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Does Your PPE Program Meet OSHA’s Requirements? Part II

Yesterday, we presented PPE essentials 1 and 2 for compliance with OSHA’s PPE standards. Today, we conclude with essentials 3 and 4, and a review of a BLR product that covers PPE from head to toe.  (As a reminder, PPE essential 1 is hazard analysis and essential 2 is equipment selection.) PPE Essential 3. Employee […]

Spreading the Word About Safety Yields Powerful Results

Read about a geographically diverse company that’s surmounted the challenge of maintaining a consistent, effective safety and health program. Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, operates coal and gas facilities, plus nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric plants in geographically dispersed areas. This diversity presents challenges to the company’s safety and health program, says Executive Director of […]

Talk About Violence

Talking about violence in the workplace can be an uncomfortable process. But it is also unavoidable if you want to do all you can to eliminate the threat of violence from your establishment. Why not approach employee reluctance to talk about violence head-on? Here are seven common expressions of resistance—along with reasons why the discussion […]

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 […]

Put the PREPARE in Preparedness

To be confident that your employees are ready for any emergency, you have to PREPARE—Plan, Review, Evaluate, Practice, Anticipate, Retrain, and Emphasize. According to Safety Audit Checklists, emergency planning must be: Systematic. Haphazard or half-hearted efforts that get low priority and little attention won’t do the job. You  need a well-structured, well-organized, thorough plan that […]

Be the Motivating Force Behind a Safer Workplace

Effective workplace hazard protection takes leadership and commitment. Find out how to demonstrate safety leadership and shape a safer workplace. In its Safety & Health Management Systems eTool, OSHA says that effective protection from workplace hazards takes leadership and commitment from management. “Management leadership provides the motivating force and the resources for organizing and controlling […]

Computer Work Giving Your Employees a Pain? Here’s Some Relief

Check out this workstation safety checklist to help prevent MSDs among employees who spend long hours at the computer. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like carpal tunnel are a problem for employees who work all day on a computer. Risk factors include primarlly: Repetition—the daily and lengthy use of a keyboard and mouse or trackpad Awkward postures—extending […]

Lockout/Tagout for Hazardous Energy

“Lockout/Tagout” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or start-up of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Every year, people are killed on the job by activated machinery. Many of those deaths could have been prevented by following lockout/tagout procedures to […]

EPA Streamlines CWA Applications Process for Tribes

In a final interpretative rule, the EPA has streamlined the process whereby federally recognized tribes with reservations apply to the Agency to be treated in a manner similar to states (TAS) for the purposes of administering Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory programs. The primary change under the interpretative rule is that tribes will no longer […]

Keep Employees Safe, Keep Them on the Job

A new study finds that simple health interventions can help reduce short-term disability rates as well as worker days away from work. According to a study of 118,000 American workers by health services company Cigna, a combination of predictive analytics and a nurse/health advocate-led intervention can produce a measurable reduction in future disabling illness or […]