Author Archives: Safety Management Group

Accident Investigation Kits

This is why it’s important to prepare for the possibility of an accident and the realities of the initial investigation by developing an accident investigation kit.

Posted in Human Resources, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Safety | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Accident Investigation Kits

Detecting and Dealing with Workplace Opioid Abuse

To supervisors and managers who grew up during the 1960s and 1970s, the mention of addiction to heroin and other opiate drugs conjures images of skinny junkies wasting away in a filthy apartment, an alley, or a gutter. It was something that happened to other people in other places. But that’s no longer true.

Posted in Human Resources, Risk Management | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Detecting and Dealing with Workplace Opioid Abuse

United States Dept of Labor Announces Final Rules on Silica Dust

Updated rule amends silica exposure regulations for the first time since 1971.   Contributed by Bobby Pirtle of Safety Management Group, modified by the CSD Pool   Back in March, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. Read More

Posted in Human Resources, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Safety | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on United States Dept of Labor Announces Final Rules on Silica Dust

Protecting Workers From UFO Dangers

While we’re really not worried about visitors from other planets making surprise visits to your jobsite, you do need to take steps to protect yourself and others from two different (and potentially deadly) types of UFOs: unexpected falling objects and unexpected flying objects.

Posted in Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Safety | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Protecting Workers From UFO Dangers

Ergonomics: Fixing Hidden Workplace Hazards

Most people associate the concept of ergonomics with office workers. But the basic concept is every bit as applicable to production lines, construction sites, vehicles, and anywhere else. After all, the science of ergonomics doesn’t only focus on office environments. By reducing that strain and the injuries that can result from it, ergonomics can lower the likelihood of lost time and long-term disability.

Posted in Human Resources, Loss Prevention, Risk Management | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Ergonomics: Fixing Hidden Workplace Hazards

Noise: The Insidious Hazard that is Often Missed

Most workplace hazards are obvious. A sharp edge on a tool, a flame from a torch, and an open trench are all recognizable as dangers, and instinct helps us avoid them. But one of the most potentially damaging hazards is one that most workers don’t even notice.

Posted in Loss Prevention, Safety | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Noise: The Insidious Hazard that is Often Missed

Safety Ethics Through One Professional’s Eyes

For safety professionals, ethical practices are far more than some theory discussed in a classroom. The ultimate goal of the profession we’ve chosen is to make sure that people are able to go home unhurt at the end of the workday. While there are many other benefits to a safety program, it ultimately comes down to looking after other people.

Posted in Safety | Tagged , | Comments Off on Safety Ethics Through One Professional’s Eyes

The Most Important Tool on the Jobsite

Utility workers should be familiar with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269(c) and 1926.952, which require a job briefing before work begins. OSHA expects each briefing to include a discussion of hazards, work procedures, any special precautions, controls for energy sources and personal protective equipment needed for safe work.

Posted in Safety | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Most Important Tool on the Jobsite

Safety Committees The What and Why (Part 3 of 3) feat. Eagle River Water and Sanitation District

Safety committees can be highly effective channels for delivering safety information as well as encouraging feedback and suggestions from your entire workforce. But some of the most well-intentioned safety committees fall far short of management’s expectations–usually for one of several common reasons.

Posted in Members, Safety | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Safety Committees The What and Why (Part 3 of 3) feat. Eagle River Water and Sanitation District

Nine Elements of a Sound and Successful Project Site Specific Plan

A Project Site Specific Plan (PSSP) is a critical and practical part of ensuring safety on a worksite. An effective plan gives contractors the opportunity to list the hazards their workers will encounter on the site so that they can identify and implement corrective actions before work begins.

Posted in Loss Prevention, Safety, Training | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Nine Elements of a Sound and Successful Project Site Specific Plan