Category: 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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Injury Prevention as Easy as 1-2-3

For Injury Prevention Month, our Safety Training Tips editor reminds your workers to recognize and report all workplace hazards and to review their use of PPE and other safety procedures. Their health, and the company’s, depends on it. April is Injury Prevention Month, so our focus is on keeping your workers off the injured list. […]

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Hearing PPE: Now You Have to Pay

OSHA’s new rule, now in effect, says you must pay for nearly all PPE, including hearing protection devices (HPDs). Here’s what you need to know about them and how to get workers to use them. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of workplace noise hazards. The long-term danger of consistent high noise levels, those above an […]

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Hearing Protection: What OSHA Requires

Excessive noise can cause accidents and hearing loss, so OSHA demands that you control it and protect from it. Here’s what they say. Construction sites are often walled off to both protect passersby and preserve neighborhood beauty, but it’s obvious they’re there. The sound of roaring generators, pounding power shovels, and all manner of banging, […]

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Forklifts: Safe Driving Tips

Yesterday, how to do an OSHA-required pre-use inspection on a forklift; today, how to drive one safely once you do.Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of how not to be April (or any other month) foolish in operating a forklift truck. Step number one is properly carrying out the OSHA-required inspection of the unit, at least […]

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Forklifts: A Daily Inspection How -To

OSHA requires that forklifts be inspected daily, or after every shift if used round-the-clock. And in April (or any other month) you’d be a fool not to do it. On the eve of April Fool’s Day, we’re reminded of one of the most foolish things you can do in a workplace: Unsafely operate a forklift […]

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When to Train: What OSHA Says

Just as important as what to train on is when and how often you need to do it. OSHA has specific requirements, and well-developed best practices add to them. This Friday, our Safety Training Tips editor runs the (training) table.Safety training has to start from Day 1. Generally speaking, employees should be trained: When first […]

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Workers’ Comp Costs: Insurers’ Secrets for Keeping Them Low

Insurers give their advice on keeping workers’ compensation insurance costs low, including how to spot fraud. Meanwhile, BLR offers an audio conference on how to monitor and control open claims. Yesterday’s Advisor started a discussion of workers’ comp insurance expense. With rates declining, due to a combination of state reform action and lower accident rates, […]

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Workers’ Comp Rates Fall, But Beware the ‘Mod’

Employers are happy to see lower workers’ compensation insurance rates, but there’s a factor that can drive them right back up, and it’s one completely under their control.To hear Frank Pennachio tell it, there’s danger even in good news. Pennachio is a cofounder of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, a group that certifies insurance professionals […]

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Electrical Safety Training: Lifesaving Tips

Electrical safety is mostly about observing simple precautions. Here are some, along with a versatile and comprehensive training program to teach them—or have trainees teach themselves. Yesterday’s Advisor gave your employees some information that might shock them, literally. With information from the BLR program Total Training Resource: Electrical Safety, we noted that many fall prey […]

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