Jessica Barrett

Jessica is a freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. After starting her career in the travel industry, she branched out on her own in 2016 and hasn't looked back since. Jessica is a regular contributor to several websites and works with numerous small businesses and NGOs around the world to craft content for both online and offline platforms. When she isn't writing, you might find her practicing yoga or adventuring (aka eating) her way through a new country.

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What you need to know about head protection What you need to know about head protection What you need to know about head protection What you need to know about head protection


Hard hats seem simple, but they shouldn't be treated casually. Find out when you need them, what type you need, and how to use them.

Layering FR garments Layering FR garments Layering FR garments Layering FR garments


Selecting FR clothing is fairly simple - until you decide to layer them. Find out what you need to know before layering FR gear.

Hydration tips from the research on athletic performance Hydration tips from the research on athletic performance Hydration tips from the research on athletic performance Hydration tips from the research on athletic performance


We can learn a lot about hydration by studying the people who push their bodies to the limit. Find out what research on athletic...

Tips for beating heat stress in hot working environments Tips for beating heat stress in hot working environments Tips for beating heat stress in hot working environments Tips for beating heat stress in hot working environments


Preventing heat stress involves more than just drinking water. Check out these surprising things you can do to stay safe while working in...

Heavy PPE can contribute to dehydration Heavy PPE can contribute to dehydration Heavy PPE can contribute to dehydration Heavy PPE can contribute to dehydration


It's not just the heat. Here are some conditions that could put workers at higher risk of dehydration - without them even realizing it.

Summer Work Hazards Summer Work Hazards Summer Work Hazards Summer Work Hazards


Summer brings a number of safety challenges for outdoor workers. Here are the biggest ones.

Warehouse barriers can mitigate forklift hazards Warehouse barriers can mitigate forklift hazards Warehouse barriers can mitigate forklift hazards Warehouse barriers can mitigate forklift hazards


More than 110,000 workers are involved in forklift-related accidents every day. Find out which type of barrier you need to make your...

Forklift maintenance best practices Forklift maintenance best practices Forklift maintenance best practices Forklift maintenance best practices


Operating a forklift is risky, but too few people realize that inspecting and maintaining it also comes with hazards.

Preventing forklift injuries Preventing forklift injuries Preventing forklift injuries Preventing forklift injuries


Using forklifts in your workplace introduces a number of dangers to the drivers and their co-workers. Find out how to keep workers safe...

Fall safety for oil and gas work Fall safety for oil and gas work Fall safety for oil and gas work Fall safety for oil and gas work


Oil and gas workers face many dangers, especially when working at height. Find out how to reduce the risks.

How to select the right fire extinguisher How to select the right fire extinguisher How to select the right fire extinguisher How to select the right fire extinguisher


Selecting a fire extinguisher is not as easy as it looks. Find out about the different classes of fire and which type of extinguisher is...

Protective clothing must fit properly to ensure worker safety Protective clothing must fit properly to ensure worker safety Protective clothing must fit properly to ensure worker safety Protective clothing must fit properly to ensure worker safety


One-size-fits-all protective clothing is not as simple as it sounds. Find out why a proper fit matters.

6 Important Items that Get Left Off Too Many Safety Budgets 6 Important Items that Get Left Off Too Many Safety Budgets 6 Important Items that Get Left Off Too Many Safety Budgets 6 Important Items that Get Left Off Too Many Safety Budgets


Are you cutting too much out of your safety budget? If you're leaving these items off, you just might be.

How to Deal with Winter Weather on the Construction Site How to Deal with Winter Weather on the Construction Site How to Deal with Winter Weather on the Construction Site How to Deal with Winter Weather on the Construction Site


Construction sites are risky places, but even more so in the winter. Learn about winter construction site hazards and how to deal with them.

A Spotlight on Mold Remediation A Spotlight on Mold Remediation A Spotlight on Mold Remediation A Spotlight on Mold Remediation


Mold issues should be dealt with immediately, but mold remediation carries its own risks. Find out what it takes to treat mold safely and...

Confined Space Safety 101: First Steps You Need to Take Before Sending Workers into a Confined Space Confined Space Safety 101: First Steps You Need to Take Before Sending Workers into a Confined Space Confined Space Safety 101: First Steps You Need to Take Before Sending Workers into a Confined Space Confined Space Safety 101: First Steps You Need to Take Before Sending Workers into a Confined Space


Safety in confined spaces is particularly challenging. Find out what you need to know before sending workers into one.

First aid for bone fractures First aid for bone fractures First aid for bone fractures First aid for bone fractures


Bone fractures are one of the most common seriously workplace injuries. Do you know what to do if a worker suffers one at your business?

