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Office Space Outs Cause Injuries
It’s easy let your mind wander en route to the water cooler or space out in front of a computer, but even small lapses can lead to accidents in the office.
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4 Ways the Workplace Has Become More Dangerous
Disgruntled employees, workplace bullies, active-shooter situations, illegal drug use, ex-spouses and dissatisfied clients – all can be found in a random sampling of the 2 million people affected by workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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When the HR Director Doesn’t Understand Safety
Sometimes safety directors find themselves in the situation of having to report to an HR director who is blissfully unaware of safety.
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Why Home Is Not Always a Safe Haven
Think of the one place where you feel safe, a place you consider your refuge. For most people that safe haven is home.

23
Jul

Quite often the things we think of as common knowledge are little more than myths. Not all of these safety myths are harmful, but information that becomes distorted over time can influence your behavior in the event of  a workplace emergency.  Bolster your next safety talk by answering these misconceptions and quizzing your coworkers!  This list is by no means exhaustive, so be sure to leave a comment and share your own safety myths below. Top 8 Safety Myths Myth #1: "Wood is an insulator." Guess…

21
Jul

Would you recognize a machine hazard before it caused an injury? Workplace machinery is often fast, huge and powerful. It's often strong enough to bend, crush, cut and otherwise mutilate wood, glass, plastic and other materials. The human body is no match for machinery capable of performing work like this. As such, it is especially important for workers to recognize and avoid hazardous machine actions. The image below demonstrates the power of such machinery. Hopefully no one was in that…

18
Jul

When an organization wants to improve its safety performance and culture, it should take a good look at its communication practices. Consistent safety communications actively demonstrate and promote an organization’s values and send a strong message that a safe work environment is a top priority.  Safety posters are one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase your communications consistency and reinforce your key safety messages. Safety Posters Engage “Safety training is boring,” and “I’ve heard it all before”…

14
Jul

Most people hate safety meetings. But we know we shouldn't. After all, what's the harm in a bunch of colleagues getting together in a room to discuss matters that directly affect what they do? Yet, we dread them so, and wish fervently that we could avoid them. And your colleagues feel the same way. Why? It's because most safety meetings are boring. They're also usually unproductive. It’s possible that you have attended hundreds of two and three-hour meetings where no…

14
Jul

Ventilation is one of the most important engineering controls available to help provide a safe working environment. Proper ventilation helps keep the air that you breathe free of contaminants. Poor ventilation can cause a variety of problems. They range from hot and stuffy work environments to workplaces that do not have proper control and removal of contaminants such as dusts, gases and particulates. The workers in the picture below certainly didn't take these factors into account when they created their…

11
Jul

Did you know? OSHA estimates that lockout tagout compliance prevents 50,000 injuries a year.  If a group of 50,000 workers came together, there would almost be enough people to reach maximum capacity at Yankee Stadium.   [caption id="attachment_45427" align="aligncenter" width="486"] That's a lot of injuries spared AND money saved.[/caption]   Other lockout tagout statistics that may surprise you: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have OSHA approved state plans and their own standards and enforcement policies for lockout tagout. According to OSHA, workers injured…

09
Jul

As if program administration, documenting hazards and policies, and providing safety training isn’t already enough for a safety professional to do, as workplaces continue to adopt new technologies that improve productivity through automation, the workplace landscape could look very different in as little as a decade! Senior safety personnel could very likely see themselves as under the proverbial gun to do more within their role and deal with a greater workload thanks to these changes. But don’t get stressed too…

07
Jul

In North America, it’s no secret that the legality of marijuana usage differs greatly region by region. Various polls have shown that a majority of the citizens of the US and Canada believe marijuana should be legally regulated. Conversely, in the US alone, roughly 750,000 people are arrested for possession of the drug each year. Regardless of the statistics, one can’t deny that, every day, marijuana use is becoming a more socially acceptable practice. As such, we must discuss what…

07
Jul

Following proper Lockout Tagout policies is one of the most important things to ensure a safe workplace because failure to do so can easily result in serious injury and even death. The worker in the image below is an example of this. Although the person pictured survived with minor injuries, he could have easily been decapitated if his fellow employees weren't around to turn off the machine. Help correct this safety fail by picking the best answer in the poll…

04
Jul

We're not sure, but these workers might be the reason that your drive-through coffee comes with a "Caution: This Liquid is Hot" warning.  Or maybe they just needed another talk about the importance of PPE.  Either way, these 10 PPE violations are truly outrageous. Don't Let These PPE Violations Happen to You For the sake of your workers, make sure your PPE safety is up to speed by handing out this quick and easy PPE safety talk and sharing these cringe-worthy examples of…