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Root Cause Analysis vs Behavior-Based Safety, Part II

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

11/03/2019

In Part I we learned from an article by Lee Shelby called

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Root Cause Analysis vs Behavior-Based Safety, Part I

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

10/23/2019

Recently, I was at a safety conference where the keynote speaker was Eric Giguere, who, even though he had never been trained in it before, volunteered to work with a crew installing sewer pipe.  He recounted how his...

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You Might Be Safe If...

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

09/08/2019

Indications of effective Safety and Health Management:

  1. Prior to, or at the start of, each employee's first day onsite they will be told:
    • Where the Safety Data Sheets are located and that they are expected to be familiar with the hazards of the...

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OSHA Safety Week

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

08/13/2019

OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week!

Every year, the second week of August, OSHA encourages employers to recognize the success of workplace safety and health programs by participating in their Safe and Sound...

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OSHA Inspection Tips

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices

08/01/2019

The following tips are from 16 years in OSHA standard enforcement/consultation:

  1. Identify who should be notified when an OSHA officer shows up, never leave it to chance who presents your safety culture. Set up policy and procedure to get the officer to your designated person...

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Involve Supervisors In Safety

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

06/27/2019

There are many articles and blogs about employee engagement and getting through to the C-Suite (CEO, etc.) but this blog is about how to create a firmly engaged middle management.  An effective Safety culture requires Supervisor engagement opportunities in all aspects of Safety in order to...

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Effective Safety Records Management

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices

06/20/2019

OSHA is at the door, where did we put the sampling results from last year?

 

It is not unusual for an employer to be aware of the employee exposure sampling requirements of standards such as 1910.95 Occupational Noise Exposure, or 1910.1026 Hexavalent Chromium.  However,...

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OSHA's Electronic Reporting Still Not Decided

By Mike Harper in Good Safety Practices

06/12/2019

The OSHA electronic recordkeeping roller coaster continues!  A couple of years ago, OSHA had indicated that they were going to require employers to submit electronic versions of their 300, 300A and 301 forms into their Injury Tracking Application (ITA).  Last year, they reversed...

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Do You Have a Safety Silo?

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

06/12/2019

Do you have a Safety Silo?

When safety is seen as something separate from the company, as the job of the guys on the Safety Committee and/or the Safety Manager, then you have a Safety Silo.  Here are some diagnostics:

  1. If employees refuse to follow a safety practice...

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The Need for Management Support for Safety

By Tom Fitzgerald in Safety Culture

04/23/2019

As we alluded to in the previous articles, management’s philosophy on safety can set the tone and the culture of the entire organization.  You can understand how management feels about safety in the way they approach it.  Is safety something they feel they must do, or something...

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