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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NIOSH Says Modified FFRs with Exhalation Valves Just as Effective at Control of Disease Sources

Filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) with exhalation valves, as well as a surgical mask or an unregulated face covering, can reduce a wearer’s aerosol emissions, according to a report released on December 9 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). With modifications, the respirators can offer the same level of source control as […]

Supply chain safety management

5 Steps for Ensuring Your Contractors and Suppliers Share Your Safety Culture

Your safety culture—the attitudes and habits underlying health and safety practices and compliance programs in your workplace—is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward the safety practices of your contractors and suppliers.

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OSHA Says Face Coverings Not Considered PPE Under Its Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not consider cloth face coverings personal protective equipment (PPE), the agency said on November 18 in an update to its frequently asked questions (FAQs) about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Fatigued worker

Do You Have a Risk Management Plan for Fatigue?

Worker fatigue poses a clear and present danger to the workforce, but how many environment, health, and safety (EHS) teams have a plan in place to mitigate the risk? It’s important to understand the hazards and put a preventive action plan in place at your organization.

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NSC Names New VP for Roadway Safety Practice

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently named Mark Chung vice president of its Roadway Safety Practice. Chung most recently served as chief marketing officer and general manager at SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers), an engineering professionals association and standards-setting organization.

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Negative Repercussions of Mandatory Drug Screenings

Employers often feel an obligation to implement a drug screening program in the workplace, typically with safety in mind. It is used as a precaution to ensure people who would be a danger to others aren’t hired. Random testing is also used to discourage employees from using drugs after hire.