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Forklift Battery Safety

While most forklift safety talks center around tipovers, forklift batteries present serious hazards, too. Our Safety Training Tips editor says forklift drivers and others who work around forklifts and on forklift maintenance need to know the hazards and how to protect themselves with proper precautions. Make sure workers know the hazards of forklift batteries. Hazards […]

5 Keys to Effective Hearing Conservation

Noise isn’t a new hazard in the workplace, but it’s one that sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Repeated, unprotected exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing loss. OSHA requires you to implement a hearing conservation program when information (such as noise monitoring) indicates that any employee’s exposure may equal or exceed […]

Safe-in-Sound Awards Promote Hearing Loss Prevention

Monday and Tuesday we talked about eye protection. Today, we turn to the important subject of hearing conservation. The inaugural Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards were awarded in 2009 by NIOSH and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) to four U.S. employers that "have shown their dedication to the prevention of noise-induced hearing […]

Emergency Response for Workplace Eye Injuries

Emergency workers responding to disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti are exposed to numerous safety and health hazards; among them, eye injuries. Without prompt and effective emergency response following a workplace eye injury, the damage could turn into a permanent vision loss. Do your workers know how to administer proper first aid for eye […]

Eye Safety for Emergency Responders

Emergency workers responding to disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti are exposed to numerous safety and health hazards; among them, eye injuries. We all watched in horror as the news footage of the devastation in Haiti played out across our TV and computer screens. Disasters like this underscore the dangers faced by emergency responders, […]

Prevent Poisoning—at Work and at Home

March is National Poison Prevention Month, and that makes this a great time to train your workers on how to avoid poisons at work—and how to avoid taking poisonous substances home. Our Safety Training Tips editor says to start with the basics. Overexposure to certain materials we work with can cause health problems. There are […]

The Inside Story on Mold Hazards and Prevention

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to improve indoor air quality, look no further than the common houseplant, says a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). Indoor exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions and even infections. Taking precautions, however, can limit exposure and help prevent health […]

The ‘Secret’ to Improved Indoor Air Quality

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to improve indoor air quality, look no further than the common houseplant, says a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). A while back NASA got together with ALCA and conducted a study to see if houseplants could help improve indoor air […]

OSHA’s Guidelines for Training and Evaluation

Yesterday, we presented the first four of OSHA’s seven employee safety training guidelines. Today, we conclude with the last three guidelines, plus some information about an essential training resource that will help you meet current and future safety training objectives easily and effectively. [You can read the first four guidelines here.] Step 5. Conduct the […]

OSHA’s 7-Step Training Guidelines

Is your safety training program all it could be? Have a look at OSHA’s guidelines for setting up and conducting effective, compliant training. Step 1. Determine if training is necessary. How do you know what training is necessary—or whether training is needed at all? Before you can answer that question, you have to ask yourself: […]