Author: <span class="vcard">Kevin Schmidt</span>

Establishing the Safest Workplace Possible

Want to have a workplace that is viewed as a premiere workplace for safety? Want your employees not just to feel safe, but know they are safe? Then consider setting your workplace up to implement the soon to be released ISO 45001 standards, so you can be at the leading edge of workplace safety. First…


Accident Investigation in the Workplace Services

Kevin Schmidt Consulting offers two services concerning workplace accident investigations. The first option available to companies is to have Kevin Schmidt Consulting come out at investigate your workplace accidents, fatalities or other incidents involving injuries. I have years of experience in conducting various types of workplace accident investigations. I understand OSHA and how to properly…


Remembering 9/11

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Lock Out Tag Out Audit

Does anyone at your business perform maintenance of any piece or machine or equipment, this can be as simple as change an overhead light? Do you bring in an outside contractor to your business to perform these tasks? If the answer is yes to either of these, then your company needs a Lock-out/Tag-out program. Lock-out/Tag-out(LOTO)…


Hazard Communication Plan

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. This update will also help reduce trade…


First Aid Training and Kit Requirements

Does your business have a first aid kit? Do you have people in your business trained to render first aid?  What are the requirements for first aid kits, first aid training, and such according to OSHA? 1910.151(b) In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used…


Guidelines for Investigation Interviews

Definition Employee Investigation Interviews are set up to review claims made by employees regarding discrimination, harassment, violence, or other prohibited behaviors in the workplace.   The Interview Process When you conducting employee investigation interviews, the interview process should be carefully planned, followed, and documented to help mitigate exposure to litigation. The sequence of interviews should…


Fire Prevention Plan

The purpose of the fire prevention plan is to prevent a fire from occurring in a workplace. It describes the fuel sources (hazardous or other materials) on site that could initiate or contribute both to the spread of a fire, as well as the building systems, such as fixed fire extinguishing systems and alarm systems,…


Fire Risk Assessment

Prior to fighting any fire with a portable fire extinguisher you must perform a fire risk assessment that evaluates the fire size, the fire fighters evacuation path, and the atmosphere in the vicinity of the fire. Risk Assessment Question Characteristics of incipient stage fires or fires that can be extinguished with portable fire extinguishers Characteristics…


Emergency Exits: OSHA Standards

Emergency Exits are in every business, they are even required by most fire codes, but they are often an overlooked and worse even neglected integral part of a successful safety program. They should even be addressed in your Emergency Action Plan, but if you don’t address them correctly, it can result in OSHA fines, or…