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Commitment to Safety Improvement Award for 2014

Posted 2:39 PM by

Congratulations to Quality Plumbing & Heating for their 

Commitment to Safety Improvement Award - Construction

2014

Quality Plumbing & Heating

 

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2014 Safety Awards

Posted 2:20 PM by

Congratulations to the following for 2014’s Safety Awards:

 

General Contractor of the Year

TWG Construction, LLC

 

Outstanding Management Support

Smock Fansler Corporation

 

Commitment to Safety Improvement - General Industry

National Trade Supply, LLC

 

Commitment to Safety Improvement - Construction

Quality Plumbing & Heating

 

Safe Supervisor of the Year

Tory Murphy, Southern Roofing, Inc.

 

Safe Superintendent of the Year

John Cartmell, The Blakley Corporation


 

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Short Read: Construction vs. Maintenance

Posted 2:14 PM by

Construction vs. Maintenance

By: Chris Hall

In any business environment, it is important to understand which government regulations apply.  This applies to the business, human resources, environmental, or safety aspects of the workplace.  When it comes to OSHA regulations, this same principle holds true.  For simplicity, OSHA has divided many of the regulations into categories based on particular types of industry; General Industry, Agriculture, Maritime, Construction, etc...  Some of the General Industry regulations are considered “horizontal,” meaning they can apply across all types of employment.  The Hazard Communication Standard is one such regulation that is enforced with every employer regardless of the industry.  It is common for safety professionals working for employers in other industries to be knowledgeable with those General Industry regulations.  What may not be as well-known is how the Construction regulations may also apply to many employers without their knowledge.

This is all based on the way OSHA defines “construction” (covered by 29 CFR 1926) and “maintenance” (generally covered by 29 CFR 1910).  For the most part, if you are manufacturing products, running a distribution center, or work in the utility industry, the General Industry standard applies to your work environment.  On the occasion you are engaged in the activities of “construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating,” the construction regulations will apply.  OSHA’s definition of maintenance is not as simple or specifically spelled out in any particular standard.  Maintenance is viewed as a larger grey area because it is "keeping equipment working in its existing state, i.e., preventing its failure or decline.”
 

Key considerations to make for differentiating between construction and maintenance include:

  • The size and scope of the work, including time and type of materials used.
  • The specific work activity.  Although some work may be considered maintenance, the work is more closely related to construction through the use of specific equipment or tools.
  • Whether the repair or replacement constitutes an improvement.

The construction guidelines are more suited to provide safety rules for dynamic activities, whereas the general industry regulations typically deal with static or unchanging conditions.  In either case, the “General Duty Clause” is still applicable and OSHA requires employers to identify all safety hazards and provide appropriate protective measures to prevent serious injury or death.  It is always recommended to take a look at which safety regulations may apply for a particular task, and follow the more stringent of them.

In determining which OSHA regulations apply to your work activity, you need to provide a detailed assessment of the work.  In many cases this will cause you to question how you have defined the work.  In the end, it is important to be as familiar with the work as possible and identify the differences in the OSHA regulations that would normally apply and the construction safety rules.
 

This is a condensed article; Read the full article here.

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2014 SRI Christmas Party

Posted 2:10 PM by

Every year at Safety Resources we have a company pitch in to celebrate Christmas and the ending of a year. This year we had an ugly sweater contest, played games and exchanged funny secret Santa gifts. It was a day filled with fun and a great way to wrap up a great year. 

Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


 

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St. Mary’s Child Center Christmas Sponsorship Program

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With the generous support from all our employees and Safety Resources matching donations, we were able to sponsor NINE children this year!! It was very rewarding to pick out the gifts ranging from easy bake ovens to ninja turtle costumes. Merry Christmas!

St. Mary’s Child Center, founded in 1961, provides services to children who have or are “at risk” of learning or emotional problems.  St. Mary’s serves 280 children each day from all over Marion County. In addition, no child has ever been denied services at St. Mary’s for financial reasons.  We can change the course of a child’s life. http://www.stmaryschildcenter.org/

                                                              St. Mary's Child Center
 

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