Safe Vehicle Operation Training: Make It a Priority

Employers shouldn’t overlook motor vehicle safety – this is a subtly critical part of keeping workers safe.

A car with its airbag depoyed.

Vehicle safety is a major workplace concern.

Vehicle operation is one of the highest-priority categories of workplace safety, due to the ubiquity of cars and trucks in professional settings. Despite the relatively high rates of automobile accidents, it’s easy to overlook vehicle operation training.

Employees and supervisors alike may reason that workers with driver’s licenses don’t need additional rules or training for the more specialized driving tasks they’ll perform on the job. Falling into this mindset, however, may set workplaces up for preventable accidents.

Along with many other categories of workplace risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers rules, tips and resources for vehicle use in a professional context. Instituting policies based on these directives, aided by focused training programs, can significantly improve a company’s safety record. Continue reading

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Coping with Temperature Stress: How to Adapt to Extreme Cold and Heat

Extreme heat and cold are potentially hazardous workplace conditions, and leaders must defend their employees against such environments.

Red and blue flames signify heat and cold.

Hot and cold conditions should be prepared for.

Thinking about safety on the job, a few hazards come immediately to mind: Heights, potentially dangerous substances, slippery floors, and other environmental risks are immediately identifiable as dangerous parts of a worker’s setting.

Less noticeable risk factors, such as heat and cold, may be even more dangerous, however, as leaders may neglect to adequately deal with these issues until they become painfully evident.

Temperature stress is a serious workplace hazard — one that can change drastically from one season to the next. The methods of coping with heat and cold will necessarily vary based on the type of work being performed, the nature of the environment and other factors. Continue reading

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Mastering Fire Safety and Extinguisher Maintenance

What does it take to meet – and exceed – OSHA fire safety requirements?

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How prepared are companies for fire emergencies?

Company leadership means keeping every employee safe and ensuring the work environment is up to standards. While some particulars will change based on industry, location or size of businesses, others are universal – for example, every facility has to be protected from the risk of fire.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains a series of fire safety regulations. Some of these are general procedures and priorities, while others have to do with specific elements of preparedness, such as evacuation planning and fire extinguisher maintenance. Continue reading

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Construction Supervisors: Stay Up to Date with OSHA

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OSHA construction standards are always evolving.

Compliance and preparedness on safety matters are important priorities on construction sites, demanding significant investments of time and focus. Not only is the construction sector governed by unique sets of rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but these regulations are subject to updates and revisions as well. Continue reading

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Training to Become a Better Coach or Mentor

Training that makes employees into better mentors has a valuable ripple effect, as those individuals go on to help their coworkers thrive.

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Mentoring is a “soft skill” but it can be learned.

Coaching and mentoring can be important, formative experiences in personnel development, becoming as important to employees as more formal kinds of education. This raises the question of how organizations can foreground their mentoring programs and ensure experienced leaders have the background necessary to provide valuable advice and guidance to the next generation of employees. Continue reading

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