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Machine guards in place on factory equipment

Are Your Guards in Place? Quick Tips for Improving Machine Guarding Safety

When machine guards are used properly, they keep employees safe. But, too often, these tools that protect workers in a manufacturing setting are left in an open position, set aside, damaged, or unused.

General, Manufacturing, OSHA, Safety Programs, Leadership and Management  •  January 18, 2023
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What’s On Your Training Calendar This Year?

The New Year is a great time to refresh your safety training plans. Determine who needs to be trained, whether your locations are appropriate for training, which training topics would benefit your teams, and your goals for a safe and healthy workplac...

General, Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Transportation, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs  •  January 04, 2023
Clock winding down to 2023

A Reassuring Reminder

Looking back on a year of MEMIC Safety Blogs provides solace on the cusp of a holiday season that soothes stressed-out business owners and safety managers.

General, Leadership and Management, Inspection, Manual Material Handling, Safety Programs  •  December 21, 2022
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Humanize Your Data to Drive Safety Decisions

Data-driven decision making is all the rage in today’s fast-paced, decentralized post-pandemic economy, but merely collecting data is only a first step.

General, Safety Programs  •  December 14, 2022
Man working at computer, struggling with back pain.

The Humongous Possibilities of the Homunculus

If you made a humanesque model of all the accumulated injuries experienced at your workplace, the resulting homunculus would probably look scary and grotesque, but don’t be frightened! It can be tamed, and even shrunk back into proportion...

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Ergonomics, Leadership and Management, Manual Material Handling, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  December 07, 2022
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An Integrated Approach to Safety

Safety professionals have the challenge of addressing both internal workplace risks and external factors including worker demographics, mental health, and lifestyle. Utilizing the concept of Total Worker Health can lead to a safe and profitable workp...

General, Hiring Practices, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  November 22, 2022
Person exiting vehicle in snowy conditions

Taming the Dangerous Passage - Safely Entering and Exiting a Vehicle During Winter Weather

Common-sense moves such as approaching carefully, bracing yourself for stability, and moving without boxes, packages, or other items in hand, can help you avoid slip and fall injuries while entering or exiting a vehicle during the cold, snow, and ice...

General, Transportation, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety, Driving Safety  •  November 16, 2022
Hiring team reviewing documents with new-hire.

Keeping Temporary Workers Safe: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

The safety of temporary workers is the joint responsibility of the host employer and the staffing agency that places the worker. Both entities should take steps to complete a risk assessment for the job function and location.

General, Hiring Practices, Leadership and Management, OSHA  •  November 09, 2022
Person walking up stairs in a commercial setting.

Addressing Slips-and-Falls from the Ground Up

Building a better slip-and-fall prevention program requires you to think SAFE – Surface, Awareness, Footwear, and Environment. Look from the ground up at everything from surfaces to footwear to the mental state of the worker.

General, Safety Programs, Slips, Trips & Falls, Inspection  •  November 02, 2022
Logger wearing PPE using chainsaw in the woods

What’s Scarier than Halloween? Poorly Executed Safety Planning!

Halloween is a fun time for fright, but not if you’re a safety director with no plan for your organization. Use the horror of the holiday to make sure your company is doing its best to minimize risk and maximize safety.

General, Safety Programs  •  October 26, 2022

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