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Investigating Arson

This content was originally published in January 2000. For the latest in safety management, visit our archives or try our online compliance portal, Safety.BLR.com. It’s very rare that a firebug is caught in the act. Most arsonists are caught through circumstantial evidence. Many courts have ruled that circumstantial evidence can be used by a jury […]

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Tag Out Errors and Lock In Compliance

In today’s Advisor we feature questions about OSHA’s lockout/tagout requirements recently received and answered by the safety experts at Safety.BLR.com. Q. Do I have to train the authorized employees and affected employees separately, or can I train one class comprised of both audiences? A. There are separate training requirements for authorized and affected employees under […]

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OSHA Proposes MSD Change for OSHA Form 300

OSHA is proposing to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting (recordkeeping) regulation by restoring a column on the OSHA Form 300 to better identify work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The proposed rule wouldn’t change the existing requirements for when and under what circumstances you must record MSDs on your injury and illness log. […]

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Safety Metrics: Count on Them

To receive management support, safety programs must be objectively evaluated in quantifiable terms. Here are effective ways to do it. It’s often been said that business runs on numbers. Profit. Loss. Return on investment. It’s the language senior management speaks and understands. And it’s the reason many safety managers who talk exclusively in terms of […]

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Back to Basics

Back maintenance begins off the job. In order for your workers to avoid back injuries, they need more than training in avoiding workplace injuries. They need to know how to keep their backs healthy 24/7. So improve workplace safety by giving your workers a training session on overall back health. Begin by reminding employees that […]

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Noisy, Yes—But Unsafe, Too?

Noise isn’t just loud and annoying on the job. It can be a safety and health problem as well—a problem OSHA requires you to do something about. Understanding and applying OSHA standards is at the heart of any safety and health program. When the safety issue is hearing conservation, the standard you need to understand […]

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7 Steps to Safer, Healthier Employees

Safe and healthy workers are productive, satisfied workers. That’s good for you and the organization’s bottom line. You don’t need us to tell you that you have a tough job. But taking these seven steps can make your job easier and your workplace safer. You’re probably already doing most or all of these things, but […]

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Spreading the Word About Safety Yields Powerful Results

Read about a geographically diverse company that’s surmounted the challenge of maintaining a consistent, effective safety and health program. Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, operates coal and gas facilities, plus nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric plants in geographically dispersed areas. This diversity presents challenges to the company’s safety and health program, says Executive Director of […]

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OSHA Training Requirements: Part II

Yesterday, we featured answers to questions about OSHA regulatory requirements for employee training. Today, we conclude with more questions and answers and highlight a training tool designed to help ensure compliance. Q. We currently have a cleaning contractor who has not been trained by their employer to clean up blood. Is it up to us […]

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Protecting Workers 24/7

Find out how one company has leveraged their existing safety and health management system to cover employee off-the-job safety and become a leader in the field. “We finally realized the cost to the business as so many more people are hurt at home than at work,” says Dale Wriedt, manager of work and life safety […]

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