Sunday, February 28, 2016

OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program helps nearly 30,000 employers create safer workplaces in 2015

OSHA's On-site Consultation Program provided free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to 27,871 small and medium-sized businesses across the country in 2015. The program recognizes that while most employers want to keep their workers safe and healthy on the job, smaller businesses often lack the resource of an on-site safety professional to find and fix hazards. Last year, 87 percent of consultations were conducted at businesses with 100 or fewer employees.

Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. Priority is given to high-hazard worksites in industries such as manufacturing and construction. In 2015, consultants identified and helped employers eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards, protecting an estimated 3.5 million workers from possible injury, illness or death.

On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Visit OSHA's website to find the local On-site Consultation Program office in your state or territory.

Monday, February 22, 2016

National Safety Stand-Down May 2016

National Safety Stand-Down highlights importance of preventing falls, leading cause of worker death, serious injury in the construction industry

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal safety agencies announced today that they have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls - the cause of the highest number of industry deaths in the construction industry.
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training are leading the effort to encourage employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, demonstrations, and training on how to recognize hazards and prevent falls.
"Falls still kill far too many construction workers," said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "While we regularly work with employers, industry groups and worker organizations on preventing falls and saving lives, the National Safety Stand-Down encourages all employers - from small businesses to large companies operating at many job sites - to be part of our effort to ensure every worker makes it to the end of their shift safely."
More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015, and OSHA expects thousands of employers across the nation to join the 2016 event. To guide their efforts, OSHA has developed the official National Safety Stand-Down web site with information on conducting a successful stand-down. After their events, employers are encouraged to provide feedback and will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
"In many workplaces, falls are a real and persistent hazard. Given the nature of the work, the construction industry sees the highest frequency of fall-related deaths and serious, sometimes debilitating injuries," said Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH. "Since the effort began in 2014, the National Safety Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for both employers and workers to stop and take time in the workday to identify existing fall hazards, and then offer demonstrations and training to emphasize how to stay safe on the job."
The National Safety Stand-Down in 2016 is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign. Begun in 2012, the campaign was developed in partnership with the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda program. It provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to take steps to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers, and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment. OSHA has also produced a brief video with more information about the 2016 Stand-Down in English and Spanish.
For more information on the success of last year's Stand-Down, see the final data report. To learn how to partner with OSHA in this Stand-Down, visit . The page provides details on how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction visit .


Monday, February 8, 2016

CSC Safety Conference and Sponsorship

Time is short - register now for the Conference!
Sponsorship opportunities will close this week.

Construction Expo & Safety Conference 2016
Drury Lane Conference Center
March 7 & 8, 2016
These sponsorship's will go directly toward the expenses of the Safety Sessions.
If you or your company is interested, please select which type of sponsorship you would like below. All sponsorship's will get promoted in our online email blasts, in conference promotional material and signage at the conference.
Breakfast Sponsor Monday (4 available)  - Sold Out 

Breakfast Sponsor Tuesday (4 available)  - Sold Out
A/V Sponsor Monday (10 available, 2 sponsors per room)  $250
A/V Sponsor Tuesday (10 available, 2 sponsors per room) $250

You can sign up by emailing me directly at  or mail/fax the  Sponsorship Form to: Construction Safety Council, 4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 404, Hillside, IL 60162 ** Fax 708-449-8604
Conference Registration
The conference will be held:
Monday, March 7, 2016, 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

For more information about Safety Sessions, call CSC at  800-552-7744 .  For Exhibitor  and Sponsorship opportunities, or General  Admission Registration, call ASA Chicago at 847-827-8336 or visit

Download the detailed information packet, 11 pages. The packet contains Construction Safety Sessions & Safety Session Overviews.

Register Online at

View the video from the 2015 Conference.
  Conference Sponsors