Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Product Showcase: Ergodyne CORE Multi-band

Here is a product that we’ve carried for a while now that just doesn’t get enough recognition. The Ergodyne Core Multi-band can be worn in a number of ways. It can be used as a Headband, Skull Cap, Balaclava, Wristband, Neckerchief, Hairband, Dew Rag, Scarf and a Mask. Its made from Moisture Wicking material to keep you cool during the summer and warm in the winter. It also comes in a variety of design colors and patterns: Red Western, Navy Western, Hi-Vis Lime, Stars & Stripes, Flames, Skulls, Be Tenacious. Check out the video below that shows several of its many uses and let us know what you think.

Key factors in Selecting FR Clothing

Article by Mark Saner, Workrite

Question – When in the initial phases of coming into compliance with NFPA 70E and starting to evaluate different FR garments, why wouldn’t you just go with the least expensive garment that meets the standard?

Answer – While garments can look very similar on the surface, they often contain different characteristics. This is especially true in flame-resistant garments, where key elements like fabric brand used and construction techniques can make a real impact on both performance and wear life over time. Additionally, your company may have specific “business-to-business” needs in order to service your program, from credit, to specific alterations required, to the need for non-stock sizes or ordering online.

When evaluating flame-resistant clothing, it is about finding products that offer the best balance of protection, comfort and value. Continue reading

Keep Fire Safety On The Checklist This Holiday

Article by OH&S

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries.

Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season. Continue reading

Top Ten Construction Apps

2011 Construction AppsThis is a list of the top submitted Apps for Apple iOS and Android platforms by Construction Professionals & Engineers. Below you will find a list of Apps both free and paid. If you have any you would like to share, feel free to comment and add your suggestions to the list.

1. BIMx
by Graphisoft SE
Platforms: Apple iOS
This app turns your device into a 3D communication and presentation tool.After users upload a 3D drawing, they can explore architectural design in a building information modeling environment.

2. Onsite Planroom
by UDA Technologies Inc.
Platforms: Apple iOS & Android
OnSite PlanRoom for iPads is designedto synchronize with ConstructionOnline documents (once you sign up for a free account at,which offers one GB of storage space). Continue reading

OSHA Releases New Educational Videos on Construction Hazards

Here is a really wonderful set of educational resources put out by OSHA that could be used in any number of ways by Companies.  For instance, I know there are companies out there that require employees to complete a number of training hours per year regarding safety; These videos could be utilized to put together hours worth of training, all set up in a matter of minutes.

Their are 12 videos in all, ranging from 2-4 minutes each, which may not be long, but if you use group input and demonstrations following each video, perhaps even include personal stories and how incidents could have been avoided using highlights from the video, you have several hours of useful and effective training while adapting a sense of company / employee cohesion through individual collaboration.

Their is a wide array of useful possibilities for these resources due their availability to the public and the ease of the Video Selection Interface, the videos are available to stream from YouTube, or to download and run right from your computer.  So please take the time and look through the following article and see for yourself.


Read the full article, or go straight to the OSHA videos.

ASSE Releases “Body of Knowledge” Online Searchable Resource

Posted by ISHN

online search toolThe American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) unveiled a new ‘Safety, Health and Environmental Body of Knowledge’ (BOK) tool at its recent Leadership Conference for ASSE members. The tool is a compilation of occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) information in one searchable, interactive on-line database which aims to provide the safety profession, businesses, communities and more the information they need when it comes to SH&E. Continue reading

Top 10 Most Cited Standards by OSHA

Fall HazardsThe following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA compliance officers. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized  hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up.

And before unnecessary injuries, illnesses and fatalities occur.

1 – 1626.451 – Scaffolding
2 – 1926.501 – Fall protection
3 – 1910.1200 – Hazard communication
4 – 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
5 – 1926. 1053 – Ladders
6 – 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout
7 – 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods
8 – 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
9 – 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements
10 – 1910.212 – Machine Guarding

5 Ways to Increase a Sense of Urgency in Safety

Article by ISHNUrgent Safety

Many safety programs never really get off the ground, despite being well-planned and well-intentioned.  They are unable to overcome the inertia in the organization. Staff procrastinate on these programs in favor of less important ones, give excuses for actions not delivered, or budge only when pushed. It is like the pull of gravity on a rocket that’s just lifted off. Tremendous force is needed to break free of the ground.  The force required to overcome complacency and create change is known as a sense of urgency. Think of it as rocket fuel. It is a desire to move now. It is characterized by a set of beliefs and feelings that lead us to constantly look for important issues and make progress today.

The pace of change arising from a sense of urgency becomes evident when there is a major accident. Such accidents trigger fear, a sense of righteousness and social morality. The sense of urgency that results quickly overcomes the complacency in the organization. Significant improvement is made.  The problem is: we do not want a major accident in the first place! Another Seveso, Bhopal or Deepwater Horizon disaster is one too many.  Instead of waiting for major accidents to occur, it is easier to lower the bar for urgency. Urgency is not absolute, but relative. What is perceived by people as urgent, becomes urgent.  For example, an oil spill onto the factory floor from a two hundred liter drum can either trigger a “Let’s stay behind and get this cleaned up” reaction or a “Let’s just cordon the area off and do the cleaning tomorrow” reaction. It’s not the circumstances that determine the experience of the staff, it’s the perspective and actions of the leader and his team. By changing the way we look at something, and how we act on it, a sense of urgency can be created. Continue reading

Use Social Media to Build Your Construction Company

post by

social media

As more contractors and design firms dive into social media, some—but not all—are beginning to develop formal company policies and programs to guide employee behavior and manage risks as they attempt to build an online presence and promote their brand.

The move online by A/E/C firm has lately become an onrush, says Ronald Worth, chief executive officer for the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Alexandria, Va., who likens it to the adoption of the iPad. Still, Worth estimates only about 15% of those firms are producing company policies to guide their social media efforts. Continue reading