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Report All Bloodborne Pathogens Exposures

Exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV can lead to serious illness. Although healthcare workers and emergency first responders are most at risk, any employee can be exposed when giving first aid in the workplace, as well as in certain other situations. Needlesticks or cuts from sharp objects […]

Diabetes: What Your Workers Need to Know

Your employees may have diabetes and not know it. Our Safety Training Tips editor says that more than one-quarter of people with the condition are undiagnosed. For this reason alone, it’s important to educate your workers on the dangers of this common condition. Tell employees that people with diabetes are more likely to have: Heart […]

Help Keep Workers Upright and All Right

Across industries and across the years, slips, trips, and falls continue to be among the leading causes of workplace injury. Opportunities for workplace falls are abundant, and many incidents result in serious injuries. Dr. William Marletta is a safety consultant in West Islip, New York, who specializes in slip, trip, and fall hazards. (The irony […]

Keys to Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

OSHA says slip, trip, and fall injuries account for the majority of general industry accidents. They cause back injuries, sprains and strains, contusions, and fractures. And they result in 15 percent of all accidental deaths. You know that falls can cause a variety of injuries and can spike your workers’ compensation costs. But looking at […]

Reap the Benefits of Web-Based Safety Training

Web-based safety training is a dream come true for safety trainers. It provides consistent and up-to-date information, flexibility, evaluation, and systematic documentation—all at a very affordable price. There are many advantages to using self-paced, Web-based training, including: Web-based training allows you to present the same content, in exactly the same way, to any number of […]

Accountability Ensures Learners Use Safety Skills

Employers are required to provide certain types of safety training to employees. While some companies simply follow the letter of the law, others go beyond minimum requirements and build a culture where safety is embedded in their business practices. Take Johns Manville of McPherson, Kansas, which produces fiberglass insulation materials. The company was honored by […]

Employees Are Key to Injury, Illness Reporting

Our Safety Training Tips editor says that employees need to know the importance of reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. Even though 29 CFR 1904 makes it the employer’s responsibility to keep records and report statistics, employers can’t keep accurate records if employees don’t know to report their work-related illnesses and injuries. Give your workers a […]

Hazmat Transportation Safety Tips

Yesterday, we talked about hazmat transportation security. Today, we focus on safety requirements for preparing shipments so that they comply with DOT’s hazmat transport regulations. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and its regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180), impose broad requirements for every aspect of hazardous materials transportation, including preparing materials for […]

Safe and Sound: Hazmat Transportation Security

When hazardous materials are transported, everyone involved is responsible for keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. Department of Transportation regulations require shippers, carriers, drivers, and receivers to take proper security precautions. Hazardous materials are vital to our industrial economy. Unfortunately, they can be used by terrorists to cause death and destruction. That’s why […]

Assessing and Planning Safety Training

Although some OSHA regulations are specific about training requirements, others are not. Both the law and sound business practice compel you to look beyond specific safety and health regulations to identify employee training needs. The need for training is often implied in OSHA regulations rather than specified. For example, the general housekeeping standard (29 CFR […]