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Lockout/Tagout: The Devil’s in the Details

Compliance with OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy standard involves a variety of issues other than the basic lockout/tagout procedures. It’s a comprehensive standard, and you need to comprehend all its requirements. Because you’re probably already familiar with the basic lockout/tagout procedures, let’s skip ahead to some lesser-known facts about lockout/tagout compliance. (NOTE: If you’re looking […]

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Put a Lock on Hazardous Energy Accidents

OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy Standard (29 CFR 1910.147) designates lockout/tagout as the main safeguard to prevent injuries caused by the unexpected release of hazardous energy. OSHA requires lockout/tagout whenever workers perform tasks that involve: •   Removing or bypassing a guard or other safety device •   Placing a body part into a point of operation […]

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Do the Math: Understanding the Heat Equation

The heat equation is a simple way to determine the circumstances under which the human body’s cooling system could fail, and when employees exerting themselves physically in the heat could be at risk of heat illness. Any environment that combines high temperature, high humidity, and physical exertion—whether work or sport—is a prime source of the […]

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Not Quite Summer, but the Heat Is On!

Summer begins in just under 2 weeks. The summer solstice brings with it rising temperatures and increased humidity. So it’s important for all employees to know how to cope with the heat. Whether they’re outdoors in the heat for work or play, or whether they work indoors in a hot environment, employees need to know […]

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Getting the Most out of National Safety Month

As you no doubt know, June is National Safety Month. Today our Safety Training Tips editor gives you some suggestions for following this year’s weekly themes. The National Safety Council (NSC) says that National Safety Month is a time to promote round-the-clock safety and health. NSC stresses the "urgent need to reduce unintentional deaths and […]

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10 Safety Orientation ‘Must-Haves’

Successful safety orientation programs leave nothing to chance. All the safety and health basics new workers need to know from the get-go are included, and no new workers are allowed to fall through the cracks. Safety orientation programs vary from organization to organization. But all successful programs are formal, required, and include among their core […]

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The Tragic Cost of Failed Safety Orientation

Statistics tell us that workers are more likely to be injured during their first few weeks on the job than at any other time in their careers. That means you have to get them off to a good, safe start with a solid and effective safety orientation program. When new employees walk through your door […]

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Give Safety a Big Boost This Month

Yesterday, we looked at the first 6 of 12 suggestions for promoting safety during National Safety Month and all year long. Today, we pick up with steps 6 through 12, and we invite you to try a money-saving resource for meeting all your safety training needs. (Here are the first six suggestions for promoting and […]

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What’s Your Plan for National Safety Month?

The National Safety Council, which sponsors National Safety Month, says that this month is a time to promote round-the-clock safety and health. This year’s event focuses on four themes, each with its own week—teen driving (June 1-7), falls prevention (June 8-14), overexertion (June 15-21), and distracted driving (June 22-28). While the themes of National Safety […]

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You’re Training, but Are They Learning?

Our Safety Training Tips editor says the best laid training plans can go awry if you don’t know how to get—and hold—your audience’s attention. What’s the attention span of your trainees? According to studies of adult learners, your trainees may be paying a lot less attention to vital safety training than you think. Most studies […]

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