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3 New Training Tips for Using New Technologies
These days, all kinds of workers rely on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Today, we give you three training tips to ensure that your wired workers are working safely on their devices. . . . more »
Sweating the (Very) Small Stuff: Preventing Nanomaterial Exposures
Nano-scale materials have different physical and chemical properties than the same materials in larger sizes. So the methods you would use to protect workers against those materials in larger sizes won't always work for nanomaterial exposures. In fact, in some cases, you may need to protect workers against materials that pose no hazard in larger forms. . . . more »
Key Elements of Effective Safety Committees
Do you ever feel as if you're at odds with your supervisors and workers over safety? Like you're working at cross-purposes, in an environment where safety is seen as the enemy of production? What if there was a way to bring workers onto your team and get everybody working together to enhance workplace safety? . . . more »
Prevent Chemical Releases with Inherently Safer Systems
Join your colleagues and other safety professionals in April at BLR's Safety Summit 2015. You will learn safety best practices and, ultimately, how to be a better safety manager and instill an improved safety culture at your company. . . . more »
Which Workplaces Are The Most Dangerous?
Some jobs are just more dangerous than others. It's fairly obvious, of course, that steelworkers face greater hazards than office workers--but some hazardous jobs might be less obvious. Are your workers in a high-risk occupation? Here's what the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has to say about which industries and occupations pose the deadliest hazards. . . . more »
Blind Spots: Prevent Backover Hazards in Your Workplace
On January 8, 2013, a worker at a textile manufacturer in Hayward was caught between a loading dock and a semi that was backing onto the dock. The 56-year-old employee suffered fatal head injuries. . . . more »
How To Start Your Safety Program Off Strong in 2015
It's hard to believe we're already on the cusp of January, isn't it? Give your safety program a good running start in 2015 by taking these steps now. . . . more »
Happy Holidays … and Stay Safe!
Off-the-job injuries and fatalities cost the country more than $500 billion annually and cost employers more than 200 million lost workdays each year, according to the National Safety Council. And the holidays can be especially damaging, with the upswing in holiday travel and other holiday-related activities. . . . more »
Watch Out for Hand Hazards
Two tools are essential for almost any job you can think of--your hands. It's natural, then, that preventing hand injuries should be high on any list of safety priorities. Here's a handy checklist to help you identify hazards in your workplace that can cause injuries to workers' hands. . . . more »
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 »
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