Archived 2011 - Safety E-Quick Tips
- Have A Safe And Happy New Year
Hard to believe but another year is coming to an end. I hope 2011 has been good to you
and your family.
- No Harm, No Foul
Almost all accidents that result in personal injury start with a cause and end with an effect -
- the injury, itself.
- Each Of Us Has A Choice
This weekend reminds me again of how important it is for all of us to understand the value
of safety in the workplace.
- Safety Is Part Of Your Job
Recently a company safety director was put in a somewhat unique situation. It went
something like this.
- Safety Is About Results
As we move into December, I think it's a great time of year to evaluate your company's
safety program and see what you can do to improve it for 2012.
- Have A Safe And Happy Holiday Season
Hard to believe that the holiday season is already here again.
- That Could Have Been Me
Through my years as a safety consultant, I have heard a lot of stories about accidents. But
one that stands out ended with one of the men on the jobsite losing his life.
- Implementing A Safety Program And Getting A Flu Shot
The other day I was talking to my two older daughters and I asked if they had gotten a flu
shot. Both work in the medical field
- Employees - Reputation - Profits
Last week you may recall I told a story about a client who had called because they were
completing a credit application.
- your Company's Most Valuable Assets
With a phone call from a current client this week, I was reminded again of how a company's
monitoring of safety in the workplace could affect them in more ways than one.
- I Am Invincible
I was thinking about what runs through our minds when it comes to workplace safety and a
quote from the James Bond movie GoldenEye came to mind, "I am invincible."
- Working Safely Is Not Just About You
Although there is
always something I can write about, it's my intention with each weekly newsletter to write
something that will help you to really understand the value of working safely.
- You Have To Make Time
A lot of our clients tell us it's tough to find time to provide their employees with safety
training and our answer is always the same. You have to make time!
- Does Implementing Your Company Safety Program Have You Frustrated
Do you get discouraged when you're trying to implement your safety program?
- New Employee Safety Orientation
When reviewing the citations with our clients we find that many of the citations they
receive are related to new hires that have not been trained by the company.
- Accident and Injury Prevention
The ultimate goal of any safety program is not to fulfill some government requirement
[though a good safety program will do just that], it is to prevent accidents and injuries.
- Did You Know - 4
As I've gone through this holiday weekend that marks the end of summer for many of us, I
began to wonder just when Labor Day was first celebrated and I found these few interesting
facts that I would like to share.
- Serious To Willful With Just A Signature
I was talking to one of our clients last week about a current OSHA inspection and the issue
came up about whether his superintendent had to sign a statement that OSHA had written.
My answer was a simple NO!
- The Real Value Of Workplace Safety
One of the toughest jobs we have as safety consultants is to justify why a company should
implement a real OSHA-compliant Safety Program.
- Safety Meetings...Are They Worth The Time
The reason for his call was to ask about our safety meetings to see if they would fit
the format they were trying to put together for weekly meetings.
- Having A Safety Plan Is A Good Start - But It's Not Enough
For the past four weeks we have been reviewing how to handle OSHA inspections and
citations from start to finish. This week I'd like to discuss the advantages of implementing
your company safety program.
- Actions To Take If You Are Cited
This is the fourth of a 4-part series dealing with OSHA inspections.
Part I: Why OSHA shows up on your job site
Part II: How to handle an OSHA inspection
Part III: Actions to take after an OSHA inspection
Part IV: Actions to take if you are cited
- Actions To Take After An OSHA Inspection
This is the third of a 4 part series dealing with OSHA inspections.
- How To Handle An OSHA Inspection
With OSHA's new increased penalty structure, how you handle an OSHA inspection could
save your company thousands of dollars.
- Why OSHA Visits Your Workplace or Job Site
For the next four weeks I thought it might be a good idea to review why, how and what you
should do if your company is inspected by OSHA.
- What Is Your Life Worth
How do you go about measuring the value of your life?
