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Many workplaces and processes use devices or materials that contain mercury, especially in the healthcare industry. For example, there’s mercury in thermometers, manometers, paint, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries. Mercury exposure poses a health risk to employees and others at the workplace.
This series will show you how to do two things to protect your employees [...]
Here’s an excerpt from an article written by an ExecuNet member who recently landed a position after a 13-month job search. Beverly’s story is valuable because it deals with a part of job searching that the manuals don’t tell you about: The emotions.
Okay, you’ve just resigned, quit or have been downsized, [...]
Accidents are bound to happen no matter how hard you try to prevent them. Investigating those accidents and using the results to identify root causes and corrective action is key to an effective safety program. But if your safety program is like so many others, you probably don’t have anybody trained to perform these functions [...]
Point: Not Necessarily
By R. A. Bernard
Like many safety professionals, I’ve long argued that direct costs alone don’t paint a true picture of what organizations pay when injuries occur because they don’t account for losses such as loss in productivity, loss of the investment made in training the injured worker and administrative costs like the [...]
Back injuries are a common form of workplace injury. Improper lifting techniques are a leading cause of back injuries. Showing your employees the right way to lift loads is thus a key to preventing injuries. Here’s how to create a form for doing that. There’s also a model memo, written for an eighth-grade reading level, [...]
Like most employers, you probably use outside consultants like engineers, hygienists and ergonomics specialists from time to time. Or, maybe you’re a consultant yourself. What kind of OSHA liability do consultants have? A recent case from the State of Washington is a good illustration of how OSHA and the courts answer this question.
The Port [...]
I once worked as a supervisor for a private security company. One day a man named Bernie whom I had known for a number of years came to me and asked for a job. Bernie was a spry 75-year old who was getting bored with retirement. Since I was short-handed and he was able to [...]
This is the concluding installment of the series on the secrets of successful safety committees. It deals with the fourth and final “R”: Results.
The Importance of Results
Committees don’t get a free pass just because they serve a noble cause. A committee is like any other part of an organization: It needs to produce [...]
All of us have an interest in getting injured employees back to work as soon as possible. Although, physically, employees must heal at their own rate, we as safety professionals are in a position to speed up the return to work process. But we often miss our chance to do so. More often than not, [...]
Because portable ladders are so commonly used, both at work and at home, many employers assume that their employees are familiar with them and know how to use them properly. That’s a bad assumption. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), improper use of portable ladders is a major source of [...]
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