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When Osha Comes Knocking: Tips For Avoiding Costly Violations

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top 10 violations[1] for 2013 revealed a 45 percent increase in citations over the same list the year before. To help businesses prevent avoidable workplace injuries and avoid heavy fines, Cintas Corporation[2] (CTAS[3]) today announced key strategies and solutions for improving organizations compliance and safety.

The overall spike in the number of violations this year compared to last year shows that OSHA is not averse to aggressively investigating and penalizing organizations for putting employees at risk, said Jay Bruscato, Vice President of First Aid and Safety, Cintas. To avoid these fines and protect employees, its critical that businesses understand OSHA requirements and take the proper steps to recognize and fix potential hazards in the workplace.

Cintas identifies the following ways businesses can reduce their risk and avoid OSHAs top 10 most frequently cited violations:

  • Protect Against Falls: According to OSHA, falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. In fact, three of OSHAs top 10 violations in 2013 cited fall protection, scaffolding and ladders. To prevent falls, businesses must ensure that employees wear the appropriate fall protection equipment, including safety belts, harnesses and lanyards. Then, equally imperative is ensuring that a program is in place to train all workers, full time and temporary, and regularly inspect the equipment.
  • Ensure HazCom Compliance: The recently updated Hazard Communication Standard is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This requires millions of businesses to conduct training to educate employees about the revisions to chemical classification and labeling. According to OSHA, the proper adoption of GHS has the potential to prevent nearly 600 injuries and illnesses annually. To prevent accidents and avoid fines, businesses should look for a partner that can provide on-site consultation, training solutions and ongoing support.
  • Provide Effective, Reliable Respiratory Protection: Respiratory protection ranked as the fourth most frequently cited violation on OSHAs top 10 list from 2013. In order to protect employees and satisfy all regulatory requirements, businesses need to equip employees with the right masks for the hazard and provide fit testing and medical evaluation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fit testing each model of respirator before use is important to minimize contaminant leakage into the face-piece, thereby offering better protection for employees.
  • Protect Against Arc Flashes: According to statistics compiled by Chicago-based research firm Capshell, Inc., five to 10 U.S. workers are injured or killed daily as a result of arc flash accidents. To properly protect employees who are exposed to electric shock, fires and explosions, its vital that organizations equip employees with a full ensemble of flame-resistant apparel, including shirts, pants, gloves, face shields and more that match the appropriate hazard category. To help ensure that the garments are washed correctly and maintain their flame-resistant integrity, many companies use a uniform rental program. Under the program, the rental provider picks up soiled garments on a weekly basis to inspect and launder the uniforms. Any garments damaged from normal wear and tear are repaired with flame-resistant threading or replaced.
  • Practice Proper Machine Guarding: Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns or blindness. To help protect workers from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy, businesses must follow specific machine guarding and lockout/tagout standards, as well as offer proper employee training. OSHA cites that compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries annually.
  • Safely Power Industrial Trucks: For anyone who designs, maintains and uses fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines, its imperative to follow training procedures and wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, prior to becoming a forklift operator, OSHA requires training that includes classroom instruction, trainer demonstrations, exercises and performance evaluation. In addition, those who operate industrial trucks must re-train every three years at minimum. PPE for industrial trucks includes (but is not limited to) hardhats, goggles, and high-visibility shirts, pants and coveralls.

The industry standards set in place by OSHA and other organizations exist because they save lives, said Rick Gerlach, Director of Safety and Health, Cintas. In addition to having first aid cabinets and AEDs on site, its critical that organizations are proactive about worker health and safety to prevent the likelihood and severity of injury.

For the top 10 most frequently cited standards from OSHA, visit https://www.osha.gov/Top_Ten_Standards.html[4].

For more information about Cintas safety solutions for the workplace, visit www.cintas.com/safe[5].

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poors 500 Index.

References

  1. ^ violations (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ Cintas Corporation (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ CTAS (finance.yahoo.com)
  4. ^ https://www.osha.gov/Top_Ten_Standards.html (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ www.cintas.com/safe (cts.businesswire.com)

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    Where To Get Health Fitness Tips? Hello friends let me know where you can get health fitness tips. I have recently read blog related health and fitness and I found it helpful. I am looking for more same king of blog which I have read before. Please you may take a review and suggest me more. Thanks!

