Not too long ago, it would have been a struggle to find a small handful of useful, well-designed apps for a safety professional, but today it would be impossible to write an exhaustive list. Here, I’ve compiled some of the apps I’ve found to be useful.
Perhaps you decided to read this because you thought, "Of course not! Everyone knows that is a crazy dangerous, not to mention non-productive." However, studies show that walking and texting are pretty much akin to walking blindfolded.
You’ve heard all the horror stories, right? OSHA comes into a factory or onto a construction site and things are such a mess they immediately shutdown all operations. Work stops.
Whenever I deliver a training class to a group of workers for whom I’m also serving as a safety consultant, I explain that there are two things I need to do: 1) Keep them safe and 2) Keep the company compliant. In that order.The trick is that if I’m achieving the first one, I am almost always achieving the second one by default.
This guest post comes from Safety Advocate and Keynote Speaker, Laurel Youngstrom. She and her husband Russ travel the country inspiring people to improve their attention to workplace safety.
There is one quick and simple answer to the question, When is a warning line sufficient fall protection? Never! However, the warning line has it's place in the roofing industry. This article covers the appropriate practices of warning lines.
This is a tightrope walk that every safety professional has to manage - even in a good economy. Many of the ways that you can save money are focused on long term goals, rather than short term savings. Short fixes may help meet this month's budget, but will leave you facing the same issues next month, next year, etc...
If you’ve managed to land yourself a Safety Director’s position, it’s time to look at your track record and your approach going forward to determine if you’re doing what it takes to keep it.
A good safety professional must not only keep an eye out for these things, but must also ensure that other management personnel are aware of them, too. A company should be implementing programs that battle complacency (such as daily job briefings and management oversight) and, at the very least, be reminding employees to evaluate their tasks and work areas as often as possible. Near-misses should be reported and somebody should be reviewing all incident reports and safety violations for trends.
This is the million dollar question, isn’t it? For years, many of us in the industry watched as prizes were awarded to workers based on safety performance. Sometimes this meant a group lunch or a t-shirt, but other times it was something as big as a truck or boat being given away. This sounds great - generous even – but is it doing more harm than good?