Employers Must Pay for PPE … Sometimes

On February 13, 2008, an OSHA rule took effect that requires employers to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees. Sounds simple enough, right? Hah! As with any regulation covering such a broad and complex area, the “employer pays” PPE rule is rife with exceptions and clarifications. Our sister website,, took a […]

Working Safely Around Hazardous Waste

Yesterday  we reviewed hazardous waste regulations, control strategies, and container maintenance and storage best practices. Today we look at what your employees need to do to stay safe when working with or around hazardous wastes, and at management’s role in making sure that happens. It goes without saying that any employee who works with or […]

Hazardous Waste: What You Need to Know

Hazardous materials remain hazardous even after they’re used. And other materials can become hazardous with use. Today we’ll review safety information about hazardous wastes that will help you protect your employees from harmful exposure. Hazardous Waste Defined According to the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) defines […]

Winter Wonderland? Or Hazard Trap?

The approaching winter can mean weather woes for you and your workforce. Because the week of November 10–14 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week, you’ll probably want to emphasize some winter safety tips in safety meetings next week. Here are some suggestions from our Safety Training Tips editor. Keep your workers safely on their feet. Preventing […]

Employee Discipline: Essential Considerations

Yesterday we explored the benefits and drawbacks of using carrots (rewards) or sticks (punishments) to motivate safe employee behavior. But sooner or later, discipline will be needed, so today we’ll look at the key elements of a disciplinary procedures policy. When an employee’s performance is below expectations or his or her conduct on the job […]

Safety Motivation: Carrot? Stick? Neither?

Today we look at the relative merits of rewards and punishments as motivators of safe workplace behavior, and at a third alternative that may trump both. We often hear about the significance of motivation in athletic endeavors, or weight loss, or even acting. But just what does that mean? Motivation is what induces a person […]

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 […]