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Need Safety Statistics?

January 28, 2019 No Comments
Need Safety Statistics?

On occasion, we all need reliable occupational safety and health statistics.  If you live in the USA, one of the best sources of national injury statistics is the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Click here to access their latest workplace injury reports, including – Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days […]

Women’s Safety and Health Issues

January 21, 2019 No Comments
Women’s Safety and Health Issues

America’s work force has changed quite a lot in the last 50 years.  Though there are still more men in the workforce, the percent of women working has steadily increased from 34% in 1950’s to 60% today. Women often face different workplace safety and health challenges than men do; partly because men and women tend […]

Young Worker Safety Issues

January 14, 2019 No Comments
Young Worker Safety Issues

  The younger workers that you hire may never have had a job before.  The basic safety rules and practices that older workers take for granted are usually unknown to young workers.  That is why it is important to give new young workers an exceptionally thorough safety orientation that emphasises the basics of safety. OSHA in the USA has developed a young […]

The Basic Safety Inspectors’ Kit

January 7, 2019 No Comments
The Basic Safety Inspectors’ Kit

When I perform a safety inspection, I always carry along my basic safety inspection kit.  While there are times when I also carry along additional equipment or instruments, my basic kit is with me at all times whenever I am on the work-floor.  My basic safety inspection kit consists of: A notebook to write my […]

Indoor Air Quality In Commercial and Institutional Buildings

December 31, 2018 No Comments
Indoor Air Quality In Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Last year OSHA published a little known 24-page booklet entitled Indoor Air Quality In Commercial and Institutional Buildings.  This advisory guidance document has sections on: Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants Common Indoor Air Contaminants Prevention or Control IAQ Problems HVAC System Maintenance Checklist Investigating IAQ Problems and Complaints Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality Applicable […]

“It’s About People – Not Machines”

December 24, 2018 No Comments
“It’s About People – Not Machines”

Yesterday I received an email from John Conover, Jr.   He is the Environmental Health & Safety Spec. at the University of Richmond.  John wrote some very thoughtful comments about my November 13th article on Dan Petersen.  I’d like to share what he had to say – “Thanks for the reminder to all of us about Dan Peterson.  I […]

Guide To Hiring A Safety Professional

December 17, 2018 No Comments
Guide To Hiring A Safety Professional

Hiring a safety professional can be a  confusing task for a non-safety professional with little knowledge about what the safety profession is all about.  This is especially true for organizations who are attempting to hire their very first safety professional.  To assist those who have little experience in this area, I’ve found a couple of […]

When Do You Need A Full Time Safety Manager?

December 10, 2018 No Comments
When Do You Need A Full Time Safety Manager?

Recently I was asked by the HR Director at a growing company, “at what point are we large enough to need a full-time, in-house, safety manager?”  This is a great question that I have been asked before, but unfortunately there is no easy black and white answer. One needs to consider a number of factors when determining […]

You May Not Have to Pay WC Insurance Benefits If …

December 3, 2018 No Comments
You May Not Have to Pay WC Insurance Benefits If …

Under certain circumstances in the USA, your company may not be responsible to pay workers compensation benefits to an employee who was injured on the job.   These special circumstances vary from state to state, but generally these exceptions include: Work related injuries caused by a dangerous or defective machine, tool or piece of equipment.  The […]

Industrial Lighting

November 26, 2018 No Comments
Industrial Lighting

  Inadequate lighting contributes to many on-the-job accidents.   One study shows that “accidents can be reduced about 20% by improving lighting conditions”.  But how do you know if you have enough lighting for a specific task or area? Before conducting your first lighting survey you will want to review the fundamentals of illumination.  Here’s a link to […]

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