Category: Back to Basics

Highlighting the building blocks of safety culture and essential information that any EHS professional should know.

Back to Basics: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and Bloodborne Pathogens

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine bloodborne pathogen standards and enforcement. Bloodborne pathogens (BBPs), the infectious microorganisms in human blood and other bodily fluids known as “other potentially infectious materials,” can cause diseases that include hepatitis B (HBV), […]

Infographic: Workplace Housekeeping

While falls from height can sometimes be fatal, falls on the same level can lead to costly nonfatal injuries, resulting in several days away from work for injured workers and workers’ compensation claims for employers. In a safety talk handout, the National Safety Council (NSC) emphasizes the importance of workplace housekeeping in factories and manufacturing plants, […]

Back to Basics: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine slips, trips, and falls. How much are workplace slips, trips, and falls costing you? “Falls on the same level” often get lumped together with falls from height in slips, trips, and […]

Infographic: Toolbox Talk Participation

Toolbox talks are the five- to 10-minute safety meetings that are held at the beginning of workers’ shifts that typically cover specific topics and can serve as a refresher on best practices. There are many steps that safety managers can take to make toolbox talks more effective, but getting employees to engage and participate is another challenge. […]

Back to Basics: Toolbox Talk Participation

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine toolbox talks and employee participation in safety meetings.   A strong safety culture starts with clear, inclusive communication from the top down and from the bottom up. Safety management and leaders must […]

Infographic: Ethylene Oxide

Ethylene oxide (EtO) is one of the many industrial chemicals that workers may come into contact with, depending on the jobsite. In addition to the standards, OSHA provides information on EtO exposure and what employers need to know about protecting their workers from the chemical. Here’s what you need to know about ethylene oxide. Check out […]

Back to Basics: Ethylene Oxide

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine ethylene oxide exposure and OSHA’s prevention recommendations. Ethylene oxide (EtO) is one of the many industrial chemicals that workers may come into contact with, depending on the jobsite. In addition to the […]

Infographic: Hierarchy of Controls

Exposure controls are critical for protecting workers, and they either remove hazardous conditions or place barriers between workers and hazards. Traditionally, companies and regulatory agencies have used hierarchies of controls to determine how they should implement workplace safety solutions. While the ideal solutions vary from one organization to the next, priorities and best practices are […]

Back to Basics: Hierarchy of Controls for Workplace Safety

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the hierarchy of controls for workplace safety. Exposure controls are critical for protecting workers, and they either remove hazardous conditions or place barriers between workers and hazards. Ventilators might remove airborne pathogens, […]

Infographic: Evacuation Procedures

During emergencies, things can go wrong in an instant. It’s crucial for safety leaders to develop emergency action plans (EAP) with effective evacuation procedures, so that in a disaster scenario, employees know where to go. Here’s what you need to know about evacuation procedures. Check out our Back to Basics: Evacuation Procedures article for more information.