Safety Blog

Silica Safety Presentation

Crystalline silica is an important industrial material found abundantly in the earth’s crust. Quartz, the most common form of silica, is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Materials containing quartz are found in a wide variety of workplaces.

HAZCOM Rule

In May 25, 2012, the final rule for the updated Hazard Communication standard became effective and enforceable. OSHA published a transition schedule, and as of June 1, 2016 that transition is over.

The transition dates that affect IFCA Members is/was as follows:

New OSHA Rule for Silica Dust

OSHA announces final rule to improve U.S. workers' protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust

Ladders...Proceed with Caution

The holiday season is over, but hunting season is here...and then we’ll move to home repair season which could be year round, right? What’s that got to do with construction you ask?

Confined Space in Construction

Until May 4, 2015 there wasn’t any rules specifically pertaining to construction workers performing work in confined spaces. On August 3, 2015 that all changed when OSHA began enforcing Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926. A lot of us were already following the general industry standard but in the following I will try to explain what is different

Safety Glasses

Most people would expect this topic to cover more than just one form of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, one of the recurring problems found on jobs is the lack of use of proper eye protection. Many contractors write in their safety programs that safety glasses are required when performing such tasks as grinding, using saws and such but rarely can any safety professional go onto a job and not find a hazard to the eyes.

American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc. Wins International Safety Award

crest awards pictureChicago – American Interior Construction & Blinds, Inc., a drywall contractor based out of Newton Square, PA, earned an international award for safety excellence this past Friday evening during the FCA International Awards Ceremony in Chicago.

Safety Thought of the Day: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. What do experts recommend as the single most important step to take in preventing slips and falls? Simple...keep floors clean, dry, and free of obstruction. When it comes to safeguards against slips and falls, nothing is more important than good housekeeping.

Trenching and Excavation Safety

Two workers are killed every month in trench collapses. This OSHA Trenching & Excavation Saftety Fact Sheet provides details on keeping a workplace free of recognized hazards that may cause serious injury or death.

Performing the Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Analysis

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.