Rick Barton, CSP, ARM

Rick has over 20 years of experience in safety and risk control, working with clients in many industries including Construction, Mining, Trucking, Manufacturing, and Hospitality. He specializes in assessing risk for the clients of Hausmann-Johnson Insurance to reduce loss potential. Through safety assessments and loss analysis, Rick develops solutions which include safety management techniques, training, and engineering. Additionally, he has been asked to speak at local and national safety conferences on topics such as "How to Manage Safety on a Jobsite", and "What it takes to be a Safety Leader”. Rick is an Authorized Instructor of OSHA Regulations Construction and General Industry Regulations. He is an active member of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA), Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the Wisconsin chapter of The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Association of General Contractors (AGC). He is also on the Advisory Board of the Safety Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Rick is an avid boater and enjoys sharing time on the water with family and friends. His children are spread across 4 U.S. states and Japan, so he and his wife are often traveling to visit them. He also has attended more than 150 games in the last 15 years to see his beloved Green Bay Packers play.
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OSHA Guidance for Processing Facilities

Although this article is specific to the meat and poultry industry, it can be used as a guideline for any business where employees must work in close quarters. Assembly lines, food processing facilities, and other related industries can follow this guidance from OSHA to improve the health and..

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Updated COVID-19 Response Plan and Checklist

Category: COVID-19

As businesses continue to adapt to the COVID-19 threat, the focus has been on providing a safe place of employment for workers on the front line. Now it is time to also make a proper plan for returning those employees to the workforce who have been off or working remotely.  

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Summary of Available COVID-19 Resources

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin assembled a listing of the resources on OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage, as well as resources from several other agencies and organizations.

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OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 Recording

In regards to recording COVID-19 on your OSHA 300 log, OSHA states that in areas where there is ongoing community transmission, employers other than those in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting and law enforcement services), and..

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COVID-19 Safety Stand-Down Week April 6-10

Next week April 6-10th there will be a COVID-19 Safety Stand-Down.

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FMCSA National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a national drug and alcohol testing clearinghouse that will take effect on Jan. 6, 2020. The regulation that established the clearinghouse was required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

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OSHA’s SST-16 Inspection Plan Targets Worksites Based on 2016 Reports

On Oct. 16, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a “site-specific targeting” (SST) plan that uses employer-submitted data from 2016 to select non-construction worksites for inspections. The plan, known as SST-16, is one of several OSHA initiatives that direct..

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2018 CVSA Roadcheck to Focus on Hours-of-service Compliance

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck will run June 5-7, 2018. During the International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating..

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Achieve World-Class Safety with a Safety Management System Evaluation

How is your safety process working? Is it providing the results you want?

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4 Elements of a Successful Health and Safety Program

Every business wants to do all they can to prevent injuries from occurring on the job. A serious fire, a permanent injury, or the death of an employee or owner can cause loss of profits or even an entire business. To prevent such losses, you don't need to turn your business upside down. You may..

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