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Employers’ Cell-Phone Liability: Hard Lessons

More and more often, accident victims are suing the employers of people who cause accidents while talking on cell phones. Today we look at a classic case—and what it means for your organization. (The following information, courtesy of the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter, is based on a real case.) Valerie Walker used […]

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Wash Away Workplace Illness This Winter

Next week is National Hand Washing Awareness Week, and our Safety Training Tips editor explains how increased hand washing in the workplace can decrease the spread of infections—and lost workdays. Cold and flu season is just around the corner. That’s probably why next week, December 7–13, has been designated National Hand Washing Awareness Week. What’s […]

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How to Meet OSHA’s HazCom Training Requirements

Yesterday we reviewed the essential elements of the written program required under OSHA’s hazard communication (HazCom) standard. Today we’ll look at the HazCom’s training requirements—and at a timesaving HazCom training solution. One of the core elements of a HazCom written program is employee training. Your written program must spell out your criteria for employee training, […]

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HazCom—What You Must Put in Writing

Failure to have a written HazCom program consistently tops the list of OSHA general industry violations. Today we look at the essential elements of your written HazCom plan. The hazard communication standard (HazCom), also known as “worker right-to-know,” is one of OSHA’s most important standards. In summary, it requires chemical manufacturers, importers, and users to […]

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Effective, Essential Job Hazard Analysis

Yesterday we reviewed the initial steps for setting up a job hazard analysis (JHA) program in your workplace. Today we’ll look at how to identify hazards associated with specific job activities, and at an upcoming audio conference on effective JHA strategies. In performing JHA, you need to break down jobs into their component activities and […]

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Use JHA to Uncover Hidden Job Hazards

Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) can reveal job-related dangers not immediately apparent to the untrained eye. Here are some tips for implementing an effective JHA program. Some workplace hazards, such as a grease spot on the floor or a piece of pipe protruding from a shelf at eye level, are so obvious that even an inexperienced […]

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Do Your Workers Need a Safety Pep Talk?

Even with a solid safety program in place, workers need a safety pep talk from time to time. Here are some tips from our Safety Training Tips editor.

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Pinch Points Need Pointed Reminders

Pinch points are among the most common hazards in the workplace and they are the cause of many serious types of injuries. Here are some pointers to pass along to your employees. The chances are pretty good that, at one time or another, you have been the victim of a painful pinch. It could have […]

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Keeping Workers Safe Outside of the Workplace

Yesterday we explored employers’ legal and moral obligations to minimize workplace violence. Today we’ll look at ways to prevent violence that can occur as employees arrive at or leave work, and at other ways to safeguard employees during the riskiest parts of their workday—the trips from home and back. BLR’s 7-Minute Safety Trainer recommends that […]

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Stopping Workplace Violence Before It Starts

Everyone knows that violence in the workplace is a serious safety and health issue. The most extreme manifestation of workplace violence—homicide—was the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in this country last year. Today we look at what OSHA and others say you should do to safeguard your workers. There are no specific OSHA standards […]

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