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Urine Trouble

Here’s an easy way to tell if you’re hydrated. We’ve almost hit the middle of summer and one of the biggest concerns for working outside is – you guessed it – heat stress. One of the biggest ways to prevent heat stress is staying hydrated and an easy way to tell if you’re getting enough […]

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OSHA Launches Chemical Database

OSHA has released a new database that gives you access to safety information on 400+ chemicals. They pooled data from several government agencies and organizations. The information includes: Chemical identification and physical properties Exposure limits Sampling information & additional resources For example, want to know about Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide? (Try saying that 3 times […]

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You Are Not Alone

Please get help if you need it. We would like to send out a reminder to everyone that if you, or someone you know, needs help, to please reach out. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255. The construction industry isn’t immune to mental health issues. According to a recent report from the CDC, construction has the […]

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National Safety Stand-Down Week

Falls happen. They don’t need to. Join groups nationwide next week for National Safety Stand-Down week. It takes three easy steps: plan, provide, train. Plan on it Plan ahead to get the job done safely. We all know “measure twice, cut once”. The same goes for safety planning. If you know what the job ahead will […]

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Bigger, Better, Brighter, Blue-er

Why yes, we have moved! As some of you may have heard, we’ve been extremely busy over at The Integrated Group. In the last few months, we have packed up our entire office, renovated a new one and are just settling in. Luckily, we only had to move 2.7 miles north of our previous location. […]

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Got Flu?

Don’t try working through it. Fever? Check. Cough? Check. Sore throat? Check. Thus far in Washington state alone, 29 influenza-associated deaths have been reported. The one that seems to be hitting home for a lot of people is the death of 21-year-old fitness enthusiast, Kyler Baughman from Pittsburgh. The short story: A perfectly healthy young […]

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It’s [Not] Too Late

New study shows you can reverse heart risk with exercise in adults age 45-64. Don’t give into the gloomy reports that if you don’t start exercising young, you’re doomed to a life of heart disease and discomfort after 65. A new study, published in the journal Circulation, followed the habits and hearts of 53 adults […]

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How to Ruin Thanksgiving 101

This is a heavily sarcastic article. Be prepared. Burn down the house. As we all know from watching The Santa Clause, cooking a turkey can be dangerous. Want to completely ruin Thanksgiving? Don’t keep a fire extinguisher nearby, wear the loosest clothing you own when cooking, then let kids and pets run amok when you’re […]

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Down With the Sickness

Written after not following the below advice. I don’t know about your crew, but ours has been taking turns passing around various bugs. Luckily, it’s 2017 and most of our office staff can work remotely. Those of us with physical jobs, though, aren’t as fortunate. Missing workers equals missing deadlines. We already worry about staying […]

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Fell on Black Days

You’re not alone. If the nation isn’t talking about guns, it’s talking about mental health. Well, guess what? The construction industry isn’t immune. According to a recent report from the CDC, construction has the second-highest suicide rate and the highest total number of suicides. While we spend a lot of effort on suicide prevention and […]

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