Archived 2017 - Safety E-Quick Tips
- You Must Complete it By December 31st
This is the last call to submit your OSHA 300A Form! The Injury Tracking Application is accessible via this website, ITA launch page. OSHA again has extended the date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically.
- Workplace Safety Is Both Personal and Good Business
You’ve heard the saying “It’s not personal its business.”
Well, when it comes to workplace safety, it’s actually a little of both.
- How To Put Together A Site Specific Safety Plan...
When I talk to clients about site specific safety plans, there are a minimum of three items that will need to be addressed in your plan.
- What Can We Do To Eliminate These Accidents?
A simple 5-10 minute safety meeting on a regular basis (once week) will go a long way in providing awareness and preventing workplace accidents.
- Why Don't More Employers Have Safety Meetings... On A Regular Basis?
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."
- But Along With Everything I Look Forward To...
But along with everything I look forward to come those potential holiday distractions and stresses that we all have to watch out for when it comes to workplace safety.
- Anything Worthwhile Never Comes Easy
That means if you want to ensure your safety program continues to work for you, you will have to keep everyone in your company engaged in the process for a little more than two-thirds of a year just to make sure it becomes part of your company’s culture and continues for years to come.
- It Takes Planning And A Consistent Effort
The success of a company’s safety program can be based on many things – lowering or eliminating accidents, low workers’ compensation costs, meeting bidding requirements and more.
- What's In It For Me
Last week we talked about how tough it is to get everyone on onboard when you want to implement your company safety program. Then we discussed how much more difficult it was to keep the process going – much like those New Year’s resolutions.
- And You Thought It Was Tough Getting Started
So you’re a month or so into implementing your company safety program and you are noticing that it’s just not moving along quite like you thought.
- So - What Are You Waiting For?
You know it’s time to start implementing your safety program, but you don’t know where to start; your program isn’t everything you want it to be; you’re waiting for the right time; it costs too much.
- That is Something We Can All Live With
Think about it. Someone tells you that you need to wear fall protection, a hard hat or eye protection while performing your work and you say, “I’ve done it for the last ____ years and nothing has happened.”
- Change Is Coming...
Instead of just having a safety program because someone tells us we need one, or putting on safety meetings where no one is listening, but they are documented – we need to help everyone understand the value of workplace safety.
- Those Were the Days - Right?
It was a time when industry barons were racing one another to see who could get their towers built first and workers had little protecting them from the hazards they faced each and every day.
Those were the days – Right?
- Did You Know...
As you read through these, see which would apply to the type of work you perform. I highly recommend that you click on the “related OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages” that apply – the information could help you prevent accidents at your worksite.
- What Could We Possibly Learn From This?
We need to have respect for the fact that hazards in the workplace, when ignored by employers and employees, have the greatest chance of causing serious injury and even death. Statistics like those I wrote about in last week's Safety E-QuickTip provide us that warning.
- I Hope You'll Take Some Time This Week to Share These Statistics...
As I continue to say each year, I believe Labor Day week is the perfect time for all of us to evaluate the value of workplace safety and make it a priority - employers and employees alike. A time when we take a moment and remember those who have been seriously injured or who even have died on the job. A time to realize that we all need to work together to make safety a reality in the workplace. A time when companies look for real answers to a safe workplace and not just create a paper trail.
- So I've Got a Question For You...
So I’ve got a question for you and I hope that you take a few minutes and really think about it.
What do you think we can do to help workplace safety become part of a company’s culture? So everyone considers it as important as production.
- A Blast From the Past
Because adherence to safety standards prevents serious injury and death, it follows that it also prevents minor injuries as an added benefit. For example, while control of hazardous energy procedures may prevent electrocution, it will also prevent minor electrical shocks. While fall protection prevents deaths from falls from heights, it also prevents broken bones from these same types of falls.
- Sometimes Working Safely is Inconvenient...
Sometimes working safely is inconvenient. Accidents, on the other hand, are a lot more than inconvenient – they can be life changing.
- Every Year More Than 4,500 Employees Lose Their Lives in Workplace Accidents
Every year more than 4,500 employees lose their lives in workplace accidents. If you take a look at the specific cause for each of those accidents, I think you’d be surprised at how many could have easily been prevented.
- ... You Still Need to Do All You Can to Protect Yourself For Tomorrow
Today you can’t get through a week of watching TV or listening to the radio without hearing, “If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos in the past and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact this number because you may be eligible to receive money from this class action suit brought against the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.”
- So What is the Next Best Thing?
Wouldn’t it be great if first thing every workday you were provided a list of accidents that were going to happen so you could take the necessary actions to prevent them?
- But at The End of the Day...
When “Workplace Safety” is brought up someone always has something to say. Sometimes it’s positive, but many times it’s negative or even argumentative – let’s look at a few.
- Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Company Safety Program?
So why is it that most employers are losing out on the real value of their safety programs?
I believe it’s because they can’t see past the time and money it takes to develop, implement and manage their program to see what their program can really do for their company.
- Did You Know That Around 34% of All Fireworks...
Did you know that around 34% of all fireworks accidents happen to those between the ages of 25-44 and 9% happen to those 0-4 years old. These aren’t numbers we like to see.
- A Blast From the Past August 2015 -- Don't Let The Heat Get The Best of Our...
So, what can we do to help prevent heat related illnesses?
We need to educate the employees about heat related illnesses, the symptoms they need to look for and what they need to do to protect themselves. We can do this by establishing a complete heat illness prevention program.
