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Lead to Safety

Strategies for a Safer Workplace 

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National Safety Month brings with it an important message. The workers you employ and their safety while carrying out their designated duties should always be your main priority. A safe and secure working environment breeds positivity, efficiency and production. When leadership shows an invested interest and gets involved in being part of the solutions, workers take notice. A leadership presence is vital when implementing effective safety initiatives. Workers who believe that both corporate leaders and field supervisors take occupational safety seriously are more likely to take the time and effort to work safely themselves.

According to a study sponsored by the Center for Construction research and Training there are two popular strategies, leadership teams often employ when fostering more engagement in safety programs – transactional and transformations.

Transactional leadership is one where workers are motivated by incentives and consequences based on the goals set forth by organizational leadership. Transformational leadership is one that inspires positive change through involved and active leaders who participate and present themselves as role models of the changes that they would like to see within the workplace.

Studies suggest that programs rewarding workers for meeting safety goals at times may have an adverse effect making it more likely for workers not to report accidents in order to receive a reward. This would conclude that positive role models and leaders who practice what they preach motivate workers to be safe more effectively.

To read more about the importance of leadership in workplace safety click here



Mid Year Review Safety Checks: How Safe Have You Been

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Half of the year has already passed, time to check in and see how your workplace has been keeping up with its safety initiatives. With the changing of the seasons come new hazards to be aware of on top of those old and existing. Here is a list of questions regarding persistent problem areas to be extra mindful of when making your safety rounds. Reinforce the importance of safety around your workplace for a more productive second half of the year.

  • Have new employees started or new procedures been implemented requiring training and supervision to ensure correct process is being followed?
  • Have you identified all emergencies that require an evacuation plan and put in place proper procedures to handle them; including a signal, process & designated responsibilities?
  • Have all unique hazards around your business been clearly marked with an adequate sign, tag, label or floor marking?
  • Are workers being provided with the proper PPE specific to the tasks that they encounter day to day; including those caused by noise, vibration, weather, debris, radiation and pressure?
  • Have you recorded all near misses and accidents to evaluate for patterns and necessary change implementation?
  • Are all floors, ramps, and walkways clear, organized, and clean for specified use?
  • Are all points of power, light fittings, and switches in safe obvious view with effective lock out tag out procedures?
  • Are proper restraints and fall protection measures in place for employees working above each height threshold?
  • Are all chemicals clearly and correctly labeled with first aid in place to deal with splash and other incidents, with limited exposure to workers, other than those permitted to handle them

For a more comprehensive check list to make sure your business is in shape click here for more information



Prevent Missteps in Fall Protection

Ways to Curb Fall Accidents in the Workplace

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Year over year falls remain a persistent concern for workplaces and one of the leading causes for injury and death, in addition to one of the top cited violations by

OSHA for non- compliance. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. Falls encompass a wide variety of hazards from walking and ladder usage to construction workers at heights over 100 ft in the air. Not only should you be mindful of high level falls but also the everyday slips and trips that are far more common and can have lasting effects.

One of the construction industries fatal four hazards and the leading cause of fatalities –slips, trips and falls were responsible for 35% of all fatalities that occurred in 2012, as well as, 30,230 injuries When looking for ways to curb the dangers associated with falls in the workplace be sure to train your workforce properly by first identifying and describing fall hazards in the work area, providing the correct procedures for erecting, inspecting, maintaining, using and disassembling fall prevention systems, and training workers on the appropriate anchorage points that are suitable to arrest a fall when a fall arrest system is in place.

For more helpful information on fall protection visit this OSHA web page.



Workplace Safety News 

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Keeping track of new OSHA regulations and taking advantage of supplemental safety training and reading materials makes a large difference in the success of the programs you implement in your workplace. Seeing what others are doing both for the better and worse help mold an all encompassing safety initiative. Here is a sampling of some of the news buzzing around workplace safety this month.

8 Award Winning Safety Ideas for the Workplace

The state of Indiana is doing its part to show their commitment to workplace safety and 8 businesses are being awarded for the impressive safety practices that they have implemented to protect their workers.

To learn more about the 8 businesses being awarded and their safety practices here.

Stand Down for Fall Prevention

To raise awareness about the critical importance of fall protection OSHA has partnered with organizations across the nation in a National Safety Stand-Down June 2-6th. Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and are 100% preventable through planning, providing, and training your workforce.

Other participants include: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

To learn more about this event and to access helpful resources on fall prevention here.

Full Steam Ahead for OSHA’s regulatory Agenda

As we get deeper into the second term of President Obama, OSHA’s regulatory agenda is picking up steam. With the first term focused mainly on increasing enforcement, regulatory initiatives often took a back seat to other initiatives. It seems we are now starting to see those rules published either as proposed or final agency regulatory actions and it is likely that we will see even more regulatory initiatives proposed or finalized over the next few months.

To learn more about the regulatory initiatives being proposed and finalized click here

$7M for Susan Harwood safety and health training grants now available

OSHA is now soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. A total of $7 million is available. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program supports in-person, hands-on training and educational programs and materials development for workers and employers in small businesses; industries with high injury, illness and fatality rates; workers who are underserved, limited English proficiency and temporary workers.

For more information, read the press release