The Power of Laughter in Safety Training

We all know that safety is no laughing matter, but our Safety Training Tips editor says humor can be a valuable tool in getting your safety training messages across. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. TV comedian/pianist Victor Borge used to say that laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Laughing together […]

Does the New Stormwater MSGP Affect You?

EPA’s new stormwater multisector general permit (MSGP) applies to industrial facilities in all or parts of dozens of U.S. states, territories, and possessions. Make sure you know whether your workplace is affected and what you need to do. In September, EPA issued a new MSGP requiring an estimated 4,100 industrial facilities in 29 different industrial […]

Bill Just Stopped Breathing! What Do We Do?

Yesterday we looked at the necessity of having employees trained in first aid present in every work area and on every shift. Today we look at one of the most frightening workplace emergencies—stopped breathing—and a tool that can help solve your first-aid and other workplace training needs. When a person stops breathing following a workplace […]

When Seconds Count—Workplace First Aid

Workplace accidents requiring emergency first aid don’t happen every day, but when they do, quick and capable care is essential. Here are some tips for making sure your first-aid plan is up to par. Picture this: A worker is hurt in an accident and blood is gushing from the wound. One of your employees chokes […]

The ‘Silver Lining’ to Workplace Accidents

Today our Safety Training Tips editor looks at how you can use accident investigations to get something positive out of accidents and near misses. Could there be a silver lining? We generally think of job accidents as negative aspects of production. And, of course, they are. They’re certainly something you want to prevent. But if […]

Training Trumps Gadgets in Reducing MSDs

Yesterday we looked at the five primary methods OSHA recommends for preventing ergonomic injuries in the workplace ( safe work practices, PPE, administrative controls, training, and engineering controls). Today we’ll look at ways to train your workforce on health- and money-saving ergonomic practices.

How to Prevent a SPATE of Ergonomic Injuries

The goal of ergonomics is to fit jobs to workers to make work easier, safer, and more comfortable. The problem comes when there’s a poor fit, which puts damaging stress on workers’ bodies. Here are some tips for improving your employees’ health—and your organization’s bottom line. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include a group of medical conditions […]

4 Keys to Reducing Stress in Your Workplace

Stress reportedly costs American businesses more than $300 billion a year in terms of poor performance, absenteeism, and healthcare costs. Yesterday we saw how the erratic economy has sent employee stress levels soaring. Today we’ll look at ways you can help your workers manage their stress. The potential sources of stress are many and varied. […]

13 Signs That Your Workers Are Burning Out

With the economy down, employees’ stress levels are up—no surprise there. But it’s a legitimate cause for concern for most employers, so today we bring you some strategies to help keep your employees from burning out. According to a new poll by Free & Clear, 86 percent of employers are concerned about the level of […]

Deck the Workplace with Safe Decorations

This week our Safety Training Tips Santa—er, editor—gives you some practical tips about decorating your workplace safely. Ho, Ho, Ho! Attention all elves! Right about now Santa’s probably announcing the holiday decoration rules for the workshop to all his elves. You should be doing the same thing. If you haven’t already, this week circulate a […]