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Going Green: Show Me the Money

Yesterday we explored the leading role that safety professionals can play in helping their workplaces “go green.” Today, we’ll give you the ammunition you need to approach upper management—the environmental, health, and, more important to some, economic benefits of going green. Much like the unfortunate term “bailout package,” perhaps “going green” isn’t the greatest name […]

Going Green—What Is Safety’s Role?

The ever-increasing attention given to environmental concerns coupled with high energy costs have made the subject of “green buildings” and “green workplaces” one of the hottest topics around. Here is how safety fits in. As a safety professional, you not only can take an active role in the workplace greening process, you also can—and undoubtedly […]

Halloween: Beware Witches, Goblins, Safety Hazards

Halloween is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. But the holiday is not without its hazards. Our Safety Training Tips editor says to make sure your employees are aware of the risks to their kids and to their homes. Start with the fire hazards. To keep homes and kids safe this Halloween, […]

Shift Work Risks: Stick a (2-Pronged) Fork in Them

Yesterday we looked at the safety hazards posed by the end of daylight saving time, which concludes at 2 a.m. Sunday. If a 1-hour time change can increase safety concerns, imagine the risks faced by shift workers, who work odd and often changing schedules. Today we’ll look at tips for keeping these workers healthy and […]

The Return to Standard Time Can Be Deadly

For most people in the United States, daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, November 2. And, according to several studies, the days following the return to standard time can be a particularly dangerous period for your employees, both at work and on their way home. Two professors at Carnegie Mellon University reported […]

Attacking Heart Attack Risk Factors

Yesterday we looked at the growing problem of obesity in America and at its serious consequences for your employees’ health and your organization’s bottom line. Today we’ll focus on the related issue of heart attacks, and how you can help your employees lower their risk. In order to reduce the risk of heart attack, you […]

Obesity Costlier to Business than Smoking, Alcoholism

Helping workers deal with weight problems will improve their health—and your profitability. Take a look around your workplace. Notice anything different? Do some of your employees seem a bit, um, bigger? Or, to put it politically incorrectly, fatter? A study released in April by The Conference Board states that more than one-third (34 percent) of […]

Q&A About Safety Training Icebreakers

Today our Safety Training Tips editor gives you the skinny on how to best use icebreakers in safety training exercises. When should you use icebreakers? Getting a training session off to a good start can affect the success of the rest of the session. Icebreakers may be the answer when you need to build trust […]

State-by-State List of Cell Phone Laws

Federal law does not prohibit drivers from using mobile phones while driving, but many states and local jurisdictions have imposed restrictions. Today we, look a resource that keeps you abreast of the latest changes. Yesterday we looked at the various dangers linked to cell phone use, including distracted driving (while talking, dialing, or texting), hearing […]

6 Tips for Safer Cell Phone Use

Today we look at the dangers of cell phone use—although several are still open to debate—and at some key elements of employee cell phone policies. For some time now, concerns over the safety hazards posed by cell phone use have not been limited to the potential for accidents caused by distracted driving. The OSHA Compliance […]