Category: Special Topics in Safety Management

Safety is a process, and as such, needs to be managed. This section offers resources to create a viable safety program, sell it to senior management, train supervisors and employees in using it, and then track and report your progress. Look also for ways to advance your own skills in these areas, both for your current job, and those that follow.

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How Is Your Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Compliance?

Are you ready for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of your powered industrial truck compliance? In the warehousing and storage industry, the powered industrial truck standard is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard. The agency currently has several powered industrial truck regional emphasis programs (REPs), as well as industry-specific REPs for warehousing and […]

EHS On Tap E127: The Importance of MSD Prevention

On episode 127 of EHS On Tap, Corinne Towler, director of the National Safety Council’s MSD Solutions Lab, and Emily Prentice, senior research associate for the MSD Solutions Lab, talk about new research on musculoskeletal disorder prevention. Recorded at the 2022 NSC Safety Congress and Expo in San Diego.

OSHA Official: Businesses Must Embrace Health and Safety as a Core Value

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working to update its own processes as it emphasizes the need for businesses to truly embrace health and safety. Speaking at the National Safety Council’s 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo in San Diego last week, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor Doug Parker noted that in 2020, […]

Fall Protection Remains OSHA’s Top-Cited Standard

The construction industry fall protection standard remains the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standard for the 12th year in a row, the agency announced on September 20. Patrick Kapust, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented a list of preliminary figures for fiscal year (FY) 2022—the fiscal year ends September […]

Infographic: Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are defined by OSHA as spaces that are not necessarily designed for people, but are large enough that workers can go inside and perform specific tasks. They have limited or restricted means of entry and are not designed for continuous occupancy.

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Ask the Expert: Paint Booth Ventilation

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about whether paint booth ventilation shafts are permit-required confined spaces. See what the experts had to say. Q: Is a paint booth ventilation shaft a permit-required […]

100 Employers Join Safety Council’s Ergonomics Pledge

The National Safety Council (NSC) announced that 100 organizations have made commitments to address workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Employers agreed to an MSD Pledge, launched in June by the NSC and Amazon.com Inc. The council’s MSD Solutions Lab developed the MSD Pledge to address what the NSC characterized as the most common workplace injury. Employers […]

Back to Basics: Confined Spaces

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s standards for confined spaces. Confined spaces are defined by OSHA as spaces that are not necessarily designed for people, but are large enough that workers can go inside and perform […]

3 Problems With Cutting Your Safety Program

Experts have gone back and forth about whether we’re technically in a recession. But as the dust settles, one thing’s clear: companies feel like there’s an economic slowdown—and they’re looking for ways to cut costs. For many companies, safety programs might be first on the chopping block. But if you’re thinking about a program cut, […]