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 your… Read more »

Ladder Safety Tips and Tricks

Safety often gets presented as a grand notion. It’s easier to talk about that way. Your PR staff will trumpet your commitment to safety. Your budget will include funds for safety training and equipment upgrades. Your HR department will outline everyone’s safety responsibility. But safety comes about as a day-to-day commitment. It’s a matter of doing seemingly simple tasks in a way that makes sure that no one gets hurt. And nothing is more seemingly simple than using a ladder. We’ve all operated one, cleaning gutters or hanging Christmas lights. However, falls represent one of the main causes of workplace… Read more »

Tips for Maintaining Your Company’s Vehicles

Your vehicles are important company assets that allow you to get work done and meet customer needs. So keeping them in top shape is critical. When your vehicles operate at peak performance standards, they also help you manage the safety of your workers. So to run a safe, effective workforce, vehicle maintenance isn’t an option, but a necessity. Five Tips For Vehicle Maintenance Vehicles that are well cared for are safer for your workers to operate, plus they last longer—saving you on the cost of replacements. To help your employees help you, consider the following four maintenance tips: Clearly Define… Read more »

Are Your Employees Able to Spot Workplace Violence?

Awareness of the danger posed by school shooters has risen dramatically in recent years, fueled by the barrage of tragic headlines we receive far too often. The threat has become something that teachers, administrators, and even the kids have to worry about on a regular basis, punctuated by “live shooter” drills and increased security. So, schools have gotten the message. But have other workplaces? The threat of violence goes well beyond the educational sphere. It can potentially impact any office or factory floor. And while the danger from things like mass shootings prompt the most headlines, those kinds of attacks… Read more »

The Proper Way to Alert Management of Unsafe Work Conditions

It’s in everyone’s best interest to maintain high safety standards. First off, a good company will care enough about its employees to strive for safe working conditions, no matter the cost. But even a cynical firm, only motivated by profit, should realize that safety makes the most long-term sense. It saves on costly shutdowns and accidents, as well as avoids potential legal troubles down the road. So, if you see an unsafe condition at your work, you can usually assume the higher-ups will thank you for bringing it to their attention. You shouldn’t have to be shy about safety. In… Read more »

Keeping Workers Safe in the Digital Age

Technology makes the world go ‘round. Most of us rely on smart phones and mobile devices to connect to the world around us, and these devices make life a lot easier in many ways. However, on the production floor, cell phones can be a distraction that puts workers in danger. Since careful attention must be paid to operating tools and machinery, a ringing cell phone can quickly shift a worker’s focus and lead to injury—to themselves or others. It’s important to develop a workplace technology policy and then mandate all supervisors and managers enforce it. Cell phone and mobile device… Read more »