Safety Culture

A few years ago, I worked for a factory where they gave our teams rewards whenever our safety numbers were good. One time, I didn't bother putting on safety gloves and I cut myself opening up a box in the store room. I didn't bother reporting it....Learn more
A freight train derailed in the winter of 2004 in the Canadian town of Whitby, Ontario. It was traveling westbound through a suburb that included overpass bridges to clear the north-south roads. A couple of the train’s cars toppled off an overpass...Learn more
They say nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes. But Cody Tilley (and workers like him) would probably add gravity to that list, too.Tilley was working 30 feet in the air, applying pressure to a pipe, when he suddenly slipped. He...Learn more
I really have problems with anything near my face, so I wasn’t too happy when my boss told me I had to wear the proper safety eye googles for the job I was about to do. Not only that, I was compelled to take the training program on the proper...Learn more
If you witness at-risk behaviour and you ignore it, or walk by it, your silence has told that person their behaviour is acceptable. Peer pressure is extremely effective in changing group and individual behaviors.We want to create a culture that...Learn more
Safety Induction Video - 36 Workplace Health & Safety Training Topics
Labeling something a 'priority' means that it can be rearranged. It’s human nature to shift priorities according to the pressing demands of the moment. But values remain constant. The vision of keeping everybody safe is that Safety is a value linked...Learn more
Can you hear me now?,” the catchphrase used by Verizon, has become part of our culture. Cell phone use has expanded into every activity in our lives, from emergency communication to picking products from a grocery shelf. It sometimes seems people...Learn more
Unsafe practices can easily creep into the workplace. Sometimes it’s due to worker inexperience. Other’s it may a result of time pressure to complete a job. Regardless of the cause, if you notice that safe working practices are being compromised you...Learn more
Personal protective equipment includes respirators, safety glasses, gloves, helmets, chemical suits, steel toe boots and fire resistant clothing. Wearing them is imperative, but so, too, is making sure that they're the right fit. Some PPE, such as...Learn more
Children can drown in just a few inches of water. So, it is imperative that they are supervised at all times when they are in and around water. Backyard pools must be fully fenced, with a self latching gate. Have a phone and first aid kit on hand....Learn more
Your work parking lot can be a dangerous place, especially at night. Cut your risk factor by using the building's main entrance, parking in the most high-visibility area you can and walking in and out with a companion. Keep all valuables out of...Learn more
Travel smart by labeling your luggage, and make an inventory of luggage contents and carry it with you. Make copies of all of your important documents and carry them with you, and leave an extra copy at home. Be aware of airport security procedures....Learn more
When packing for a trip, ensure that you pack your own bag. Leave sharp objects, such as scissors, at home. Charge your technology before packing it and have it ready for inspection. Carry your own bags and never carry someone else's bags through...Learn more
Around 10% of workers have some degree of hearing loss. Employer's can show consideration by placing their desk in a quiet area, rearranging foot traffic routes to reduce noise levels, and have the worker sitting against the wall, so as to be able...Learn more
Heavy equipment that is used on a construction site can pose a potential work hazard. Reduce the risk by following some common sense precautions. Never assume that the operator of a crane, forklift, backhoe, trencher, hi-lft or other heavy vehicle...Learn more
An engineering control is a change that is made to a workstation, tool or piece of equipment in order to eliminate or reduce exposure to a chemical or physical hazard. It may also involve changing the way that a job is done. Examples of engineered...Learn more
Check with MDS before storing or removing a chemical. Check if it needs to be kept away from anything including light, water, air, high or low temperatures, or other chemicals in order to prevent a dangerous reaction. Storage areas should be...Learn more
Before a job is over, you need to do a safety check. Ensure that there are no loose parts, debris or unsecured components. Check that the job will not be unduly effected by inclement weather. This is especially important when working at heights.
