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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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Training the Industrial Athlete

Employers should think of their employees as athletes and implement training plans that address the physical demands of the job. Designing stretching, strengthening, conditioning and hydration programs can decrease injuries and lead to a healthier wo...

General, Manufacturing, Ergonomics, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  October 20, 2022
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Weathering Storm Cleanup Safety

Planning for what happens after a storm should be part of any business emergency preparedness plan, before a weather incident occurs.

General, Emergency Preparedness, Claims Management  •  October 12, 2022
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Spelling Out Fall Protection Beyond the A-B-Cs

Fall protection during work from heights is generally governed by the basics of anchoring, body harnesses, and connectors. But to make a comprehensive assessment, safety directors must go beyond those simple techniques and look at a variety of consid...

Construction, General, Manufacturing, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Safety Programs  •  October 05, 2022
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Ladder Safety Part 2: Does your Ladder Safety Training Get High Marks?

Workplace ladder usage, regardless of industry, is a high-risk task that should be part of any new or existing employee training plan. Training should include ladder selection, inspection, hazard identification, fall protection measures, and safe wor...

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Education, Hospitality, Services, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Manual Material Handling  •  September 29, 2022
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Ladder Safety Part 1: Three Points of Contact

Safe work on ladders requires three points of contact and requires employees to face the ladder, use at least one hand to keep a “firm grasp” on the ladder, and ensure they are not carrying objects or loads that could cause loss of balance or grip.

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Education, Hospitality, Services, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Manual Material Handling  •  September 21, 2022
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Don't Let Elevators Bring You Down

Misleveled elevator floors, insufficient maintenance program, and unsafe employee behaviors can lead to significant workplace trip or fall injuries. A comprehensive program is necessary to control hazards.

General, Retail, Hospitality, Education, Healthcare, OSHA, Inspection, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  September 14, 2022
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Roof Rules Depend on Slope, Distance, and Frequency

Fall protection requirements for employees performing maintenance on low-sloped roofs depend on factors that include whether the work is deemed “temporary and infrequent,” and the distance from the edge.

General, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety  •  September 07, 2022
Factory worker stacking boxes

Don't Brace Yourself to Prevent Back Injuries

Research shows that back braces do not provide the safety and support needed to reduce back injuries in the workplace. Employers should consider a more comprehensive ergonomic program to reduce the hazards of manual material handling and patient hand...

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Construction, Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling, Safe Patient Handling & Mobility  •  September 01, 2022
Factory worker in training

The Soft Science of Safety Culture

In addition to the “hard skills” of safety, building a safety culture is a “soft skill” that may be equally important. This includes setting clear expectations, providing positive reinforcement, and leading by example.

General, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs  •  August 24, 2022

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