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NIOSH at 40: Translating Science into Practice

Like OSHA, NIOSH celebrates its 40 birthday this year. What has NIOSH accomplished, and how has it helped improve safety? We asked its director John Howard. The mission of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is “to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that […]

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Big Blowup Over Combustible Dust: Is a New Law Coming?

As reported as recently as last Sunday’s broadcast of TV’s “60 Minutes,” dust from sugar, flour, or other common materials, concentrated in certain conditions, can explode like a bomb. Critics say OSHA has done little about it, despite the loss of 119 lives. Now Congress has, and the result might be a new law affecting […]

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60 of the Employee and Supervisor Training Programs You Need… at One Low Flat Fee! Welcome to BLR’s New Employee Training Center

By BLR Founder and CEO Bob Brady BLR’s CEO has asked for this space today for an important announcement: If you do safety training, and you’d like to take advantage of a revolutionary new concept in how to get it done, fast, flexible and lower in cost per program than you can probably imagine, you’ll […]

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Week in Review, May 6, 2011

Note to Readers: This newsletter appears daily, but we know some don’t always have the time to read it everyday. For your convenience, here’s a re-publication of what we covered this past week. Daily, weekly, or anything in between, we’re pleased to keep you informed with the latest tips, news and advice on the profession. […]

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Do You Schedule Training Around Vacations?

Summertime often means lots of vacations and lots of employee absences—but training still needs to get done. So how can you keep up with training when so many employees aren’t at work? It may seem like the obvious, but begin by setting up a training schedule. Without a reasonable, realistic schedule, training might not get […]

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Week in Review, February 4, 2011

Note to Readers: This newsletter appears daily, but we know some don’t always have the time to read it everyday. For your convenience, here’s a re-publication of what we covered this past week. Daily, weekly, or anything in between, we’re pleased to keep you informed with the latest tips, news and advice on the profession. […]

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New Limits on Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water Proposed

The Obama administration announced last week that it would set limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water. These standards will now include perchlorate, a toxic compound used in rocket fuel, which has been found in water supplies in 26 states.  The nation’s clean water laws have not kept […]

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Questions About Confined Space Compliance? Find Answers Here

OSHA’s confined space standard is long and detailed and includes six appendices. OSHA compliance and the safety of confined space entrants depend on knowing exactly what the regulations require. Today and tomorrow, we offer a brief selection of questions about OSHA’s confined space requirements (29 CFR 1910. 146). These are questions that safety managers from […]

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Maximize Employee Involvement for a Safer Workplace

Yesterday, we talked about employee involvement in safety programs. Today, we focus on safety leadership. No matter how engaged employees are, there can be no successful safety program without full participation of management. Dr. Terry McSween has developed a five-stage patented process he calls Values-Based Safety® that identifies leader behaviors essential for positive safety change. […]

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losing the Gap Between Safety as a Value and Safety Culture: Part 2

Yesterday, we presented the views of two leaders in workplace safety on closing the gap between safety as a value and safety culture. Today, we conclude with the thoughts of a third. Jeff Ruebesam, VP of Global Health, Safety and Environmental at Fluor Corporation, spoke about his company’s use of leading indicators to measure employee […]

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