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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.


If the thought of delivering an engaging and memorable safety meeting makes you smile, a low TRIR warms your heart, or the ongoing war between productivity and safety makes you grit your teeth, then you're probably a health and safety professional. There are some things that only you and fellow champions of safety will understand. 10 Things Only Safety Professionals Understand 1.  There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter safety program. You know that a safety program that works in Columbus,…


Maybe you've already given hundreds of safety talks, or maybe you prepare a new meeting every week -- either way, you know how to deliver the right information to keep your crew safe. But everybody has a different presentation style -- what's yours? Answer these 7 quick questions to find out your safety presentation style.


Unexpected emergencies occur every day in workplaces such as factories, plants, offices and warehouses, as well as construction sites and on the road. It could be a fire, fatal injury, flood, earthquake, shooting, tornado, chemical spill or another kind of crisis. So it’s important that companies have an emergency response plan to cover all expected and unexpected disasters. For this plan to be effective, all employees must be trained in the roles they will play in an emergency. The image…


Could Income Inequality Be Considered a Workplace Hazard? OSHA Thinks So... David Michaels, PhD., M.P.H., who leads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the Obama administration, says income inequality is about workplace hazards too. In an interview with NBC News, the OSHA chief says that workplace inequality is more than just wages and that OSHA has a responsibility to protect vulnerable workers from harm. Faked Safety Data Lands Maine Company in Hot Water with OSHA This week, OSHA regulators…


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…


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…


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”…


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…


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…


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…