done to retain it.

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