    Blog: healthfitnesstipszone.blogspot.com

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      Health and fitness centers are more in numbers where you can be trained to keep up your good health in good way. Inspite of visiting the Gym or health and fitness centers many a time, people are not able to maintain good health. Therefore one should maintain their daily diet along with the good exercise, by doing this you can maintain good health.

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    Send Me The Health Tips?

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      Many people take for granted very simple ways to healthy living and eating. Our foods are full of toxins, chemicals and preservatives so when you eat try to think natural which is the best way to know your eating right.

      If we go back thousands of years when man had no supermarkets and no packaged goods but just simple food then we can relate that to how we should be eating in the 21st century. Back then man would eat food straight from the fruit trees, vegetables that have no chemicals in the soil and free of pesticide spray. Men and women would have been much healthier as they would have also had to work hard to gather their food and we all know that exercise is a vital part of healthy living.

      Instead of buying your vegetables from the supermarket which are usually full of chemicals and pesticides consider taking a visit to your small local fresh fruit & vegetable store. Not all of these small fresh fruit & vegetable stores are are that much better as many of them still buy their stock from the same growers as the supermarket chains. The best way to judge if the produce is free from toxins & chemicals is to take it in your hand and take a look at the produce. Study the leafs in greens, do they have a look of been nearly perfect and pest free? If the leaves looks like they have had some harmless insects nibbling at the leaves then thats a good sign the produce has not been sprayed. Do the tomatoes looks pale and without blemishes? If so they have been grown in a hothouse artificially. You are the best judge, use your own discretion and ask the shop keeper directly if the produce is organic and free of sprays & chemicals.

      You can also find particular sections in supermarkets & fresh fruit & vegetable stores that cater especially for organic foods which is probably one of the best guarantees that the food is free of toxins. You can also find fresh fruit & vegetable stores that only sell organic foods which is usually the best places to buy.

      Eggs are another food source that can be unhealthy to eat due to the chickens bred in cages and they get no exercise and the eggs contain traces of chemicals from the artificially produced eggs. The eggs also have less natural vitamins, minerals and proteins so we don’t get the full benefits of what natural eggs would normally contain. To be assured your eggs are going to be good for you then buy farm range eggs that are organically grown.

      How many of us buy white sugar or use white sugar when buying a drink from a café? Most likely over 80% of us… Instead of having white sugar which is very bad for our health when too much of it is consumed, buy raw sugar which is less refined or even better use honey to sweeten your drinks and food. Honey is a very healthy food but make sure you buy it unfiltered and honey that has not gone through any processing or heating. The best place to buy honey is straight from the owners of bee hives. If you do have to buy your honey from a store then look for a dark natural color with traces of honey comb and read the label.

      Another over consumed everyday food source is salt, apparently most people eat 2 sacks of salt a year more than they need. That is an awful lot of salt but its in nearly every packaged food and nearly all foods from your local restaurant, cafés or fast food outlet. Aways insist on salt free food when buying from these places and most restaurant & cafés will be happy to prepare a special dish free of salt for you although at a slightly higher price but it’s well worth it. We all need some salt but not so much, only use natural sea salt or kelp in our meals and do so moderately.

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    What Are Some Good Health/fitness Tips? Im a fourteen years old and i been trying to lose weight for a month and only loss two pounds and i want to lose a lot of weight before the summer ends (seven weeks)

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      TIP 1. Study.
      Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.

      Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong, Bobybuilding.com, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it. And, avoid magazine and other cheap commercial informational products about fitness, glamour, muscle building, fashion and fads. Don’t be part of the “herd” unless you want to look, feel, and perform like the “herd”.

      Use books, especially late edition text books on subjects such as nutrition, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology…especially exercise physiology. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

      Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.

      You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.

      TIP 2. Don’t micromanage
      Your body is a work in progress. You won’t have your adult body for almost a decade. Don’t try to make changes which may go against nature while nature is developing you physically. Sure, everyone wants to be svelte and fit and so should you. However, you don’t want to try to lose fat, for example, when your body is trying to build muscle unless you are very much over weight. Trying to reduce body fat to 15%, for example, can inhibit the growth of muscle and important tissues. You at the age where eating disorders begin to manifest themselves so avoid obsessing about food, fat, and body image.

