Footwear Safety – a Buyer’s Guide to Choosing Proper Work Boots

How often do you think about your feet? They provide the base (literally) of almost everything you do. Yet, people tend to make them an afterthought, especially when on the job.   This is a mistake. Proper footwear can make the difference between a good day and a bad day at work. More than that, the right work boot represents an important piece of safety equipment. In that way, your footwear can also mean the difference between life and death, or at least an important tool to avoid serious injury.   You may think that’s an exaggeration, but feet represent a major… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Choosing The Right Footwear To Keep You On Your Feet

Safety requires the right equipment. However, knowing what constitutes “the right equipment” can be harder than it seems. It’s relatively easy to figure out when you need things like helmets and safety glasses. However, many workers ignore their feet. They don’t think about the right footwear for their particular job, which can hurt productivity and lead to serious safety concerns.  The right footwear should both protect a worker from the dangers in their work environment, and provide the necessary comfort needed to keep going strong throughout a shift. Comfort may seem like a small concern (at least compared to safety). But if you spend long hours on… Read more »

How You Know It’s Time to Start an Employee Search

Strange as it sounds, you don’t always notice when you need additional workers. When a person leaves, it’s (usually) obvious you should replace them. But an employee departure doesn’t define the only times when you should start recruiting. After all, life unfolds a little bit at a time. You go to work, handle your day-to-day activities, and get by as best you can with what’s available. You don’t always have time for big-picture contemplation or strategic reviews. Conditions can change so slowly you don’t notice at first. But there are signs that point to a need for additional hires. Here… Read more »

Checklist: What You Need to Work With a Staffing Agency

You’re ready to jumpstart your career by partnering with a recruiter. Good step. They can plug you into their network of companies hungry for new talent and quickly get you into an ideal placement for unlocking the next stage of your career But what do you need to get started? Having everything lined up as you go into the staffing-agency experience helps maximize the value of getting a recruiter involved. It short cuts the process, putting you into a perfect position more quickly. Meanwhile, it can lead to a better result, as your staffing specialist has all the information necessary… Read more »

Do You Know How to Read a Hazardous Chemical Label?

If you work in an environment that uses chemicals, you may have seen hazardous chemical labels. These are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it works to comply with the GHS, or Globally Harmonized System. Hazardous chemical labels appear on every chemical container and include important information to follow when using that chemical. Every label features six pieces of key information, and you can help yourself and others stay safe when you know what each section means. Product identifier Appearing in the top left corner of the label is the chemical’s name in big, bold letters.… Read more »

Best Practices for Holiday Safety Season

As the holiday season fast approaches, thoughts of rest and relaxation enter everyone’s minds. Add this need to decompress to a workplace that’s busier than usual during the holiday season, and you have a recipe for potential safety concerns. But safety doesn’t take a vacation, and it’s important to keep up safety standards in your workplace year ‘round. Don’t let a lack of planning lead to risks for your employees! Five Holiday Safety Practices to Reinforce As the pace picks up in your workplace, keep the following in mind: Give seasonal workers proper training. If you’ve brought in extra workers… Read more »

Protective Eyewear Do’s and Don’ts

Your eyesight helps you navigate the world, plus adds to your quality of life. It’s important to protect it! While at work, you’re faced with potentially harmful objects and substances, such as shards of glass or metal, particles, chemicals or any combination of these items. If contact occurs with your eyes, it could lead to serious injuries or even blindness. So what can you do to keep your eyes safe at work? It helps to use the right protective eyewear. Tips for eyewear safety at work Just follow these industry tips to protect your eyesight now, and for years to… Read more »