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Is Your Safety Training Up to Date?

In today’s fast moving workplace, nothing stays the same for long. That principle applies to safety hazards, too, which means that safety training has to constantly race to catch up. This Friday, our Safety Training Tips Editor offers aids to get… and keep you … up to speed. There’s no shortage of places to look […]

Forklift Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Symptoms and Prevention

Anyone working around gas-powered forklifts or other gas, propane or LPG-fueled machines needs to know the symptoms of CO poisoning. Here’s a list, and steps to take if this colorless, odorless, silent killer is suspected. Yesterday’s Advisor initiated a discussion of the dangers posed by the exhaust gases of gasoline, propane, or LPG-powered forklifts. The […]

Caution! Forklift Exhaust Gases Can Kill

It’s well known that moving forklifts can kill, but so can those standing still … if their gas-powered engines are left idling. The problem: carbon monoxide poisoning.  Here are some solutions. The 75 employees of an Iowa plastics plant came to work as usual one August day, never knowing what lay in store for them. […]

Needlestick Nightmare: Here’s the Blunt (Tip) Truth On How to Stop It

More than 1,000 healthcare workers are risking bloodborne pathogens infection every day due to needlestick injuries. But the truth is that there’s a simple way to make much of the problem go away … the blunt truth, that is. Yesterday was Memorial Day.  That’s traditionally the start of the summer activities season, and for most […]

Industrial Hygiene 101

Just what do industrial hygienists actually do, and why is it important to your safety program? This week, our Safety Training Tips editor focuses on this important and highly specialized profession. What is industrial hygiene? Industrial hygiene has been defined (by NASA) as “the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may […]

Job Hazard Analysis: Every Little Thing Counts

Small things or actions can mean a lot when analyzing a job for safety hazards. Here’s how to use Job Hazard Analysis to find how each contributes to a safer workplace. Yesterday’s Advisor reported the views of Australian OHS consultant Lewis Stratton, who feels that all too often, workers are blamed for safety lapses when […]

OSHA Targets Silica Exposure Risk to 2,000,000 Workers

In addition to targeting chemical plants in 2008, OSHA has announced a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on workplace silica exposure, which threatens some 2 million workers with a lung-crippling disease. Here, from BLR’s OSHA Compliance Encyclopedia, are some strategies to reduce the risk. Yesterday’s Advisor described a new OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) on chemical […]

OSHA to “NEP” 28,000 Chemical Plants

OSHA has instituted an intense inspection effort called a National Emphasis Program (NEP) on 28,000 U.S. chemical plants. And it’s mobilized more than a third of its inspection force to carry out that effort. Memo to some 28,000 American chemical plants: You’re about to get “NEP’d” by OSHA. NEP stands for National Emphasis Program, which […]