By now, you could probably wallpaper half your office with all the training postcards and fliers you receive in the mail. Your SPAM folder in your email is probably filled with them, too. How do you sort through all of this to find quality courses for your employees? My advice? Don’t. Let’s face it, the Yellow Pages method of finding a supplier has its place, but not for health and safety. Are we doing our employees any justice by getting them a training course from ABC Training simply because they came before XYZ Training in the book? Health and Safety is too important an issue to leave to chance, which is why I believe that the best way to go is through personal recommendation.
All workers wear fall protection in the hopes that it will never have to be used. However, should a fall occur, it is critical that the equipment function. For this reason, fall protection equipment must be inspected before each use. Improper storage and care for fall protection equipment will increase the likelihood that the next piece of equipment that your team picks up is dangerously damaged.
Some people have had their misinformation or incorrect approaches to fall protection reinforced by others who didn’t fully understand (or care to understand) what is actually required. As a result, workers or supervisors have developed not only bad habits, but potentially deadly habits, by creating a false sense of security. It causes people to take risks they otherwise would not have taken. And if things go wrong, the consequences could be dire.
Infographic showing that once again fall protection factors prominently in to the cause of worker deaths in construction.
You would be hard pressed to find a single construction site anywhere in America where fall protection rules and regulations were not being violated. Whether it’s improperly adjusting a harness, not completely enclosing your work area in rails, using a lanyard that’s too long for the height at which a worker is working, or failing to utilize fall protection altogether, a safety professional could locate violations on each and every site.
We cull the experiences of our life and, from them, develop our so-called common sense. This is very true. If I spent my entire career reaching into a machine that wasn’t locked-out and nothing happened to me, I may believe that doing so was safe. This is the experience that develops my common sense.
What is a Competent Person? Everybody has an idea of what this phrase means, but for somebody in the EHS field – more specifically, for somebody whose career revolves in some way around OSHA – “Competent Person” has a very specific two-part meaning: A Competent Person is somebody that has both the knowledge to recognize a hazard and the authority to correct it.
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.