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Silica Awareness Lunch & Learn – Indianapolis Location

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Silica Awareness – Tuesday, January 16th

Please register for this lunch & learn session by Friday, January 12th

This presentation is designed to benefit managers as well as employees. This session will cover:

  • What is respirable crystalline silica?
  • Why are we concerned?
  • What do the standards require for construction and general industry?
  • What is specified by the standards and what is not?
  • What are the 3 primary requirements in the standards that may not be readily obvious?
  • What are the steps toward compliance that we must take?
  • Where do we see the biggest shortcomings in compliance?
  • What do we anticipate enforcement to look like?

Schedule for our FREE Lunch & Learn Sessions:
Lunch – Begins at 11:30am
Class – Noon to 1pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – RSVP by Friday, January 12th
To reserve your spot, please contact Liz Frazier at 317-263-3500 or by email:

Trainer Bio – Trent Blake, ASP

As the Security, Health and Safety Director for KERAMIDA’s multi-disciplined service organization, Trent plays a pivotal role within the corporation. He has a proven track record of delivering effective and efficient management across complex global organizations. His career has included regional and international roles in environmental, health, safety, and security management for multi-faceted organizations such as Johnson Controls, Ingersoll Rand, and Clark Construction Group.

Trent holds a B.S. in Building Construction Management from Purdue University, is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, and holds an Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Online Safety Training from NSC

Are you compliant with all driver training requirements for your employees? The National Safety Council now offers online Defensive Driving and other compliance courses, to enable employers to train workers quickly, easily, and at the employee’s pace.

NSC online training courses integrate full-motion video, animation, interactive user exercises and real-world situations to provide a comprehensive, technically-sound solution for employers needing compliant safety training.

Check out the NSC online safety training catalog for current offerings!

Fall Protection Tops OSHA Fines for 2014

According to recent report by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN), fall protection violations topped OSHA’s reported workplace violations for 2014, resulting in nearly $20 million in fines levied against employers. (Top OSHA Violations…)

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The construction industry accounted for the vast majority of fall protection fines, gathering $17 million among specialty trade contractors alone. Other industries, from heavy and civil engineering to real estate saw large quantities of fines levied as well.

Fall protection is serious business.  Proper adherence to OSHA rules and regulations can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury for your workers. Click here for more information on OSHA’s fall protection standards. 

Not sure if your jobsite is in compliance with the relevant regulations? Ritz Safety can schedule a jobsite safety audit to help you stay safe and avoid costly violations. Contact us today to request a safety audit at your location!

Is your team excited about safety? Maybe this will help!

OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recently released a new training tool, in the form of a web-based game. OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool is “an interactive, online, game-based training tool” that helps learn “the core concepts of hazard identification.”

The training tool does not get into details of specific OSHA regulations or what might be covered in an inspection, but instead focuses on good habits for identifying workplace hazards. Employees , business owners, or anyone interested in safety are challenged to look at all areas of a workplace for potential safety concerns.

The OSHA Hazard Identification Training Tool can be accessed here. If you are a business owner, safety coordinator, worker, or just someone interested in safety, it is worth trying out!

5 Reasons Why First Aid Training is Important

This is part 1 of a 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa Area. In this series, Donna will walk us through the importance of first aid training and give some great tips for how to get started training your workforce to perform life-saving first aid.


The human body is susceptible to injury, illness and trauma. We never know when an injury may happen to us, the people we care about or those who are around us. It is always good to have some basic knowledge to take care of critical situations, to keep it from going from bad to worse, or to assist until medical help arrives. Administering first aid to victims in the event of accidents, mishaps and illnesses during office and school hours is encouraged. One must know the basic principles of first aid and this knowledge is gained by taking a First Aid class to become certified.

Listed below are the 5 top reasons why first aid training is so important.

  1. Increases safety: Prevention is the basis of first aid training. We teach that it is better to be safe than sorry. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well being among people. It prompts them to be more alert and safe in their surroundings. Awareness and the desire to be accident free makes you practice safe habits, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.
  2. Helps save lives: If a person who is trained to give first aid responds to a casualty in his vicinity, immediate action can be taken and lives can be saved. It is natural for most of us to rush to support any injured person but a trained person is more reliable, confident and composed while in trauma situations.
  3. Helps relieve pain: Minor injuries require a simple solution such as applying an ice pack or a quick rub. A trip to the emergency room can be avoided if a First Aid trained person attends to the victim.  The certified person can reduce and temporarily relieve the pain by performing simple procedures.
  4. Makes people more secure: Knowing that you can save your own life if needed or take care of the people you know during an emergency helps you relax and be more confident. This sense of security promotes a healthy and safe environment. The presence of trained people provides reassurance to the others.
  5. Prevents the situation from becoming worse: A trained person would know how to keep the situation from escalating. Many emergencies are progressive in nature so it is important to manage the initial signs and symptoms. A first aid certified person will provide temporary treatment which will keep the condition of the victim from deteriorating, till professional help arrives.

