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Make Safety an "Official Big Deal" in Your Workplace

Here’s a plant where safety is an “official big deal” and vigilance is the hallmark of the safety process. From the moment they walk in the door, new employees at Tripp Plastics are advised in clear terms of the plant’s commitment to safety. During orientation they are presented with a policy statement that explains what’s […]

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Sick of Paying the Price for Workplace Back Injuries? Take Action!

Statistics tell us that 8 out of 10 people experience back problems at some time during their lives. We also know that back injuries affect millions of American workers every year and cost billions. Overexertion is a leading cause of lost-time injuries. And a significant number of workers in most industrial workplaces and construction sites […]

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Regulatory Q&A: What’s the OSHA Rule Concerning…?

Yesterday, we presented a number of questions about OSHA regulations. Today, we conclude our Q&A session with more questions and more answers. Q. I have read that the GHS requirements for OSHA’s hazard communication rule do not require in-house chemical containers (those that will never be shipped or leave the workplace) to be labeled with […]

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How Can You Protect Workers from IAQ Risks?

Learn what you could and should be doing to prevent and control indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and protect employees from health risks. OSHA recommends a management approach to IAQ problems—the same systematic means that you might use to address other safety and health issues. The elements are familiar: Management commitment Training Employee involvement Hazard […]

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More Signs of Safety

They may not be exciting or high tech, but safety signs save lives. Here are the criteria for an effective signage program.Did you “sign on” to yesterday’s Advisor? If so, you read part 1 of a 2-part discussion on workplace safety signs. Recent articles on the subject have renewed interest in the value of this […]

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Serve Your Wellness Training with a Side of Nutrition Tips

Our Safety Training Tips editor says that now, as we near the middle of National Nutrition Month, is a good time to talk to employees about the importance of good nutrition. We all know we should “eat right,” “watch our diet,” “go easy on the grease and sugar,” and so on. But even though your […]

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A Great Safety Management Tool … Made Better!

Not all the hot news in safety management happens out there. Some happens right here at BLR. Such is the case today. Yesterday’s Advisor article covered the recent announcement of OSHA’s Specific Site Targeting (SST) plan for 2008. That’s the program that will pull nearly 4,000 comprehensive inspections on industries  that survey data show as […]

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Safety Policies: Guides to Action and Decision Making

Well-written safety policies guide employees at all levels in your organization to make appropriate decisions that promote workplace safety and health and assure compliance with OSHA regulations. Policies are guides to action and decision making under a given set of circumstances. Policies ensure consistency and compliance with the law within a framework of corporate objectives […]

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How to Improve IAQ

As an employer, what should you be doing to improve workplace IAQ? OSHA recommends a management approach. The same systematic means you use to address other safety and health issues (i.e. management commitment, hazard identification and control programs, training, employee involvement, and program audits) will also work with indoor air quality problems. According to OSHA, […]

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Need Help Meeting Compliance Requirements? On-Site Consultation May Be the Answer

There’s help out there if you need advice about improving safety performance and compliance. And some of it is free. Here’s the success story of one employer who turned to its state OSHA for assistance. After developing an innovative process for manufacturing sidewall panels for recreational vehicles and motor homes, Dicor called in the expertise […]

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