October 5 to 11 is National Fire Prevention Week (www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week). Inspire your employees to participate in fire drill training by sharing the news about how a failure to train and drill on evacuation routes earned Hawaii companies large fines.
Despite your best efforts, there’s probably something in your workplace right now that an OSHA inspector could cite. Maybe it was lower on your list of priorities, or maybe it was just something that you had missed—but the important thing, once it’s cited, is to get it taken care of quickly. Always move a cited issue to the top of your to-do list. If you don’t, you run the risk of being cited again for the same violation.
Methylene chloride (also called dichloromethane) is a solvent with many uses, including paint stripping, polyurethane foam manufacturing, and cleaning and degreasing. You might not think that a chemical you can buy at your local home improvement store for use at home would be all that dangerous, but don’t be fooled. Methylene chloride is hazardous enough that it is covered by one of OSHA’s substance-specific standards, 29 CFR 1910.1052.
Yesterday’s Advisor looked at some of the professions on the periphery of workplace safety who might have enough in common with safety professionals to feel like true colleagues, and who might help improve your job performance. When you improve your performance, you improve your career.
Occupational safety can be a lonely profession. Many safety professionals are a department of one, laboring alone in an area many other professionals don’t really understand. So, outside the occasional conference or lunch with your counterpart from a different company, where does an EHS professional find someone to “talk shop” with?
In yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at three ways to make sure that your introductory training works for your workforce. But training is never a one-and-done proposition. Build a training program that continually reinforces your safety message with three more fundamental strategies.