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I always appreciate a good debate. That’s how we learn. We must challenge our beliefs on a regular basis otherwise we can not and will not move forward. I appreciate Wayne Pardy as a fellow Safety Professional and I respect his thoughts and conclusions, even if I disagree with some of them. To that end, [...]
Behavior based safety is a theory, not a program. The principles of BBS—or any other theory for that matter—can’t achieve positive results unless and until they’re translated into workable plans and processes. Execution and implementation are as critical as the soundness of the underlying theory.
Putting a BBS program into effect is tricky and it’s easy [...]
The other day, my daughter, Jessica, and I were shopping at Wal-Mart in the town of Villa Rica, GA, when a fire alarm sounded. The din was deafening and the halogen beams from the fire alarms were blinding. As I stood in that check-out line with my hands over my ears, I looked at my [...]
Household cleaning substances are among the most common poison exposures for children. If you’re a parent of a young child, here are 10 tips to help prevent poison exposures:
Never mix household and chemical products together; this may create a poisonous gas.
Read the labels of household and chemical products before you use them.
Follow safety recommendations when [...]
Many workers use the term “toxic” to describe company fridges where abandoned sandwiches, vegetables and yogurt containers turn into laboratory experiments.
Most incidents are enough to make workers who discover these treasures feel nauseated, but an incident at an AT&T workplace in San Jose, CA, went well beyond that. After discovering rotting food in a company [...]
Far too many workers are permanently disabled, severely injured or electrocuted each year.
Establishing an effective Electrical Safety Program (ESP) prevents injuries associated with electrical hazards. In addition to legal requirements, the ESP is also key to meeting the requirements of voluntary electrical safety standards including the new CSA Z462.
The ESP and OSHA/OHS Laws
The ESP includes [...]
1. Approximately how many fatal injuries occur in U.S. workplaces each year as a result of electrocution?
2. Approximately how many nonfatal injuries occur in U.S. workplaces each year as a result of electrical hazards?
3. Each day, approximately how many arc flash explosions occur in electrical equipment in U.S. plants?
Fewer than 5
5 to 10
10 to 20
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that age discrimination is a topic I care deeply about. It’s also a serious concern for my clients, the members of ExecuNet. And if you’re 45 or over, you’re bound to encounter the phenomenon at some point in your career—if you haven’t already. Today, I’d [...]
Just in case there’s any doubt, it’s against the law for employers to discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of age. Here’s a quick profile of the laws in the U.S. and Canada.
In 1967, Congress enacted and President Johnson signed the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA):
Who It Protects: Workers [...]
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