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Taking the Pain Out of Hearing Protection Training

MP3 music players join a long list of potential sources of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the workplace. Here are some suggestions for painlessly training your workers on the dangers of NIHL and on the proper use of hearing protection equipment. In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about the threat of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) […]

Beware New Headphones: These ‘Buds’ May Not Be for You

iPods and MP3 players present a new risk of workplace hearing loss, particularly when used with earbud-style headphones. Here are some steps to reduce these and other hearing-loss risks. You see it all around you … good hearing gone bad. Or at least going bad, according to recent studies warning that high-volume iPods and MP3 […]

What Your Drug and Alcohol Policy Must Cover

There are numerous scenarios in which organizations might want to administer employee drug tests. The key to staving off union grievances and employee lawsuits is a well-crafted drugs and alcohol policy. Here are some of the key points it needs to include. Yesterday’s Advisor looked at a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing the […]

Report: Drugged Drivers Keep on Truckin’ – What’s in Your Workplace?

A new government report highlights serious flaws in truck driver drug testing enforcement. Several of the report’s key findings and recommendations may well be applied across other industries. The perils of drugs in the workplace are well-documented, but nowhere are those dangers scarier than when the “workplace” is out on the highways. Even given that, […]

Coffee Break Safety Training: How to Do It

Not all safety training needs to take an hour. Some lessons can be learned in 5 to 15 minutes. Today, our Safety Training Tips Editor focuses on just what they are. Need to train in safety but little time to do it? You’d be amazed at how much you can cover in just 5, 10, […]

A Great Safety Management Tool … Made Better!

Not all the hot news in safety management happens out there. Some happens right here at BLR. Such is the case today. Yesterday’s Advisor article covered the recent announcement of OSHA’s Specific Site Targeting (SST) plan for 2008. That’s the program that will pull nearly 4,000 comprehensive inspections on industries  that survey data show as […]

OSHA’s SST Inspection Plan for 2008: Inspectors Swooping In

The agency has announced that nearly 4,000 companies will be subject to unannounced comprehensive inspections in its 2008 Site Specific Targeting (SST) plan. Here’s how they decide on whom to honor with a visit. SST. A few years back, those letters stood for supersonic transport. Then the airlines discovered that flying bigger, slower planes beat […]

The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Safety Training Tools

Today’s expert advises training materials with varied formats that go beyond simple verbal lectures. Here’s one that trains in 25 different subjects at a single low cost. . Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of consultant Ben Wurtmann’s concept of safety training that goes beyond simple accident avoidance to the point that it also improves work […]

Try Safety Training Plus, Expert Urges

A noted industrial safety consultant explains that the training can be about more than just accident avoidance. It can actually help workers do their jobs better. When is safety training more than just safety training? The answer: When it also helps workers do their jobs better. That’s more than possible, says Ben Wurtmann of New […]

HAVS and HAV Nots: How to Protect Workers From Vibrating Equipment Hazards

One workplace danger not discussed enough is that of bodily harm caused by high levels of vibration. So that’s what our Safety Training Tips Editor has chosen to focus on today. Tools like jackhammers, drills, woodworking equipment, chipping tools, grinders, chainsaws, and other vibrating equipment can be hazardous in several different ways. Employees can be […]