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Essential Tips for Power Tool Safety

Power tools are a significant source of injuries both in the workplace and at home. Today, our Safety Training Tips Editor offers some key tips for using them safely. Start workers out safely with the right PPE. When employees use power tools on the job or at home, they have to think about more than […]

How to Conduct Lifesaving Accident Investigations

OSHA says all accidents and near misses should be investigated to determine the underlying causes and to prevent a recurrence. Now there is a special webinar to help you elevate your accident investigations to the lifesaving level. Yesterday’s Advisor explored workplace near misses, which OSHA defines as “incidents where no property was damaged and no […]

Close Calls Call for Quick Action

All too often workplace close calls, or “near misses,” are ignored or downplayed, usually because workers fear getting into trouble. Here are some tips for turning near misses into opportunities for instructive and preventive action. On a summer morning in 2006, in Brooklyn, N.Y., OSHA compliance officer Bob Stewart requested that six construction employees be […]

9 Ways to Accommodate Disabled Workers in Evacuation Plans

Yesterday’s Advisor  looked at the critical importance of emergency preparedness for workers with disabilities. Today we’ll review some tips for accommodating specific types of disabilities in your evacuation planning, and look at a tool to help you with all your safety training needs. Just as there are different kinds of disabilities, so are there different […]

Emergency Preparedness for Disabled Workers

Emergency preparedness is important for all of your employees but even more so for those with disabilities. Today we look at some tips and requirements for accommodating workers with disabilities in your emergency preparedness procedures. Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) help orchestrate employer and employee actions, including evacuations, during a workplace emergency. An employer (i.e., property […]

Vaccines: A Booster to Worker Health and Productivity

National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to educate your workers about the importance of getting vaccinated against – and keeping their vaccinations up to date for – potentially serious or life-threatening infections. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the purpose of this event […]

Bloodborne Pathogens: What Are Your Responsibilities?

The danger of bloodborne pathogen exposure extends beyond the healthcare profession. Today we look at ways your employees can minimize their risk and the measures OSHA requires you to implement in your workplace. Yesterday’s Advisor explored the many workplace hazards endangering nurses and other healthcare professionals, with one of the most serious being exposure to […]

Unsafe Workplaces Chasing Nurses Away

Healthcare workplaces are fraught with risks, but the extent of those dangers – and their impact on the ongoing nursing shortage – may be greater than you think. Nursing clearly is not the safest of professions. Working in close proximity to sick people, scalpels, needles, and other sharps obviously entails risks. But most of us […]

Stiffer OSHA Penalties Proposed

Key Democrats in Congress say OSHA needs stiffer civil and criminal sanctions – and more active enforcement – to safeguard the American workforce. In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about a congressional committee report that criticized the agency for failing to address the gross underreporting of occupational injuries and illnesses. The declining injury and illness […]

OSHA Under Fire: Reporting, Enforcement Criticized

According to a growing number of reports, OSHA has been seriously understating workplace injuries and illnesses — and relying on flawed audits rather than addressing the problem. Don’t look now, OSHA, but the shoe is on the other foot. The agency that inspects America’s workplaces is itself coming under increasing scrutiny, with lawmakers and academics […]