Posts Categorized: Safety

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While you try to avoid all workplace accidents, some situations pose a greater threat than others. A light injury or some property damage represent one kind of negative consequence. The death of a worker exists in a totally different category. As such, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, has designated its… Read more »

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It’s easier to deal with problems we can see. The structure of business makes measurable problems much more obvious (and therefore, simpler to fix) than the ones that manifest in subtler ways. It’s the logic of balance sheets and algorithms. Take safety. Physical safety hazards are relatively easy to identify and correct. They may prove… Read more »

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Injury risk alone should convince any company to uphold the highest safety standard. Beyond financial concerns or worries about violating regulations, any moral management team should do everything possible to protect the safety of its workforce. That said, the risks associated with a lackluster safety protocol go beyond personal injury. Even if an accident never… Read more »

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Santa’s got his “nice” list and his “naughty” list. OSHA has a “naughty” list as well (they’re not as big on the “nice” part, but those are government regulators for you). Santa’s bad list might mean coal in your stocking. OSHA’s might mean some bigger consequences: a fine and a potentially expensive disruption in your… Read more »

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Keeping everyone on the job as safe as possible is the right thing to do, speaking just from a basic human standpoint. After all, any accident could literally ruin (or end) someone’s life. But even from a strict amoral accounting calculus, encouraging safety remains a key priority. Bottom line: It’s more than just a good… Read more »

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Safety represents a key responsibility for any company and training your workforce in the highest safety standards should occupy a key place in your priorities. But not every employee should get the same training regime. This isn’t to say that some employees are exempt from the need for safety training. It’s imperative for everyone. Precautions… Read more »

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Safety happens on a day-to-day basis. It’s like working out or keeping up with your diet. It requires constant reinforcement and motivation. It’s not enough to make a speech about it occasionally and put up some posters. You need to take steps to make it a priority, day in and day out. This requires motivating… Read more »

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You can’t be on the work floor 24 hours a day, and it may feel like that’s what you’re trying to do sometimes. But if you are running two or three shifts, there are large parts of the operation process that take place outside of your direct influence. That’s why you need procedures in place… Read more »

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No doubt safety represents a big investment at your company. You likely spend large amounts of time and resources preventing accidents. But not all work-related injuries come from sudden mechanical failures or dangerous employee mishaps. Some are the result of the normal course of business: workers doing the same tasks over and over again, eventually… Read more »

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Sometimes it’s hard to take the idea of a company culture seriously. The concept can quickly devolve into a series of buzzwords and unrealized good intentions. Talk surrounding culture building can get very new age-y very quickly – the realm of corporate gurus and the business versions of self-help books. Setting aside the hype, though,… Read more »