Safety Training

  • OSHA: Celebrating 44 Years of Safety

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    If your workplace is a safe place today, it’s likely because of the work OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does every day. It’s work OSHA has done for the last 44 years. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health, noted in his blog on the OSHA website how OSHA’s work began once President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into Read More

  • Employee Communication Helps in Reporting and Preventing Accidents

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    Because employees are the individuals on the front lines, they oftentimes see what the managers don’t: both the good and the bad. If injuries or illnesses occur on the jobsite, they see what happened. Chances are, they know the exact cause. They may even know how to prevent it. For all of these reasons, employees must be encouraged to share what they see and what they know about any Read More

  • Start an Employee Safety Training Program

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    If you’re starting 2015 with a renewed commitment to safety and compliance at your workplace, a good way to spread that commitment among your workers is to create an employee safety training program. An employee safety training program is an effective way in which to create a strong safety culture and reduce overall workplace hazards. OSHA provides guidelines on how to build and maintain a program. The first Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A roofing company was fined $44,660 by OSHA for exposing workers to fall hazards and not providing fall protection. The workers were installing shingles on a roof without fall protection, including guardrails, safety nets, warning-line systems or personal fall arrest systems. The company was cited for one willful and one repeat violation. It also received a violation for failing to train employees on fall prevention hazards and procedures. Read Read More

  • Ergonomics: Protect Your Workers from Musculoskeletal Disorders

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    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a main cause of lost workday injury and illness, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Bending, lifting heavy loads and operating in “awkward” body postures can all lead to MSDs.  Ergonomics can help reduce the incidence of MSDs, which can include the following: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, trigger finger, as well as muscle strains and low Read More

  • Creating a Healthy, Safe, Age-Friendly Work Environment

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    Today’s workforce is comprised of workers of all ages.  But older workers still do and will continue to make up a significant portion of the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five American workers will be over age 65 by 2015. In 2020, one in four will be over age 55. Regarding safety in the workplace, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that Read More

  • Why You Need to Create a Safety Culture: Learn How It Can Make a Difference

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    Do you want to reduce the number of accidents in your workplace and promote a more productive environment, as well? Then, you want to create a safety culture. According to OSHA a safety culture offers these benefits: Few at-risk behaviors Low accident rates Low turnover Low absenteeism High productivity Creating that type of culture is a work in progress, but employers and employees must be dedicated to the cause for it to work. OSHA Read More

  • Safety Leadership: Do You Lead the Charge?

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    The mandate for a successful safety culture in an organization must begin at the top.  If you are a company’s leader, this means that building a safety culture has to start with your commitment to the effort. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers many suggestions on how to create that safety culture in A Resource Guide on the Journey to Safety Excellence. Among the guidance, NSC provides steps Read More

  • Promote Safety: Start a Voluntary Protection Program in Your Workplace

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    If you and your company are committed to a strong safety culture, make it official with a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Showing a commitment to safety and health can get your organization admittance into this OSHA program. OSHA reviews a company’s safety and health programs before welcoming them into the VPP. The interview process includes on-site reviews, which require meetings with management and employees, as well as Read More

  • Safety News You Can Use

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    A trucking company faces proposed fines of $43,000 due to five safety and health violations revealed during an OSHA inspection. Repeat violations included not providing employees—potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens— with the Hepatitis B vaccine. They also failed to enforce annual inspections of written procedures to protect workers from machine parts during maintenance work on landfill tippers, loaders and excavators. The company also failed to train workers on forklift Read More

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