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Is the "Silent Killer Stalking Your Workplace?

Carbon monoxide is called the “silent killer” because it’s an invisible, odorless poison. It’s so hard to detect without a monitor that it kills hundreds of unsuspecting people on the job and in their homes every year. Organic materials such as wood, oil, or gasoline produce carbon monoxide (CO) when they burn. CO is also […]

Is On-going Hazard Assessment SOP at Your Facility?

At Marathon Oil, on-going safety hazard assessment is standard operating procedure. Is it SOP at your facility, too? A multi-tiered auditing system is at the heart of the hazard identification process at Marathon Oil Corporation’s Detroit refinery. Tier I audits are conducted internally by teams representing maintenance; environment, health, and safety; and process operators. One […]

To Fix It, First You Have to Find It: Best Practices in Hazard ID

Identifying hazards that can injure your workers or make them ill is your duty under the law. It also should be a driving force behind your safety and health process. One definition of a hazard is any unsafe workplace condition or practice that could cause injuries or illness to employees. Another is any danger that […]

Stay Safe from Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be a safety issue at work. Why? All your employees have a right to fair treatment at work. If they feel sexually threatened either directly or through a hostile environment, they may be distracted and unable to follow all safety precautions because they are worrying about a situation they should not have […]

Keep Drugs and Alcohol Out of the Workplace

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Your workers know that these addictions are harmful to them personally, but you need to also impress upon them that drug and alcohol addictions are potentially harmful to co-workers as well. Outline for them the following hazards of workplace drug use: Increased accidents and safety violations […]

Check Off These Electrical Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Human error is the major cause of electrical accidents. Accidents happen when workers don’t recognize electrical hazards or fail to take precautions to protect against those hazards. Key provisions of OSHA’s general industry electrical standard for employee safety are contained in the safety-related work practices sections (29 CFR 1910.331-335). These sections give you specific requirements […]

PPE: The Real World Perspective

Yesterday, we talked about OSHA’s PPE requirements. Today, we focus on management of PPE programs in the real world, where compliance isn’t something you can take for granted. OSHA standards are one thing, but what’s really happening in your workplace? That’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to PPE compliance. The idealized […]

Ready to Respond to an Electrical Accident?

Electrical accidents require fast but careful response to save injured workers and protect rescuers. Find out how to prepare your workplace and your workers for an electrical emergency. Electric shock occurs in one of three ways. Individuals, while in contact with the ground, must come in contact with: Both wires of the electric circuit One […]

PPE: Your Commitment Is Their Protection

Those heads, eyes, ears, and lungs you’re protecting with your PPE program are attached to men and women who keep your business alive. Return the favor by providing effective PPE and making sure employees use it. In the eyes of many people, personal protective equipment (PPE) is workplace safety. A hard hat, steel-toed shoes, and […]

PPE: Your Commitment Is Their Protection

Those heads, eyes, ears, and lungs you’re protecting with your PPE program are attached to men and women who keep your business alive. Return the favor by providing effective PPE and making sure employees use it. In the eyes of many people, personal protective equipment (PPE) is workplace safety. A hard hat, steel-toed shoes, and […]