OSEA Safety News

  • 17 APR

    Carcinogens in the Workplace

    A carcinogen is defined as any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer.
  • 11 APR

    Back Injury & Prevention

    Back injuries account for approximately 20% of all occupational injuries and illnesses that occur and are the most common reason for missed work days
  • 10 APR

    Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

    Through contaminated drinking water, we are exposed to contaminants that pose the risk of cancer, hormone disruption...
  • 8 APR

    The Flu and Seniors: Dangers, Symptoms, Prevention, Remedies

    An estimated 1% of the population over the age of 65 will require treatment in a hospital due to the flu.
  • 8 APR

    Employee Spotlight: Ariana Naumovski

    Ariana Naumovski is one of the newest members to have joined our team and yet has quickly made a significant impact on staff and clients alike.
  • 8 APR

    Three Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

    It takes more than a day to focus on the environment – it takes daily application and effort.
  • 8 APR

    Power Outage Preparedness & Tips

    Power outages are nothing to joke about and they can happen in all types of weather. There are multiple reason’s why the power goes out.
  • 27 MAR

    Backwoods Buffet

    Even the most novice forager, or if you happen to be stranded in the woods, or even super hungry on a nice little or long hike, can easily pick some
  • 26 MAR

    What to do When Encountering Powerlines

    Six hundred people annually die from encountering  down power lines. Here are some great tips for keeping yourself safe.
  • 18 MAR

    The Dangers of Fatigue in the Workplace

    The effects of fatigue in the workplace are very much real and can have some serious consequences if not addressed immediately. 
  • 11 MAR

    Say "No!" to Plastics

    Plastics are extremely damaging to, not only Earth, but also to the human body.
  • 11 MAR

    Food Poisoning: Symptoms and Remedies

    Foodborne illness is most commonly known as food poisoning.. This takes place when a person eats contaminated, spoiled or toxic food.
  • 11 MAR

    The Voluntary use of Respirators

    There are specific requirements for the use of respirators even when used voluntarily.
  • 11 MAR

    Employee Spotlight: Leo Gibbons

    Leo’s dedication to OSEA, knowledge in the industry and drive has made him a great asset to our team; we’re lucky to have him!
  • 7 MAR

    Five Easy Ways to go Green at the Office this St. Patrick's Day

    Wearing green is one thing, and working green is quite another. Why not do both this St. Patrick’s day by assessing where you are with your practices.
  • 7 MAR

    The Ripple Effect of Safety, In a Nutshell

    A ripple effect that is caused by a proactive health and safety approach will help an organization to see a large return on investment.
  • 4 MAR

    Roofing in the Rain

    Severe weather conditions such as flash floods, thunderstorms with lightening and an all-out downpour may change activities to not working on the roof.
  • 28 FEB

    Changes in OSHA Injury Record-Keeping Laws

    companies with 250 or more employees won't be required to submit the OSHA Form 300 and Form 301 electronically.
  • 28 FEB

    How A Running Club Has Helped Our Office Morale

    The running club helped us to de-stress and focus mentally on ourselves, our work, and what we are running for.
  • 11 FEB

    Vaccine Safety

    Nowadays some parents are choosing to opt out of vaccines due to potential side effects. 
  • 11 FEB

    Employee Spotlight: James Jaskowiak

    His background in safety, asbestos, demolition, and general construction make him an asset to our team. He really strives when on a project.
  • 11 FEB

    How to Stay Safe this Valentine's Day!

    While Valentine’s Day is a time for hearts and flowers, you still need to keep some points in mind to ensure you and your pets stay safe.
  • 11 FEB

    Focus on What's Working by Tracking Leading Safety Indicators

    Too often safety prevention activities go unrecognized and/or miscommunicated by organizations because they limit what is tracked, measured, and conveyed.
  • 4 FEB

    Heart Safety

    The human heart is an incredible organ.  Beating nearly 115,000 times a day to keep us alive and healthy.
  • 1 FEB

    The Dangers of Distracted Driving

    Many different technological advancements  have also caused a lot of accidents, most notably behind the wheel of a car.
  • 31 JAN

    The Importance of Seat Belts

    Over 15,000 lives are saved each year by wearing seat belts, this safety feature reduces one’s risk of death or injuries by half.
  • 21 JAN

    How do we Make Safety a Priority?

