Kevin Ian Schmidt

Category Archives: Safety

Ground Ladder Safety

The safe use of mobile ground ladders is often overlooked, as many employers assume employees know how to use them, since it is equipment used in most households. Any assumption when it comes to safety is a potential hazard. A ground ladder safety policy sets expectations of use for employees, in the safe operation of […]

HCS Training for Supervisors

The  Hazard Communication Standard 2012 is now aligned with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) that provides many benefits, including: Providing a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets; Improving the quality and consistency of hazard information in […]

How to Read an SDS Sheet

The Hazard Communication Standard of 2012 requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards. SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent user-friendly, 16-section format. We will discuss this format […]

PPE Explained

OSHA standards require the use of PPE to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers and they must also make sure employees use and maintain PPE […]

The Basics of PPE Training

In many countries around the world, it is widely recognized that wearing protective equipment in various working environments is essential to protect the health and safety of workers. This is especially true in hazardous environments such as confined spaces, and in certain industries such as the oil and gas, marine, energy and petrochemical industries. Regardless […]

Job Hazard Analysis Form

A Job Safety Analysis form, or sometimes called a Job Hazard Analysis, is a full review of workplace hazards with plans on how to reduce or remove those hazards. There are 3 steps to conducting a Job Safety Analysis, or JSA, which are as follows: List out the tasks that your team performs on a […]

How to Conduct a Job Hazard Analysis

A job hazard analysis is an important tool for identifying hazards in the workplace. This is not a one and done process, a quality Job-Hazard-Analysis, or JHA, is conducted annually, in addition to whenever job processes or equipment change. Besides identifying workplace hazards and forming the foundation of mitigating those hazards, a JHA serves as […]

Every Organization Needs a Safety Plan

While avoiding workplace incidents is always desirable, in today’s world, “lucky” might not be enough. The reality is, in the United States, lawsuits can arise from seemingly unexpected situations. Someone injured at an event hosted by your company, a slip-and-fall in a building you manage – even unintentional accidents can lead to legal action. This […]