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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6 Tips for Safer Cell Phone Use

Today we look at the dangers of cell phone use—although several are still open to debate—and at some key elements of employee cell phone policies. For some time now, concerns over the safety hazards posed by cell phone use have not been limited to the potential for accidents caused by distracted driving. The OSHA Compliance […]

10 Keys to Accident Prevention

Despite all of OSHA’s standards and all of its inspections and citations, there were 5,488 fatal occupational injuries in 2007 and 1.2 million injuries involving days away from work in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those statistics are not intended to discourage you, but rather to motivate you to go beyond the […]

Carbon Monoxide: Legal, Training, and Management Issues

Yesterday we provided 10 tips for limiting carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in your workplace. Today we turn to the legal,  management, and training issues surrounding CO exposure. Legal Issues Safety Audit Checklists from BLR points out that the controlling OSHA regulation is 29 CFR 1910.1000. OSHA lists carbon monoxide in its table of air contaminants […]

10 Tips to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is a common industrial hazard resulting from the incomplete burning of natural gas and any other material containing carbon, such as gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, coal, or wood. Because it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and nonirritating, workers can be poisoned without warning. Here are 10 tips for safeguarding your workforce. CO […]

4 Electrical Safety Problems—and Solutions

Today we look at four problem areas of electrical safety, and at some solutions to help you and your supervisors. Electricity can kill, and, even when it doesn’t, electrical accidents can give a nasty shock, burn skin, or even damage nerves and internal organs. Severe electrical shocks can also cause shoulder joint injuries and break […]

OSHA? DOT? Who’s in Charge of Trucker Safety?

If your organization employs workers who drive as part of their job responsibilities, you’re already aware of the complex web of regulations that apply. Today we review some guidelines for determining whether OSHA or DOT regulations take precedence, and a tool that will help ensure that your truck-driving workers comply with applicable regulations and safety […]

7 Keys to a Successful Fleet Safety Program

Attendees at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2008 conference got the inside story on how one company has dramatically reduced its vehicle accident rates – and insurance costs . It is harder to ensure the safety of workers who drive as part of their job responsibilities than it is for workers under […]

7 Keys to a Winning Training Program

Yesterday we shared suggestions from the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter on how you can apply principles from the sports world to improve safety practices at your organization. Today we pick up with tips for developing a winning training program for your team. Assess training needs. What safety-related skills and knowledge do employees […]

Coaching Safety Teamwork: Everybody Wins

Today we turn to the world of sports for some tips on how you can build and run a winning safety team. Teamwork is a beautiful thing to see. When players work as a team, they usually win. When they don’t, they often lose. The same holds true for safety in the workplace — when […]

If the Protective Shoe Fits, They’ll Wear It

In yesterday’s Advisor, we reviewed OSHA’s foot protection requirements, and particularly the not-so-simple question of who is required to pay for it (generally the employers, but with certain notable exceptions). Today we move on to the proper selection and fit of foot protection, and we’ll look at a tool that helps you satisfy OSHA’s stringent […]