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Ergonomics: Policy and Tactics
Despite improvements in safety practices and management systems, employees continue to be injured in manufacturing worksites. Many injuries are related to awkward postures, bending, and lifting. . . . more »
Wash Away Workplace Illness This Winter
It's hard to believe that something as simple as increased hand washing in the workplace can decrease the spread of infections--and lost workdays. But it can. Read on for more details, and get the soap and water ready. . . . more »
Do Your Workers Walk Safely Around Forklifts?
In July 2014, California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) leveled $308,435 in proposed fines against NFI, a warehouse operator in Mira Loma, California. What had NFI done to merit such a stiff penalty? The company had failed to correct conditions at its workplace that put pedestrians and forklifts together in dangerous ways. . . . more »
Finding Someone to 'Talk Shop' with, in a Safety Department of 1
Occupational safety can be a lonely profession. Many safety professionals are a department of one, laboring alone in an area many other professionals don't really understand. So, outside the occasional conference or lunch with your counterpart from a different company, where does an EHS professional find someone to "talk shop" with? . . . more »
Unsafe Workers: Reform Them or Fire Them
It may not be fun or easy to fire unsafe workers, but you can't let them ruin your organization's safety culture--or bottom line. . . . more »
Build Better Introductory Training Sessions Using These Three "Rs"
Do you sometimes feel like your training sessions have become a dog-and-pony show, requiring you to play the manic comedian in order to keep your trainees engaged and interested? Maybe you're working too hard. Here's what your workers really need from your training sessions. . . . more »
Train Workers in the Use and Care of Protective Work Clothing
When a worker has to wear a respirator or hearing protection, it may seem obvious that he or she will require training in the use and care of the equipment. When the subject is protective clothing, the need for training may be less obvious--but it is still there. . . . more »
10 Steps Management Can Take To Improve Safety Culture and Prevent Accidents
In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis. Employees go beyond "the call of duty" to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors and intervene to correct them--without fear of reprisal. . . . more »
5 Tips for Keeping Temporary Employees Safe
Temporary workers offer many advantages, enabling employers to identify promising workers before offering them permanent positions and alleviating short-term staffing shortages--but they can also pose a significant safety risk. . . . more »
Is Your Safety Training Reaching All Your Employees?
With American workers becoming heavier, older, and more diverse, what are the ramifications for workplace safety--and what should you do to prepare? . . . more »
Don't Let Your Employees Be 'Fall Guys'
Falls hurt--and, worse, they can disable or kill. Fall injuries occur in every industry, but they can be prevented or reduced in severity by the worker who is alert. . . . more »
How To Control Combustible Dust Hazards
Controlling combustible dust hazards is essential for preventing catastrophic accidents, and control begins with assessment and training. . . . more »
What's Your Policy on Employees Using Fire Extinguishers?
Many workplaces are equipped with portable fire extinguishers that can control small fires, preventing property damage and loss of life. However, Cal/OSHA rules prohibit workers from using fire extinguishers unless they have received training in their proper use. . . . more »
5 Common Ergonomics Mistakes
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes 34 percent of reportable workplace injuries to poor ergonomic conditions. Unfortunately, in an effort to cut these injury rates, some companies are making some major mistakes. Don't be one of them. . . . more »
Can You Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes?
A workplace emergency or natural disaster can disrupt your business. Business continuity--including connectivity--should be addressed in your emergency preparedness plan. . . . more »
Material-Handling Aids: Back Savers and Injury Preventers
Material-handling equipment is a boon to a busy workplace. These aids increase productivity and reduce injuries. But if used improperly, they can cause accidents. . . . more »
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