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Older and Wiser–But They Still Need Training

Do you have more older workers on the job these days? If you answered “yes,” it’s not surprising. The American population is aging, and so is the nation’s workforce. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, let’s take a look at this reality and its effect on training. People are remaining on the job longer for […]

Providing Comprehensive Safety Training—Great Idea! And Cost-Effective, Too

Yesterday, we recounted the story of an employer found liable for failure to provide required safety training. Today, we tell the tale of an employer that escaped a similar fate by providing excellent training. When the painting company got the contract to paint a highway bridge, scaffolds were suspended from horizontal cables fastened to the […]

How to Minimize the Impact of Flu Season on Your Workplace

There’s a lot you can do to prevent flu from invading your workplace, making your employees sick, increasing the risk of accidents, and creating havoc with work schedules. Here are some recommendations from Flu.gov. Flu.gov, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, recommends that businesses take the following steps to keep employees from […]

OSHA’s Top 10 List and How to Stay Off It

OSHA’s newest top 10 list of violations includes familiar hazards. Today and tomorrow, we look at a number of these entries and suggest ways to avoid OSHA violations and penalties. As you probably already know, the top 10 violations for 2012 are: Fall protection—general requirements Hazard communication Scaffolding Respiratory protection Ladders Machine guarding Powered industrial […]

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. […]

Youth Mentoring Programs: Part 2

In last Friday’s Advisor, we talked about how youth mentoring programs are preparing our future workforce. Today, we’ll continue to recognize National Mentoring Month with more expert advice on youth mentoring programs. Dr. Susan G. Weinberger, affectionately known as Dr. Mentor, is the president of the Mentor Consulting Group in Norwalk, Connecticut, and an international […]

The "Secret" to a Safer, More Efficient Workplace

There are hazards even in the safest workplaces. And one of the best ways to eliminate these dangers is through effective housekeeping. There’s a double payoff for emphasizing housekeeping and general maintenance—they make your workplace safer and more efficient. There are hidden hazards in even the safest-looking workplace. And most of them can be eliminated […]

Taking The Easy Way Out 

Why do some people persist in taking chances and others don’t? How can you get your workers to realize that taking a chance is just not worth the risk? Have a heart-to-heart discussion with them at your next safety meeting. Ask them when they’ve taken chances at home or work and discuss what could have […]

Workforce Obesity: What Can You Do?

What can you do to help workers maintain a healthy weight and keep your bottom line healthy at the same time? Read about a company that’s helping its workers lose tons of weight. Employees of Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) lost more than 53,000 pounds last year. HCSC is the owner and operator of Blue […]

What Happens After Something Happens?

Properly conducted accident investigations analyze and eradicate the hazards that cause accidents. Investigations also educate and motivate to prevent future incidents. Accidents happen. Despite your best efforts, zero accident policies, and well-trained employees, things sometimes go wrong. So what happens after an accident or near miss happens in your facility is a question you have […]