Is it measured in longevity, earning power, the happiness you give, the joy you
receive, the concern you show for others, the money you make, the status you
- Caught In The Act
Every once in a while, a local newspaper will run a photograph of some innocent
worker on a random job site.
- When Did We Forget
I was reminded this week of just how much we will do as individuals and as
companies when it comes to helping out employees and coworkers when their lives
are turned upside down due to an accident or illness.
- Did You Know-3
Sometimes I think it's a good idea to let you what OSHA is up to and maybe even clarify a few
things about OSHA regulations. These could keep you out of trouble if you get visited by OSHA.
- Why Is It That We Take Our Safety For Granted
It's early Sunday morning on Memorial Day weekend and I'm on an airplane with my
wife to spend a few days with our daughter in Florida.
- It Might Just Save Your Life Someday
In my last Safety E-QuickTip, "That Could Be Shocking", I talked about how
important it was to make sure you had a good ground when working with electrical
equipment at work and at home.
- That Could Be Shocking
Last week I went to my daughter's new house to help install new exterior light
fixtures and to look at some electrical and plumbing issues.
- Does This Sound Familiar
As a safety consultant that once was a contractor, I sometimes catch myself thinking back 20 to
30 years about how we handled safety. And it's at that time I realize it wasn't that much different
than it is today.
- It's Not The Fall That Will Kill You
A young man goes up on a flat roof that is only 8' high to repair a plywood leak around a skylight
and falls though the skylight.
- Take Just A Moment To Imagine
I'd like you to take just a moment to imagine, I mean really IMAGINE what it would feel like if
you never had to think or worry about one of your employees being injured on the job or ever
having to deal with an OSHA inspection.
- I Have To Do What
In this issue we're going to discuss how to Enforce Safety with Your Employees.
- When Was The Last Time
In this issue we're going to discuss how to Perform Regular and Frequent Site Safety Inspections.
- Establish Policies and Procedures
As I mentioned in the last Safety E-QuickTips, in the next 4 issues I will be reviewing the 4
Steps an employer must take to meet OSHA requirements.
- It's More Of A Hassle Than It's Worth
When it comes to employees making an effort to work safely, I think I've heard about every
excuse possible for why they don't. But I think one of my favorite excuses is "It's more of a
hassle than it's worth."
- I think The Results Will Shock You
Last week in our "Did You Know" Safety E-QuickTips, we provided several links to OSHA's
website describing their current efforts to increase their enforcement activities. The click through
rate to the OSHA pages by our readers was one of the highest I've seen since we started Safety
- Did You Know-2
Last year OSHA took several steps in an effort to increase their enforcement activities. I thought it
might be a good idea for you to learn more before you receive an OSHA visit.
- Just 10 Minutes a Week
Whenever the subject of safety meetings comes up, most employers say they've had them.
When asked a more detailed question, "When was the last time you had a safety meeting?" the
answer is usually, "I'm not sure" or "It's been awhile."
- What Will You Do
If OSHA shows up to your jobsite today, what will you do?
Will you know what to say?
Will you know what to do?
Will your palms begin to sweat, will you begin to panic or . . . will you be ready?
- Protect Your Employees, Reputation and Profits
Last week one of our clients called and said he was on his way over to a potential client's office to
discuss the prequalification form he had completed.
- How To Kick Start Your Safety Program
I have asked clients to share some of their thoughts and ideas about safety and we received this
from a client in October 2010. It's always good to hear what someone else is doing to help create
a safe work place for their employees.
- Did You Know
I receive calls from businesses on a regular basis asking questions after they have been visited
by OSHA. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions.
- Documentation Is Everything
In this issue we're going to discuss how to Effectively Communicate Your Safety Program and
Procedures to Your Employees.
- Does Everyone Understand
Years ago my brother provided asbestos training. One day he asked me to teach one of his
refresher classes. As part of the training we had to review the use of Personal Protective
- Breaking News
Like many of you I took a little time off over the holidays. When I was at my
brother-in-law's on the Tuesday between Christmas and New Year's, I noticed
Breaking News on the TV.