Workplace safety isn’t a one-person job. It takes teamwork. How’s your safety team doing? Here are some key steps to make your teams more effective.
As winter approaches and temperatures drop, you may be faced with the question of whether to allow the use of portable space heaters in the colder areas of your workplace. So, should you?
Every safety professional’s ultimate goal is zero accidents. Here are 10 steps that can help you achieve this critical objective. Arriving at zero accidents isn’t easy, but these 10 steps will take you a good part of the way there: 1. Make sure everyone is committed to safety. Everyone in your organization, from top […]
There seems to be much confusion regarding transporting class 9 hazardous materials (hazmat). Let’s take a look at two issues, one concerning the need for a hazmat endorsement and the other concerning registration.
In a previous article we looked at some creative and cost-saving ways to keep your safety programs effective in a down economy. Several of those ideas revolve around increased employee involvement. In this article, we look at some talking points to get your workers to recognize the need to take safety seriously, and to demonstrate […]
Yesterday we looked at ways to enhance shipping and receiving safety, particularly for the tasks of lifting and material handling and packing and stacking. Today we turn to loading docks and look at steps you can take to bolster safety in this high-risk area. Working on loading docks presents a variety of hazards for employees […]
Improper stacking and storage can result in injuries to workers and damage to costly materials. Make sure your material handlers stack up when it comes to safety. Although OSHA does not provide much specific direction concerning safe stacking and storage, 29 CFR 1910.176(b) of the material handling standard does generally require secure workplace storage of […]
OSHA regulations (29 CFR 1926.500-503) require you to take specific precautions to protect employees working at heights. Here is an outline of what OSHA (and simple good practice) requires to avoid falls from heights.
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 […]
Class 9 hazardous materials (hazmats) is the catch-all class for hazmats that don’t fit neatly into any of the Class 1–8 descriptions. Instead of a definitive moniker such as “corrosives” or “explosives,” Class 9 hazmats are saddled with “miscellaneous” to describe their attributes. This is due to Class 9 covering a wide range of materials, […]