How to control welding hazards How to control welding hazards How to control welding hazards How to control welding hazards


Welding is an inherently hazardous job, but there are things you can do to make it safer. Learn about the risks and how to mitigate them.

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Does every layer of winter workwear need to be flame resistant? Does every layer of winter workwear need to be flame resistant? Does every layer of winter workwear need to be flame resistant? Does every layer of winter workwear need to be flame resistant?


When possible, it's a good idea to make every layer flame resistant.When it comes to FR clothing, it’s better to use a layering...

How often should you replace high-visibility clothing? How often should you replace high-visibility clothing? How often should you replace high-visibility clothing? How often should you replace high-visibility clothing?


High visibility clothing is an essential part of the PPE package for workers who need to ensure that others can see them on the job site....

Are stand-up forklifts safer? Are stand-up forklifts safer? Are stand-up forklifts safer? Are stand-up forklifts safer?


As you might expect, there’s no clear-cut answer to this question. Both sit-down and stand-up forklifts have their safety benefits...

Number of wheel chocks required Number of wheel chocks required Number of wheel chocks required Number of wheel chocks required


Loading docks can be dangerous places, and using wheel chocks is one way to help mitigate hazards like trailer creep (learn about 5 Loading...

Reducing CO levels from forklifts Reducing CO levels from forklifts Reducing CO levels from forklifts Reducing CO levels from forklifts


Carbon monoxide poisoning in warehouses is more common than you might think. And since CO is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it’s...

What kind of PPE do forklift operators need? What kind of PPE do forklift operators need? What kind of PPE do forklift operators need? What kind of PPE do forklift operators need?


While engineering and administrative controls are always the first line of defense against injuries in the workplace, personal protective...

Regular forklift inspections Regular forklift inspections Regular forklift inspections Regular forklift inspections


Forklifts are dangerous, heavy machines. While they only account for about one percent of all warehouse or factory accidents, they make up...

Lockout tagout for forklift maintenance Lockout tagout for forklift maintenance Lockout tagout for forklift maintenance Lockout tagout for forklift maintenance


Before we talk about when you should lockout a forklift, let’s discuss what the term even means.Locking Out a ForkliftLockout/tagout...

Is it possible to promote safety culture with temporary workers? Is it possible to promote safety culture with temporary workers? Is it possible to promote safety culture with temporary workers? Is it possible to promote safety culture with temporary workers?


Creating a strong culture of safety among your permanent staff is important, but it’s equally as important with temporary or contract...

Is post-accident drug testing permissible? Is post-accident drug testing permissible? Is post-accident drug testing permissible? Is post-accident drug testing permissible?


In December 2016, OSHA introduced a final rule (29 CFR 1904) that revised their regulations on recording and reporting occupational...

Should management take part in safety training? Should management take part in safety training? Should management take part in safety training? Should management take part in safety training?


Creating a safe workplace isn’t just about training lower-level workers to identify safety hazards and enabling them to take action...

What respirator do you need for the summer? What respirator do you need for the summer? What respirator do you need for the summer? What respirator do you need for the summer?


While some respirators are intended for cold weather use, you won’t generally find ones specifically for use in hot weather. During...

What's the difference between caution and warning signs? What's the difference between caution and warning signs? What's the difference between caution and warning signs? What's the difference between caution and warning signs?


It can be tricky to determine the meaning of signs, especially when the words all seem to be synonyms with each other. But don’t be...

Know the difference between AR and FR clothing Know the difference between AR and FR clothing Know the difference between AR and FR clothing Know the difference between AR and FR clothing


The world of PPE can be confusing, and it's not always easy to choose the right gear for a particular application. But when it comes to...

What is the difference between primary and secondary flame resistant (FR) garments? What is the difference between primary and secondary flame resistant (FR) garments? What is the difference between primary and secondary flame resistant (FR) garments? What is the difference between primary and secondary flame resistant (FR) garments?


We use flame resistant (FR) protective clothing to protect against hazards like electric arcs, flash fires, and combustible dust. But not...

What should I do when facing multiple hazards? What should I do when facing multiple hazards? What should I do when facing multiple hazards? What should I do when facing multiple hazards?


A hazard is defined as any practice, behavior, or physical condition that can cause injury, illness, damage to property, damage to...

What is the best way to handle fogging in a Level A suit face visor? What is the best way to handle fogging in a Level A suit face visor? What is the best way to handle fogging in a Level A suit face visor? What is the best way to handle fogging in a Level A suit face visor?


Getting comfortable in your Level A safety suit is no easy feat. When you're working, you might notice your visor starting to fog up...

What is silica and why is it hazardous? What is silica and why is it hazardous? What is silica and why is it hazardous? What is silica and why is it hazardous?


A natural mineral found in the Earth, the most common form of silica is quartz. It’s a widely used industrial material and is...