Tag: Workplace Safety

Messy warehouse facility

When It Comes to Safety, Messes Matter: Tips for Clutter Clearing

What did you see when you walked into your facility this morning? Were there cords snaking across the floor, remnants of a spill from a couple of days ago, or overflowing trash cans? Or did you observe a strong sense of order, with clear walkways, properly stored tools, well-lit and clearly marked stairways, and hazardous […]

Fire warden at fire drill

Do You Know How Many Fire Wardens Are Needed for Your Building?

A safety professional recently wrote to the experts at Safety.BLR.com® looking for guidance on how many fire wardens (or marshals) are necessary based on building occupancy or size. A warden must make note of whether people in their part of a building evacuate—read on to see what the experts had to say.

Marijuana legalization, law

Marijuana and Workplace Safety: The Evolving Landscape

Marijuana—or “cannabis” as the emerging industry likes to call it—is big business. It employs 5 times more Americans than the coal industry, according to one cannabis industry analyst. There are medical marijuana statutes in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Ten states and D.C. so far also have approved it for recreational use, and […]

Stress

The Burnout Problem: EHS Pros Should Take Notice

Environment, health, and safety professionals should be aware of (and take steps to address) “burnout,” a term that has been frequently used as a catchall for multiple issues among employees, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Burnout gained a more specific definition when it was officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year.

Industrial fire training for refinery or chemical plant fire brigade or fireman

Determining Your Disaster Risk Factors

As safety, health, and risk professionals, we pay close attention to newsworthy workplace disasters. Based on the scale and severity of these incidents, perhaps we assume they could not occur in our own organizations—after all, this is what we work to prevent. But the fact is, disasters can happen anywhere.

Mobile device

Contextual Mobile Device Management: The Next Generation of Worksite Safety

Leading companies in construction and industrial workplaces are recognizing the promise of mobile computing and smart devices on the job, as well as quickly learning how to make the most of this technological shift. Smartphones and tablets are assisting contractors not only with capturing and managing data but also with optimizing and streamlining their operations.

Training on the floor

A Three-Point Safety Training Approach

Developing an effective training program is a challenge that affects most safety professionals. A proper balance of time constraints, production schedules, multiple shifts, and individual learning styles drives the effectiveness of any training program. As safety professionals, we must develop training that provides relevant and pertinent information while addressing all the aforementioned challenges.