Category Archives: OSHA & Workplace Safety

Systematic Workplace Safety: Asking Who and When?

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Preparedness takes different forms and needs different tools depending on who is impacted and when.  Here are two scales to consider: WHO: Is the focus on the individual, or the larger office or organization? WHEN: Is the focus on an immediate emergency or event, or longer-term safety planning? When combining these scales, there are four…
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Workplace Safety in a Remote Work World

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There has been a significant shift towards work-at-home arrangements over the past couple of years, and many see the remote workplace as a permanent feature in the future.  For organizations, this is a good time to think about new workplace safety needs in this virtual environment.  As we prepare for National Preparedness Month, here are…
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Bridging Work and Life – Eight General Tips for Preparedness

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For National Preparedness Month, it is useful to assess your readiness for an emergency.  If you were notified you had to leave your home within the hour, what would you do and what would you regret not having in place?   Here are eight tips to consider for increasing your preparedness: Develop a habit to keep…
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Workplace Safety at Home: Assessing Your Environment

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Take a look at your home office – what might an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector see?  As more organizations move to increased levels of telework, it is important for leaders to revisit their policies and practices related to home office support, and for teleworking employees to take a look around their home…
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Assessing Workplace Safety in the New Normal

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For many years, workplace safety leaders have looked to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for definitive guidance on workplace safety. In a COVID-19 pandemic-savvy world though, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also be a source of useful information. Many organizations have relocated staff to home offices to telework in…
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Emotional Intelligence and Safety

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Safety leaders are strong in technical skills — hazard assessment, risk management and safety controls — but soft skills can vary widely. In fact, a common question raised in many safety workshops is “How can I get the employees to take the time to practice safety on the job?” Consider looking beyond the technical —…
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OSHA Reporting Requirements 2019

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June is National Workplace Safety Month!  To make workplace establishments and industries safer, OSHA gathers data on injuries and fatalities.  This information helps analyze industries to create standards to protect workers and prevent future accidents. OSHA launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to collect this data electronically.  The following employers are required to submit The…
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Super-cali-OSHA-listic-expi-ali-docious: A Safety Song

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In 1964, Mary Poppins hit the theaters, and the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was born. To commemorate it’s return to theaters, let’s have some fun with Pryor’s rendition of Super-cali-OSHA-listic-expi-ali-docious!   ♫ When noise is loud, and all you hear is danger all around, Then drop those decibels, and safety soon shall re-abound.   Look! We need…
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OSHA Ergonomics

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In my former career as a facilities manager I was tasked with overseeing all of our OSHA compliance. We were a small company of forty-five employees primarily all office/desk workers. A few months after we moved into a newly built facility with all new furniture (chairs, articulating keyboard trays, etc.), we had a few employees…
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Four Activities to Build a Safety Culture

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a mission to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women, by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance (osha.gov/about.html). Making sure those standards are met, of course, is up to your organization. While OSHA publishes a myriad of…
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