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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Lockout/Tagout Citations: A Regular on OSHA’s Top 10

Failure by employers to develop and use hazardous energy control procedures as required by OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard (29 CFR 1910.147) is one of the Agency’s annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations. Perhaps the most demanding compliance obligation is establishment of a written energy control program.

Asbestos danger

Asbestos Case in Virginia Defines ‘Duty of Care’

In a case originating more than 75 years ago, a 4–3 majority of Virginia’s Supreme Court ruled that a company was liable in the death of an employee’s family member who was exposed to asbestos fibers carried by the employee on his clothing into his home.

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Antiretaliation Provisions: OSHA Provides Some Clarification

In a memo issued October 11, 2018, OSHA’s acting director of Enforcement Programs has provided a regulatory clarification that appears to ensure employers that they have flexibility to test employees for drugs following reporting by the employees of a workplace injury or incident, as long as it contributes to root cause analysis. Drug testing under […]

Opioid epidemic

The EPA, Law Enforcement, and Waste Opioids

The EPA is playing a minor but important role in the federal government’s efforts to control America’s opioid overdose epidemic. In its latest action, the Agency’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), which implements the EPA’s solid waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), issued a memo to encourage law enforcement […]

NSC Launches a Safety Ambassador Program

The National Safety Council (NSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the NSC Safety Ambassador Program, which encourages individuals to bring safety back home and into their communities by participating in activities that educate about the leading causes of preventable death and injury.

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Pneumatic Nail Guns: Safety Tips Before Pulling the Trigger

Pneumatic nail guns (PNGs) are formidable machines powered by air compressors that with a single trigger activation enable nails to be completely driven into hardwood floors, framing lumber, plywood sheathing, and roof substrates. When used properly, PNGs boost productivity, particularly in home construction. However, the power and speed inherent in these tools have led to […]

Safety culture

Do Your Contractors and Suppliers Share Your Safety Culture?

Your safety culture—the attitudes and habits underlying health and safety practices in your workplace—is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully-constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward the safety practices of your contractors and suppliers.

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Dump Truck Driver Safety Tips

Unloading a dump truck can be a hazardous operation, particularly when the ground is uneven or when the load is being delivered into a pit. This is a common scenario at mining sites. Moreover, dump trucks loaded with coal can face even higher risks because the load can be wet, freeze in the bed, and […]