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FAQs About VPP

Here are some frequently asked questions about OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Q. Who benefits from VPP? A. OSHA says that the foremost beneficiaries of the VPP are workers who, at day’s end, arrive home safe and healthy to families and who feel safer on the job. But there are lots of benefits to go […]

Take Control of Asbestos Hazards

Unprotected exposure to asbestos can be deadly. Keep your workers safe with comprehensive training, effective exposure controls, and proper PPE. Asbestos was, and still is, a widely used substance. When the fibers stay bonded together, asbestos is safe. Asbestos becomes dangerous, however, when it becomes friable—meaning that it crumbles and releases airborne fibers that can […]

OSHA Says You Can Prevent Violence

This content was originally published in January 2000. For the latest in safety management, visit our archives or try our online compliance portal, Safety.BLR.com. OSHA Says You Can Prevent Violence Workplace violence incidents seem so unpredictable that it’s hard to believe that anything can be done to prevent them. Yet, that is exactly what OSHA […]

Signs of the Times

Danger signs can only protect your workers when your workers know what the signs mean—and what precautions they should take in response to such warning signs. Training on accident signs and tags is a good candidate for periodic refresher training. Here’s a basic overview you can use for such training. OSHA has established regulations for […]

Don’t throw away those instructions!

Please read through all the instructions before using this product. How many times have you read that line in the instruction booklet of a new assembly required toy, gadget, or software application—and then skimmed over the rest of the directions? How many hours later did you get the toy assembled—or the software working smoothly with […]

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 […]

Ergonomic Tools: A Simple Way to Prevent MSDs

Preventing musculoskeletal disorders is a major concern for safety professionals. One important factor is the tools employees use. Tools should be designed to help workers maintain a neutral body position and avoid: Twisting Vibration Static muscle loading Pressure on tissue and joints Other important considerations: Use supports or counterweights to minimize the weight of the […]

Climbing to the Top

You go up a ladder. You go down a ladder. What’s the big deal? According to safety statistics, at least 100,000 people fall from ladders each year and injure themselves, while 300 will die in falls from ladders. Let’s look at the dangers involved with a ladder. These are based on actual incidents that have […]

Peek-a-Boo! I See You!

Since August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, it’s a great time to emphasize a lifelong commitment to eye safety, beginning as young as possible. Peek-a-boo may be one of the first games your workers remember playing as a child, which is a good thing, because we all need to get the picture regarding […]

How to Use a Blended Learning Approach

For the past several months, we’ve gone over several different training methods. We’ve discussed their advantages and disadvantages while emphasizing the need to use any or all of them in a blended approach to maximize your training efforts. In today’s Advisor, we’ll discuss how to put it all together. Blended learning is a commonsense concept […]