Safety Check: Sanitation and Good Housekeeping Best Practices - The Importance of a Clean Facility: Many companies overlook basic sanitation and housekeeping requirements when it comes to OSHA compliance. But these tips can make sure that you don’t get gigged for the little stuff while creating a better workplace atmosphere. (8/1/2016)
Safety Check: Cold Weather Safety Best Practices
- Safety guru, Jary Winstead explains why what you don’t know about winter clothing can lead to disaster in cold weather work environments. His suggestions can prepare your workers to face harsh weather conditions (12/1/2015)
Safety Check: The Basics of Fleet & Transportation Safety - Basics of Fleet Safety: The number one cause of workplace deaths is motor vehicle accidents. Establishing a good training and monitoring program is key to ensure that your truck drivers are safe. Learn what you may be missing. (8/1/2015)
Safety Check: Emergency Action Plans - Emergency Action Plans: Creating a plan and effectively communicating it can prevent an accident from becoming a disaster. Consider these tips to improve your employee training and disaster preparation. (4/1/2014)
Workers’ Compensation Controlling Your Costs - Employers are grappling with a spike in workers’ compensation premiums after years of virtually level costs. Increasing accident rates and higher medical costs are contributing to the problem. Business owners can help temper the damage by improving safety programs and informing employees about the shared costs of accidents. (5/1/2012)
Safety Zone: FIRST Aid Kits! OHSA/ANSI…
How Do We Sort Through It All?
- How do we sort through it all? A first aid kit may seem simple, but once the government gets involved, it becomes more involved. If approached correctly, a first aid kit and offering first aid can remain reasonably straight forward, but one should approach it with understanding. The cost can be kept reasonable. (4/1/2011)
OSHA Working on Injury and Illness Prevention Rule - OSHA is working on what it calls the most fundamental change in workplace culture since the passage of the OSH Act. A coming rule would place more workplace safety responsibility on employers. (3/1/2011)
Safety Zone: More Trickle-Down Safety Tips
- Creating a safety culture, columnist Gabriel Curry tells a tale of how one encounter with the CEO changed the most accident prone worker into a company advocate for accident prevention. (2/1/2011)
Safety Zone: Gloves in the Age of the Smartphone - Gabriel Curry explains why getting the right work glove requires more than just making sure it fits. From finishes to various fibers to dip treatments, spending a little more upfront can ensure your employees will actually use personal protective equipment. (12/1/2010)
Safety Zone: Safety Trickles Down
- Safety columnist, Gabriel Curry explains how creating a safe workplace starts with creating the right culture, which must come from the top managers. (10/1/2010)
Avoid an OSHAn of Trouble: Keep Those Records! - Keeping the records required by OSHA does not have to be hard or confusing. Easy to follow directions on keeping your company compliant with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements. (3/1/2010)
Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry
- Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry: A new human resource survey for 2008 in the pallet industry was just completed; one question on wages is presented here. (10/1/2008)
Forklift Safety: Protect Visitors to Your Plant - With visiting pedestrians at your location, educating them is not practical. Warning them is an improvement but is only minimally effective. You need to find ways to control or eliminate the risk to them.
Forklift Safety: Is Your Trainer Really Qualified? - When you are driving down the road and a large truck comes up behind your car, it is comforting to know the truck driver has the necessary skills to operate his vehicle, and that the people who qualified him took that job very seriously before issuing the license. (12/1/2005)
Taking Training Seriously - Even with recent updates to training requirements across the world, I still question whether those charged with training forklift operators really take the job as seriously as they should. Periodically, I audit other training programs and see people with little or no forklift experience successfully completing programs and being turned loose to operate a forklift with no supervision. Many times the driving test amounts to no more than moving some empty pallets around in a parking lot or weaving through a course at a forklift dealership. Most written tests consist of 15 or less questions that the average 10-year-old could easily pass.