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BlueWater to Exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference

CHASKA, MN – (August 23, 2019) – BlueWater, makers of industry-leading rooftop safety solutions, will exhibit at RETA 2019 National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, as part of Safety Products Group.  Dates for this year’s show, held at the RIO All Suites Hotel & Casino, will be October 8-11, 2019.

At the booth (#513), attendees can meet with safety experts from BlueWater (and its sister company Fabenco) and see the latest innovations in passive and active OSHA-compliant fall protection solutions for the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

4 Key Types of Fall Protection Systems for the Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry is a massive market, both in the United States and across the globe. Food processing and packaging facilities, representing a large sector of this industry, struggle daily with protecting workers from safety hazards. And one huge concern safety managers in this industry deal with is providing adequate fall protection systems on our facilities’ rooftops when work and maintenance requires employees to go up on them. Installing a guard rail or life line system ensures that you and your workers stay safe at all times. Yet not all fall protection systems work in the same way, meaning that different roofs require different systems for maximum safety.

The variety of different options can be confusing to navigate — even for seasoned safety professionals. If you would like to increase your knowledge about the best type of protection system for your facility’s roof, keep reading. This article outlines four of the most common protection systems currently on the market, as well as the particular applications of each one.

5 Reasons To Rethink Building Your Own Guardrail System

If your building has rooftop access or elevated walkways, you might have a fall risk or two on your hands. To stay compliant with OSHA, not to mention keep your employees and visitors safe, you’re going to need a guardrail system. But let’s say you don’t access these areas very often. Or perhaps your workers are extremely sure-footed. Or maybe you’ve got some pretty serious chops when it comes to DIY projects. It might be tempting to just go ahead and build your own guardrails. Right?

Wrong. Unless you are fully trained on the specific requirements for guardrails, it can be a much more elaborate endeavor than you anticipated.  Nonetheless, if you’re still thinking about building your own, here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you add yet another job to your to-do list.

Safety in the News: June 2019

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of JUNE 2019:


OSHA Administers Warning About Working in Heat (Construction & Demolition Recycling)
As temperatures rise, OSHA is reminding employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather. OSHA’s message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade. The agency says employers should encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes and take frequent rest breaks in shaded areas.

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What are Leading Edges? Protect Them with Guard Railings

Leading Edges: a regulatory term for a very real risk that every construction manager, laborer, or facilities maintenance worker understands too well. As a reminder, a leading edge is an unprotected edge and side of a floor, roof, or other walking/working surfaces which changes location as additional floor, roof, or formwork sections are placed. While a part of every job site (and theoretically, every building, period), they present a risk for even the most seasoned workers.

In this article, we’re exploring the different types of leading edges your team might encounter, along with other considerations, and how safety guard rails can protect them.

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Utilizing Rooftop Guardrails

Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes when Utilizing Rooftop Guardrails

To keep your workers safe—and comply with OSHA's fall protection guidelines—you must provide rooftop guardrails for crews working at elevations of six feet or more. Recognizing the necessity for fall protection systems is the first step towards workplace safety, but OSHA compliance requires extra diligence, in-depth knowledge, and preventative troubleshooting.

From years of experience with OSHA's regulations, we know that certain aspects of safety rails can present unforeseen challenges for safety managers. To help, we've compiled a list of the six most common mistakes we have seen. Additionally, we provide some actionable solutions to these common mistakes—and hope to help provide better protection for you, your workers, and your equipment.

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7 Ways to Maintain Ladder Safety and Security in Your Industrial Facility

Ladder safety continues to be one key element in keeping your facility running smoothly and without incident. Government safety regulations clearly dictate the basic rules you must follow when it comes to placing and using ladders, and you'll want to follow these regulations at a bare minimum. In addition, as with any possible access to restricted areas, ladders can represent security concerns if left unattended and unguarded. Today, we will look at a few ways to secure the ladders in your workplace, in order to keep your workers and equipment safe.

Safety in the News: April 2019

 

Below is a quick selection of some notable safety-related news headlines for the month of April 2019:

 


OSHA, Partners Set for Sixth National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down (OHS Online)
The national safety stand-down encourages employers and employees to pause voluntarily during the workday to participate in safety demonstrations, hazard recognition and fall prevention training, and discussions about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals, and expectations.