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OSHA Fines Metro-North $80,500 in Whistleblowing Case

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found Metro North Commuter Railroad liable for unlawful disciplinary charges brought against an employee who filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA. The employee, who worked in Metro-North’s New Haven, CT rail yard, had accused the railroad company of retaliating against him […]

Investigating Arson

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. It’s very rare that a firebug is caught in the act. Most arsonists are caught through circumstantial evidence. Many courts have ruled that circumstantial evidence can be used by a jury […]

How’s Your Hazmat Training?

DOT says hazmat employees must be trained, tested, and certified. Find out more about the requirements and how DOT defines “hazmat employee.” The federal hazardous materials transportation regulations require the training of all hazmat employees. The purpose of training is to increase employees’ safety awareness and to reduce hazmat incidents. Any employee who meets the […]

Be Heart Smart: Provide a Helping of Healthy Information

February isn’t only for valentines and chocolates. It’s also a time to think about heart health. Our Safety Training Tips editor tells you why. Nearly a million Americans have heart attacks every year, and heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. Of course, it doesn’t need to be that […]

7 Steps to Safer, Healthier Employees

Safe and healthy workers are productive, satisfied workers. That’s good for you and the organization’s bottom line. You don’t need us to tell you that you have a tough job. But taking these seven steps can make your job easier and your workplace safer. You’re probably already doing most or all of these things, but […]

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 […]

OSHA Seeks Changes to On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA has proposed changes to its on-site consultation program. The comment period on the changes ends today. But there’s still time to express your views if you hurry. OSHA says proposed revisions to the on-site consultation service would provide the agency with greater flexibility regarding the inspection of workplaces undergoing an on-site consultation visit and […]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

If you work outside for a living, you know that wintertime is no picnic. It’s just as cold if you enjoy skiing or skating or sledding or ice fishing. The cold temperatures can cause your body to develop “hypothermia” or cold stress, which can be quite dangerous. Even if your body temperature drops just a […]

Promote the Great American Smokeout for a Healthier Workforce

The Great American Smokeout®, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place this Thursday. The purpose of the event is to encourage smokers to smoke less on Thursday, quit for the day, or even quit for good. Although the Great American Smokeout didn’t actually begin nationwide until 1977, it was preceded by three important events: […]

Are Your Policies Creating a Safer Workplace or Collecting Dust?

Safety and health policies that reflect commitment, define expectations, and articulate consequences can make a difference in protecting workers. How and what it takes to make that happen are subjects of today’s Advisor. A safety policy is a plan that details how to manage safety and health issues. A good policy establishes commitment to managing […]