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Safe Work Practices to Prevent Arc Flash Incidents
Arc flash incidents can be deadly. According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the following precautions should be taken by qualified persons before performing electrical work to reduce the probability of an arc flash exposure: . . . more »
Time for a Safety Audit? Try This Audit Planning Checklist
The idea of some audits, like one by the IRS, might make your blood run cold. But when it comes to safety and health, an audit is a proactive tool that tells you if your program is achieving the desired results. . . . more »
Safety Incentive Program 'Don'ts'
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Reward workers for working safely by providing cash and goods that they could earn as incentives. Even better, put peer pressure to good use by rewarding workers in groups; workers, wanting their premiums, would encourage each other not to cut safety corners and to stay safe. . . . more »
Four Leadership Strategies To Enhance Your Safety Culture
Today, we'll focus on management and leadership strategies that can enhance your company's commitment to safety--and how your workers perceive it. . . . more »
Fight Back Against Work-Related Back Injuries
So many safety topics are critical for preventing worker injuries. But across the board in all industries, perhaps the most critical is back safety training. . . . more »
Protecting Workers 24/7
Today: Find out how one company has leveraged its existing safety and health management system to cover employee off-the-job safety and become a leader in the field. . . . more »
Before Workers Hit the Road, Make Sure They Hit The Hay
A National Sleep Foundation study revealed that 51 percent of adults have driven while drowsy, and 17 percent report having fallen asleep while driving within the past year. A well-rested worker is less likely to suffer a drowsy-driving accident. Before your workers hit the road, make sure they hit the hay. . . . more »
Be Inflexible About Flexible Cord and Cable Use
Sometimes, you need an electrical cord that bends a little. Maybe it's because you have to use your power drill or saw in many different locations during the workday. Maybe it's because a piece of machinery vibrates when it's operating, and you don't want to transfer that vibration throughout your electrical system. . . . more »
Back Injuries: Eliminate the 'Usual Suspects'
Strains and sprains are the leading cause of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the back is one of the parts of the body most affected. . . . more »
Methylene Chloride: Protecting Exposed Workers
Methylene chloride is a common paint-stripping chemical with many industrial uses--and many hazards, including cancer. Today, we'll talk about how to protect workers from exposure to this narcotic, corrosive, carcinogenic chemical. . . . more »
The Responsibility for Preventing This Sort of Injury Is On Your Shoulders
If your workers must reach, lift and carry, bend, or twist their bodies or perform other activities that place them in a nonneutral posture, their shoulders may be at risk. . . . more »
Is Light Duty a Return-to-Work Option at Your Workplace?
Is your workforce ailing? Maybe one employee who's out hurt his back cleaning gutters at home, another went ahead and had that elective foot surgery she'd been putting off, and another is out on a workers' compensation claim after slipping in mud. . . . more »
Return-to-Work: Light Duty and Accommodations Enable Workers' Recovery
A well-managed program that returns injured workers to their jobs--even in a temporarily reduced capacity--is a win-win for employers and workers. For employers, it reduces the cost of workers' compensation claims and disability benefits, increases workplace productivity and morale, and decreases turnover. For employees, it can be even more important: A light-duty assignment or appropriate accommodation can be the thing that enables their full recovery. . . . more »
In the Market for a Green Job?
There are a lot of natural crossovers between the safety and environmental fields. Today, we'll discuss recent developments in green jobs and green businesses. We will also look at initiatives within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and then highlight some green job training and networking programs. . . . more »
Keeping Your Forklift Operators Safe
As you probably know, all forklift operators must be certified through a process of classroom and hands-on training. Once certified, they should be expected to operate the forklift safely at all times. If they don't, they should be retrained before being permitted to operate a forklift again. Which sorts of behaviors would make retraining necessary? What are the "deal breakers" for forklift operators? . . . more »
Key Steps To Successful Safety Audits
Safety audits help identify hazards, set safety and health goals, and prevent accidents. Before conducting an audit, though, you need to address some practical and legal considerations. . . . more »
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