Safety – The Last Pillar of 6S

Two safety workers meeting

2 min read Everyone knows how useful 5S is and how it transforms a messy workplace into something tidier and more productive. However, let’s remind ourselves of what goes into a well-rounded 5S program that is there to stay, rather than one that fizzles out and disappears. Sort/Seri is the first step in a workplace transformation which aims to sort out frequently used and unused equipment. Set in Order/Seiton aims to organize and place the more frequently used …

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What is an Incident Management System?

3 min read The term “incident management” is thrown around a lot in almost all types of industries today. While most people will have a general understanding of what type of thing it is used to describe, most don’t really understand exactly what an incident management system really is. Incident management is a term that has been used to describe all the activities related to how an organization will identify, review, analyze, and correct hazards or problems in …

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Is OSHA’s proposal for E-Reporting going too far?

3 min read The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put forth a proposed rule that will require many employers to track injuries and illnesses electronically on a new system. If approved, the rule will require this type of reporting take place at least every quarter. For employers with 250+ employees, the website where the data will be sent will be viewable by the public. Many people think that OSHA is going too far with this proposed change, indicating …

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2014 Regularity Priorities from OSHA Announced

3 min read Each year the US department of Labor, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announces a list of their priorities for the following year. In fact, they often release updates throughout the year, but the one that comes out at this time of the year typically gets the most attention. All companies would be wise to take a close look at the list of priorities this year, and begin planning any steps that will be necessary …

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Are Workplace Homicides Growing?

3 min read Violence, or even homicides, in the workplace are something we all hear about from time to time, but never really think it could happen to us. The violence is sometimes directed at an individual (such as an overbearing boss or abusive co-worker) but sometimes it seems random. As much as we’d all like to think otherwise, workplace violence can happen in any area. Statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) state that homicide is the fourth …

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Importance of Proper Respiratory Protection in the Workplace

3 min read Everyone knows that when working directly with toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials, it is essential to wear proper respiratory protection. What most people don’t realize, however, is that in many different environments, this same type of protection is still a good idea. In many different work environments, there is often dust, vapors, mist, fumes, gas, and other unhealthy contaminants in the air around us. While these types of contaminants may not cause a serious …

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How to Hire a Safety Consultant

3 min read Hiring a safety consultant is an important task for any growing organization. Whether the position is being opened up because of specific safety concerns, or strictly as a preventative measure, it is important to take the time to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job. While there are many things that need to be looked at in order to get the right person, there are some qualifications that any good safety consultant …

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Why Use a Checklist for Your Inspections?

3 min read Performing inspections is one of the most important jobs of a safety manager. Even in cases when the actual inspections aren’t directly performed by the safety manager, he or she will still be responsible for reviewing the results and taking action where necessary. Unfortunately, for many facilities, an inspection ends up being little more than a walk through an area by someone who really doesn’t know exactly what they should be looking for. Watching for generic …

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Using Accountability to Drive Safety

3 min read When individuals are injured, or accidents occur in a facility, there is almost always a lot of blame going around. If asked, the individual involved with the accident will typically blame the company for not keeping the facility safe enough. If the safety manager of the facility is asked, they may comment on what the employee did improperly that resulted in the accident. Even in minor problems with safety, there is almost always more people …

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Healthcare and Workplace Injuries

3 min read When most people think of hospitals and doctors’ offices, they think of a place to go to get better from an illness or injury. When employees go there, however, they might think of it as a dangerous place where they might actually sustain a serious injury. A recent study found that healthcare workers are more likely to suffer musculoskeletal injuries than those working in any other field. Specifically the report found that nurses, nurses’ aides, …

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