    Empowering employees to be part of the process gets them to have a vested interest, gets them to work automatically in a safe manner.
  • 17 JAN

    Electrical Safety

    he key factor in electrical safety is “qualification.”  You need to be trained, you must understand electrical concepts
  • 15 JAN

    The Forgotten Question in PPE Training

    A common reason PPE is not used is the employees do not think about it because they are rushed or tired or they believe it is not necessary for the task.
  • 3 JAN

    Trenching and Excavation Safety

    Of all the hazards on a construction site, trenching and excavation activities present one of the greatest dangers.
  • 3 JAN

    Employee Spotlight: Bill Harpootlian

    Bill Harpootlian carries the coveted Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential as one of less than 18,000 in the entire country
  • 2 JAN

    What's in my Winter Emergency Kit?

    Although snow hasn’t hit us very hard yet, you still need to be prepared for the worse (should it spring on you like has happened so many times before).
  • 2 JAN

    Roof Safety During Winter Weather

    If you find yourself in an area that accumulates snow, how do you know if you are protecting yourself, and your workers, from potential accidents?
  • 2 JAN

    National Radon Action Month 2019

    he EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month.  The purpose of this is to increase awareness of radon.
  • 19 DEC

    Baby, it's Cold Outside!

    Our bodies work so hard in winter to maintain a core temperature of 98.6ºF. So what are the cold injuries we work to prevent?
  • 11 DEC

    OSHA Citation

    So you had a visit from an OSHA Compliance Safety & Health Officer (CSHO).  Next you get a call to schedule a “Closing Conference”.
  • 3 DEC

    Employee Spotlight: George Moretti

    George Moretti is this month's, Employee Spotlight and he is one of the longest standing employees in the company.
  • 3 DEC

    The True Cost of Workplace Injury

    As far as safety goes, many companies choose to put safety on the back burner because it can be costly. 
  • 3 DEC

    Flu Shot or Not?

    he Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending those age 6 months and up should receive the flu vaccine for 2018-2019. 
  • 30 NOV

    Ergonomic Shoveling

    The design of shovels and spades did not come from an ergonomist's drawing board. They are basic tools that have evolved over many centuries.
  • 26 NOV

    Winter Driving Safety

    When it comes to driving, the snow can become deadly. Just remember to always drive slowly, cautiously and be prepared to not be able to stop.
  • 9 NOV

    Emergency Action Plans

    Emergency Action Plans are crucial to the safety of your employees in the event of a fire or any other emergency.
  • 7 NOV

    Grant Information Update!

    Grant Season will be upon us soon! The NYS Hazard Abatement Board general puts out the RFP between Thanksgiving and the first week of Decemeber.
  • 31 OCT

    Employee Spotlight: Kelly O'Brien

    Kelly’s extensive work background and credentials. She is one of the most credentialed people in the company. Now as most people know being book smart
  • 31 OCT

    Proper Forklift Maintenance

    Consider workplace safety as a cornerstone of maintenance.  Safety tasks are often closely related to best maintenance practices.
  • 30 OCT

    How to Deal with Employee Complacency

    A complacent employee is one who is satisfied and comfortable with the way things are progressing and does not want to take initiative to make them better
  • 29 OCT

    Skin Cancer

    In 2018 the American Cancer Society reports that 91,7120 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the US this year
  • 29 OCT

    Safety Program Updates

    your safety programming should be a working document.  It will require frequent updates as regulatory changes and updates occur
  • 26 OCT

    Turkey Frying Safety

    ‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, holiday parties, fun memories, and most importantly, good food!
  • 22 OCT

    Cascading Events to Tragedy

    It is time to review these areas and initiate safeguards and specific regulations before more individuals are injured.
  • 15 OCT

    Five Reasons to Work Safe on the Jobsite- Written by Guest Writer Annie Klutz

    Diversity in industries means there are jobs with more occupational hazards than others. There's absolutely no reason to take workplace safety lightly.
  • 28 SEP

    The Importance of Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment Training

    In 2018 – New York State mandated Sexual Harassment training be administered to all employees across all sectors in order to combat harassment
  • 27 SEP

    Home Fire Safety

    Thankfully, due to fire safety awareness and products, the number of house fires has decreased by almost 50% -as of 1980
  • 27 SEP

    Employee Spotlight- Gary Smith

    Gary Smith is a true construction safety professional who has a way about him that gains respect by clients in training classrooms and out in the field.
  • 26 SEP

    Protecting Your Eyesight on the Jobsite

    Each day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment.
  • 19 SEP

    Natural Disaster Safety Tips

    No matter what climate you encounter daily, you must be aware of how to keep yourself safe in changing weather conditions
  • 18 SEP

    Trick-Or-Treating Safety

    With trick or treating comes uncertainty from parents on safety for their children. Here are a few tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween.
  • 18 SEP

    Safety Training Grants Application Coming Soon!

