888.326.9244

DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, June 29, 2015

How to keep Safety Training Interesting, Keeping Cool in a Crisis, more

Emotional intelligence: how to keep cool in a crisis

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a scoring of how logical and cool you can keep in highly-charged situations. A high EI is a great trait for a safety manager or anyone with a risky job. 

So how do we put this to use in the safety realm? First, make sure that your critical safety personnel and employees in high-risk situations are able to stay calm when faced with an unexpected crisis. Walking through emergency scenarios can help employees perform better in an actual crisis.

This infographic shows some interesting info on emotional intelligence and its applications.


This article is a can't-miss... it contains valuable information on the stress-busting techniques frequently applied by those with a high EI score. It includes a slideshow on the ten most stressful jobs.

10 (more) tips for a safe workplace

There can never be too many lists of safety tips, as long as they contain new and helpful suggestions. This one does.

How to keep safety training interesting

How are safety managers keeping their safety training interesting to employees? This was a question posed in a LinkedIn safety group and the answers were diverse and interesting. Here are some of the best answers.

Speaking of keeping cool...

If high temps make employees feel like they're working in an oven, it might be time for more tips on beating the heat.

Labels: ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, June 22, 2015

Combating Worker Fatigue, Short Safety Vids, more

How to get the CEO onboard with your safety program

Whether or not you're working with a CEO who “gets” safety, it's vital to find ways to connect with corporate leaders and learn how to manage their expectations.

Want to keep your job? Deliver on the reason they hired you. >> Find out more

Worker fatigue: tips to combat it

Two separate studies revealed that the switch to Daylight Savings Time resulted in 40 minutes less sleep for American workers, a 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries and nearly 68 percent more work days lost to injuries.

Sure, you can't do anything about the time change, but there are ways to minimize worker fatigue. For instance, don't make sudden changes to workers' schedules.  >> Find other ways to minimize worker fatigue

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) ponied up $300k in grant money to fund research on a system to combat workplace fatigue. The idea is to use FitBit--those wristbands that track physical activity and sleep quality--to alert the worker when fatigue sets in. He or she is then supposed to enact one of the program's suggested interventions to induce wakefulness.  >> Find out more

Safety tip videos

Here are some video shorts on a variety of safety topics, from keeping workers cool while working in the heat to forklift safety. They're short but helpful and might be a great way to start a meeting.  >> View the videos

OSHA cites heater as cause of oil rig fire

Workers using an open-flame heater on an oil rig is thought to be the cause of a fire that killed three. OSHA says this isn't the first time they were cited for this offense, and they've now been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  >> View images of oil and gas accidents

Labels: , ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, June 15, 2015

Deaths in your Industry, New Safety Tech, and more

How many deaths occurred in your industry last year?

In 2011, there were 33,930 cases of missed work from workers getting compressed by or caught in equipment. This workplace safety statistic and many more are presented in a visual slider format, provided by the National Safety Council. The stats cover a broad range of industries. You can display the stats or repurpose the slides as internal posters to serve as safety reminders. >> See the stats

Putting new technology to work for safety


Technology has completely altered the way we interact, and there are apps and tech items to help us with nearly every aspect of life. Here are some ways to put the latest gadgets to work, toward your goal of workplace safety.

A key part of OSHA compliance is an effective system of hazard alerts in the form of labels and signs. But it can be difficult to track which ones are outdated and where new ones should be placed. This free labeling assistant app lets you track locations that need updates by using your device to snap pics. You can add notes and even assign the project, and it geotags the photo so you can find the location later, when the label is made.  >> Get the app


Top 5 ways to strengthen your safety team

When it comes to workplace safety, committees are essential. In fact, 14 states require employers to have safety committees, and 5 recommend them. If you don't have one you should consider forming one, and if you do, here are 5 ways to improve your safety committee.

Labels: ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, June 08, 2015

More Safety Fail pics, Workplace Safety Interview, and more


25 more horrifying safety fail moments

You may find these amusing or you may find them horrifying, but here are 25 pics of some pretty creative approaches to getting the job done, at the possible expense of life and limb. Think of this as the Safe Workplace's reference guide on what NOT to do.







