Take More Breaks to Avoid Back Injuries, Study Says

Low back pain is the most common and costly workplace musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), according to many safety experts. Studies show that back injuries are responsible for at least 100 million lost workdays annually and cost billions in medical expenses. Now a study says more frequent work breaks can help prevent back injuries. A study of […]

Spiders and Ticks and Mosquitoes—Oh My!

When you’re outdoors, there’s always the possibility of a close encounter with a wasp, bee, or other insect that stings or bites. Our Safety Training Tips editor has some tips for treating stings and bites. You may not feel the sting or bite when it happens, but you’ll probably soon notice swelling, redness, itching, or […]

Protection from Head to Toe

PPE provides head-to-toe protection for your employees and keeps them safe from physical and health hazards when engineering and administrative controls alone can’t do the job. As the general PPE safety meeting in BLR’s OSHA Training System explains, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most effective ways to protect against job hazards. PPE […]

PPE: The Personal Barrier Against Workplace Hazards

The basic objective of any PPE program is to protect employees from safety and health hazards that can’t be engineered out. To pick the right PPE for your employees, you must assess the potential hazards. Personal protective equipment (PPE) in one form or another has been around for centuries. There’s evidence, for example, that early […]

Your Forklift Operators: Adequately Trained?

Forklifts are the workhorses of industry. They’re essential to efficient material-handling operations. But forklifts are also big, dangerous, and potentially deadly pieces of equipment. To protect employees, you need strict rules and a comprehensive training and evaluation program. Preventing forklift accidents is within the reach of any forklift safety program. What you need is: A […]

Fatal Mix—Forklifts and Young Workers

Young workers are involved in a disproportionate number of forklift accidents. Lack of training, inexperience, and risk taking are all culprits in these accidents. But they are no excuse. Federal laws and regulations require you to protect your young workers and prevent forklift-related incidents. OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck standard (29 CFR 1910.178) requires you to […]

Safe Handling of Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Many operations use flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline, kerosene, solvents, strippers, alcohol, and benzene. These liquids are so common that the biggest risk is taking them for granted. But our Safety Training Tips editor reminds you that even small amounts may cause fires or explosions when their vapors mix with air and are […]

Natural or Man-Made—Be Ready for Emergencies

Yesterday, we focused on hurricanes, a type of workplace emergency for which employers in many states must be prepared. But hurricanes don’t affect everyone and they aren’t the only potential workplace disaster you need to anticipate. Whether a workplace emergency is natural or man-made, OSHA makes you responsible for ensuring employee safety in the workplace. […]

Preparing Your Workplace for a Hurricane

Hurricane season is here. These monster storms can strike with tremendous, destructive force. And when they do, winds, water, and flying debris can threaten your business and your employees. Preparation is the key to survival and recovery. Preparation for hurricane season should begin long before the first hurricane warning is announced, says the American Society […]

First Rule of Safety: Know Your Job

Yesterday, we talked about safety orientation for new hires. Today, we continue the theme, focusing on job-specific information new employees need to learn ASAP. Knowing how to perform a job properly includes knowing how to do it safely. To protect themselves and their co-workers, new employees have to get to know their jobs inside out. […]