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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H1N1: Should You Use a Face Mask? Respirator?

Are face masks or respirators really necessary to protect against H1N1 at work, on the street, or at home? That’s the question on the minds of a lot of people these days. See what CDC recommends. If you’ve been wondering about whether to use a face mask or a respirator to protect against the H1N1 […]

Near-Miss Reporting: You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Know About

If you don’t investigate today’s near-miss incident, you’re not going to prevent tomorrow’s accident. And, because you can’t examine what you don’t know about, make sure you can rely on employees to report all incidents. Near-miss incidents (or “close calls,” as they’re also often dubbed) are leading indicators of safety performance. A “leading indicator” is […]

Take a Close Look at Close Calls

According to the National Safety Council, 75 percent of all accidents are preceded by one or more close calls. The difference between a close call and an accident might be a fraction of an inch or a split second of time. Either way, a close call is a call to action. . There are few […]

More Forklift Questions, More Answers

Yesterday, we reviewed a selection of forklift questions that were answered by the safety experts at®. Today, we continue with more forklift questions and answers, and we’ll take a closer look at a powerful forklift safety training tool that can help ensure that your forklift operations always comply with OSHA requirements. Q. Is there […]


Your Forklift Questions Answered

Forklift operations raise many safety issues for employers. There’s a lot to know about OSHA requirements, and not all of it is well-known. Many of your colleagues have turned to our safety experts for answers to their safety forklift questions. Here’s a sample of interesting forklift questions sent in to our sister website,®, where […]

OSHA’s 14-Point Employee Bill of Rights

When you think about workplace safety, you probably focus on the responsibilities that employees have to work safely. But don’t forget, they have rights, too. The Occupational Safety and Health Act gives your employees 14 specific workplace rights. Workers have the right to: Review copies of appropriate standards, rules, regulations, and requirements that you are […]

7 Keys to Safe Lockout/Tagout

Every year you hear about grisly accidents caused by failure to lockout and/or tagout equipment that is being serviced or repaired—or failure to follow required lockout procedures completely and correctly. Make sure one of this year’s stories isn’t about someone in your workplace. OSHA developed the lockout/tagout (LO/TO) standard (29 CFR 1910.147) precisely to prevent […]

A Drug-Free Workplace Is a Safer Workplace

Yesterday, we listed a number of steps you can take to promote Drug-Free Work Week. Today, we continue with some more ideas for making Drug-Free Work Week a memorable occasion.  To take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of workplace substance abuse, why not try one or more these ideas next week?  […]

What Are You Doing for Drug-Free Work Week?

Next week is Drug-Free Work Week. The purpose of this event is to reinforce the importance of keeping your workplace drug- and alcohol-free. Discover how you can promote a safer, drug-free workplace next week and all year long. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which sponsors Drug-Free Work Week, says that this event is dedicated […]

Got Safety Questions? Get Expert Answers

With so many safety concerns and so many compliance issues to deal with, tracking down answers to your questions can be a real chore. But not if you “Ask the Experts” at We’ll find the answer to any question you may have about workplace safety and save you the time and trouble of looking […]