    OSEA, Inc. has written training grants for companies since 1991. The process is competitive and OSEA has a great track record of success for our clients.
  • 30 AUG

    The Impacts of Working and Living in Loud Environments

    According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 10% of Americans have trouble understanding normal speech.
  • 30 AUG

    Introduction to Air Sampling

    The type of sampling required by OSHA's substance-specific standards is called personal breathing zone sampling.
  • 27 AUG

    Employee Spotlight- Ray Liguori

    Ray Liguori is a certified industrial hygienist (CIH), an enviable achievement in the occupational safety and health realm, but that's not the full story.
  • 24 AUG

    Always Drive Defensively

    Driving is starting to become one of the most dangerous human activities with nearly 1.3 million people dying in car crashes each year
  • 23 AUG

    The Importance of Proper Workplace Ergonomics

    Ergonomic injuries are not instantaneous like a bruise from a trip and fall or a cut, they accumulate over time.
  • 20 AUG

    How Littering Contributes to the Destruction of Our Planet

    Litter can be defined as any kind of trash thrown in small amounts, especially in places where it doesn’t belong.
  • 8 AUG

    How a Song and a TV Show Widened my View of Chemical Hazards

    The Environmental Protection Agency has over 85,000 chemicals on its inventory of toxic substances, alone. Yes, we have a “chemical fire” of sorts.
  • 1 AUG

    Is Your Fire Extinguisher in Good Order to Protect you?

    Proper use starts with the PASS method- Pill, Aim, Squeeze, & Sweep. How to know your extinguisher is in good working order as to protect you.
  • 1 AUG

    Your Guide to the Proper use of Hand Tools

    Everyone seems to have power saws, drills, and planers, but basic tools like hammers and screwdrivers will always have a place in your toolbox.
  • 31 JUL

    Employee Spotlight- Murray Tate

    Murray “Mur” Tate is one of the most knowledgeable people in his field of hazardous materials. Plus, being a southerner, he’s very likable & professional.
  • 26 JUL

    Surviving an Active Shooter Attack

    By training on active shooter preparedness and rehearsing a plan, you can better protect yourself as well as employees in your workplace.
  • 26 JUL

    Go Healthy at the Erie County Fair

    Healthy Options was created to help our community make informed decisions about eating healthy even at the Fair.
  • 23 JUL

    Your Pets in the Summer Weather

    As a pet owner myself, I have seen the stress the heat can put on a dog, causing constant panting, less energy, and increased thirst.
  • 23 JUL

    How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

    The joys of summer – staying up late, sounds of kids playing outside, swimming at the local pool, picnics in the park, riding bikes. 
  • 10 JUL

    Employee Spotlight- Don Hollmer

    Don Hollmer is one of the most energetic and engaging instructors we have.
  • 10 JUL

    Ready to Defend: When Running or Hiding Isn't an Option

    Have you ever found yourself leaving the office late, possibly the last person there, and felt the hair on the back of your neck stand up?
  • 31 MAY

    Employee Spotlight - Ken Klumpp

    This month we are spotlighting Ken Klumpp, who has been a key player in our technical department.
  • 30 APR

    National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

    How can you participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction?
  • 2 APR

    Staying Informed

    It seems like every time you turn on the news you hear about a school shooting or a threat made to a school. I found myself in this situation
  • 29 MAR

    Employee Spotlight - Tammy Meng

    Ms. Tammy Meng has been with OSEA since 2005!
  • 27 FEB

    Employee Spotlight - Brenda Griffin

    Brenda Griffin came to us in August of 2015 as a consultant our Syracuse office. She currently has become the Manager of the Syracuse office as well as con
  • 27 FEB

    Workplace Eye Wellness

    March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year costing an
  • 27 FEB

    Poison Prevention

    National Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24th this year. Let’s focus on Food Safety. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people
  • 7 FEB

    Life well lived: World War II Hero John Wozner dies at 94

    Life well lived: World War II hero John Wozer dies at 94
  • 31 JAN

    Don't Get Burned!

    The American Burn Association reported 486,000 burn injuries receiving medical treatment in 2016.
  • 26 JAN

    How to Properly Clean Blood Off Surfaces

    Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are transmitted when blood or bodily fluid from an infected person enters another.
  • 26 JAN

    Employee Spotlight - Todd Schara

    OSEA is proud to welcome its newest employee, Todd Schara
  • 4 JAN

    Employee Spotlight - Gregory Santo

    In 1997, we (OSEA), decided to open up a Southern office and like so many other companies selected the Charlotte, North Caroline area. We needed to staff
  • 4 JAN

