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  • Wearing More or Less Hats

    It’s 9 pm, and as I’m leaving the lumber yard with some trim boards, nails and some ¼ round, my wife calls and asks me to pick up some milk and cereal. I walk dutifully back into the store, and the clerk greets me while asking if I had forgotten the nails. “NO” I mumbled not too happy to be out at this hour, “but can you tell me where I can find the milk and cereal?” “Sure” she replies cheerfully. “You’ll find it in aisle 12 next to the frozen pizzas, take your time we’re open till 10 tonight”. You’ve got to be kidding me. Lumber yards used to be lumberyards, grocery stores were grocery stores and at gas stations you bought gas and a candy bar. Times have really changed.

    All this reminded me that even in industry things have really changed. We’re all wearing more Safety-Professionalhats than ever before and trying to satisfy more needs with more responsibilities. It now becomes imperative that you come prepared with a plan. As a safety advocates we find that having a written plan is only the tip of the iceberg when trying to satisfy OSHA’s general duty Clause (Pub. Law 91-596 Section 5(a)(1)). I’m sure there isn’t a safety person or HR person out there that doesn’t struggle occasionally trying to cover all of the bases of this clause which is non-specific, but specific saying that just in case you’ve missed something , they didn’t. The hazards encountered today are numerous and more are being discovered as we speak. Finding, not just the proper training, but also the time to train, and budget, all becomes an uphill battle. So education and training starts with you, the HR, safety person, competent person, trainer, or all of the above. There is more education available for you through OSHA, numerous college campuses, seminars, and technical colleges. That’s a good thing, and there are more young professionals choosing this career today with more education. You might consider hiring them as interns before graduation, and grooming them in your application specific industry.

    Sourcing the information however has become a little less daunting with more resources available including “online” training, and more up to date videos. If you are still shorthanded and need help with training, auditing, or need a risk assessment, there are professionals providing that as well. The key to all of this is of course, is realizing or admitting what you can and cannot do, and getting the help, and tools necessary to keep your employees safe.

    I am thankful that I didn’t need to go out and find milk and cereal. I could actually get it right there in the lumberyard with my ¼ round, nails and trim. So sometimes change is a good thing, and wearing one less hat would be nice too.

    At SafetyInstruction.com we try to make things as easy as possible, offering both OSHA compliant training and safety supplies, giving you everything you need to ensure the safety of your employees, while promoting and maintaining a safety culture.

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  • Hand and Power Tool Safety Has No Season

    In just about every garage, or shop across the country you will find some sort of hand tool designed to perform a task making your life a little easier. Whether you are a hobbyist, a professional, or a fixer, these same tools designed to cut, bore, drill, staple, nail, screw or glue, are also capable of doing the same to your legs, arms, hands, or fingers, and will occasionally take aim at your eyes, or try to rob you of your hearing. They aren’t fussy about the timing either, it can be summer, fall, winter, or spring. Hand and power tool safety has no season.

    I’m a bit of a wood butcher myself and I enjoy my time in the shop as therapy. Now I have the privilege of having an 11 year old grandson come and visit with me as well. His dad by the way is pretty handy around tools as well. So when he spends the night we’ll design a project, and make a drawing. He’ll be the first one out of bed in the morning, and after breakfast we’ll head out for the proper materials. Once in the shop we select the right tools for the job, including Eye and Hearing protection for both of us. We also inventory our arms, hands, and fingers so that when we’re done we have the same count as when we started. We also make sure we can move about the shop without tripping or falling. We work together making certain the tools are used properly, and safely. Once the project is complete and ready for paint we enjoy a good root beer, but not before we clean up our tools and put them away. Now we can invite grandma out to take a look at our accomplishment.

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    This past four or five months we’ve been pretty focused on some of the bigger issues including the ugly winter that came knocking on our door. We sometimes forget that the little things like hand and power tools, things we sometimes take for granted, are cause for safety concern. As in the past we want to help you develop a safety culture that includes what you do away from the job. Sharing this type of safety at work should carry over into your everyday living. Don’t take for granted the gift of your hands, eyes, feet, hearing etc. They are precious. Take time now during this ugly winter to look at your power tools, repair or replace power cords, lubricate moving parts, check to make sure the guards are in place and in working order, sharpen saw blades, and bits, rearrange the shop for ergonomics, check for your eye and hearing protection, make sure you have extra for guests, pitch the clutter. Check for sawdust or combustibles in or around heat sources, is your fire extinguisher up to date? And if you are fortunate enough to have grandchildren as I am, let them give you a hand, because Hand and Power Tool Safety Has No Season.

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    At SafetyInstruction.com we understand that your employees are like your family and naturally you are concerned about their safety. We offer safety training material to train and protect your employees in all conditions, ultimately creating a safer and happier working environment!

  • How to Make Safety Training Interesting

    If a business meeting isn’t about wage increase, incentive programs, or how one can increase his basic pay rate, a minutes feels like an hour. If your employees keep drooling in their sleep while you discuss about safety policies, you badly need to spice up the training.

    When it comes to safety, it is very important to get the message across. Your employees may not realize it yet, but safety measures can greatly affect the company’s bottom line. There are only two things to focus on: content and presentation.

