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Safety Policies: Guides to Action and Decision Making

Well-written safety policies guide employees at all levels in your organization to make appropriate decisions that promote workplace safety and health and assure compliance with OSHA regulations. Policies are guides to action and decision making under a given set of circumstances. Policies ensure consistency and compliance with the law within a framework of corporate objectives […]

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Setting a Safe Example

In the eyes of most of the people who work for you, you are the company—or at least their closest link to the company. Have you ever stopped to think of what sort of an image you project to your crew? Have you ever tried to see yourself as others see you? For instance, have […]

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Recent Enforcement Actions Prove Costly to Employers

Yesterday, we talked about OSHA’s new regulatory and enforcement agenda. Today, we highlight some recent cases of enforcement action that have resulted in pricey penalties. Imperial Sugar Company has agreed to pay more than $6 million in a settlement with OSHA. The case stems from a 2008 combustible dust explosion at Imperial’s Port Wentworth, GA, […]

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OSHA Enforcement Actions in 2011 Prove Costly to Some Employers

2011 was a busy year for OSHA enforcement. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most costly actions. As we start another year under the watchful eye of an OSHA administration that has not been reluctant to propose large penalties when citing employers for safety and health violations, it may be helpful to take […]

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Train to Reduce Pain

Aches and pains may not seem like serious concerns for supervisors, but if your workers are suffering, the quality and productivity of their work may suffer as well. Our Safety Training Tips editor has some tips for dealing with this common problem. Encourage open communication between yourself and workers so that they feel free to […]

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Bottom Line Ammunition to Support Safety Investments

Selling upper management on increased budgets (or even just budgets that hold the line) for safety and health programs can be tough—especially in difficult economic times. Here’s some ammunition. It’s a documented fact: Employers that implement effective safety and health management systems can expect to significantly reduce work-related injuries and illnesses and the associated costs, […]

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Maximize Employee Involvement for a Safer Workplace

Yesterday, we talked about employee involvement in safety programs. Today, we focus on safety leadership. No matter how engaged employees are, there can be no successful safety program without full participation of management. Dr. Terry McSween has developed a five-stage patented process he calls Values-Based Safety® that identifies leader behaviors essential for positive safety change. […]

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Data Security Doesn’t End at the Front Door

Yesterday we looked at the many compelling legal reasons for adopting a portable electronic devices security policy at your organization, and we listed some important points to cover. Today we look at some other elements and considerations in drafting such a policy. In addition to the points to cover outlined in yesterday’s Advisor, BLR’s Essential […]

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An ‘Integrated’ Approach to Injury and RTW

Whether a worker is injured on or off the job, the result is often the same—lost workdays, lost productivity, and hefty healthcare costs. That makes getting all injured employees back to work ASAP a priority. At General Electric the focus is on an integrated approach to worker injuries and return to work (RTW). By “integrated,” […]

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Are Your Workers Immune?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so take the opportunity to let your workers know that vaccinations aren’t just for kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are several reasons for adults to be vaccinated: They weren’t vaccinated as children. New vaccines are now available. Their immunity has faded with […]

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