Be Heart Smart: Provide a Helping of Healthy Information

February isn’t only for valentines and chocolates. It’s also a time to think about heart health. Our Safety Training Tips editor tells you why. Nearly a million Americans have heart attacks every year, and heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. Of course, it doesn’t need to be that […]

Preventing Workplace Violence: Don’t Overlook the Basics

Yesterday we looked at the tragic but all too frequent problem of domestic violence manifesting itself in the workplace. Today we look at steps you can take—including training your employees—to short-circuit all types of workplace violence. There are many basic steps employers can take to lessen the risk of violent workplace incidents. We hope your […]

When Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Chances are very good that there are people in your workplace who are being abused. The issue often manifests itself in the workplace in one form or another, and it’s a problem you simply cannot ignore. Here’s why. According to estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey, in 2001 there were almost 700,000 nonfatal violent […]

Bloodborne Pathogens: Who Needs Training?

Yesterday, we reviewed a report stating that 60,000 Americans were put at risk of contracting hepatitis B or C over the last decade because nonhospital healthcare workers failed to follow proper precautions. But the risk of contracting hepatitis and other bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) is not limited to the healthcare setting, and today we turn to […]

Is Your Health Clinic Putting Your Life at Risk?

Over the last decade, more than 60,000 people in the United States were put at risk for contracting hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) because workers in nonhospital healthcare facilities failed to follow basic infection control practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now on the case. That disturbing […]

Teach Workers How to Treat Workplace Burns

As we near the end of National Burn Awareness Week (February 1-7), our Safety Training Tips editor says it is an ideal time to teach your employees about the nature and treatment of workplace burns. Burns are a common workplace injury. When they’re not too serious, burns can usually be effectively treated with simple first […]

Data Security Doesn’t End at the Front Door

Yesterday we looked at the many compelling legal reasons for adopting a portable electronic devices security policy at your organization, and we listed some important points to cover. Today we look at some other elements and considerations in drafting such a policy. In addition to the points to cover outlined in yesterday’s Advisor, BLR’s Essential […]

Securing Your Organization’s Portable Electronic Devices

With increasing frequency, confidential business and personal information is stored on portable electronic devices such as laptops, personal digital assistants, removable disk drives, memory cards, and the like. Along with this trend has come a spate of highly publicized security breaches involving the loss or theft of equipment containing customer records, Social Security numbers, driver’s […]

Lockout/Tagout: Who Needs to Know What?

Yesterday we looked at the 10 steps OSHA requires authorized lockout/tagout (LOTO) employees to follow. Today we turn to the LOTO standard’s training requirements and look at a tool that takes the pain out of providing LOTO training. As we discussed yesterday, OSHA’s LOTO standard (29 CFR 1910.147) requires you to train three groups of […]

10 Steps to Ironclad Lockout/Tagout Protection

Every year workers are injured, maimed, or killed in grisly accidents because they fail to disconnect the power source of machinery they’re repairing or servicing—or because a co-worker restarts the equipment prematurely. The truly sad part is that these accidents can be prevented simply by understanding and following OSHA’s lockout/tagout (LOTO) standard. The LOTO standard […]