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Bisphenol A (BPA): The Safety Debate Rages On

In one of the latest shots fired in the war of words raging over the safety of bisphenol A (BPA), a new study has linked elevated concentrations of the chemical in human urine to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. BPA is an industrial chemical used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. […]

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Carbon Monoxide: Legal, Training, and Management Issues

Yesterday we provided 10 tips for limiting carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in your workplace. Today we turn to the legal,  management, and training issues surrounding CO exposure. Legal Issues Safety Audit Checklists from BLR points out that the controlling OSHA regulation is 29 CFR 1910.1000. OSHA lists carbon monoxide in its table of air contaminants […]

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10 Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other material containing carbon, such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, or wood. Because it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and nonirritating, workers can be poisoned without warning. Here are 10 tips for safeguarding your workforce. CO […]

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A REAL Workplace Pain in the Neck

Today our Safety Training Tips editor looks at one of the more common, but often overlooked, workplace woes: Neck injuries. The most common workplace neck injuries are neck spasms. Neck spasms are contractions of the muscles in your neck. The contractions make your muscles tight and that results in pain. The main culprits of work-related […]

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Electrical Safety: Protecting your ‘Unqualified’ Workers

Yesterday we looked at four common problem areas of electrical safety and at possible solutions for you and your supervisors. Today we’ll dig deeper into the electrical safety procedures for unqualified workers – including what OSHA requires — and look at a tool that will help you meet those requirements. Almost 3 million workers in […]

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4 Electrical Safety Problems—and Solutions

Today we look at four problem areas of electrical safety, and at some solutions to help you and your supervisors. Electricity can kill, and, even when it doesn’t, electrical accidents can give a nasty shock, burn skin, or even damage nerves and internal organs. Severe electrical shocks can also cause shoulder joint injuries and break […]

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OSHA? DOT? Who’s in Charge of Trucker Safety?

If your organization employs workers who drive as part of their job responsibilities, you’re already aware of the complex web of regulations that apply. Today we review some guidelines for determining whether OSHA or DOT regulations take precedence, and a tool that will help ensure that your truck-driving workers comply with applicable regulations and safety […]

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7 Keys to a Successful Fleet Safety Program

Attendees at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2008 conference got the inside story on how one company has dramatically reduced its vehicle accident rates – and insurance costs . It is harder to ensure the safety of workers who drive as part of their job responsibilities than it is for workers under […]

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Drive Safely to Work Week: Avoid the ‘Big 5’

October 6-10 is Drive Safely to Work Week. The event is sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), which says the week is “devoted to improving the safety and health of the nation’s workforce by promoting safe driving practices at their place of business.” That means next week is the perfect time […]

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7 Keys to a Winning Training Program

Yesterday we shared suggestions from the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter on how you can apply principles from the sports world to improve safety practices at your organization. Today we pick up with tips for developing a winning training program for your team. Assess training needs. What safety-related skills and knowledge do employees […]

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