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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: An Irreversible Health Issue that Is Preventable

At least 22 million employees will experience workplace noise at potentially damaging levels this year. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), occupational hearing loss is the most common U.S. work-related illness in manufacturing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that $242 million is spent on workers’ compensation for […]

Specific Skill Sets for PSM Auditors

If you wanted a financial audit, there would be no shortage of third parties who could tell you exactly what to look for in a qualified auditor. That kind of information is a little more difficult to find for process safety management (PSM) auditors. The PSM standard simply requires that the audit be conducted by […]

Fall Injury Prevention: Are You Doing Enough?

Annually, more than 260,000 public and private industry workers miss 1 or more days of work due to injuries from falls. About 800 falls result in death each year. The construction industry typically experiences the highest frequency of fall-related deaths, while health care, wholesale, and retail businesses see the highest numbers of nonfatal fall injuries.

Beyond Technical Competence: Choosing a Qualified PSM Auditor

Every 3 years, you need to complete an audit of your process safety management (PSM) processes. Often, the emphasis is on the standard and the facility—but in order to conduct a thorough and effective compliance audit, you also need a skilled auditor. And that means more than someone who knows what the standard says.

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5 Steps for Successfully Managing Diversity

Your workforce, your customers, and your markets are increasingly diverse. To promote individual and organizational success, you must welcome diversity and manage it well. These five steps will help you to manage diversity effectively.

Workplace Visitors Sample Policy, Plus 14 Key Points

Every organization should have a policy concerning workplace visitors. These policies not only protect the visitors, they also protect the safety and security of your workplace and your workforce. Allowing strangers to wander through company facilities “at will” poses risks. Not only can workplace visitors distract employees, which could cause an accident, but the visitors […]

Fire Drills: Why, When, and How

Preparation is the key to effective response to workplace fires. Fire drills help prepare employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely. Fire drills play a very important role in workplace fire safety. Although OSHA does not require fire drills, it strongly recommends them.