Special Topics in Safety Management

Safety is a process, and as such, needs to be managed. This section offers resources to create a viable safety program, sell it to senior management, train supervisors and employees in using it, and then track and report your progress. Look also for ways to advance your own skills in these areas, both for your current job, and those that follow.

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Q&A: Transferring Locks Between Shifts

Recently, one of our subscribers asked the following question:

I am looking for guidance on developing a lockout program where I can protect my employees from disassembled equipment while transferring the locks without having a physical hand off. Our second shift must leave equipment disassembled and locked out at midnight when they go home. We cannot reassemble the equipment until it has been inspected in the morning by the next work shift. There is no overnight shift to physically transfer keys to the locks.

Q&A: Confined Spaces in Tanker Trucks

Recently, one of our subscribers asked the following question:

We have numerous tanks on site (mostly <2,500 gallons) that are used in food manufacturing. They are round with a manhole access. We also receive deliveries of milk in tanker trucks. Employees are required to visually inspect the tanks and tankers for cleanliness after the cleaning and rinse cycles. They do not get in the space. They use an inspection light and their head may at times break the plane of the manhole cover (head may enter the tank/tanker). If an employee has to get in the tank/tanker, it is reclassified to a NPRCS. We have not had to reclassify a NPRCS to Confined Space. So – question: Does the employee need to conduct NPRCS to inspect the tank/tanker from outside of the space if their head may break the plane?

Confined Spaces on a Floating Casino

Recently, one of our subscribers asked the following questions:

Is a confined space on a permanently moored casino vessel adjacent to a land-based hotel covered under OSHA’s more restrictive general industry rule or under the maritime rules? Since the general industry standards are more restrictive than the maritime standards, if the vessel does fall under maritime, how does this protect the operations by having two different policies and not protecting the employees in the same manner? I have gotten different opinions from different OSHA inspectors.

Equipment Rental Company Determined to Get to Zero Incidents

A business that rents heavy equipment says it’s making progress toward zero injuries. Find out about their newest initiative to enhance and spread safety awareness.

It’s No Joke—Office Hazards Go Way Beyond Paper Cuts

It’s tempting to think that all of your safety and health concerns are limited to the shop floor. But it’s just not true. Keep reading for important information about an office hazard that could have tragic consequences.

Is There Danger in Laundering Work Uniforms at Home?

Putting on a clean, fresh uniform helps your employees feel good about starting their shift. But there may be risks involved in laundering that uniform at home. Find out more here.

Are Your Workers Becoming Complacent? Help Them Refocus on Safety

When you put an effective safety program in place–one that eliminates as many hazards as possible, substitutes safer alternatives when available, and uses engineering controls to minimize other hazards–your workers can start to think of the workplace as “safe.” And when people feel safe, what happens? They might let their guard down.

OSHA Takes Steps to Prevent Violence in Healthcare Workplaces

OSHA has launched a new Web page to help employers and employees understand and address violence in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Find out more about this worsening problem and what can be done.

New UST Regulations: What You Need to Know


In this video, BLR Legal Editor Emily Remmel, JD, offers a concise overview of the updated underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

Gravedigger Incident Underscores Cave-In Risks

It was a frightening moment for a New York gravedigger when a grave opening he was working on collapsed on him. Find out what happened and make sure your employees aren’t at risk for trench collapses.