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A Simple Approach to Computing Incident Rates and Severity

Computing accident incidence rates and severity can help analyze and correct conditions that cause accidents. A simple formula for calculating accident incidence (frequency) is to: Take the total number of recordable incidents for the year from your OSHA 300. Multiply that number by 200,000, which represents the number of hours worked by 100 full-time employees, […]

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Dust Masks: When to Reuse, When to Toss Out

Disposable filtering face piece respirators (FFR), more commonly called dust masks, are the respiratory protection most used by employees in the workplace. Disposable FFRs are not intended for repeated or extensive use; yet, for reasons of expense, convenience, and supply, they often are. At what point does a disposal FFR begin to fail to protect […]

Trip Hazards Do’s and Don’ts

The national statistics on injuries and deaths from workplace slips, trips, and falls are disturbing. Today we’ll give you some actionable advice on keeping your workers from adding to those statistics. Slips, trips, and falls cannot be taken lightly. Consider: In one recent year, more than 800 American workers fell to their deaths. On average, […]

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UPDATED: Can Employers Mandate the Use of Facemasks, and What If Employees Can’t (or Won’t) Wear Them?

This article was last updated and reposted on July 20 in accordance with more up-to-date guidance and links to additional resources. The world has changed in an unprecedented way since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and employers have a lot of questions for our experts at Safety.BLR.com®. Read on to see how experts answered […]

4 Keys to Preventing Workplace Horseplay

Workplace horseplay can cause serious issues for both employees and companies. In a prior article, we looked at a case where an employee broke his leg engaging in horseplay. Although the injury was bad enough, there was the added difficulty of conflicting stories of the incident, and a dispute over workers’ compensation. Reduce your risk […]

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Warehouse Safety: The Right Moves to Make

Your warehouse holds not only your stock but also lots of hazards! Here is a long list of hints on safely storing and moving items in a warehouse, including why warehouse safety is important, basic rules, and common sense good housekeeping. Materials handling—either by powered equipment or manually—can cause injuries to hands, fingers, feet, and […]

Is Placarding Required for Class 9 Hazardous Materials?

In the latest roadside inspection statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), four of the top 10 violations related to transporting hazardous materials had to do with placarding requirements. Yesterday we reviewed some recent guidance from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding permissive and prohibited placarding. Today we will look […]

4 Keys to Effective Safety Communication

Communicating occupational safety and health information effectively is crucial to preventing employee injuries and illness. But how can you be sure your message is getting across? Our Safety Training Tips editor has some helpful tips for more effective safety communication. Remember the four keys to success. Effective safety communication is:1. Interactive. It flows both ways. […]

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Focus on 4 Forklift Hazards

There are numerous hazards associated with forklift operations. Do your operators know about these four common forklift hazards and how to avoid them? If not, they are at risk for forklift accidents, which can result in injuries, damage, or even death. 4 Forklift Hazards Attachments Pedestrians Work environment Loads Attachments Forklift attachments such as carton […]