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5 Essential Tips to Voting Safely During COVID-19

The Presidential Election is only a few short weeks away. Though the past few months has been unorthodox to say the least; the COVID pandemic, economic turmoil, and natural disaster, it’s important to remember voting is important. If fact, it’s essential to our democracy. The outcome will undoubtedly shape the

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Preparing for Natural Disasters Can Help Save Lives

The month of September is recognized by FEMA as National Preparedness Month. The general purpose is to promote awareness of disasters and provide planning tools to help mitigate damages. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” Whether it’s a pandemic, hurricane, flooding, tornadoes, or wildfires, disasters

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How to Wear a Mask to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The rate of daily COVID cases is beginning to rise. Some stats show the daily infected number hovering around 40,000. More concerning is a report from John Hopkins, which suggests a second surge of Coronavirus cases could happen before fall. Couple this with the upcoming flu season, and health experts

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COVID-19 Related Workplace Lawsuits Are on The Rise

COVID-19 continues to cause a negative impact on the economy. Businesses struggle to remain open and many people are concerned about their health and safety. With many businesses, and now schools, reopening or beginning to reopen, people face a challenging choice between income and safety. The search for an effective

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OSHA Changes Respirator Fit Testing Standards

According to TSI Incorporated, OSHA announced changes to its Respiratory Protection Standard. The changes affect the Ambient Aerosol Condensation Nuclei Counter (CNC) Quantitative Fit Test (QNFT) Protocols in 29CFR 1910.134, Appendix A. These changes include modified protocols for the following respirators: • Full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators • Filtering facepiece

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Falls from Elevation – a Leading Cause of Death on Construction Sites

In 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,008 construction fatalities, 320 were attributed to falls, and fall protection remains a top osha most frequently cited violations. As fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, OSHA announced

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Face Coverings Make A Difference – Which One Should You Wear?

Face coverings are now the new norm in every work environment. It most states it’s mandated that people wear some form of face covering while inside confined areas, such as grocery stores, retail stores, professional offices, and when social distancing is not an option. Even those who work outside, and

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FDA Warns of Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

Though some states have leveled off, other states are beginning to see COVID-19 spikes. While social distancing and mask wearing are critical to containing the spread, hand hygiene is a component not to be overlooked. Though the CDC has stated the exact contribution of hand hygiene to the reduction of

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We’re Hiring In 2020: Multiple Positions

United Alliance Services Corporation (UASC), OccuMed of New England’s sister company, is growing quickly and we’re looking to expand our team! UASC is a full-service provider of occupational health and safety consulting and training services. We understand the compliance issues that affect the business owner, manager, contractor, insurer, and broker.

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Unsafe Workplaces – 900 COVID-19 Noncompliance Complaints

As businesses try to navigate these uncertain times and provide a safe work environment, many states are still showing increases in COVID-19 cases. For states where cases are either declining or holding steady, workers are returning to work under stricter safety protocols. Employers are also scrambling to keep up with

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Safety Advisory Notice

To keep our clients informed and safe, we are providing information on a recent recall notice from 3M™. If you are using these products, please read this announcement and follow the steps provided. 3M™ recently issued a notice to immediately stop using TR-6510N and TR-6530N Cartridges. These cartridges are used

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Employees Sue Employers Over COVID-19 Safety

As states continue with reopening plans, Coronavirus has not subsided. In fact, in many states, the rate of infection is increasing at an alarming rate. While the CDC provides recommendations on ways to protect yourself and others, not everyone is adhering to the guidance. In one hard-hit region, Las Vegas,

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July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th is a time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. It’s also a time to be with family and friends to enjoy a cookout and watch the fireworks. However, this year is different. Even as states are relaxing their shutdown plans and reopening, the Coronavirus is still spreading in most

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June is National Safety Month

As businesses begin to reopen and employees start returning to work, now, more than ever, safety is crucial both inside and outside the workplace. In concert with the National Safety Council, we’re recognizing June as National Safety Month®. National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the

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OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidance on Recording Cases

With construction sites and many businesses reopening in all states, OSHA has issued new guidance for employers for recording COVID-19 cases. Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness. Employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19: • If the case is

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