SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

4 Factors That Can Make Your Emergency Preparedness Plan More Effective

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

A workplace emergency is a situation that threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or man-made, and may include hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter weather, chemical spills, explosions, and many other hazards. Many types of emergencies can be anticipated in the planning process, which can help employers and workers plan for other unpredictable situations.

June is National Safety Month, and week one focuses on Emergency Preparedness. In the workplace, a variety of hazards can occur as a result of natural disasters and emergencies. For those working in the impacted area, it is vital to be prepared for an emergency by ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary supplies, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. A solid emergency preparedness plan allows for more seamless communication and execution which can reduce serious injuries and fatalities.


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A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce Safety Incidents in the Workplace

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

Each year, thousands are killed while working on the job and even more are injured or have a close call that could result in injury. An appendage to those tragic events is the fact that organizations lose thousands and even millions of dollars due to these safety incidents. OSHA has stated:


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4 Psychological Safety Traits that Impact ISO 45001 Implementation

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you’re in charge of OHS at your workplace, you’ve probably considered whether the new ISO 45001 standard makes sense for your company. You’ve likely read about it or heard people in the industry discussing it. Or you may be wondering whether your company is ready for the requirements and the process involved. There are several factors which can impact the implementation and eventual success of any ISO standard within an organization, such as its size, nature of operations, current OHS policies, or available resources. However, one factor you will not typically hear about is arguably the most important – the people who make up the organization.


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ISO 45001 is Finally Here – Can Your Safety Culture Support It?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s finally here! What many safety professionals have been eagerly awaiting for years: ISO 45001. Released just a week ago, this is the first set of ISO standards that will be specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Just as ISO 9001 provides a consistent standard for quality management systems, ISO 45001 offers a consistent framework for how any organization can implement an effective safety management system regardless of its size, industry, or location on the globe. Indeed, it has the potential to be a game-changer in safety across the globe for years to come.


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Can Safety Training Help You See Differently?

Posted by  Terry Weston, CSP, CMSP

We’ve all heard the adage, “No two people are alike,” and from a personal safety perspective this has never been truer. Recent research proves that perceptions of workplace risks vary greatly from employee to employee. Yet our workplace policies are designed to be commonly understood and followed by all regardless of how differently individuals perceive risk. Safety professionals will agree: the tendency to bend safety rules or exhibit risky behavior is unique to each individual worker. In the workplace, it shows day after day in workers who always take proper precautions and also in those who never consistently wear their PPE.

As a safety professional who has spent two decades training others to identify workplace exposures, and how to mitigate those risks, I am convinced we need to rethink our approach to safety training. Consider the following:


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Burn Prevention: Are We Playing with Fire?

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

As part of Burn Awareness Week, we turn our attention to workplace burn injuries. Due to their severe nature, one might think that no one would knowingly risk a catastrophic burn injury. After all, over 70% of burn injuries treated in burn centers originate in the home. So, perhaps it's more a threat of unwatched candles rather than day-to-day work operations. While many easily overlook the sparks from a living room fireplace, we would expect far fewer would be so careless around an online boiler at a utility company.


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Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: A Missing Piece

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Safety professionals are notorious for getting hit with the gotcha questions that, if not answered correctly, make us look stupid. On the surface these questions seem simple to answer, but there’s always a catch. Here’s one I recently heard. Are today’s new mid-size sedans safe to drive? For the sake of this argument, let’s consider the 2018 Toyota Camry. What do you say – is it a safe vehicle? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently gave this car their Top Safety Pick Award. If you're like most astute safety professionals, your answer will sound like this: “Yes, but…it depends on who is driving the Camry!” You quickly recognize that, while the vehicle is reasonably safe, the person behind the wheel ultimately decides how the car is driven


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Ask Yourself These 5 Questions About Your Safety Policies

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you are a supervisor, manager, or safety professional at your company – let me ask you some simple questions. Please try to answer each one seriously, before moving onto the next question.


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Why My Recent Air Canada Flight Made Me Think About Safety

Posted by  David Juristy

How many times has someone been talking to you while we’re doing something else? The mind simply wanders off, then we hear those five dreaded words; Are you listening to me?” Let’s be honest, you weren’t really paying attention; we’ve all done it at one time or another. Usually it’s no big deal, the person repeats themselves…albeit not happily, and we move on. Well what if the information is critical to you or someone else’s safety. Would you pay closer attention?


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Minimize Noise Exposure Risk In Your Workplace

Posted by  Craig White

Is there a lot of noise in your work environment? Is the noise level potentially damaging to your hearing? If so, then you are among the approximately 22 million American workers who are exposed to hazardous noise on the job. What safety experts find most concerning about loud noise at work is that the effects of excessive noise exposure are usually not immediate. Rather, hearing loss can take years, sometimes decades, to occur. Consequently, workers often fail to take the necessary precautions to protect their ears because they are not thinking about the long-term damage from prolonged noise exposure. This has resulted in around 125,000 cases of significant, permanent hearing loss in a 10 year span.


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