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Be Heart Smart: Provide a Helping of Healthy Information

February isn’t only for valentines and chocolates. It’s also a time to think about heart health. Our Safety Training Tips editor tells you why. Nearly a million Americans have heart attacks every year, and heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. Of course, it doesn’t need to be that […]

Smart Safety Managers Have a Good IAQ

There’s no OSHA standard for it. And for the most part, you can’t see it or touch it. But the potential risks are significant. We’re talking about indoor air quality (IAQ). IAQ refers to the quality of the air inside buildings as represented by concentrations of pollutants and thermal conditions like temperature and humidity. These […]

Taking An Interest Gets Better Results

Many times a supervisor faces serious obstacles (real or imagined) to attaining a good safety record for his or her department. Here are some of the excuses supervisors commonly given along with some solutions: Employees are people with certain specific functions to perform, but they are not machines—they’re people with feelings and emotions. People like […]

You Can’t Breathe Easy Until Your Workers Can

Because of the potentially serious health effects of airborne contaminants and other hazards, OSHA’s respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) establishes rigorous requirements for the safe use of respirators. Respirators protect workers from a host of workplace hazards, including insufficient oxygen, and harmful dust, fog, smoke, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. Without this essential PPE, […]

GAO Says OSHA Could Do Better Job with State-Run Safety Programs

A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that some state-run occupational safety and health programs have failed to meet minimum workplace safety inspection goals. The report details the challenges faced by many state-run programs and recommends actions for federal OSHA to take to mitigate these issues. Twenty-one states and Puerto Rico currently run […]

Use Social Media to Help Train New Hires

Companies of all sizes are incorporating social media in their new-hire onboarding portals, says Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer of iCIMS (www.icims.com), a provider of talent acquisition software solutions. In today’s Advisor, we’ll look at Vitale’s tips and precautions on using social media to help train new hires. Some companies tap into Facebook for new-hire […]

Get Your Workplace Ready for Flu Season

Experts say that one simple action can protect employees’ health and reduce costs of sick leave this flu season—hand washing. Yes, mothers everywhere were on the right track when they told us for years: wash your hands! Here are some important facts about hand washing from the Oregon Department of Health Services: Hand washing is […]

What New in Workplace S&H? Find Out Here

In today’s and tomorrow’s Advisor, we keep you up to date with the latest research, surveys, and other significant reports that impact workplace safety and health. Here’s a roundup of noteworthy information reported within the past year in our sister publication OSHA Compliance Advisor, the twice-monthly newsletter safety professionals like you rely on for all […]

Are You Ready for OSHA’s Next Moves?

Yesterday, we described OSHA’s new enhanced enforcement initiatives. Today, we provide you with an essential safety and health resource that can help you respond to enforcement changes as well as additional compliance requirements that are likely as the new OSHA administration gains momentum. With the prospect of significant enhancement of OSHA’s enforcement practices and new […]