SafetySmart Xchange Blog

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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.

20
Aug

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…

18
Aug

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…

15
Aug

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…

13
Aug

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…

11
Aug

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…

08
Aug

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…

06
Aug

Would you recognize a machine hazard before it caused an injury? Workplace machinery is often fast and huge and powerful. It’s strong enough to bend, cut, crush and otherwise mutilate wood, metal, glass, plastic and other materials. The human body is no match for machinery capable of performing work like this. So, as a worker, you have to recognize and avoid hazardous machine actions. All mechanical motion is potentially hazardous. Machine motion can create a situation known as an in-running…

04
Aug

Every year thousands of workers are injured on the job, and some are killed. You may think that these sorts of accidents only occur in industrial workplaces such as manufacturing plants or construction sites, but many of these accidents occur in an office setting. Broken bones and head injuries from falls, burns and electrical shock hurt just as badly when they occur in an office setting as when they happen at an industrial site. The leading causes of office injuries…

01
Aug

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,…

30
Jul

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.