    Here are the two questions that will determine whether or not your content is worth the attention of your audience:

    - Is it relevant? You don’t discuss equipment safety if you’re running a professional office, say a customer support company. Instead, you focus on workplace ergonomics, such as proper sitting.

    - Is it up to date? Not only are you losing the interest of your employees to hear all about the training, but you’re also running the risk of putting them into danger. Safety programs are evolving, yours should be as well.

    With regards to presentation, there’s one thing you should keep in mind: interaction. And the best way to maintain the enthusiasm of employees to interact is through games.

    To get more ideas, read on this article.

  • Nine Ways to Make Safety Training Fun

    Workplace safety is one of those business talks that kill the interest of employees. But, there’s a way to kill the boredom once and for all. Employ these nine ideas to make safety training fun! In this post, the author (Jay Acker) emphasizes that making the training lively does not only captivate the attention of workers, but it will also make them remember the policies and guidelines to stay safe while working.

  • Safety and What You Have to Do With It

    Many employees rely on their employer to keep their business safe. But, as Carl Potter explains in ‘Top Three Myths about Workplace Safety’, no workplace can be completely safe. Accidents are always prone to happen, and you have to be responsible for your own safety. What are some ways you can do that?

    First of all, know what your employer is supposed to do so that you can make sure it’s being done. There are many laws that apply to the safety of your workplace, so make sure that your employer is following them. If your employer is being negligent, it might be a good idea to (as respectfully as possible) ask him or her some questions about what procedures he or she has in place. If your employer doesn’t have a response, give him or her time to set up those safety protocols. If your employer isn’t cooperating, well, it might be time to start looking for a new job.

    If your employer is doing an okay job at keeping his or her side of the bargain, then you need to pitch in for safety as well. Make sure you complete required safety training - preferably before you take a job, but it’s never too late! - complete checklists for safety purposes, and follow all the protocols that your employer has put in for the safety of the business. According to ‘The Importance of Workplace Safety’ by Audra Bianca, almost seventy percent of all illnesses/injuries were non-fatal injuries occurring in service-providing industries. Know your facts, and know your safety! In a safe workplace, everyone’s happy, and it’s a lot easier to get work down with your mind at ease about safety issues. Communication is also easier in a safe environment. Enjoy your workplace by keeping it safe!

  • Football League, Prioritizing Safety

    The referee lockout in the National Football League came as a shock to both players and fans. Is there a strike? NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith cleared the air by releasing a statement. Read the full statement here: NFLPA Cites ‘Workplace Safety’ in Statement to Players. The sports arena is not at all setting aside the safety of everyone on the field.

  • Does Your Company Really Need Safety Training?

    There are some companies that do not know the value of proper safety training. Some companies believe that a simple note, reminder, or briefing is enough safety training for their employees.

    According to Charles R. Haines, training your staff and employees with a proper safety program will be beneficial for your company in the long run. While any kind of training will need investment and will not come cheap; nevertheless, it will be for the best interest of the company to have their employees trained. As Haines explains in his article, “Why Have a Safety Program?,” a trained employee will less likely encounter accidents, which can cause damage to property, to his fellow employees, and to the customers. Even a single accident incurred to a customer can lead to numerous problems like lawsuits. Another reason for having a training program is because it is an obligation of the employer to provide a safe workplace. Giving training, as Haines says, also boosts the morale of the employees as they know that their company is concerned about their welfare. Because of the higher morale, employees will function and work better.

    There are some places where safety training is a basic need for every employee or worker. As Jim Emmons explains in “Why Construction Safety is Important,” every construction company needs to give their workers a proper safety training. There is just too much risk in construction sites that can lead to mishaps if the workers are not trained properly.

    Failure to train the employees may lead to serious trouble for everyone. Steve Hughes writes about an example of what can happen to companies that do not have proper safety precautions in place. Delorio Foods was fined $55,000 because of the alleged unsafe working conditions of the workers in the factory. In the article, “DeIorio Foods facing almost $55,000 in fines,” numerous safety faults were mentioned, including blocking of the exit and absence of various safety checks for a food processing plant.

  • Why Have a Safety Program

    Why is safety important in all places--streets, working environment, and home? Well, for one reason, it is very expensive to be ill or injured. And some employers shrug off, if not ignorantly the impact of the cost of injuries and accidents to their organizations. Charles Haines, a certified safety professional, reveals three reasons why it’s important to have a safety program.

  • Filipino Cabin Crew Dances to Safety

    Cebu Pacific is one of the biggest airlines in the Philippines, flying daily all round the world. In one of the flights, a passenger had the chance to video record a rather unusual safety reminder from the cabin crew - through dance. Using hit songs and catchy tunes, the crew demonstrated how to adhere to the safety guidelines during the flight. Check out this YouTube video that definitely breaks out from the mold.

  • The Top Five Things to Train Employees on in Safety

    Arnold Anderson explains that for a company to have a competent and efficient employees, they will need to be trained in five elements. These five things will train the workers or employees to work safely which leads to an overall harmony in the workspace in every aspect. Arnold Anderson explains that these five training procedures will most likely need or have some variation based on the department or nature of work of the employees. Anderson’s post on The Top Five Things to Train Employees on in Safety will be very helpful for companies who are just starting to grow.

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