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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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Protect workers from the 5 most common hazards of MIG welding

A 48-year-old shipyard welder was welding on a barge that was undergoing renovation, working from an elevating work platform. A pinhole leak developed in the hydraulic lines on the lift, and the escaping hydraulic oil was ignited by sparks from the welding operation. The worker was taken to a burn unit, but later died.


Identify the 5 most common hazards of MIG welding

Whether you’re a large, heavy equipment manufacturer with a stable of experienced welders or a small job shop where welding equipment is used infrequently, odds are you use the same type of equipment: a metal inert gas (MIG) welder.


Deadly Lockout/Tagout Mistakes, Part 2: Where’s the Power?

A 26-year-old knitting machine operator needed to make an adjustment to the machine. The machine had interlocks that stopped it when its safety gate was opened—but the interlocks were easily disabled, and the worker simply stuck a needle in the “on” button so that he could open the gates and adjust the machine while it was running. The worker was crushed to death by moving parts within the knitting machine.


Are Your Workers Making These Deadly Lockout/Tagout Mistakes?

A 52-year-old welder was removing a jammed piece of metal from the hydraulic door of a scrap metal shredder but did not de-energize and lock out the shredder first. He also failed to release the residual hydraulic energy in the system and block the door open.


Use Near Misses to Get Supervisors and Workers Thinking About Safety

When there’s a near miss, how do you view it? Do you view it as a lucky break? Or, do you view it as a golden opportunity? If you’re not taking the latter view, you may be missing your chance to get everyone on the same safety page.


Use Near Misses to Get Management Thinking About Safety

Production worries. Procurement worries. Personnel worries. Personal worries. With so much to worry about, it can be difficult sometimes to get management, supervisors, and workers to focus on your main concern: their safety. So when there’s a near miss in the workplace, don’t miss your chance—for a brief time, they’ll all be thinking about safety.


Four Leadership Strategies to Enhance Your Safety Culture

Yesterday, we looked at five ways employers can encourage a positive safety culture in the workplace. Today, we’ll focus more directly on management and leadership strategies that can enhance your company’s commitment to safety—and how your workers perceive it.


Five Ways You Can Encourage a Positive Safety Culture

What is a safety culture? Safety culture, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is “the characteristics of the work environment, such as the norms, rules, and common understandings that influence facility personnel’s perceptions of the importance that the organization places on safety.” When employers create a positive safety culture, workplace safety and health improve, as do employee morale and workplace productivity.


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.


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.