Hearing Loss – Is This The Next Big Workplace Injury Challenge?

The Centers For Disease Control came out with a startling report this month.   A CDC survey on hearing found that one out of every five Americans in their 20’s have some hearing loss.   Since hearing generally deteriorates with age, evidence that so many your adults already have hearing loss makes it a bit of a time bomb for the future.

The CDC also found two other significant trends.  The first is that fully a quarter of the people surveyed who said they had good to excellent hearing actually had some hearing loss, meaning that we can’t exactly “trust our ears” to tell us when we have hearing loss.  Gradual changes may not be apparent to us. Continue reading “Hearing Loss – Is This The Next Big Workplace Injury Challenge?”

HazMat Prep and Response Training

I have had several requests for HazMat and HazCom training recently and have found a lot of confusion in what companies were actually looking for.  In talking to some colleagues, I realized that this is a fairly common problem.  Companies all need to provide OSHA HazCom training and ones that ship transport or receive hazardous materials need to provide DOT HazMat, but they may not know where one stops and the other starts.  It is understandable because they overlap and a lot of classes are hybrids of the two. Continue reading “HazMat Prep and Response Training”

High Cost of Operating Procedure Problems Offshore

Operating procedures are a key part of the offshore oil and gas Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) Rules.  If you think of SEMS as a true system, with interlocking parts, operating procedures are the glue that holds the parts together.  It is where:

  1. Hazards analysis is applied to the actual scope of work,
  2. Specific skills, knowledge, training and safe work practices can be identified and applied, and
  3. Mechanical integrity has real world meaning (is the equipment or tool fit for purpose, when used?).

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Forget What Your Safety Manual Says About Injury Management – What Does OSHA Say?

A lot of companies have a safety manual that they bought from a service or maybe it was written by some previous safety manager and tends to be updated only when things change.   Over time, we tend to accept our written policies and procedures without looking at what they are supposed to accomplish.   Managing workplace injuries is one of those areas.  So just to take a fresh look at the issue, let’s go back to what the OSHA regulations actually say about managing injuries.  It is found in the  Medical Services and First Aid Standard (29 CFR 1910.151).  It is very simple and very clear:

1910.151(a)  The employer shall ensure the ready availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of plant health.

1910.151(b) In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available.

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Video for Safety Meeting: Burrito Causes Bus Crash

Need to “drive” home the point about distracted driving at your next safety meeting?   How about this video.  A bus driver in Albuquerque trying to navigate the streets and a burrito at the same time.  It turns out he can’t do both.  Thanks to the always informative and always interesting website Safety News Alert for this:

And while we are at it, here is a Russian bus driver who discovered the dangers of sleep deprivation on the job: