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Safety Management

Safety is a process, and as such, needs to be managed. This section offers resources to create a viable safety program, sell it to senior management, train supervisors and employees in using it, and then track and report your progress. Look also for ways to advance your own skills in these areas, both for your current job, and those that follow.

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Beyond the Form 300: More Metrics for Your Safety Program

Yesterday, we looked beyond using recordable injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims as ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your safety program, finding numerical ways to evaluate safety communication in the workplace. Today, we’ll look at three more metrics you can measure that go beyond the Form 300 in giving you information about how your safety program is doing.

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Taking the Measure of Your Safety Program through Safety Communication

Is your safety program working? How do you know? Tracking injuries, illnesses, and workers’ compensation claims is a good start, but there are other indicators that can give you a broader, deeper, clearer picture of how your safety program is functioning.

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The Case of the Color-blind Electrician: Sleuthing Out Safe Disability Accommodations

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers have to provide reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities—but what about cases where the worker’s disability affects his safety or the safety of others? Are there really reasonable accommodations that can solve these vexing cases?

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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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Respiratory Protection: Clearing the Air from the Outside In

OSHA estimates that as many as 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in more than 1 million workplaces throughout the United States. If you’re going to ensure that those workers are breathing clean air, you have to start from the outside and work your way in.

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How to Determine Independent Contractor Status

Here’s a 7-step test that can help you determine independent contractor status.

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Are You Asking the Right Questions about Your Safety Programs?

Here are four key questions about workplace safety and health programs, with answers provided by OSHA.

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Developing an Effective Occupational Health and Safety System

No more failed expatriate assignments. Expatriate compensation and solving the trailing spouse problem.

There are two main approaches to occupational health and safety (OH&S). One is a reactive approach based on legislation and the threat of legal action including fines and business restrictions.

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Reap the Benefits of Effective Safety Management

OSHA estimates that workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation’s businesses $170 billion per year in wasteful and often preventable expenses.

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