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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.
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.
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.
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.


Now this is an arrangement Blackbeard the Pirate would be proud of! All workplaces contain some form of fall hazard. That’s one reason falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries. Falls are also a leading source of OSHA fines—3 of the 10 most frequently cited Standards are related to fall hazards, including scaffolding, fall protection and ladders. So it’s important that companies have an emergency response plan to cover all kinds of unexpected slips, trips and fall dangers. The…


In our recent survey of safety training professionals, a few insights quickly stood out: Training is Better with a Variety of Formats While the traditional safety talk is still going strong, almost every safety training professional (over 90%) now uses more than one format for their regular meetings.  Videos and PowerPoints with audio are very popular and effective.  Professionals who use a variety of formats also train more frequently and see lower incident rates. Invest in Your Training Materials Library…


Behind the wheel, behind the desk, or on the shop floor, substance abuse can kill. Many jobs require alertness, accuracy and quick reflexes. When something interferes with those abilities, the results can be devastating. Substance abuse can significantly hamper a person's performance. The aftereffects of substance abuse can also diminish job performance. Preoccupation with the habit can interfere with attention to the job. There's also the possibility of illegal activity with the sale of illicit drugs to other employees. So…


In case you were wondering, the Globally Harmonized System is not the name of a 1990s international acapella group (but it certainly could be).  The GHS is actually an internationally recognized classification system for the identification and labelling of chemicals.  Before GHS was created and implemented by the United Nations in 1992, the classification and labelling of chemicals was kind of a free-for-all across different countries.  Given the extent of international trade in chemicals, and the potential impact on worker safety…


A recent study of 1000 safety professionals conducted by Safety Smart reveal that 3/4 safety professionals feel that posters should be changed at least quarterly but only 44% actually do.  What’s driving the gap between what we think and our actual behavior with regard to safety posters?   The answer might lie in the fact that most safety supervisors are simply overstretched with too many items on our busy plates.  Between all the training, policies, reporting and inspections there’s little time to do much of anything…


One size does not fit all when it comes to work equipment. Whenever a worker has to modify or adjust him or herself to perform a work task, the “mis”fit causes stress and strain on the body. If the task needs to be performed only occasionally, it doesn’t typically become a problem. But the strain of performing a task repetitively during one work shift or over a period of days, weeks, months and sometimes years can cause chronic ergonomic-related injuries…


Twitter is a free social media platform through which you can send out instant short messages (140 characters or less), known as tweets, to your followers, who receive instant updates on anything you say.  You can also subscribe to individuals, government organizations, or companies in which you have an invested interest.  For safety professionals on Twitter, this means you're the first to know about breaking news --- whether its a storm cell headed towards your outdoor workers, new fall protection regulations announced…


Nobody wants a blunt force head injury, so why would someone deliberately ignore a safety rule designed to keep their head safe?  Workers who are disengaged from safety meetings and training are more likely to cut corners and take unnecessary risks, like not wearing PPE when the job requires it.  Unsurprisingly, negative attitudes and decreased productivity can spread to your workforce like a virus.  Here are 6 signs that your workforce may be disengaged from your safety message: Your workers don’t…


The US Department of Labor estimates that 15 percent of workplace fatalities are caused by slips, trips or falls. And the risk for slipping, tripping or falling increases with age because, according to a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study, 35 percent of adults ages 40 and older have an inner ear disorder that can increase their risk for a fall. Sixty percent of falls occur on the same level as a result of slips or trips, while the…


You may often ask yourself, "how can I  incorporate safety posters into my safety program and do it right?"  Most safety managers see the value of the poster program; but, how do you make successful?  Here are the top keys to success getting maximum benefit from your poster program: Keep it fresh Safety posters are engaging and fun, but employees tend to ignore them once they have seen the same images and slogans a handful of times.  Safety posters should be…