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

Three workers examine a building plan.

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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The Future of Organizational Learning by Laura Goodrich

Laura Goodrich, Global Workforce Innovator at GWT Next and partner of MasteryTCN, recently published an article with OD Innovator titled, “Switching Hands: The Future of Organizational Learning.

Goodrich paints a picture of how video-based microlearning helps organizations adapt employee development programs to the demands of today’s workplace. Continue reading

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