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Your Forklift Questions Answered

Forklift operations raise many safety issues for employers. There’s a lot to know about OSHA requirements, and not all of it is well-known. Many of your colleagues have turned to our safety experts for answers to their safety forklift questions. Here’s a sample of interesting forklift questions sent in to our sister website, Safety.BLR.com®, where […]

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A Sound Ergonomics Program = Good Business Sense

OSHA estimates that 1.8 million workers each year report work-related MSDs such as carpal tunnel syndrome and low back pain. About 600,000 of these MSD injuries are serious enough to require workers to take time off work in order to recover. Ergonomic measures, if implemented effectively, will reduce these numbers. According to Safety Training Presentations’ […]

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More Aggressive OSHA and New Ergonomics Standard?

The controversy surrounding the nomination of David Michaels as OSHA chief centers around Michaels’ stated intention to take a more aggressive regulatory and enforcement stance, and also focuses on a highly divisive issue—ergonomics. The battle over the Obama administration’s nominee to head OSHA, David Michaels, heats up as industry groups express concern over projected changes […]

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Treats Can Be Tricky

Halloween is a big business and a long-standing tradition across the United States—so chances are high that your employees will be taking kids out trick or treating this year. Our Safety Training Tips editor recommends that you take a few minutes in your safety training this week to give workers some Halloween safety tips. Encourage […]

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Night Driving Twice As Dangerous, Experts Say

Driving before sunrise or after sunset increases the risk of accidents. After-dark accidents also tend to be more severe. Simple precautions can protect drivers. It probably comes as no surprise to hear that there is a greater risk of fatigue-induced accidents at night, especially between midnight and 6 a.m. In fact, according to the Federal Motor […]

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Time Change Means Increased Road Risks

This weekend marks the end of daylight saving time and, according to the experts, the beginning of a period in which the risk of traffic accidents increases due to the time change. "Since night falls an hour earlier, the commute home from work or school will likely be in the dark," says Adele Kristiansson, National […]

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OSHA Encourages Workers to Speak Up—and You to Listen

Yesterday, we listed 14 specific workplace rights conferred on your employees by OSHA. Today, we’ll take a closer look at two key rights that sometimes get employers in trouble. OSHA encourages employees to be active players in their workplace’s safety and health effort. Specifically, OSHA encourages workers to join with employers in promoting safety on […]

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OSHA’s 14-Point Employee Bill of Rights

When you think about workplace safety, you probably focus on the responsibilities that employees have to work safely. But don’t forget, they have rights, too. The Occupational Safety and Health Act gives your employees 14 specific workplace rights. Workers have the right to: Review copies of appropriate standards, rules, regulations, and requirements that you are […]

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How to Lower High Blood Pressure Risks in the Workplace

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost one-fifth of people who have high blood pressure don’t know they have it. And, because doctor visits for high blood pressure-related maladies top 44 million a year, our Safety Training Tips editor says that it makes good health and business sense to educate your […]

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Prevent LO/TO Accidents with Training—and More Training

Well-trained employees are safe employees—especially when they are facing a major hazard like accidental equipment start up. Make sure your workers understand and practice lockout/tagout (LO/TO) rules. Preventing LO/TO accidents begins with training three groups of employees: Authorized employees generally include your electricians, maintenance personnel, and some machine operators. These workers are the only ones […]

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