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Generally, respirators are either categorized as loose-fitting or tight-fitting. Because tight-fitting respirators can’t protect you unless they fit, they're held to tougher standards. OSHA demands respirator fit testing only on tight-fitting respirators, and those respirators that don’t rely on a tight seal around a person’s face do not require testing. 
But just because you know what one is, do you know which one your employees will need?

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In 2015 there were over 37,000 violations in the top 10 alone, meaning too many workers in the United States still risk their lives unnecessarily. More than 20% of those violations involved not meeting fall protection requirements. Not only for employees working on roofs, but also those working on scaffolds. In fact, falls from height were a leading cause of death for construction workers. Last year 381 fatal fall accidents were reported to OSHA, 29 of which involved scaffolding. All those deaths could have been prevented.

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Falls, slips and accidents on the ground can cause enough damage on their own; in the air, these types of hazards are much greater. These 6 tips will help you stay in compliance with OSHA as well as reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries when working in the air.

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When it comes to workplace safety, it’s critical for construction companies to look at what could happen instead of what is (or isn’t) currently happening. Incidents can take place at any time and can happen to anyone. You must not take signs of potential danger lightly. A small crack on the wall or a rusty handle bar might be all it takes to cause a major workplace hazard.

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