    January is National Radon Action Month

    You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths
  • 4 JAN

    10 Winter Driving Safety Tips & Reminders from a Road Warrior

    While most people travel to the same office daily, us road warriors are headed to a new destination daily.
  • 2 JAN

    Snow Removal and Cleanup to Be Aware of Potential Hazards

    Workers performing snow removal operations may be exposed to serious hazards
  • 29 NOV

    Employee Spotlight - Amanda Coniglio

    This month’s spotlight is on Amanda Coniglio and ironically, she hates being in the spot light! Amanda is one of the most hard working people
  • 28 NOV

    OSHA News Release - Wisconsin Corn Milling Fatality

    CAMBRIA, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling
  • 28 NOV

    Fire Place Safety

    As the weather gets colder many of us are using our fireplaces as a heat source. How do you keep yourself and your family safe?
  • 1 NOV

    Used Oil v Waste OIl

    It never fails, when I ask attendees during a hazardous waste class what types of hazardous waste they generate at their facility.
  • 1 NOV

    Synthetic Drugs

    Synthetic drugs, where did these come from and when? Synthetic drugs are those that are comprised of at least one human made chemical.
  • 1 NOV

    Employee Spotlight - Carol Wittmeyer

    As I sit here beginning to “pen” this note on behalf of Carol, I noted, last month (October) marked her 24th year with OSEA. Carol came on board in 1993
  • 23 OCT

    OSHA Cites Chicago Container Manufacturer

    A Chicago manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic, and hybrid containers faces $503,380 in proposed penalties after inspectors
  • 3 OCT

    Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out

    This year’s Fire Prevention week will be observed from October 8th-Ocotber 14th. Fire Prevention week was first proclaimed in 1925 from President Calvin C
  • 3 OCT

    New Silica Standard

    OSHA passed a new standard regulating exposure to silica in 2015. When it was passed the construction industry had an effective date of June 23, 2017. The
  • 3 OCT

    Employee Spotlight - Joe Coniglio

    As President of OSEA, Joe Coniglio wears many “hard-hats”. His background as an Officer in the United States Army, where he specialized in logistics
  • 3 OCT

    Safety Incentive Programs

    Safety Incentive Programs (SIPs) seem like a good idea. Reward safe behavior – get improved safety performance. However, there is a difference between
  • 6 SEP

    Current Agenda Under President Trump

    Along with the rulemaking on beryllium, proposed rules carried over from fall 2016 or added to the agenda include
  • 6 SEP

    Employee Spotlight - John Coniglio

    John Coniglio, alongside his wife Gina Coniglio, built OSEA back in 1991. With over 40 years in the field and a strong passion for all things safety
  • 6 SEP

    Foodborne Illnesses

    September is Food Safety Month.  It’s estimated that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths
  • 30 AUG

    Crystalline Silica

    Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled.
  • 28 JUL

    Employee Spotlight - Steven Kogyt

    It only seems fitting that Steven Kogut is our employee spotlight this month as it also happens to be the month he retires from full time duty with OSEA.
  • 26 JUL

    Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    July is national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over month. Here are some staggering statistics
  • 6 JUL

    Trade Release - OSHA Annoucement

    OSHA announces policy change on monorail hoists in construction
  • 27 JUN

    Employee Spotlight - Natalie Salem

    Natalie is celebrating 2 years at OSEA, Inc. as Assistant Training Coordinator. Natalie initially came to OSEA as a summer intern after high school while
  • 27 JUN

    Lawnmower Safety - Check your parts and keep your parts entact

    A five-year-old girl playing in the yard suffered a foot injury when she attempted to jump on a riding lawnmower operated by a relative. More than 80,00
  • 26 JUN

    OSHA Proposes Nearly $89k Penalty

    OSHA proposes nearly $89K penalty after finding concrete manufacturer again exposed workers to airborne silica
  • 22 JUN

    Heat Stress, How it Really Affects You

    After a long day of training on a cold, blustery February evening and wearing several layers to keep warm, the last thing on my mind was heat stress.
  • 30 MAY

    Michele Pratt - Employee Spotlight

    Michele Pratt is celebrating her one year anniversary at OSEA, Inc. as the VP of Business Development.
  • 30 MAY

    Don't Let your Summer Go Up in Flames!

