Greetings, safety champions! As summer heats up, let’s delve into a vital subject: heat awareness. Did you know that both OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) and ADOSH’s State Emphasis Program (SEP) stress the significance of safeguarding our workforce in hot conditions? Here’s the rundown:

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP):

OSHA prioritizes safe working conditions, including combating heat-related challenges. The NEP targets industries facing heightened heat risks, urging employers to establish heat prevention strategies. From acclimatization to proper hydration and work-rest cycles, the NEP outlines effective ways to tackle the heat.

ADOSH’s State Emphasis Program (SEP):

Our local regulatory authority, ADOSH, amps up heat safety. The SEP zeroes in on state-specific concerns, ensuring employers adopt efficient heat control measures. It’s a reminder that heat stress isn’t uniform – tailored approaches are crucial.

Practical Tips for Heat Safety:

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Regular water intake matters, even if you’re not thirsty.

2. Shade is Your Ally: Allocate breaks in shaded spots.
Buddy Up: Watch out for each other – early signs of heat-related issues can be subtle.

3. Know the Indicators: Educate yourself about heat-related illnesses.

4. Training Counts: Equip yourself with heat safety and first aid knowledge – it’s empowering.

By following OSHA’s NEP and ADOSH’s SEP, and integrating these heat safety tips, we aren’t just safeguarding ourselves – we’re fostering a safer work environment for everyone. Let’s work smart and stay cool!


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Let’s tackle a common workplace concern: strains and sprains. These sneaky injuries can slow us down and lead to discomfort. But fear not – with a little awareness and effort, we can prevent them!


Preventive Steps:

Warm Up: Always start with a quick warm-up before physical tasks. It gets your muscles ready for action.

Lift Right: Bend those knees, engage your core, and keep the load close to your body when lifting.

Change It Up: Switch tasks regularly to avoid overusing certain muscles.

Take Breaks: Short breaks give your muscles time to recover and reduce strain.

Gear Matters: Opt for ergonomic tools and wear proper footwear to support your body.

Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration maintains muscle function.

Stretch It Out: Regular stretches improve flexibility and decrease the risk of injury.

Listen to Your Body: If something feels off, pause and assess – don’t push through discomfort.


The Outcome:

By implementing these simple steps, we create a safer and more comfortable work environment. Let’s keep strains and sprains at bay and focus on productivity and well-being!


Stay informed, stay safe! 



Safety First!


Let’s talk about ladder safety – an important topic to keep ourselves and others safe. Here are some essential tips to follow:


1. Choose the right ladder: Ensure it’s the correct size and type for the job and can support your weight and tools.


2. Inspect before use: Check for damage or defects before climbing.


3. Stable ground: Place the ladder on a firm, level surface to avoid wobbling or sliding.


4. Proper setup: Fully open an extension ladder and lock it into place.


5. 3-point contact: Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder while climbing.


6. Don’t overreach: Keep your body centered between the side rails to avoid falling.


7. No horseplay: Never use ladders for play or stack them on other objects for extra height.


8. Climb facing the ladder: Avoid climbing with your back to the ladder.


9. No climbing in severe weather: Avoid ladder use during high winds, rain, or storms.


10. Buddy system: When possible, have someone hold the base of the ladder for added stability.


Spread the word and share these ladder safety tips to help prevent accidents. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! 


Electricity can be very dangerous. Properly trained and protected employees are vital when working with electricity. Following the NFPA 70E will greatly reduce the hazard of electricity. While not a law, this consensus standard is reviewed regularly and is considered a best practice.


As of February 15, 2023, Federal OSHA has withdrawn its proposal to revoke Arizona’s State Plan status. The State Plan was under review for failing to be at least as effective as the Federal Standards. Arizona also updated the State Plan to increase penalties for violations following the federal guidelines. The updates Arizona made now include the Beryllium Standard and updates to the Crane and Derricks in Construction Standard. Arizona currently follows all Federal OSHA Standards for General Industry and Constuction.