The office can prove to be a dangerous work place. It can result in cuts, burns, slips, trips, falls, crush injuries, repetitive strain injuries and eye strain. To keep yourself and your fellow workers safe in the office follow these...Learn more
Hydrogen sulfide is a flammable, colorless gas that smells similar to rotten eggs. Odour, though, is not a reliable indicator of the hazard posed because our sense of smell can become fatigued. When released into the air, hydrogen sulfide remains in...Learn more
Good hygiene on the job is all about preventing accidental exposure caused by the inhalation or ingestion of hazardous substances. Workers who consistently apply good hygiene practices when working with chemicals or other hazardous substances will...Learn more
It is critical that supervisors in all work situations fully assume the mantle of being a role model in terms of safety. Whether you know it or not, your employees are constantly looking to your example and taking cues from the things you say and...Learn more
Tailgate safety meetings are short daily meetings that take place on field projects. The main purpose of these meetings is to alert workers of any potential hazards, accidents and unsafe working conditions. They can also be used to provide workers...Learn more
Job safety analysis is an accident prevention technique that should be used in conjunction with the development of a set of job safety instructions, safe systems of work and job safety training. Work measurement is used to break a job down into its...Learn more
The hazard presented by a substance is its potential to cause harm. A hazard is associated with the degrees of danger, and is quantifiable. The risk from a substance is the likelihood that it will cause harm in the actual circumstance of use. This...Learn more
An awareness of the differing degrees of hazard will enable appropriate control measures to be developed and implemented. Immediate physical danger can manifest itself through very short term injury accidents, such as hand amputation in a power...Learn more
Often, when the law requires particular items of a workplace to be thoroughly examined and tested it requires that the works be carried out by a competent person. There is no precise guidance in law as to what constitutes a ‘competent person’....Learn more
Overturning is a definite risk when operating a truck or forklift on the factory floor. This often occurs when maneuvering with the load elevated or at too high a speed. Other causes of overturning are: Sudden brakingWheels striking an...Learn more
Within an organization, there are several ways by which risks may be identified. These include workplace inspections, which are undertaken with the aim of identifying risks and promoting remedial action. Many different individuals and groups within...Learn more
Independent safety audits can be used to identify risks. The term independent here refers to those who are not employees of the organization being audited, but who, from time to time, undertake either general or special workplace audits or...Learn more
Walking is something that has immeasurable health benefits, but that many desk bound people do too little of. Many people do not realize that walking burns almost as many calories as jogging does. It also eases back pain, slims down the waistline,...Learn more
Small hand tools are a leading cause of on the job accidents. Reduce your risk by following some simple safety guidelines.Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment at all times, even if doing a very quick job. Eye protection should be worn...Learn more
Keep yourself and staff safe by following some basic security measures. Follow a buddy system when walking to or from your vehicle in the parking lot, late in the evening or at night. Limit parking lot access to controlled points. The lot needs to...Learn more
Drowning is responsible for taking the lives of 300 people every year in the United States. Furthermore, most of those drownings occur in the summer months. Young people are most likely to drown or have a near drowning incident. The highest death by...Learn more
A number of practical techniques can be used as part of normal day-to-day operational and maintenance procedures that will achieve significant reductions in the noise emitted, will cost very little to implement and can provide worthwhile savings in...Learn more
Noise pollution is a major workplace hazard which affects many workers. Once the nature and magnitude of a noise problem has been identified, a noise control program can be put in place. The three key priorities are to:Engineer the problem out by...Learn more
When designing and placing warning signs, follow these basic criteria:Only use warning signs when and where neededMake sure that all warning signs are clearly understandable and that they stand out from the background in order to attract...Learn more
Workers handling or using chemical substances should be provided with information about the substance and training in the techniques necessary to minimize the risk faced. As a result, training and instruction should be given in:The characteristics...Learn more
Every place of work that uses, stores or handles hazardous substances should prepare an emergency plan to cover all reasonably foreseeable events such as fire, major spillage or toxic release. The plans can be at two levels, one for the immediate...Learn more