Knowledge of first aid instills confidence among people, their families, their colleagues and associates. Basic first aid skills are very helpful in dealing with trauma situations.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.

Tune in for part 2 of this series, to hear about the most common types of workplace injuries and illnesses, and how to prevent them.

First Aid Statistics – 7 Facts

Part 2 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area) helps to explain just why first aid training is so important. Workplace injuries and accidents are far more common that we might think – read on to discover more!

Safe practices while at work, home, or play can prevent many injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Once injury or sudden illness occurs, effective first aid can make the difference between a rapid or prolonged recovery, a temporary or permanent disability, and even life or death.

That is motivation enough to ensure you and your employees are first aid and CPR/AED trained, but wait until you read the statistics.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, defines first aid as “emergency care provided for injury or sudden illness before professional emergency medical treatment is available.” The statistics for workplace or home injuries or deaths are alarming. An incident can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.


  1. Workplace injuries and illnesses kill about 2.2 million people in the world each year.
  2. Accidental injury is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for individuals younger than 44 years of age.
  3. Fifteen workers die each day in the U.S. from traumatic injuries.
  4. Approximately 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year.
  5. In the U.S. about 1/3 of all injuries happen at home.
  6. In the U.S. about 20% of injury deaths happen at home.
  7. For every home injury death there are approximately 650 nonfatal home injuries.

Having someone at your workplace that is certified in first aid or CPR to deliver initial emergency procedures until EMS arrives can be the difference between life and death. Are you and your employees trained and ready to respond in an emergency?

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes.

Tune in for part 3 of this series for a true story of a life that was saved by the successful application of CPR and emergency first aid.  You won’t want to miss this!

When It’s Life or Death, CPR Makes all the Difference!

In part 3 of our 4-part series contributed by Donna Wishart (a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area), you’ll hear about a life that was saved by the quick action of a coworker trained in CPR.  Donna also shares some quick facts that demonstrate how important CPR is, and how quickly you and your workers can learn it.

First, check out this amazing story of a young lady who nearly died after a cardiac arrest, and was saved in large part from the quick thinking and acting of Gonzaga University staff!

Facts about CPR:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults. Most occur in persons with underlying heart disease, though sometimes these underlying diseases are unknown until the cardiac arrest episode.
  • CPR doubles a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.
  • 75% of all cardiac arrests occur in people’s homes.
  • The typical victim of cardiac arrest is a man in his early 60’s and a woman in her late 60’s.
  • Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men than in women.
  • In sudden cardiac arrest the heart goes from a normal heartbeat to a quivering rhythm called ventricular fibrillation in about 2/3rds of all cardiac events. V FIB is fatal unless an electrical shock called defibrillation is administered with an AED. CPR extends the window of time in which defibrillation is effective by keeping vital organs supplied with oxygen.
  • CPR provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart to keep these organs alive until defibrillation shocks the heart into a normal rhythm.
  • If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation is provided within 10 minutes of collapse, the person has a 60% chance of survival.  CPR can hold off the life-threatening effects of cardiac arrest for up to 6 minutes, giving emergency crews ample time to arrive on scene and begin defibrillation.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

Tune in for the conclusion of this series to start your organization’s Emergency Action Plan!

Start Your Emergency Action Plan Today!

In the conclusion to our 4-part series, Donna Wishart discusses how to get started with an Emergency Action Plan for your facility or jobsite.  This essential step will put you the right path towards a safer workplace and a more informed staff.

Emergencies can strike without warning and effect your company’s ability to maintain production.  When an emergency hits, your response could mean the difference between life and death.

Survival can depend upon your readiness. No matter what type of business you are in, an effective Emergency Action Plan will help to ensure your employees can survive the worst possible emergency.

Your emergency response plan needs to be not only current but effective. It cannot be a policy on paper only. Your plan needs to include proper equipment and adequate training as well as proper maintenance of both.

Things to Consider

  • What are your human resources?  How many employees do you have?
  • What type of facility do you have – warehouse, office, outdoor jobsite?
  • What type of work is conducted in your workplace?
  • What medical dangers might be present?
  • Do you have an Emergency Response Team?
  • How close are your local EMS locations, and how quickly can they respond?
  • What first aid supplies do you currently have, and what new supplies might you need?
  • Do you offer regular training to first responders?  Is the training geared toward the specific hazards present in your workplace?

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers a variety of first aid training classes, including CPR and AED training.

To take the next step, and begin your Emergency Action Plan, contact Wishart Safety or your local Ritz Safety representative!