    The summer barbecue is something we all look forward to. Don’t be one of the 7000 Americans injured by your grill this year.
  • 25 MAY

    OSHA News Release

    Court upholds OSHA finding that railroad company violated Maine employee's whistleblower rights
  • 18 MAY

    Upcoming OSHA Compliance Deadlines

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated several standards that business and industry need to be aware of. These include:
  • 16 MAY

    Truth of Workplace Violence

    According to OSHA, nearly 2 million Americans are the victims of workplace violence each year.
  • 25 APR

    Gina Coniglio Employee Spotlight

    Gina Coniglio has been an active participant in OSEA, Inc. since December, 1991, serving as Corporate Secretary/Controller and President.
  • 24 APR

    OSHA News Release - Region 1

    Employer in fatal Boston trench collapse did not provide safety training and basic safeguards for employees, OSHA finds Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc.
  • 21 APR

    The Air We Breathe

    In 1970 the EPA signed the Clean Air Act to assist in decreasing air pollutants and lead to improvements to human health and the environment.
  • 4 APR

    Cavalry Security Services, LLC.

    OSEA, Inc. is proud to announce the creation of its affiliate company, Cavalry Security Services, LLC.
  • 3 APR

    Worker's Memorial Day

    April 28th will commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day. Established in 1970 through the AFL-CIO as a remembrance for those workers who have been killed
  • 3 APR

    Maintaining a Safe Work Environment

    Risk Management involves weighing potential exposure vs. the cost of prevention and/or mitigation of losses.
  • 29 MAR

    OSHA News Release Region 4

    Safety Stand-Down events put the brakes on injuries at Georgia road sites. Events help laborers avoid being struck by distracted drivers, debris
  • 2 MAR

    OSHA News Release - Region 5

    OSHA cites Ohio railroad parts manufacturer after follow-up inspection finds workers remain exposed to machine,
  • 2 MAR

    Pipeline Safety

    Pipeline is Back.
  • 20 FEB

    OSHA News Release - Region 5

    Green Bay manufacturer faces more than $219K in proposed penalties after two workers suffer severe injuries within 10 days
  • 6 FEB

    Bloodborne Pathogens Basics

    No “Hep B or C” for me.
  • 3 FEB

    OSHA News Release - Region 5

    Framers observed working without fall protection, a leading cause of construction worker death
  • 10 JAN

    Lead in Drinking Water

    Lead in drinking water has been in the news lately, the municipal water system of Flint, Michigan has not provided clean drinking water.
  • 9 JAN

    OSEA's 25 Year Anniversary

    OSEA, Inc. is proud to announce its twenty-fifth year as a leading environmental, health, and safety consulting firm.
  • 5 JAN

    OSHA News Release - Region 5

    Chicago metal container manufacturer faces more than $81K in OSHA penalties after 3rd worker suffers amputation injury
  • 5 DEC

    OSHA Rules and Regulations

    As 2016 rolls to an end, we take a look at the various Federal Regulations and Standards updates and initiatives that 2016 brought us.
  • 5 DEC

    Safe Winter Driving

    Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice.
  • 1 DEC

    The Family Christmas Tree

    So beautiful to behold yet many injuries occur as a result of carelessness related to the gathering and care of your tree.
  • 8 NOV

    Being 'Green' At The Office

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as much as 45 percent of the 250 million tons of municipal waste generated in 2011
  • 3 NOV

    Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2016

    Every October, OSHA releases its preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year.
  • 1 NOV

    OSHA Proposed Changes to Construction Standards

    OSHA is proposing 12 changes to their construction standards.
  • 11 OCT

    Crane Safety

    Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today's manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations.
  • 19 SEP

    Air Pollution Control Permits & Registrations - Do You Have or Need One?

    The federal Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 necessitated the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) administering an exte
  • 15 SEP

    Emergency Preparedness On-Site

    Do your worker’s know what to do in case of an emergency on site?
  • 19 AUG

    Silica Standards

    OSHA recently issued revised standards for crystalline silica.
  • 11 JUN

    Wearing PPE: Even Kids Do It

    What I find very disturbing on job sites is adults who don't do the right thing even after being educated as to what is right.
  • 15 MAY

    The Business of Safety

    The safety and health profession is one that seems to teeter-totter frequently with the height of rise and fall dependent on the business cycle.
  • 14 SEP

    A look at scissor lifts and fall protection

    There is continuing discussion about the need to utilize appropriate fall protection while working within scissor lifts.
  • 22 JUL

    Narcotic painkillers in the workplace

    Reviewing cases involving industrial accidents presents many interesting facts about the workplaces we toil within, both construction & industrial.
  • 19 FEB

    Marijuana meets the workplace

    This is a changing Frontier. Liberalization of drug use will open doors to acceptability at some level which will or could impact the workplace.
  • 17 JAN

    Best safety feedback comes from within

    A well-organized safety committee empowers the workforce to participate, voice their concerns, to be part of the successful and safe operation.
  • 10 JAN

    10 ways to improve safety performance for 2014

    OSEA presents 10 ways you can improve safety performance at your workplace for 2014.

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