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Ladder Safety: How to Prevent Falls in Construction

May 12, 2017

Ladders can be useful tools, but when used incorrectly, they can cause serious injuries or even death. In fact, each year falls from ladders make up a third of deaths in construction. Fortunately, falls are preventable when you plan ahead, provide the right equipment and train workers to use equipment safely. OHC wants to help […]

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Heat Illnesses: How to Recognize the Warning Signs & What to do

April 28, 2017

This time of year can be harsh on construction workers along the Gulf Coast. As temperatures begin to rise, so does their risks for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat illnesses can be deadly, but luckily with the right tools, heat illnesses can be prevented. OHC is joining the Alabama AGC (Associated General Contractors) for […]

National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week: April 3rd – 7th, 2017

April 3, 2017

It’s National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Safety is In Your Hands.” During this week, the American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA) wants to challenge motorists to do their part to prevent distracted driving. Here are a few tips to help you always “expect the unexpected” Slow down When […]

Stress at Work: How it Affects Women’s Heart Health

February 21, 2017

Ladies, are you aware that you’re nearly twice as likely than men to be affected by work-related stress? Stressing out at work can take a serious toll on your health, especially your heart health. Even though there is no direct link between stress and heart disease, (chronic) stress can cause your blood pressure and heart […]

Heart Disease: Major Health Concern for Truck Drivers

February 20, 2017

February is American Heart Month, an important time to reflect on how heart disease is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s one in every four deaths. One group of […]

OSHA’s Final Rule: What it Means for Employers

January 17, 2017

The new year brings new opportunities for change. And, that’s just what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to see in 2017 when it comes to recordkeeping. Starting January 18th, 2017, OSHA’s final rule on recordkeeping will go into effect. The new rule created a lot of confusion last year. This ultimately led […]

Dr. Taylor: Alabama’s Only OGUK Certified Doctor

November 8, 2016

Before working offshore, individuals may be required to get an Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) physical examination to certify their health and ability to work. These physical examinations must be performed by doctors who have been certified by the OGUK. Formerly known as OKOOA, an OGUK examination will evaluate personal health factors such as: BMI […]

4 Ways to Protect Your Hearing at Work

October 20, 2016

Workers can develop permanent hearing loss when they are exposed to loud noises in the workplace. Noise-induced hearing loss is more common than you may realize; according to the CDC, about 22 million workers are affected each year. Workers are exposed to a number of sounds each day. However, occupational noise becomes dangerous to a […]

Foodborne illness

Food Safety: 4 Ways to Prevent Foodborne Illness

September 13, 2016

  September is National Food Safety Awareness Month, but it’s always important to prevent foodborne illnesses. Food safety failures are common in the restaurant industry, but there are simple things food handlers can do to prevent the spread of germs that cause food sickness. Foodborne germs know how to make their presence known. Did you […]

OHC Now Offers NFPA 1582 Exams

August 29, 2016

OHC now offers the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Exams.   What is the NFPA 1582 Standard? According to the NFPA, “the 1582 standard outlines an occupational medical program that will reduce risks and provide for the health, safety, and effectiveness of firefighters operating to protect civilian life and property.”   What does NFPA […]

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