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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Safety CSI: Repeat Accidents

Today we tackle the topic of repeat accidents, including figuring out likely locations, identifying likely suspects, and determining other factors that can aid and abet. It’s bad enough when an accident happens once. But if the same or similar accidents happen repeatedly, the damage multiplies. That’s why it’s so important to break the chain of […]

Are Your Forklift Operators Due for Retraining?

Yesterday we looked at the growing number of forklift-free workplaces, including some of the advantages they offer and some of the obstacles to a smooth conversion. But most facilities won’t be getting rid of their forklifts any time soon, so today we’ll look at OSHA forklift training requirements and at a tool that will help […]

Is ‘Forklift-Free’ in Your Future?

Forklifts have long been the workhorses of production plants and warehouses, but there is a growing trend toward forklift-free work areas, fueled by proponents’ claims of increased safety, cost savings, and flexibility. It’s hard to picture production plants without forklifts ferrying materials to assembly lines, but that is becoming the case in an increasing number […]

Employee Child Porn and Contraband: What to Do About It

Yesterday we looked at a disturbing New Jersey court decision holding that employers have a duty to investigate the activities of employees whose computers are found to contain pornography, and that employers could be held liable for failing to do so. Today we’ll explore that topic further, and take a look at policies that can […]

Employee Child Porn: Can You Be Held Liable?

One company found out the hard way that failing to investigate the activities of an employee whose company computer contained pornography can lead to legal liability. Here’s a look at that case and what it could mean for you. The facts of the 2005 New Jersey case Jane Doe v. XYC Corp. are troubling, to […]

Lifesaving Tips for Cold Weather Work

Yesterday we told you about a new safety standard designed to help assess risk and manage work in cold environments. Today we’ll look at more tips for keeping workers safe in cold workplaces—and at tool that makes sure you cover all of the bases. Whether employees are working indoors or outdoors, they need to be […]

New Standard Seeks to Manage Risk in Cold Workplaces

As we settle into the frosty winter months, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at a new standard, from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), designed to help assess risk and manage work in cold environments. Because of the negative impact of cold on human health and performance, as well as on […]

Unsafe Workers: Reform Them or Fire Them

It may not be fun or easy to fire unsafe workers, but you can’t let them ruin your organization’s safety culture—or bottom line. Call him “Joe.” Joe is the guy who just won’t follow the rules, either because he is too macho or too cool to wear his personal protective equipment (PPE), he doesn’t have […]

Employers’ Cell-Phone Liability: Hard Lessons

More and more often, accident victims are suing the employers of people who cause accidents while talking on cell phones. Today we look at a classic case—and what it means for your organization. (The following information, courtesy of the OSHA Required Training for Supervisors monthly newsletter, is based on a real case.) Valerie Walker used […]