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Are Your Forklift Trainers Up to the Job?

OSHA has strict standards for forklift driver training but says nothing about certifying that the trainers know what they’re doing. How good is the quality of your forklift training program? After you read this, you might just wonder. The story is a tragic one, made more so by the victim’s youth. Kevin Hrcka, just 13, […]

Discrimination: The Other Big Compliance Risk … and Training Need

Our readership includes thousands of smaller organizations, in which one or a few individuals are responsible for all forms of legal compliance and for training others to operate within the law. Some of that involves safety, but there are other risks, too. Our Safety Training Tips columnist discusses one of them today: discrimination. Discriminatory employment […]

Bloodborne Pathogens: What OSHA Says You Must Do

OSHA has specific requirements for protecting workers from bloodborne pathogen exposures … and it’s not only for healthcare workers. Here’s a summary, and a highly recommended tool, to meet the agency’s training requirement. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of risks faced by the nation’s 13.5 million healthcare workers and highlighted some strategies employers are using […]

Designing a Safety Metrics Program: Steps to Take

Choosing the measurements is only one step in designing a safety metrics program. Here are some of the others. Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of safety metrics. We noted that the traditional way of tracking safety, the OSHA 300 Log, was among the least effective paths to safety. The reason: It’s a trailing indicator, a […]

Safety Metrics: Count on Them

To receive management support, safety programs must be objectively evaluated in quantifiable terms. Here are effective ways to do it. It’s often been said that business runs on numbers. Profit. Loss. Return on investment. It’s the language senior management speaks and understands. And it’s the reason many safety managers who talk exclusively in terms of […]

Tips To Give Your Shift Workers a More Normal Life

Shift work doesn’t have to make workers sick. Here are some tips to make their lives easier, suggested by shift workers themselves, and a program to improve the health of all your employees. As yesterday’s Advisor noted, some 20 percent of employees work the night shift. While that makes it possible for organizations to run […]

Safety Tips for Shift Workers

Shift workers pose special safety hazards. Here’s a list of strategies to make their working lives as safe and normal as possible. Tonight, when it’s dark and quiet and you’re looking forward to some well-deserved rest, give a thought to those not enjoying the same moment. That’s because some 20 percent of the workers in […]

Office Safety and Security: What Workers Need to Know and Do (Part 2)

Here are more common office safety hazards, and a training tool to make managers and workers aware of them, the first step to defusing the threat. In the seemingly calm environment of a modern office, it’s easy to forget that there are hazards. And that goes for managers as much as employees. However calm it […]