      TIP 3. Eat a good and proper diet
      This is easy said than done. Learn to read and understand food labels, count calories, manage macro nutrient ratios, etc. You are what you eat and your long term health and well being are very much dependent on your ability to eat properly for now and the rest of your life.

      TIP 4. Exercise
      Exercise does not have to be work. It can be dancing or walking or swimming or anything that involve low risk, a wider variety of motions and muscle contractions, and elevates your heart rate to 80% of max where max is 230 – your age and sustains it at that level for 20 minutes several times a week. And, build muscle too. Only muscle offers all of the following.
      • Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
      • Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
      • More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
      • Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
      • Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
      • Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
      • Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
      • Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
      • Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30
      • Minimal wear & tear (low risk)
      It only take a couple of hours of hard work to build strength.

      TIP 5. Be happy
      Manage your stress. Keep your reactions in proper proportion, your negative emotions in check, and don’t be a drama queen. Do those things which bring you happiness.

      TIP 6. Use this website.
      Be sure to bookmark it and use it. It’s been recommended by the people your doctor listens to, US National Institute of Health, and has tons of information about your growing and changing body. –> http://teenshealth.org/teen/

      Good luck and good health!!

      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
      • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
      • BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
      • BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
      • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

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    Overall Beuty And Health Tips? ? Just some things i can do to look my best for back to school

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      Beauty and health is most common problem with lots of women. All women wants to look pretty. Health tips is very useful for all. Drink lots of water and do exercise regularly is best option for keep healthy.

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    I Need Dieting/Health Tips? I am only a teen, and I’m trying to train for soccer, but I need help with my diet. I don’t like ANY fruits or vegetables. I also don’t like any beef. The only meat I eat is turkey and chicken. I am a bit addicted to junk food also. I always try foods like fruits and vegetables, but I just can’t get myself to eat them. I workout a lot, so Im not overweight, but Im really concerned with how my diet is effecting me with my stamina and all. Do you have any tips on how I can eat healthier and get my body healthier? For example: If I were to squeeze the juice out of fruits and drink that with no added sugars or anything, or drinking vitamin water or whatever. Please help! Thanks

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      Perhaps you could try The Great Australian Diet discussed below.

      Created by Australian health guru Dr John Tickell, the Great Australian Diet is touted as a return to natural foods and natural eating patterns. Tickell, an obstetrician turned sports medicine specialist, claims that after travelling the world and studying foods, he has discovered several simple rules which can help anyone lose weight healthily.

      He describes the Great Australian Diet as “anti-Atkins, anti-CSIRO” and emphasises the importance of carbohydrates in the diet, saying that the “two most important foods we eat -fruits and vegetables- are carbohydrates”. Dr John also criticises the low GI diet because, he says, it frightens people off eating carbs.

      The Great Australian Diet is actually rather complicated, and may not be as easy to follow as Dr Tickell seems to think. First of all, he replaces the glycemic index with the HI, or ‘Human Interference’ factor. This means that foods which have been highly processed, such as salami, white bread and white rice, are considered unhealthy, and are replaced by unprocessed alternatives- raw and lightly cooked vegetables, fish, especially deep water fish and sardines, and small amounts of lean meat. 2/3 of the diet should be composed of vegetables and fruits, and 1/3 ‘bonus’ foods, which are essentially lean proteins, and after the initial two day cleansing period, which is very low calorie, 15 different types of plants should be eaten every day.

      Since no calorie guidelines are given, and only vague instructions to eat 4 or 5 nuts and so on, this may be the downfall of many dieters. After all, its pretty easy to forget how many nuts, seeds and grains you have eaten. It may also be hard for people on busy schedules to keep to such a demanding diet, since eating out is restricted really to grilled fish and an occasional steak and vegetables.

      But the Great Australian Diet is much more than just an eating plan. Dieters get points for watching the sunset, hugging their children and other ‘coping’ activities, and use gentle exercise techniques to strengthen trunk and arm muscles. Walking is also part of the diet, which claims over 91 days to re-educate the body into natural rhythms. One of the selling points for me at least, is the resting weeks- after each three weeks on the diet, there are two weeks when you are allowed to eat freely, and recuperate. However, although it seems pretty healthy, the Great Australian Diet is never going to be voted easiest diet of the year.

      You can see further details in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22the+great+australian+diet%22&fr=ush-ans

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