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Policies, Commitment, and Culture: The Formula for Superior Safety Performance

Read about a company where safety and health policies supported by strong commitment and a well-developed safety culture have resulted in superior safety performance. At Simmons Bedding Company, safety and health policies drive a robust worker-protection process. But it’s the commitment and culture behind those policies that really make things happen, explains Jonathan Dawe. He […]

Combustible Dust: What Might a New Standard Require?

If OSHA accedes to Congressional demands and passes a dust standard for general industry, what would you need to do? A look into HR 5522 suggests an answer: Yesterday’s Advisor detailed the dustup that’s been raging in Washington over the issue of combustible dust. This dust, which can be generated in a number of industrial […]

Minnesota CO2 Law Found in Violation of Commerce Clause

A Minnesota law that prohibits utilities from meeting state electricity demand with power from new plants that contribute to statewide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions was found in violation of the Constitution’s dormant Commerce Clause because the law places an undue burden on interstate commerce.

Emergency Preparedness: All Systems "Go"?

The one thing most workplace emergencies have in common is that you can rarely predict when they’ll strike. So effective warning systems are the best defense against widespread injuries and destruction. OSHA requirements for emergency alarm systems are detailed in 29 CFR 1910.38 (Emergency Action Plans) and 29 CFR 1910.165 (Employee Alarm Systems). Check your […]

EHSDA Song of the Week: Motor Away

Motor safety is a major issue for many businesses. In 2019, there were 2,122 deaths resulting from occupational transportation incidents, which is 39% of the 5,316 fatalities from occupational injuries that year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the latest EHSDA Song of the Week, we revisit a 1995 indie rock classic from […]

Be Choosy When Selecting Training Techniques

When it comes to selecting effective training techniques, you can afford to be choosy! There are numerous methods and materials available to help you prepare and equip employees to better do their jobs. Indeed, with so many choices out there, it can be daunting to determine which methods to use and when to use them, […]

How to Lower Workplace Accident Rates

You can’t fix hazards you don’t know about. As we discussed in yesterday’s Advisor, regular work area inspections are a highly effective way to identify and correct hazards. Depending on the work areas you’re inspecting, a safety audit may focus on different issues. But here’s a general checklist, courtesy of BLR’s Safety Audit Checklists, that […]

3 Keys to Safer, Healthier Shift Work

Many approaches have been tried to improve the safety, health, and work-life balance of shift workers. Today, we look at three that have proven successful. We’ve all heard the expression “24/7” — as in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — and we’re likely to be hearing it with increasing frequency as more […]

6 Health-Smart Tips for Beating Heat Hazards

You may not be able to do anything about the hot temperatures this summer, but you certainly can do a lot to help prevent heat illness by recommending that your employees follow these 6 simple safety tips. Recommend that your employees follow these health-smart tips for beating summer heat hazards, both on and off the […]

Considered Partnering to Meet Specialized Training Needs?

If you haven’t considered partnering with a local educational institution like a community college to meet specialized safety training needs, you might reconsider when you hear about the benefits. One of the major benefits of partnering with a community college is that these institutions have the ability to customize training to meet an employer’s specific […]