Posts Categorized: Safety

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The best resource to keep yourself safe: yourself. The company can dictate all the correct rules and regulations, but if you and your coworkers just roll your collective eyes and ignore the protocols, the stated procedures will serve no purpose. You need to buy into a culture of safety. You need to know the applicable… Read more »

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A summer day seems like an innocuous thing. Who wouldn’t want to step outside on a warm, clear summer day? However, it’s one thing to take advantage of the sunshine by heading to the beach or taking a picnic to a park. It’s quite another to work in the scorching heat for an eight-hour shift…. Read more »

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OSHA citations are expensive in their own right. Within the last few years, Congress substantially increased the penalties the organization was allowed to levy against companies that violated safety regulations. The maximum penalty for what’s considered a “serious” violation can now run up to $13,260 and the top price for a citation in the “willful… Read more »

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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 »