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Fire Safety Prevention and Preparation

Regardless of the industry or type of business you conduct at your work facility, fire safety should always be a main concern. Too often we get wrapped up in our work and do not take the conscious steps needed to prevent work fires. The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about the following precautions they can take to be aware of their surroundings in the facility to prevent future fire emergencies.


Planning and Responding to Workplace Emergencies

September is Emergency Preparedness Month. Considering that many of us spend a good portion of each day at our jobs, being prepared at work is essential. In addition to its long list of regulations, the OSHA website has all types of information, resources and tools available to employers to help prepare for emergencies and keep employees safe, should an emergency or disasters strike. Obviously, preparedness is key, since no one can predict a fire, earthquake, explosion, etc., so employers must establish and implement effective safety and health management systems that will prepare their workers.


Home Protection against Brushfires

by Will Wenrich

Most New Jersey residents only think of a forest fire as something that exists on TV. The reality is, New Jersey’s pine barren forests are one of the most fire prone environments. With all eyes on fire activity in the West and Alaska, New Jersey has still experienced 728 fires with 1484.5 acres burned as of August 23rd, 2015. It is important for homeowners to understand the risk despite the perceived danger.


Protect Yourself by Practicing Electrical Safety

Fundamentals of Electricity

  • There must be a completed path (circuit) stemming from and returning to the power source (battery, transformer) in order for electricity to flow.
  • Electrical current has the ability to flow through humans and other conductors, such as earth, metals and concrete.

  • Insulators are resistant the flow of electricity. Insulating materials are used to create electrical work gloves and are used to coat copper conducting wires. Insulators help shield individuals from coming into contact with flowing electricity.

  • Even when there is not electricity flowing through receptacle, there is still “potential” electricity in the receptor that can cause shock.


Crystalline Silica and Silicosis

Silicosis is a potentially dangerous but preventable occupational lung infection caused by inhaling respirable particles containing crystalline silicon dioxide (silica). Quartz, a form of crystalline silica, is the second-most plentiful mineral inside the earth’s crust.