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Stretch Breaks – Quick, Easy, and Essential

In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about the legal and economic importance of implementing ergonomics policies and practices. Today our Safety Training Tips Editor explains the value of stretch breaks. Did you know that stretching helps prevent MSDs? It’s true, and the Japanese have known it for years. Employees in many Japanese workplaces begin every […]

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5 Keys to Effective Ergonomics Training

There are legal as well as cost-saving reasons for implementing ergonomic measures. Today we look at 5 core training areas and at a tool for creating or improving your ergonomics policy. Yesterday’s Advisor looked at possible reasons for the decreased attention paid to ergonomics, including the Bush administration’s decision to forego a federal standard, and […]

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Ergonomics in Flux: What Should You Be Doing?

Ergonomics may not be getting the same level of attention it once did, but experts say the injury risks – and costs of not taking proactive measures – have not diminished. Sizzling hot in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the topic of ergonomics has cooled considerably in the new millennium. Even carpal tunnel syndrome, which seemed […]

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OSHA Inspections: The Aftermath

Life goes on after an OSHA inspection. Here are some tips for dealing with OSHA citations, and a look at a tool that can help you avoid them in the first place. Yesterday’s Advisor told you what you can expect when an OSHA inspector arrives at your facility. But when the walkaround and closing conference […]

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OSHA’s at your Door: What Comes Next?

You answer your door, and it’s an OSHA inspector. Is it your worst nightmare? Just what, exactly, should you expect? To answer these questions, we visited our sister site, Safety.BLR.com, and found some very helpful tips. An OSHA inspection is essentially a four-stage process that includes: Presentation of OSHA inspector credentials Opening meeting Inspection walkaround […]

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Essential Tips for Power Tool Safety

Power tools are a significant source of injuries both in the workplace and at home. Today, our Safety Training Tips Editor offers some key tips for using them safely. Start workers out safely with the right PPE. When employees use power tools on the job or at home, they have to think about more than […]

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How to Conduct Lifesaving Accident Investigations

OSHA says all accidents and near misses should be investigated to determine the underlying causes and to prevent a recurrence. Now there is a special webinar to help you elevate your accident investigations to the lifesaving level. Yesterday’s Advisor explored workplace near misses, which OSHA defines as “incidents where no property was damaged and no […]

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Close Calls Call for Quick Action

All too often workplace close calls, or “near misses,” are ignored or downplayed, usually because workers fear getting into trouble. Here are some tips for turning near misses into opportunities for instructive and preventive action. On a summer morning in 2006, in Brooklyn, N.Y., OSHA compliance officer Bob Stewart requested that six construction employees be […]

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9 Ways to Accommodate Disabled Workers in Evacuation Plans

Yesterday’s Advisor  looked at the critical importance of emergency preparedness for workers with disabilities. Today we’ll review some tips for accommodating specific types of disabilities in your evacuation planning, and look at a tool to help you with all your safety training needs. Just as there are different kinds of disabilities, so are there different […]

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Emergency Preparedness for Disabled Workers

Emergency preparedness is important for all of your employees but even more so for those with disabilities. Today we look at some tips and requirements for accommodating workers with disabilities in your emergency preparedness procedures. Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) help orchestrate employer and employee actions, including evacuations, during a workplace emergency. An employer (i.e., property […]

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