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Cell Phones? Passengers? Which Is More Distracting?

OSHA says that distracted driving is a factor in 25 percent to 30 percent of all traffic crashes. Researchers say that cell phone use while driving is among the biggest distractions—even with hands-free phones. Here’s yet another study about the hazards of using a cell phone and driving. This one, conducted by University of Utah […]

Know Your Audience

You are aware that you need to know your subject matter whenever you go into a training session. You do your homework and make sure you’re well-versed in the current safety training topic. But in order to make every training session as effective as possible, you also need to know your audience. Make sure your […]

OSHA Notifies 15,000 Workplaces of High Injury and Illness Rates

OSHA routinely surveys employers to collect data on workplace injury and illness rates. This year, the spotlight turns on 15,000 workplaces with the highest rates. A letter has been sent to about 15,000 workplaces with the highest numbers of injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activities, or job transfers, known […]

Need a Variance from an OSHA? Here’s How to Get It

HazCom featured in third place on OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2010. Two big HazCom issues are labels and MSDSs. A variance is an alternative procedure of compliance with some part of a safety and health standard, which is granted to an employer by OSHA. For example: You are not able to comply fully and […]

Legal Issues in Training: Q & A

Compliance with employment laws and regulations often impacts training in a variety of important ways. Here are three specific issues. Q. Is it permissible to exclude employees from training if they are expected to retire soon? A. Especially in light of the economy, it is understandable that an employer would want to invest its training […]

Poison Pen?

March 18 to 24 is the 50th anniversary of Poison Prevention Week, which makes it a good time to realize that today’s modern offices have more poison dangers than you may be aware of. In fact, it’s just that lack of knowledge about office chemicals that could put your workers at risk. Remind your workers […]

Promote Holiday Safety This Month

The holidays are here and that means trees, lights, and other decorations going up in and around employees’ homes. Help your workers have a happy—and safe—holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hundreds of home fires start every year with Christmas trees, and candles cause thousands of home fires. Many deaths and […]

Big Blowup Over Combustible Dust: Is a New Law Coming?

As reported as recently as last Sunday’s broadcast of TV’s “60 Minutes,” dust from sugar, flour, or other common materials, concentrated in certain conditions, can explode like a bomb. Critics say OSHA has done little about it, despite the loss of 119 lives. Now Congress has, and the result might be a new law affecting […]

More on Creating an OSHA-Compliant Safety Training Program

Yesterday, we began a review of what it means to have an OSHA-compliant safety training program, and in that context, talked about general safety training. Today, we conclude with specialized and new employee training requirements. Many industrial jobs require employees to have specialized knowledge and skills, and to be prepared to deal with a special […]