7 Keys to Safe Lockout/Tagout

Every year you hear about grisly accidents caused by failure to lockout and/or tagout equipment that is being serviced or repaired—or failure to follow required lockout procedures completely and correctly. Make sure one of this year’s stories isn’t about someone in your workplace. OSHA developed the lockout/tagout (LO/TO) standard (29 CFR 1910.147) precisely to prevent […]

Put the PREPARE in Preparedness

To be confident that your employees are ready for any emergency, you have to PREPARE—Plan, Review, Evaluate, Practice, Anticipate, Retrain, and Emphasize. According to Safety Audit Checklists, emergency planning must be: Systematic. Haphazard or half-hearted efforts that get low priority and little attention won’t do the job. You  need a well-structured, well-organized, thorough plan that […]

Guarantee Preparedness: Talk to Employees Now

Talk to your people about emergency preparedness. Make sure that they know all about your emergency plans and that all their questions are answered. Guarantee they’ll be ready to act. One of the best ways to ensure safety in a workplace emergency and a quick recovery after, says, is to communicate regularly with employees […]

How Often Do I Need To Train?

All new employees need to receive safety training soon after they start the job. Today our Safety Training Tips editor reviews some common types of training and how often you need to train on them. General training needs to include: Emergency information, e.g., two evacuation routes, location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and eyewash […]

A Drug-Free Workplace Is a Safer Workplace

Yesterday, we listed a number of steps you can take to promote Drug-Free Work Week. Today, we continue with some more ideas for making Drug-Free Work Week a memorable occasion.  To take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of workplace substance abuse, why not try one or more these ideas next week?  […]

What Are You Doing for Drug-Free Work Week?

Next week is Drug-Free Work Week. The purpose of this event is to reinforce the importance of keeping your workplace drug- and alcohol-free. Discover how you can promote a safer, drug-free workplace next week and all year long. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which sponsors Drug-Free Work Week, says that this event is dedicated […]

One Website for All Your Workplace Safety Needs

Yesterday, we featured several general questions about workplace safety your colleagues have asked the experts at Today, we add a couple of more Q&As, plus details about all the other outstanding features you’ll find at BLR’s information-packed workplace safety website. Q. Is an employer required to keep records of the training and/or certifications of […]

Got Safety Questions? Get Expert Answers

With so many safety concerns and so many compliance issues to deal with, tracking down answers to your questions can be a real chore. But not if you “Ask the Experts” at We’ll find the answer to any question you may have about workplace safety and save you the time and trouble of looking […]

Asbestos? Is That Still an Issue?

Asbestos was, and still is, a widely used substance. Today our Safety Training Tips editor provides some tips to help your employees avoid potentially dangerous exposures. Asbestos fibers are tough, flexible, heat- and fire-resistant, and they provide effective insulation and soundproofing. That’s why asbestos may be found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation materials, in […]

How Effective Is Your Cell Phone Policy?

Cell phone use while driving can be dangerous and costly. To prevent accidents and lessen liability, you need a clear and unambiguous policy that discourages cell phone use while driving. One of the main difficulties you face with cell phone policies is enforcement. After all, when employees are on the road, there’s usually no one […]