Pranks and Practical Jokes – Don’t be a Fool

April Fools’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to relieve stress and inject some humor into a potentially tedious office environment. However, there are limits. Taken too far, pranks and practical jokes, even when conceived as harmless fun, can create serious issues.    It’s essential to loosen up at the office from time to time. Studies show that encouraging fun in the workplace can lead to concrete business benefits. For instance, a survey conducted by Robert Half International showed that 84% of executives associate a good sense of humor with good job performance. Meanwhile, 91% of respondents view humor as helpful for career advancement.  … Read more »

Minimizing Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries represent a significant workplace danger. Employers do what they can to avoid these conditions, but it is up to you to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy. With the proper steps, you can minimize the risk that repetitive stress will take its toll.   When people think of workplace injuries, they usually imagine sudden, devastating accidents. Slipping and falling, falling off a scaffold, getting caught in a machine – terrible, one-time events that can completely alter a person’s life. However, these abrupt calamities aren’t the only way to find yourself hurt on the job. Rather, repetitive… Read more »

Emergency Notification Procedures

Putting in place emergency notification procedures helps keep your workplace safe, no matter what comes up. In dangerous situations, strong communication and a well-established protocol ensure that everyone takes the appropriate action. This can minimize damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.   After all, emergencies happen suddenly, and they happen unexpectedly. In some ways, there’s no way to be 100% ready when they occur. That said, getting through an emergency with the minimum amount of negative consequences requires significant preparation. In other words, you have to get as ready as possible.   Here are a few types of incidents that require emergency… Read more »

Outdoor Construction Worker Safety

Working an outdoor construction job can be nice. When it’s 70 degrees, with a pleasant breeze and a few clouds to sit right in front of the sun, you’re thankful that you’re not stuck in some office somewhere. Things are different when the weather turns sour.    Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can make you wish for an indoor job. However, it’s not just about comfort. Inclement weather also puts your safety at risk. When conditions turn nasty, you need to take appropriate steps to protect yourself.   Rain   Staying dry is more than just a matter of comfort. Keeping the… Read more »

Daily Manufacturing Safety Concerns

Safety represents a significant concern for any manufacturing company. As a worker, you are particularly impacted by the level of compliance in your workspace. The company might see a financial incentive to keep things safe. For you, the concerns are much more immediate, since you are the one who faces a potential injury if there are any breakdowns.  That gives you a deep incentive to keep the workplace safe. It also means you need to take personal responsibility for your safety. When you’re on the manufacturing floor, you should enact every precaution possible to avoid an incident.  Luckily, there is plenty you can do. Here are… Read more »

Delivery Driver Safety Tips

For most people, the holiday season means upcoming vacations and time with friends and family. For delivery drivers, it means more work and increased hazards. To get through the season in one piece, you’ll need increased vigilance and a tighter commitment to safety.  The holiday season is a time of gifts and online shopping. This translates into increased delivery volume: more work for you, driving around on busier streets, with more people, during a time when the weather is likely to turn sour. A perfect storm for accidents.  But there are ways to stay safe. Here are a few delivery driver safety tips you can use to get through… Read more »

Electrician Hazards And How To Avoid Them

You don’t have to be told that electricity is dangerous. The hazards are obvious. Working near electrical situations, you become exposed to possible injury or even death. However, by knowing the specific dangers, an electrician can learn how to avoid them. This knowledge allows them to conduct their business safely and securely. The specific dangers vary according to the type of work you do. Some jobs carry a high risk of electric shock or even electrocution (an electric shock resulting in death). Other situations have a lower chance of serious injury but might still present some low-grade hazards, such as… Read more »

Educate New Hires On These Basic General Safety Tips

Safety represents a central concern for any business. To maintain the highest standards, it’s important to involve everyone in the process. As such, you should set up detailed training courses to educate your new hires about safety.  A strong basis in safety training encourages a company-wide commitment. Every employee who walks through your door should receive detailed instruction on how to keep the workplace safe. It gives you peace of mind that everyone is on the same page.  But what should you teach them? Beyond the specific details they need to do their jobs, there are some general concepts you should stress. Here are some… Read more »

How to Make Safety Training Fun & Engaging

You can hear the groans already. It’s time for another round of safety training and your employees are already antsy. They envision a snooze-inducing list of rules and OSHA standards. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. As unlikely as it sounds, you can actually make your safety training both fun and engaging.  Striving to create an interesting and enjoyable training process won’t just make your employees happy. It provides important material benefits for your business as well. The improved program will become more productive and effective. Meanwhile, the trainees will remember the material better, ultimately making them safer employees.  Here are some of the ways you can make… Read more »

Safety Management Programs

Developing a strong safety awareness program provides a number of advantages. You involve everyone in the process of keeping the workplace safe, leading to fewer accidents and preventing many potential injuries.  Besides being the right thing to do, a well-developed safety program provides potential boost to the bottom line. It helps avoid costly work stoppages and reduces workers compensation claims.   However, to get your safety management program on track, you need to consider everyone’s role. It can be a complicated effort, making sure that everyone is on the same page and buys into the program.  Here are some of the steps you… Read more »