We've all heard the term "living document." It's a bit of a buzzword, but it's pretty accurate. Most procedures develop over time with minor changes that reflect new information or circumstances. As a safety manager, your workplace safety checklist (or checklists, since a large organization is bound to have plenty of them) should be a living document.
If there's one thing that safety managers have plenty of in the internet age, it's data. A quick visit to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics site offers enough information to keep any number cruncher happy for hours on end.
When we talk about expenses in the world of safety, it's important to note that the cost of not using safety equipment (which includes insurance claims, fines, worker's compensation, retraining and downtime) will always outweigh the cost of the actual equipment. Most companies realize this, and you'd be hard pressed to find an operation with no personal protective equipment (or PPE) at all. But when is it time to look a little closer at the role equipment plays in workplace health and safety? Here are four signs that you need to rethink your investment.
One of the best ways to improve workplace safety culture is to provide ongoing training. This keeps safety issues in focus and cements important information such as safe work practices in your employees' minds. Typically, ongoing training involves workplace health and safety lectures. While these are often effective, it pays to get creative and mix things up now and then.
San Jose, California --August 22, 2016-- Slice is pleased to announce its partnership with Stanley Black and Decker to bring innovative ceramic cutting tools to the consumer DIY market. As of September 2016, three of Slice's most popular patented ceramic-blade cutting tools will be widely available under the Stanley name. Stanley Black and Decker's vast global distribution network will introduce Slice tools, already popular in the industrial safety world, to the hardware and DIY industries.
Unlike obvious workplace hazards such as lacerations, falls and repetitive motion injuries, workers' psychological issues can be difficult to spot and are nearly always more complex to prevent. But they are no less important.
If you missed our heads up in May, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration have raised their fines, as promised. Because this is the first time since 1990 that fines have increased, the increase is huge. In some cases, fines have nearly doubled. The changes took effect August 2, 2016.
At the mention of industrial accidents, people typically envision large-scale machinery and mangled limbs. While industrial equipment poses dramatic risks, some of the most common workplace injuries involve hand tools and their use, or misuse. Practically every industry uses hand tools to some extent, so any solid OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) program includes training for hand tool safety.
Design Chicago is a conference hosted every year by Northwestern University's Segal Design Institute. Here, manufacturing and design students listen to talks by eminent figures in the design industry. In 2016, along with Paul Rowan of Umbra and Martin Broen from PepsiCo, Slice's founder TJ Scimone was invited to speak to students about the importance of design in business. The conference's 2016 theme was "Design as Strategy".
You've gone through your carefully prepped slides, engaged your employees, emphasized only the most important stats and otherwise given an Oscar-worthy safety presentation. But the real test comes next. That's when you find out whether anything you said stuck with your employees or whether all they heard was Charlie Brown's teacher: wah wah wah wah. The workplace safety quiz is an excellent way to measure your safety presentation's success. To make sure your questions are giving you helpful information, consider these tips from teachers and quiz writers.