Taking the Measure of Your Safety Program through Safety Communication
Is your safety program working? How do you know? Tracking injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims is a good start, but there are other indicators that can give you a broader, deeper, clearer picture of how your safety program is functioning. Most safety program metrics begin with required injury and illness recordkeeping, and with workers’ compensation claims and x-mods. These can certainly give you a…
Exits and Exit Routes
An exit is: the part of the exit route that is a way out of the workplace. A workplace must have two or more exit routes, depending on the number of people involved and the layout and size of the work area. These exit routes must be permanent and always unobstructed. The following are safety guidelines for exit and exit route safety: Exit doors must…
OSHA seeks new approach to hazardous chemicals
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a national dialogue with chemical manufacturers and users on methods to prevent illnesses caused by workplace exposure to hazardous substances, the agency has announced. OSHA Administrator David Michaels unveiled the program in a teleconference Oct. 9. Further details of the program—including a 180-day comment period—will be released in a notice soon to be published in the Federal…
5 Quick Tips for Business website Security
Clean Computer – Be sure your computer is behind a firewall, your anti-virus program is up-to-date, and run daily virus/malware scans. Backups – Make frequent backups of your server files and your database. If you update your site daily, then make a backup daily. Upgrade – When there’s an upgrade available for your installation and/or plugins, update as soon as possible. Many times these…
Chronic complainer… What would you do?
Here’s a challenging scenario you could face in the workplace: A 20-year employee is a good worker and follows all the safety procedures but complains about it constantly. It’s hurting safety morale, and employees are fed up, the complainer is poisoning safety morality. What would you do or say?
Flu season is almost here: 10 tips to keep workers healthy
With the flu season fast approaching, now is the time to show your employees ways they can take initiative and stay healthy this winter. The CDC has encouraged employers to get involved and educate workers on what they can do to stay healthy this flu season. These 10 tips could help keep the illness out of your workplace: Help employees get vaccinated Let employees know…
Proposed Rule : Drug history database for commercial Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants to make it easier for companies to find out if a commercial driver has past drug or alcohol violations. But the rule includes a requirement for employers as well. The agency issued a proposed rule that would create a “drug and alcohol clearinghouse” for all commercially licensed drivers. Companies would be required to search the online database…
Survey: What motivates workers and supervisors to think safety?
Finding strong safety training techniques can sometimes be difficult. Even the most effective training processes can start to feel a little stale after awhile. Bringing in new ideas from time to time can help keep your workers engaged in safety training. However, the next great training idea could be difficult to pinpoint. Our latest survey found that when it comes to finding out what will…
Workers in the marijuana industry face unique safety concerns
The marijuana industry comes with its own unique set of safety hazards, Washington OSHA Implementing preventative safety measures in this emerging industry will help to combat potential hazards as they arise. OSHA has compiled a series of issues for employees who work with marijuana to look out for. The lists cover all types of jobs, from producers and growers to processors and retailers. Producers and…