Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs

From osha.gov…

OSHA has recently updated the Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs it first released 30 years ago, to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. The new Recommended Practices have been well received by a wide variety of stakeholders and are designed to be used in a wide variety of small and medium-sized business settings. The Recommended Practices present a step-by-step approach to implementing a safety and health program, built around seven core elements that make up a successful program.

The main goal of safety and health programs is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, as well as the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause for workers, their families, and employers. The recommended practices use a proactive approach to …

Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs

Read more and download the new “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”


Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Software

There are a lot of apps and pieces of software out there but when it’s NIOSH who puts it out it’s time to pay attention.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has just released the NIOSH Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator designed to help simulate potential hazards for companies using aerial lifts, including scissor lifts.

To sweeten the pot, NIOSH is giving it away for free.

“The Simulator, available at no cost, provides a realistic workplace with multiple, dangerous hazard types that users must navigate. Experienced aerial lift operators can refresh their knowledge, and new operators can familiarize themselves with hazards they may encounter on the job”

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Download the software in zipped format, install it on your tablet or PC and start improving aerial lift safety at your company while having fun.


OSHA’s New Small Entity Compliance Guide for Silica Standard

If you work in construction and/or deal with concrete you know that there is a new standard for Respirable CrystallineSilica.

What might not be as obvious is how you need to go about being compliant with this new standard. OSHA understands that small businesses, indeed all businesses, don’t have the knowledge, money or expertise to navigate this new standard. As such, they’ve put together a 103 page guide to help. The OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction is available as a free download.

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Driving Distraction Away (Free Guide)

I have a 1 hour commute each way to work for 4 days each week (I work from home on Fridays) which means 8 hours on the road each week. I use that time to listen to books on tape and read at least 2 books a month that way.

What I did not realize is that it constitutes distracted driving. Check out the graphic below:

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Granted, it looks as if it’s rated only higher than plain driving or driving with the radio on (How do you just “drive”? Doesn’t your mind wander? Don’t you start to get frustrated at other drivers?).

Be that what it may, you can download a free “Driving Distraction Away” from safestart.com.

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Free Job Hazard Analysis Guide

Do you need to do a job hazard analysis at your place of business? Our friends at convergence training have a free download to help walk you through the process.

“This job hazard analysis guide includes five parts:

  1. Getting Ready to Perform a JHA

    Some things to do and think about before you begin.

  2. How to Perform a JHA

    An introduction to the two-step process for performing a JHA: Identify the steps or tasks of a job and then identify hazards associated with each task.

  3. Guides for Performing the JHA

    Part 1 is a form you can use to list the tasks of a job. Part 2 is a form you can use to identify the hazards associated with each task, and then write up a hazard scenario (including hazard control measures) for each.

  4. Hazard List

    Consult this handy list of different types of hazards to help you identify hazards for each task.

  5. Hierarchy of Controls

    Check out the hierarchy of controls to help you identify the types of controls to implement and the other in which to consider them.

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Working Safely with Scissor Lifts

OSHA has released a new safety hazard alert related to working safely with scissor lifts:

Scissor lifts provide a safe and reliable platform for workers to perform job tasks when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When not used properly, scissor lifts can present a serious hazard to workers. Employers are responsible for keeping workers safe. This Hazard Alert highlights specific hazards present in workplaces where scissor lifts are used and controls employers must implement to prevent injuries or fatalities.”
The 4-page manual covers all potential hazards associated with working in a scissor lift.

Free Guide to Effective EHS Training

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From our friends at Convergence Training…

“If you’re in EHS, you’re probably also in EHS training. If so, you’re going to LOVE the free downloadable guide at the bottom of this article.

The guide is going to walk you through all the steps of having a top-notch EHS training program that follows best practices. We think it will make your job easier and your workplace a safer, healthier place.

Hope you enjoy it. You can download it now, or you can read the short preview article we’ve prepared for you below and download it from the bottom of this page. Such a life-so many options!”


Training Requirements in OSHA Standards (Free Download)

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. No person should ever have to be injured,become ill, or die for a paycheck.
OSHA’s mission is to ensure the protection of workers and prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Many OSHA standards, which have prevented countless workplace tragedies, include explicit safety and health training requirements to ensure that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work.
Download the 270 page manual by clicking on the image below
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Short to Medium Safety Video Clips

Looking for a video clip for your next safety meeting? Work Safe BC has over 130 videos, some as short as 29 seconds, others as long as 186 minutes (most are in the 2-3 minute range) covering a whole slew of safety topics.

It also has a mobile app that allows you to access the videos on your smart phone for on-the-go viewing.

Check out the list of videos at http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35133 (That page only shows 9 of the videos so make sure you click on “more videos” at the bottom of the page to see the complete list).

Some of the videos are obviously specifically designed for British Columbia, Canada but by far the vast majority apply no matter where you are.