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Safety Training Is More Important Then Ever

November 19, 2018 No Comments
Safety Training Is More Important Then Ever

When my dad was young,  80% of workers in the United States worked on a farm.   Back then, when an industry hired a new employee they could assume that the new employee already knew allot about machinery,  electricity,  chemicals , heavy vehicles, working at heights, equipment maintenance, and confined spaces because of their experiences on the farm. I grew […]

Are iPhones A Hazard In The Workplace?

November 12, 2018 No Comments
Are iPhones A Hazard In The Workplace?

A new study in the Journal of Injury Prevention  looks at the dangers of “distracted walking”.   Crossing a busy intersection while texting or talking on a smart-phone can be deadly.  Texters are four times more likely to disregard traffic lights.  Pedestrians talking on a phone are likely to forget to look both ways before crossing […]

Hearing Protection For The Safety Person

October 22, 2018 No Comments
Hearing Protection For The Safety Person

Above is a photo of my favorite hearing protection – the QB2HYG by Howard Leight.  For most Safety Professionals (and others who are not in noisy areas all day) this may offer the best combination of protection, comfort, ergonomics, and price! This unique type of hearing protector was specifically designed “for for people who are exposed to intermittent […]

Who Should Do Your Air Testing?

October 15, 2018 No Comments
Who Should Do Your Air Testing?

Air testing is performed to evaluate the potential risk of airborne contaminants, and to prove that an airborne health hazard does not exist.  Either way, it is important that proper sampling procedures be followed to insure that results are accurate and legally defensible. I have personally witnessed numerous sloppy air tests performed by either unqualified insurance company inspectors, or in-house […]

Hard Hat Questions Answered

October 8, 2018 No Comments
Hard Hat Questions Answered

I am often asked these four questions on hard hats:      1.  Are hard hats required for this job?      2.  What type of hard hat do I need?      3.  Are stickers & paint allowed on hard hats?      4.  Can hard hats be worn backwards? In the USA, OSHA’s General Industry standard uses vague and non-specific language where it […]

How To Improve Your Accident Investigations

October 1, 2018 No Comments
How To Improve Your Accident Investigations

There’s a quick and easy fix any company can do to improve the quality of their accident investigations.  I’ve seen this simple technique dramatically improve the accidents records at three companies.  Is this a magic pill that will turn around a poorly performing safety program?  Maybe!  In the early 1980’s I was hired to help an air conditioning manufacturer […]

Construction Site Noise: How Loud is Too Loud?

September 24, 2018 No Comments
Construction Site Noise: How Loud is Too Loud?

Our friend, Tony Huynh (a content marketing specialist with BigRentz.com) asked me if I wanted to post a link to a free, downloadable, infographic on “construction noise” that he’s developed for the BigRentz.com blog.  I checked it out and said  “sure, it’s a quality document that I believe many SafetyAwakenings.com readers would like”.   Please click here […]

Is There A Standard On “Stink”?

September 17, 2018 No Comments
Is There A Standard On “Stink”?

Just because something stinks, does not mean it is it toxic.  Sewage treatment plants stink, but those I’ve consulted with did not have toxic concentrations of any air borne contaminants.  Clearly not all unpleasant odors are health hazards. A few years ago a company introduced a new chemical on the production floor.  This chemical smelled bad and in short order […]

Earning Worker Trust, Respect & Cooperation

September 3, 2018 No Comments
Earning Worker Trust, Respect & Cooperation

To be an effective safety manager you will need the trust, respect and cooperation of the workers.   I didn’t learn this in school, I learned it through 40-years of experience on the work floor.  Below are the twelve maxims that have helped me to improve my relationship and credibility with factory workers:  Spend lots of time on the work floor.  At […]

A Serious Accident Just Occurred! Now What?

August 27, 2018 No Comments
A Serious Accident Just Occurred!  Now What?

Major workplace accidents that result in serious injuries (including deaths) are stressful, confusing, and chaotic emergencies.   Fortunately, these catastrophic events are rare and most of us have little (or no) experience with them.  But should one happen on your watch, what would you do?  To help you cope with one of these rare traumatic events, I’ve listed the following fourteen tips designed […]

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