For every hazardous chemical, measures must be developed to ensure that under all foerseeable operating conditions no one, whether employee, visitor, contractor or member of the public, is exposed to any substance in a concentration that may injure...Learn more
Before work in undertaken on a construction site, there are a number of matters that should be checked: Provide site security – it is especially important to stop children from getting into the construction siteCheck the nature of the ground before...Learn more
Sick building syndrome refers to the condition where you feel unwell while at work. However, when you leave, the symptoms clear up. The longer you stay in the building where your work is located, the worse the symptoms get. Conversely, the longer...Learn more
There are various ways that chemicals can cause a hazard, including burning the skin or eyes on contact, catching fire and burning, becoming explosive through the rapid expansion of gasses and being poisonous. All workers must be taught to follow...Learn more
Wearing gloves is just one aspect of protecting your hands on the job. Any scrapes or scratches that break the skin have the potential to cause an infection. Every time you get a scratch you should tend to it, rather than ignoring it. Clean the...Learn more
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious materials in blood that can cause disease in humans. These include Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Protect yourself by treating all blood and body fluids as if they are infectious. Wash your hands with antibacterial...Learn more
In an emergency situation, most people freeze. You need to be prepared to take action. That means that you are aware of how to recognize and activate and emergency alarm. You should also be well versed in your personal responsibilities under the...Learn more
Pinch points are places where a body part or a piece of clothing can get caught up in machinery, between equipment or between a lid and a container when closing. Pinch point injuries can be very serious, resulting in the loss of limbs or even death...Learn more
Carelessness around chemicals can be deadly. The necessary controls regarding storing, handling and mixing chemicals should be adhered to at all times. Anyone working with chemicals needs to be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment....Learn more
In an emergency you do not have a lot of time to take in your surroundings. That is why getting familiar with the layout of buildings you are making smart safety sense. When you enter a store, hotel or public building, identify the emergency exits...Learn more
Check all of your tools before every use. First, ensure that you've got the proper tool for the job. Check the power cord for wear and tear and make sure that blades are not chipped or blunt. Make sure that you are well trained to use the equipment...Learn more
On the job, you have a responsibility to give your best effort at all times. A lapse in concentration, an attempt to take shortcuts or a messy and unorganized workspace are potential safety hazards. By being attentive at all times to your work...Learn more
Many workers do not like to ask for assistance, viewing it as a sign of weakness. As a result they are likely to forge ahead when they are unsure of how to proceed. This can be dangerous. We you are in doubt about how to proceed, make it a practice...Learn more
Safety needs to be a key component of everything an organization does. This means that all employees should be well aware of the safety requirements surrounding their duties and those of other employees. There must also be open communication, with...Learn more
It is especially important that employers put in place a health and safety working environment for employers who work on their own. There is no regulation that prohibits an employee from working alone, but there is an obligation on the employer to...Learn more
Before strapping on your personal protective equipment, follow the 1-2-3 checklist of identify, maintain and inspect. Identify any potential hazards that you may face on the job. By doing so, you'll be able to work out what PPE you need to have with...Learn more
Most healthy adults need between 7.5-9 hours of sleep each night to perform at their best. You will function better and perform your work more safely if you get adequate sleep. Increase your sleep quotient by scheduling short power naps into your...Learn more
Hand tools encounter a lot of wear and tear, which calls for regular maintenance to avoid injury. Look out for cracked wooden handles, mushroomed hammer heads and worn tool housings. If you see a problem, do not put maintenance off. Fix it...Learn more
Moving machine parts cause many severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers, hands, amputations, blindness and fatalities, each year. Machine guards are engineered to protect workers from becoming injured.Guards protect workers from the...Learn more
Learning how to deal with workplace stress can prevent physical and emotional health problems. Recognize the signs of stress and then track what is causing the stressful situation. Prioritize and organize in order to help create a balance between...Learn more
Working extended shifts are a common cause of repetitive fatigue. Reduce fatigue by limiting extended shifts, and increasing break and mealtimes when shifts are extended. Jobs that require heavy physical labor should be undertaken at the start of a...Learn more
