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Pros and Cons of Incentive Programs: Part 2

Yesterday, we shared some views and suggestions about safety incentive programs gleaned from the EHS Forum on our sister website, Safety.BLR.com.  Today, we continue with more of the Forum members’ views on incentive programs, both pro and con. Safety Kaizen “We have a ‘safety kaizen’ monthly competition. Employees compete with other departments using the kaizen […]

Protect Outdoor Workers from Poisonous Plants

One of the most common health risks outdoors is contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. Many people get an itchy rash if they touch these plants—or if they touch clothes or tools that touched the plants. The rash may swell and get bumpy and blister, and possibly ooze or scab. Some people […]

Wired for Safety? Check These OSHA Requirements

Yesterday, we began a review of electrical system safety requirements. Today, we conclude with on overview of wiring and special system rules. To protect employees from electrical injuries and to prevent electrical fires in your workplace, electrical wiring systems must be well designed and well maintained by competent, certified personnel. Today, in addition to wiring […]

Guard Against Amputations

Yesterday, we talked about preventing amputations. One of the best protections is machine guarding, the topic of today’s Advisor. The purpose of machine guarding is to protect the machine operator and other employees in the work area from hazards created by: Ingoing nip points Rotating parts Cutting and shearing Punching and bending Reciprocating and transversing […]

Find Out How One Manufacturer Is Winning the War Against CTDs

Good programs, effective systems, and strong leadership are among the elements you need to create a safer workplace and prevent CTDS. That’s been the experience at Frito-Lay, where reducing CTD risks has been a long-time priority. At Frito-Lay, a high rate of soft tissue illness about a dozen years ago led to a corporatewide effort […]

Reducing Ergonomic Risks: Novel Material Handling Solutions

Finding new solutions to old ergonomic problems in material handling jobs is a mission for this manufacturer. Read about some of their innovative products. Customers rely on Knight Global for products that reduce ergonomic risk in their facilities. Knight Global designs ergonomic systems for manufacturing facilities. The Auburn Hills, Michigan, company opened in 1984 as […]

Truckers’ Expectations Met in Phase 2 Standards

American Trucking Associations (ATA) responded with “cautious optimism” to the final federal Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The standards were adopted jointly by the EPA, which developed the GHG portion of the regulations, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which wrote the fuel-efficiency section. Industry’s […]

What Are Podcasts, and Can I Use Them to Train?

Don’t be intimidated—podcasts are easy to create and distribute, and they can serve a useful role in your safety training program. Our Safety Training Tips editor tells you how. What is a podcast? According to Wikipedia, “A podcast is a series of digital-media files [MP3 files] which are distributed over the Internet [or an intranet] […]

Should I Outsource Our Training?

Do you have the resources and the qualified personnel to accomplish your training goals in-house? Our Safety Training Tips editor says that you may find that after analyzing your company’s training needs you don’t have the best training materials or most qualified personnel in house. There are a variety of reasons why you might decide […]