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Long-Time Trainer Honored for Apprenticeship Development

Today’s Advisor provides an inspirational example of the positive difference professional trainers can make on future generations in their communities and their industries.

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Train Workers in the Use and Care of Protective Work Clothing

When a worker has to wear a respirator or hearing protection, it may seem obvious that they will require training in the use and care of their equipment. When the subject is protective clothing, the need may be less obvious—but it is still there.

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A Body at Work Will Stay at Work if It’s Wearing the Right Protective Clothing

When you think of personal protective equipment (PPE), you may naturally think of respirators, safety glasses, hard hats, safety shoes, hearing aids, and gloves. Although these are the most common types of PPE—protecting the most vulnerable areas and organs—some whole-body hazards require whole-body protection.

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Leading and Lagging Indicators for Measuring Safety

Yesterday, we discussed what EHS metrics are, what they can do for your EHS program, and how to choose good metrics. Today, we’ll talk specifics. What kind of metrics have worked well for EHS programs? What indicators should an EHS manager look at?

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Taking the Measure of Your Safety Program Using EHS Metrics

Is your safety program effective? How do you know? If you base your assessment solely on recorded injury and illness rates, you may not be getting the full picture—especially if you’re having a bad year. And if you do nothing more to evaluate your safety program, how will you defend it against OSHA citations, not to mention critics in your own organization?

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Get Prepared for Emergency Preparedness Training

How proactive is your company about planning ahead for emergencies and about training employees on related procedures? If yours is like other companies in a recent survey reported on in today’s Advisor, it probably needs to improve its approach.

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6 Questions Workers Should Ask About Overhead Power Lines, Part II

Electrical utility workers are not the only ones who could be exposed to the hazards of overhead power lines. Any outdoor worker may be exposed to power line hazards. Yesterday, we covered four questions that all outdoor workers should ask if there are power lines near their work area. Today, we’ll cover two more.

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6 Questions Workers Should Ask About Overhead Power Lines

 

Exposure to overhead power line hazards is not limited to employees of electrical utilities—workers in industries like construction and agriculture can also be exposed to them. If workers could violate the required clearances around the power lines, make sure they’re informed about the power lines and the work practices that are required to keep them safe.
Workers can come into contact with high-voltage lines—power lines carrying a sustained current greater than 600 volts—when they:

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Worker Safety and Forklift Maintenance

Yesterday, we looked at forklift maintenance—particularly, at the training required for workers who perform repair and maintenance on forklifts. Today, we’ll look at a few more requirements that might apply, as well as some rules for maintenance locations and replacement parts.

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Keys to Forklift Maintenance

When it comes to forklift safety, a lot of emphasis is placed on operators and their training. But maintenance is also critical to forklift safety—and workers who perform forklift repairs and maintenance face hazards that must be addressed with worker training and attention to the work environment.

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