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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, […]

6 Tips for Safer Cell Phone Use

Today we look at the dangers of cell phone use—although several are still open to debate—and at some key elements of employee cell phone policies. For some time now, concerns over the safety hazards posed by cell phone use have not been limited to the potential for accidents caused by distracted driving. The OSHA Compliance […]

Are You Prepared for Emergencies?

September is National Preparedness Month, which makes it a good time for refresher training on emergency preparedness. While this recognition is held in September to mark the anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks, emergencies also include natural disasters, fires, chemical spills, and other incidents. So your workers need to be prepared—especially in the workplace, where so […]

Find Out Why ‘Body Breaks’ Improve Learning

Getting trainees moving during sessions increases brain function and improves learning, says one training expert. Brain research conducted in the past decade has found that moving from a sitting position to a standing position increases oxygen to the brain by 15 to 20 percent and that more oxygen in the brain means better learning. “It’s […]

Trial Spotlights Deadly Toll of Asbestos

The high-profile prosecution of chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace and three of its executives underscored the dangers that asbestos poses to workers, communities, and the environment. After a hotly contested trial, a jury last month returned a not guilty verdict against W.R. Grace and three of its executives. The company and executives had been charged with […]

Setting a Safe Example

In the eyes of most of the people who work for you, you are the company—or at least their closest link to the company. Have you ever stopped to think of what sort of an image you project to your crew? Have you ever tried to see yourself as others see you? For instance, have […]

Ready or Not: Disasters Still Come

Because most workplace emergencies happen with little or no warning, you need to ensure that workers know in advance what they should and should not do in case of an emergency. They may not have time during an emergency to read the company policy for the particular emergency they are facing. Late summer can bring […]

Slim Down Your Safety Training Budget with a "Lean" Approach

Just as “Lean” has helped cut waste in manufacturing and other industries, it can help make your safety training more successful and cost-effective. The basic concept of Lean in the corporate learning context is that “people should get the information they need exactly when they need it,” says Todd Hudson, head maverick at the Maverick […]

Don’t Let Winter Drive Up Your Accident Rate

Whether it’s 3.6 inches of snow in Las Vegas or snow and ice storms in New England, we’ve already seen our fair share of dangerous weather this winter. Today we’ll cover some tips for keeping your workers safe in winter weather, particularly when on the road. Snow and ice, plus frequent strong winds and even […]

Untrue Blood: Scientists Look for Blood Substitute

Imagine that a worker is badly injured on the job and is bleeding heavily. When taken to the hospital, the employee is pumped full of blood. Only it isn’t real blood; it’s an artificial substitute. Currently, this scenario is more science fiction than science. But the possibility of someday being able to manufacture artificial blood […]