The Cutting Edge of Utility Knife Training

The humble utility knife – a common and useful tool, but hardly much of a safety hazard, right? Not so, says our Safety Training Tips editor, who provides this important advice . Utility knives are handy implements for a variety of tasks. But because they have to be extremely sharp to do their job, utility […]

Checklists for New Hires – Young and Old Alike

All new hires – whether young or old – are at higher risk of work-related injuries and illness. Today we look at a tool that will drive home your safety message to all of your new employees. While it may be true that youth is wasted on the young, safety training, as we saw in […]

Young, Eager — and in Peril

Young workers bring enthusiasm but also a higher risk of injury to the workplace. Here’s a look at what OSHA and NIOSH say you should do to help keep them safe. The dog days of August… notice anything different in your workplace? Chances are you’re seeing some new faces — new hires and interns, many […]

The Answer to Your PPE (and Other) Training Needs

Yesterday’s Advisor reviewed an aspect of PPE that too often is given short shrift – proper maintenance. Today we look at a tool that can train your workers not only on the proper selection, use, and care of PPE, but also on more than 30 other core safety topics. Before you can select appropriate personal […]

Essential PPE Care, from Head to Toe

Much of what is written about personal protective equipment (PPE) focuses on proper selection and use. Today we look at an equally important and too often overlooked aspect of PPE – proper maintenance. Why devote a column to PPE maintenance? Well, try this on for size: PPE is sometimes the only barrier between employees and […]

Stretch Breaks – Quick, Easy, and Essential

In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about the legal and economic importance of implementing ergonomics policies and practices. Today our Safety Training Tips Editor explains the value of stretch breaks. Did you know that stretching helps prevent MSDs? It’s true, and the Japanese have known it for years. Employees in many Japanese workplaces begin every […]

5 Keys to Effective Ergonomics Training

There are legal as well as cost-saving reasons for implementing ergonomic measures. Today we look at 5 core training areas and at a tool for creating or improving your ergonomics policy. Yesterday’s Advisor looked at possible reasons for the decreased attention paid to ergonomics, including the Bush administration’s decision to forego a federal standard, and […]

Ergonomics in Flux: What Should You Be Doing?

Ergonomics may not be getting the same level of attention it once did, but experts say the injury risks – and costs of not taking proactive measures – have not diminished. Sizzling hot in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the topic of ergonomics has cooled considerably in the new millennium. Even carpal tunnel syndrome, which seemed […]

OSHA Inspections: The Aftermath

Life goes on after an OSHA inspection. Here are some tips for dealing with OSHA citations, and a look at a tool that can help you avoid them in the first place. Yesterday’s Advisor told you what you can expect when an OSHA inspector arrives at your facility. But when the walkaround and closing conference […]

OSHA’s at your Door: What Comes Next?

You answer your door, and it’s an OSHA inspector. Is it your worst nightmare? Just what, exactly, should you expect? To answer these questions, we visited our sister site,, and found some very helpful tips. An OSHA inspection is essentially a four-stage process that includes: Presentation of OSHA inspector credentials Opening meeting Inspection walkaround […]