If you need to administer first aid in an emergency and blood or body fluids are present, make sure that you use the correct PPE. You should have access to latex gloves, goggles, CPR mouth barriers, aprons, and respirators, which should be found in...Learn more
You need to prepare a workplace emergency response plan before it is needed. An emergency action plan needs to be tailored to your worksite, involve a hazard assessment and spell out an evacuation policy and procedure. Emergency escape producers and...Learn more
Suspicious mail has become an increasingly common workplace hazard. Take note of the following tell-tale signs; the use of low value stamps, insufficient postage, lack of a return address, over wrapping, dirty or leaking packaging, a package that...Learn more
The appropriate head protection should be worn when facing potential falling object hazards. OSHA divides hard hats into three industrial classes. Class A provides impact and penetration resistance with limited volt protection to 2,200 volts. Class...Learn more
Regulated medical waste classifies waste materials that pose a danger of infection. Separate Federal and State regulations exist for the control of medical waste. Medical waste includes liquid or semi-liquid blood, contaminated items that release...Learn more
Many workers are being asked to carry out their duties at work sites that have airborne hazards present. A windsock is a conical textile tube that indicates the wind direction. If your workplace carries the risk of a gas leak, a windsock is...Learn more
Keeping safe in the workplace is largely a matter of common sense. That, however, is often an uncommon quality on the job. Keep safe by doing the basics well. Wear proper shoes. Use glasses and face shields when needed. Use ear protection when...Learn more
OSHA Hazards Communication Standard requires chemical suppliers to to provide a comprehensive Safety Data Sheet. This should be carefully scrutinized. It includes general information about the chemical, identification, hazards, composition, safe...Learn more
It is vital to properly store all hazardous materials, especially if you are in a flood zone area. Store products in their original container. Clearly label all containers, use water proof storage containers and make sure that all hazardous wastes...Learn more
When welding, PPE such as safety glasses, goggles, welding helmets and / or welding face shields must be worn. Equipment must have filter lenses with a shade number that provides appropriate protection. The higher the shade number, the darker the...Learn more
Lack of movement while sitting behind a computer can bring on muscle pain and strain. Every hour you should take a micro break. Break up your tasks so that you are moving around every 20-30 minutes. Look away from the screen every so often. Relax...Learn more
If released, hazardous waste can contaminate water supplies. Minimize the risk by purchasing the smallest quantities you can. Eliminate surplus materials rather than stockpiling them. Maintain an updated inventory of all hazardous materials and...Learn more
When using an ATM by yourself, park your car in a well lit area. If possible, have someone with you. Fill out any necessary forms ahead of time. If you feel unsafe, leave the area. Report any suspicious activity to the police. Put away your card and...Learn more
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all of their workers, whether they are working with many colleagues or are alone on the job. By developing policies that take lone worker conditions into account, establishing clear lines...Learn more
New workers are more vulnerable to workplace hazards. If you are new to the job, it is especially important that you learn and follow established workplace practices. You must always wear the proper personal protective equipment. Use all equipment...Learn more
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Lockout Tagout is a globally used system that ensures that hazardous power sources are isolated and rendered inoperative. A lock is placed on a device or power source, preventing the hazardous power source from being activated. A person's lock and...Learn more
The conditions under which work is carried out on construction sites is largely dictated by the weather, ranging from soaking wet to hot, dry and dusty. In all cases, suitable protection for the health of workers must be provided. There are also a...Learn more
"I was really excited about starting my new construction job and was very pleased to be assigned to work with a journeyman. I figured I would be able to learn a lot from this guy. As we were preparing the job site there was a hole in the work...Learn more
Floor Marking Tape is the best solution for creating an intuitive, easy to navigate wayfinding plan around any sized facility.For wayfinding principles, best practices and to learn how to create and effective wayfinding program at your facility,...Learn more
Asbestos in a natural occurring mineral that is made up of bundles of fibers that can become airborne when distributed. These fibers can get into lungs where they can lead to numerous health problems, which include asbesteosis, mesothelioma and lung...Learn more
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