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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Checklists for New Hires – Young and Old Alike

All new hires – whether young or old – are at higher risk of work-related injuries and illness. Today we look at a tool that will drive home your safety message to all of your new employees. While it may be true that youth is wasted on the young, safety training, as we saw in […]

Young, Eager — and in Peril

Young workers bring enthusiasm but also a higher risk of injury to the workplace. Here’s a look at what OSHA and NIOSH say you should do to help keep them safe. The dog days of August… notice anything different in your workplace? Chances are you’re seeing some new faces — new hires and interns, many […]

Essential PPE Care, from Head to Toe

Much of what is written about personal protective equipment (PPE) focuses on proper selection and use. Today we look at an equally important and too often overlooked aspect of PPE – proper maintenance. Why devote a column to PPE maintenance? Well, try this on for size: PPE is sometimes the only barrier between employees and […]

5 Keys to Effective Ergonomics Training

There are legal as well as cost-saving reasons for implementing ergonomic measures. Today we look at 5 core training areas and at a tool for creating or improving your ergonomics policy. Yesterday’s Advisor looked at possible reasons for the decreased attention paid to ergonomics, including the Bush administration’s decision to forego a federal standard, and […]

Ergonomics in Flux: What Should You Be Doing?

Ergonomics may not be getting the same level of attention it once did, but experts say the injury risks – and costs of not taking proactive measures – have not diminished. Sizzling hot in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the topic of ergonomics has cooled considerably in the new millennium. Even carpal tunnel syndrome, which seemed […]

How to Conduct Lifesaving Accident Investigations

OSHA says all accidents and near misses should be investigated to determine the underlying causes and to prevent a recurrence. Now there is a special webinar to help you elevate your accident investigations to the lifesaving level. Yesterday’s Advisor explored workplace near misses, which OSHA defines as “incidents where no property was damaged and no […]

Close Calls Call for Quick Action

All too often workplace close calls, or “near misses,” are ignored or downplayed, usually because workers fear getting into trouble. Here are some tips for turning near misses into opportunities for instructive and preventive action. On a summer morning in 2006, in Brooklyn, N.Y., OSHA compliance officer Bob Stewart requested that six construction employees be […]

Bloodborne Pathogens: What Are Your Responsibilities?

The danger of bloodborne pathogen exposure extends beyond the healthcare profession. Today we look at ways your employees can minimize their risk and the measures OSHA requires you to implement in your workplace. Yesterday’s Advisor explored the many workplace hazards endangering nurses and other healthcare professionals, with one of the most serious being exposure to […]

Unsafe Workplaces Chasing Nurses Away

Healthcare workplaces are fraught with risks, but the extent of those dangers – and their impact on the ongoing nursing shortage – may be greater than you think. Nursing clearly is not the safest of professions. Working in close proximity to sick people, scalpels, needles, and other sharps obviously entails risks. But most of us […]

Checklists to Keep OSHA in Check

OSHA says checklists can ensure that important items are not overlooked in your safety inspections. But OSHA also warns that checklists neither be vague nor excessively detailed. Here is a solution that meets all those criteria. Yesterday’s Advisor examined the School Safety Audit Checklist (consisting of several checklists, actually), compiled from work done by the […]