Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

Responsibilities of a Safety Manager

A safety manager is generally responsible for the overall safety of an entire facility. One of their primary responsibilities is to ensure that a facility is OSHA compliant. There are many requirements OSHA places on facilities, which can make this a difficult and complex job. Some of the most significant things that OSHA checks for include

Importance of Catchball

Importance of Catchball

The catchball is an important part of any planning process, but it is something that is all too often just glossed over. When done properly the catchball encourages leadership and team members to dialogue about a particular topic in an efficient and productive manner. It can help to break down the walls which are all

5S Benefits for Students

5S Benefits for Students

Over the past several years the lean concepts which started out only in manufacturing have been used to improve just about every other industry. These strategies, however, can also be used to benefit students of just about every age. Look at these powerful benefits students can gain from learning about the 5S strategies which have become so

Lean and Kaizen are not meant to eliminate People

Lean and Kaizen are not meant to eliminate People

One of the most persistent problems companies experience when attempting to implement lean and/or Kaizen practices, is that people are always worried that it will lead to the elimination of jobs. Since the beginning of these methodologies, employees have feared that the increased efficiencies and other changes that take place will mean that there is

Lean Principles for a Healthier Work Environment

Lean Principles for a Healthier Work Environment

When people first hear about lean logistics and principles and how they can be implemented in a workplace, they are often confused. Lean sounds like an odd term for anything in a workplace, and at first glance, the methodologies can be a bit confusing. Many people mistakenly think that no one guiding set of principles

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

What is Kaizen? Many people mistakenly think that Kaizen is only used for short term improvement events and other onetime improvement hits. The fact is, however, Kaizen should be used to help build a culture of continuous improvement in a facility. This will include scheduled events but it should continue on much longer than that. The following

The Lean Manager

The Lean Manager

Getting started as a lean manager can be a daunting task because in many cases people don’t really understand what it is you’re supposed to be doing.  In many cases the lean manager will also have other roles within the facility, and has been given the task of implementing lean concepts as well.  One of the most

5 Safety Tips to Keep Your Employees Safe

5 Safety Tips to Keep Your Employees Safe

It doesn’t matter how many signs you put up or seminars you hold, if employees don’t take their safety seriously, you’ll never be able to prevent injuries. This is why it is essential to help instruct employees on how to take responsibility for their own safety, in addition to providing them with specific training on

Why Hearing Protection is Important

Why Hearing Protection is Important

Hearing protection is one of the most important, and often overlooked, safety tools in any facility. OSHA reports that about 30 million people in the United States are exposed to potentially hazardous noise levels in the workplace each year. When people who are working in these environments don’t wear proper hearing protection, they risk experiencing hearing loss

Where to Start with Injury Prevention

Where to Start with Injury Prevention

Most companies do a fairly good job of addressing the most significant risks in a given facility. If someone has to work with toxic waste, they will provide them with the proper PPE to limit exposure. If people are working in an area where there is a risk of items falling from above, they will be provided

ANSI A13.1 Benefits & Problems

ANSI A13.1 Benefits & Problems

ANSI A13.1 is the set of guidelines which is used to ensure that all pipes in a facility are clearly marked with what they contain.  The idea behind these standards is to ensure people working with and around all pipes know exactly what they contain before they take any action.  If, for example, an unlabeled

GB 7231-2003

GB 7231-2003

GB 7231 is a pipe marking standard for Chinese pipes used in industrial situations.  The standard covers a variety of things including the colors, symbols and other marketing specifications necessary for safety.  The standard goes into great detail regarding what needs to be used when marking pipes whether they are carrying harmless things like water or

Renovation, Repair, Painting

Renovation, Repair, Painting

The EPA has a program known as the renovation, repair, and painting program. This program focuses on helping to ensure homes and businesses are using the proper safety requirements during a renovation.  Issues with lead paint, contaminated areas, and other potential problems can put people doing the work and those in the surrounding area at significant risk

Hazardous Energy Control

Hazardous Energy Control

Servicing heavy machinery has been an extremely dangerous occupation for many years.  In an attempt to reduce the possibility of injury or even death there have been standards created by OSHA and other groups to help limit the dangers.  One of the main focuses of these standards was hazardous energy control.  The idea is that when people

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