- Always Remember That Your Safety Program...
Over the years I’ve heard my share of prospects and clients say that it was their understanding that if a safety topic is in their safety program and they haven’t provided their employees training on it, they will be cited. In fact, as recently as 3 weeks ago I heard from a safety consultant that one of his clients was cited for that exact thing.
- By Focusing Your Safety Efforts...
Last week we were going to talk about how keeping safety focused will help you save money when it comes to workplace safety while protecting your employees from hazards in the workplace. But we took a step back for the week so we could talk about OSHA’s new “Safe + Sound Week”, which starts today and runs through the 18th.
- I Hope Everyone Will Participate in This Great Opportunity...
Well, this week I was going to continue to talk more about how keeping safety simple and focused will help you save money and help protect your employees from hazards in the workplace. But I just saw that on June 1st OSHA has announced that they designated June 12-18, 2017, as “Safe + Sound Week,” so I thought I should give you a heads up in hopes that you might want to participate.
- Keeping It Simple
For the next couple of weeks I’d like to talk about a couple of things you can do to help you save money when it comes to workplace safety while protecting your employees from hazards in the workplace.
- ... Find a Solution That Works For You
Today there are more ways than ever for employers to get their employees the safety training they need to keep them safe and meet OSHA requirements.
- Simply Put, If It Only Takes 15 Minutes...
So today we’re going to talk about how to put on effective safety training.
One of the questions I hear all the time from clients in reference to safety training is, “How long does the safety training have to be to be acceptable to OSHA?”
- When Emergency Services Arrived at the Site They Found...
When it comes to workplace safety there is no question that sometimes we all need to be reminded that the right way to get the job done is always the safe way.
Why is that?
Because sometimes the safe way of getting a job done can be an inconvenience to us. We all know that when we feel we are going to be inconvenienced, we have a tendency to look for the easier way out and, in many cases, that is the unsafe way.
- ... It's a Quick Way to Show Your Employees You Value Their Safety
Well, the answer is simple. Just put on a regularly scheduled 5-10 minute Safety Meeting (also known as Tool Box Talks or Tailgate Safety Meetings).
- But as We All Know, You Can't Turn Back Time
Have you ever been in a position where something went completely wrong and you thought to yourself, “If I could just turn back time, I could change everything.”
I can tell you that in my lifetime I’ve been in that position at least once or twice or . . . Well, we don’t need to talk about that.
- It Didn't Have to End This Way - - The Rest of the Story
As you might remember from last week, I said, “As in all accidents on our sites we did a thorough accident investigation and what we found was -- it didn't have to end this way.”
- It Didn't Have to End This Way...
There wasn’t anything unusual about the day. It was early spring and we were just getting the 1st jobsite of the season setup. Everything was rolling along pretty smoothly even though we were walking through about 8” of mud because of a heavy rain last night.
That’s when it happened.
- So, Isn't it Time We All Step Up and Decide...
Why is it that very few people want to take responsibility for workplace safety when it’s a proven fact that it saves lives and money?
- A Legitimate Company Will Never Call or Send You Threatening Mail or Emails...
And in all cases - you’ve guessed it – these companies made it clear they could provide the posters for a cost.
If you’ve received one of these calls or letters, they can be a little intimidating leading you to believe that if you don’t buy these posters that you will fall victim to these costly penalties.
- Don't Let the Lack of Common Sense Get in the Way...
“Safety is just basic common sense; we don’t need a safety program to tell us that.”
I can’t even begin to say how many times I’ve heard that over the years.
- Did You Know...
Did you know that March is Ladder Safety Month?
Well it is and there is a good reason for it.
- So Why is it That Most Employers and Employees Struggle...
So why is it that most employers and employees struggle with the idea of implementing a safety program that will help them prevent accidents in the workplace?
- Then It Happen IN AN INSTANT
Accidents happen in an instant, but it’s the time leading up to them that determines whether they will take place or not.
- ...But None of Us Needs to Help It Along
Sometimes it happens because it is just part of life, sometimes it’s caused by others and sometimes it’s even caused by us.
Know what it is?
- ... There Have Been Times When Even I Get a Little Frustrated...
I’ve been helping employers with workplace safety now about 25 years. Hard to believe it’s been that long, but time goes by fast when you’re having fun.
I love what I do, but there have been times when even I get a little frustrated when it comes to helping our clients implement workplace safety. Today I want to talk about just one of those times.
- How Does an Employer, Whose Full Time Job is Not Safety...
Today OSHA is an enforcement agency that issues citations and if someone is visited and found violating the same items I was found guilty of in the 70’s, citations would be issued and the penalties would be in the thousands.
- ... Maybe Today We Should "Start Learning From Our Mistakes."
Have you ever heard the saying "We learn from our mistakes?"
- Sometimes Workplace Safety Just Isn't Convenient!
What would you do if you came across a workplace hazard and it wasn't convenient for you or your company to perform the work in a safe manner?
- OSHA Has Added Another New Record Keeping Rule...
The posting dates for the 300-A form for 2016 are February 1st through April 30th, 2017.
- And Remember Winter Conditions, When Challenged, Will Most Likely Get The Best O
Although most of us have experienced some form of winter conditions such as freezing rain, ice or snow, it still has a tendency to catch us off guard and to get the best of us.
- There is No Question That Computers, Cell Phones, Tablets and Technology...
So the question is, how will all of this technology affect how we handle workplace safety in 2017 and in years to come?