Bloodborne Pathogen Training – Just as Important Today as Ever

With all the news coverage of the Ebola scare in recent weeks, many workplaces and individuals are wondering how and if they should prepare for this new threat. In part one of a 3-part series, we will hear from Donna Wishart, a CPR/First Aid/AED trainer we have partnered with in the Tampa area. Donna addresses the importance of bloodborne pathogen training, and why it should be an integral part of your workforce training regimen. She also talks about the greatest risk for bloodborne pathogen exposure, and it might not be what you think!

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens could happen on any school campus, office environment, construction site … at any time, and on any given day.

Consider for a moment how often school teachers encounter students that have suffered a bloody nose during class. Or how frequently employees sustain cuts, scrapes, or even bleeding injuries. Also, staff becoming ill and vomiting at work. It may not be the most glamorous part of an employee’s job, but it’s vital that staff learn and understand how to properly handle bloodborne pathogen exposures to aid others while protecting themselves. Bloodborne pathogen exposure training is one of the most crucial parts of a staff member’s job, which is why it’s an annual safety-training requirement for most employees across the country.

Bloodborne pathogens, which are commonly referred to as “BBPs,” can be bacterial (i.e. staph or strep) or viral (i.e. flu, colds, hepatitis A, B, or C, Ebola and HIV). BBPs are present in blood and other body fluids, and can be transmitted when blood or body fluids from a contaminated person enters another person’s body through cuts, abrasions, or body cavities (such as the mouth, eyes, or nose). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 300,000 new cases of BBP exposure reported each year, but the greatest risk to personnel is from the hepatitis B virus. It is particularly crucial to focus on protection and prevention in regards to hepatitis B, because the signs and symptoms of the virus may not manifest for a long time – often weeks or months. Hepatitis B can cause liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice and sometimes even death. Chronic hepatitis B may eventually cause liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, a fatal disease with very poor response to current chemotherapy treatment. The CDC also estimates there are three million people currently infected with hepatitis C and most of them don’t even know it yet! That is why it is essential for staff to be educated and diligent in protecting themselves from any BBP exposure.

No matter the position and its particular duties, the risk of encountering an accident involving bodily fluids on the job, such as blood, is always present for most employees. Any human body fluid containing blood can carry BBPs. A key prevention strategy is to always exercise universal precautions – a series of precautionary measures designed to prevent against the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. One example of universal precautions would be the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves, masks, gowns when handling blood or other body fluids.

Donna Wishart is the owner of Wishart Safety Training, Inc., a local partner with Ritz Safety in the Tampa, FL area. Wishart Safety Training currently offers nationally accredited Bloodborne Pathogens training courses for all types of organizations.  The course is designed to teach employees how to avoid accidental exposures and how to manage an accidental exposure if one occurs. They issue a two year certification card upon completion of the class.

Be sure to check out part two of this series, for some information about how Ebola spreads, and how to stay safe.

How Serious is the Risk from Ebola?

With all the news coverage of the Ebola scare in recent weeks, many workplaces and individuals are wondering how and if they should prepare for this new threat. In part two of a 3-part series, we look at some facts and figures about Ebola. How is the disease spread, and how quickly? What are some practical steps YOU can take to minimize the risk of exposure? Read on to find out!

The Epidemic Scare

Just how contagious is Ebola? Listening to many news reports, you might think it is more contagious than most viruses, but the truth might surprise you. According to the CDC:

Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low.

The CDC goes on to say that the United States public health systems are well prepared to deal with isolated instances of Ebola. Various studies have been conducted on Ebola, and most experts agree a typical patient will only infect 1-2 other individuals with the virus.  Compared to other viral diseases, such as Influenza, that is a fairly low number.

So why has the outbreak of Ebola sparked such a scare? Unlike other infectious diseases like Influenza, the death rate for those infected with Ebola is very high (reports vary anywhere from 50% to 90%). The question remains then, how serious is the threat of Ebola, and how can a workplace protect against it?

How is it Spread?

Ebola is spread through blood and other body fluids. In addition, a person is not contagious until they have begun to exhibit symptoms. Normal precautions should be followed when around someone who has signs of sickness, including proper hand-washing and avoiding contact with body fluids. In the workplace, it is important to have PPE such as disposable gloves and masks available, so that workers don’t put themselves at risk while trying to help others.

Steps to Take

The CDC offers some helpful information about minimizing risks and recognizing signs of Ebola. Here are their tips for staying safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, particularly someone who is sick.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (temperature of 100.4°F/ 38.0°C) and any of the other following symptoms: headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding.
    • Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor. Do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

For more tips from the CDC, check out this webpage. It is frequently updated as the CDC tracks the spread of Ebola in the US.

In the final part of our 3-part series, we discuss how to safely put on and take off PPE to avoid contamination. Check it out here!