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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Planning for Pandemic Critical, CDC Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that planning for pandemics is critical. During a pandemic, organizations such as yours play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety as well as limiting the flu’s negative impact on the economy and society. Although the most recent pandemic threat from the H1N1 virus […]

Protection from Head to Toe

PPE provides head-to-toe protection for your employees and keeps them safe from physical and health hazards when engineering and administrative controls alone can’t do the job. As the general PPE safety meeting in BLR’s OSHA Training System explains, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most effective ways to protect against job hazards. PPE […]

PPE: The Personal Barrier Against Workplace Hazards

The basic objective of any PPE program is to protect employees from safety and health hazards that can’t be engineered out. To pick the right PPE for your employees, you must assess the potential hazards. Personal protective equipment (PPE) in one form or another has been around for centuries. There’s evidence, for example, that early […]

Your Forklift Operators: Adequately Trained?

Forklifts are the workhorses of industry. They’re essential to efficient material-handling operations. But forklifts are also big, dangerous, and potentially deadly pieces of equipment. To protect employees, you need strict rules and a comprehensive training and evaluation program. Preventing forklift accidents is within the reach of any forklift safety program. What you need is: A […]

Fatal Mix—Forklifts and Young Workers

Young workers are involved in a disproportionate number of forklift accidents. Lack of training, inexperience, and risk taking are all culprits in these accidents. But they are no excuse. Federal laws and regulations require you to protect your young workers and prevent forklift-related incidents. OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck standard (29 CFR 1910.178) requires you to […]

Answers to Your Questions about Confined Spaces

OSHA’s permit-required confined spaces standard (29 CFR 1910.146) establishes safety requirements for confined spaces operations from entry to rescue. Compliance with the regulation, however, often raises important questions. Here’s a “best of” selection of the questions BLR® customers have asked us about confined spaces safety requirements, along with some very important answers. Does a company […]

Safety and Your Cell Phone Policy

Safety must always be the top priority when driving. Employees driving company vehicles have to understand that, and a comprehensive cell phone policy will reflect your concern Drivers today love their electronic toys. Cell phones and navigation devices allow them to stay connected and find their destinations. These wireless devices have become indispensable, especially with […]

Cell Phones? Passengers? Which Is More Distracting?

OSHA says that distracted driving is a factor in 25 percent to 30 percent of all traffic crashes. Researchers say that cell phone use while driving is among the biggest distractions—even with hands-free phones. Here’s yet another study about the hazards of using a cell phone and driving. This one, conducted by University of Utah […]

What Happens After Something Happens?

Properly conducted accident investigations analyze and eradicate the hazards that cause accidents. Investigations also educate and motivate to prevent future incidents. Accidents happen. Despite your best efforts, zero accident policies, and well-trained employees, things sometimes go wrong. So what happens after an accident or near miss happens in your facility is a question you have […]