Do you make these three fall protection mistakes? April 8, 2014 No Comments
Fall protection rules can seem complicated because every situation is different.
A roof that may be safe in one scenario needs a completely different approach in another.
A lanyard that is good for the work you are performing today is unacceptable for the work you’re performing tomorrow.
The rails that normally guard the [...]
This is an unusual workplace fatality to be sure: An animal sanctuary keeper is killed by a cougar. But some of the errors that Oregon OSHA says the sanctuary made are ones that could be made at a number of workplaces.
Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, the head keeper at WildCat Haven Sanctuary near Sherwood, OR, was [...]
Bust any safety myths lately? New findings from a National Safety Council (NSC) poll point toward one misconception many of your workers probably have:
The NSC says 80% of drivers incorrectly believe hands-free cell phones are safer to use when driving than hand-held ones.
Some other results from the NSC poll:
Of those who admitted using [...]
Related HAZMAT Training DVDs:
DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Video or DVD Program
Aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter HAZMAT, & more. View Product
DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness DVD
Aimed at making employees more aware of security risks in which they may [...]
Companies have to enforce their safety rules, and that includes disciplining workers. But OSHA says you can’t retaliate against an employee for reporting an injury – one that might have occurred because the worker violated a safety rule. With OSHA’s growing emphasis on whistleblowers, how do you balance this?
The answer: carefully.
That’s the message in a [...]
OSHA has just published a 40-page PDF that describes the necessary steps for GHS compliance. It’s targeted specifically to small businesses and includes a sample written HazCom program. The PDF is available for free download at OSHAs website.
Related GHS Training DVDs:
HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities Training DVD
Assists industrial facilities of all types [...]
High-performing Companies Invest More in Training March 31, 2014 No Comments
A client of ours recently asked how many hours of safety training employees should receive each year. The answer, much like other things in life, is “it depends.”
Training requirements are influenced by a number of factors including industry type, the regulatory environment, employee tenure and senior management commitment. For example, new employees tend to have [...]
In 1980, OSHA commissioned a series of short films about worker safety. In 1981, legend has it, incoming OSHA Administrator Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies of the films.
However, according to archive.org, some “renegade union officials” refused to return their copies. Several years ago, a union safety and health official made the three films [...]
Did a worker’s choice between two employer parking lots on the day he was injured seal his eligibility for workers’ comp?
Kenneth Acosta worked for Exide Technologies in Reading, PA.
Exide owned two parking lots. Lot B was next to the plant. Lot A was across the street. Employees could park in either lot.
On Nov. 12, 2010, [...]
An employee’s doctor says his lung condition was caused by chemical exposure when he was power washing a roof. His employer’s doctor says it was infectious pneumonia and had more to do with the worker’s two-pack-a-day, 30-year smoking habit. Will the employee get workers’ comp?
No doubt workers’ comp cases involving respiratory problems are tricky. But [...]