Put the Focus on Safety During NAOSH Week, May 4-10

This Friday, our Safety Training Tips Editor reminds us that next week is a special week for safety, with a chance to showcase what we’ve been doing … and should do all year.North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH Week) runs from May 4-10 and is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers […]

Successful Safety Training: Preparation Is the Key

In celebration of this extra day of the year, our Safety Training Tips editor provides an extra helping of training advice, along with the ingredient that makes it all work. Successful safety training that gives you a good ROI in terms of fewer accidents, better compliance, and lower costs doesn’t just happen. You have to […]

Safety Training for Spanish-Speaking Workers: More Tips

In our previous article, we defined the linguistic and cultural divide. Today, more ideas to bridge it. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of safety training for Spanish-speaking employees with limited or no knowledge of English. This is an increasingly familiar situation as the Hispanic component of American business grows at 36 times the rate of […]

Training Hispanic Workers in Safety: Tips from the Experts

Training Hispanic workers in safety can present both linguistic and cultural challenges. Here are ideas from the experts on how to do it. “¡Peligroso! ¡No Entrar!” Imagine you’re touring a workplace and notice the sign above on a door. Would you go in? Not if you know, from taking Spanish in school or other experience, […]

10 Steps to OSHA Scaffold Safety Compliance

Scaffold accidents are among the most tragic, so it’s no surprise that OSHA tightly regulates their use. Here are 10 steps to compliance. These days, we live and work in a vertical world. Our buildings are taller, our homes have high ceilings, and our workplaces have grown upward to hold larger equipment and to make […]

Ladder/Scaffold Safety: The Ups and Downs

With millions working on ladders and scaffolds each day, the risks are high. Here are some ways to avoid those risks. It’s said that life has its ups and downs, and that’s certainly true of people who work on ladders and scaffolds. But for them, the downs can be especially painful. That’s led safety experts, […]

For Safety Commitment, Use a Safety Committee

Organizations with safety committees often have better accident records, lower operating costs, fewer lost workdays, and lower workers’ comp claims. This Friday, our Safety Training Tips columnist focuses on what you need to know about them. (See also the notice of a special April 1 BLR audio conference on committees at the end of the […]

‘Performance Safety’: Is It a Better Approach?

To prevent workplace injuries, change worker behavior, say many safety experts. But one safety consultant, Randy DeVaul, suggests a three times wider approach. Yesterday’s Advisor began an exploration of Randy DeVaul’s concept of “Performance Safety.” DeVaul, a Westfield, NewYork-based safety consultant who also produces BLR safety audio conferences, developed his idea partially in response to […]

OSHA Compliance: Does it INTERFERE With Safety?

OSHA spends millions to promote safety. But some say their efforts produce just the opposite by diverting resources to compliance that could be used in injury prevention. Which side of the controversy are you on? OSHA is one of Washington’s most established agencies, with an extensive program, a half-billion dollar budget, and 2,000 employees, all […]

Forklift Safety: What You MUST Teach, and the Best Way to Teach It

Both OSHA and best practices mandate what a forklift operator must know. And effective training techniques mandate the best way to teach it … in action. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion about forklift safety and operator training. We noted that while OSHA has a comprehensive standard on forklift training, the regulation includes no provision for […]