Workplace safety: interview with an expert

This interview with safety expert Donna Mandell covers workplace safety misconceptions, common safety violations, launching a workplace safety program, and more. She also offers advice on the best ways to improve workplace safety.


New name on the OSHA SVEP list: DMAC Construction

OSHA inspectors went out to investigate a tip that workers were in imminent danger at a south Philadelphia construction site. They found that the employer allowed bricklayers to place an improperly-braced scaffold near power lines. They were 35 feet above ground and did not have fall protection in place. They were cited for eight violations, seven of which were willful, and were fined $470,300 and added to the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  >> Find out more

So what's the takeaway from this? It might be an ideal time for a staff refresher on OSHA's three main rules for safe scaffolding use.

OSHA advice for safe flood cleanup

In the aftermath of the floods in Texas and Oklahoma, OSHA posted information on safe flood cleanup, and necessary precautions. When a region is struck by an unusual storm type--like a dry region is suddenly hit by heavy flooding--workers may not have much experience handling that type of situation. This increases the odds of injury or death. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept into a storm drain and died while attempting a flood rescue, and with record-breaking rainfall in both regions, more injuries may occur during cleanup.

Don't miss this time-lapse video of the storm hitting Dublin, Texas.

Labels: , ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, June 01, 2015

Forklift Safety, Lurking Germs, making a Safe Workplace even Safer

Forklift Safety Secrets

Learning several details about forklift operation and engineering could uncover some unsafe behaviors you didn't even realize were at play in your workplace. >> Unveil forklift safety secrets

Think you already have a high level of forklift safety knowledge? Put it to the test with this forklift safety awareness quiz or find out safety stats with this forklift safety infographic.

Great at safety? Find out how to kick it up a notch

I don't doubt the Safe Workplace has readers spanning a broad variety of workplace safety levels, varying from extremely hazardous to spectacularly safe. But one thing we all have in common is we're trying to improve the safety of our workplaces. If you think your workplace qualifies as very safe, there are some things you can do to push the envelope even farther.

What has more germs than a toilet seat?

It's a good thing--or not--that germs are invisible, because they're coating things that you touch constantly. Of course you can't stop tell employees to stop touching things in order to minimize odds of getting sick, but knowing the main culprits means you can expend more cleaning efforts on these items.

Check out this infographic to find out where the most bugs lurk.

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, May 18, 2015

Workplace Safety: Free Resources, Tips, and Training Vids

Workplace safety may not make the top brass' list of priorities when they discuss ways to improve the bottom line. But given the financial impact that an effective workplace safety strategy can have on cost and productivity, perhaps it should be. Here are 5 areas where you can improve workplace safety. It includes a collection of videos, infographics and white papers with tips on ergonomics, safety culture, safe lifting, slips/trips/falls, and heat stress. 

Safety Training Videos

Here are some helpful (and free!) safety training videos on a variety of topics:

US Department of Labor and OSHA -- a collection of 62 safety-related videos

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries videos focusing on training and hazard prevention

OSHA safety videos on every topic imaginable

DuPont features "Safety Training Observation Program" (STOP) which includes videos and other resources for setting up or improving your workplace safety program

This set of safety videos--on topics such as heat stress, hearing and eye protection, and ladder safety--includes several in Spanish.

Safety Inspection via Smart Phone?


Technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, interact with others and even how we work. Smart phones are so common in the workplace that if an app can save time, most companies are willing to put it to the test. Find out how you can conduct a safety audit via tablet or smart phone. Here are some audit templates you can use from your device.

Labels: , ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



Monday, May 11, 2015

7 Things You Need to Remember About Workplace Safety

What’s more challenging than implementing good health and safety practices? Changing poor practices after you’ve already started. Habits are hard to break, even if you know they're bad.  

The piece also includes several infographics and survey data on key barriers to implementing safer practices.  >> 7 things you can do

Online Safety Courses, including Certification

Oregon OSHA offers some great free online courses with certification. Choose from topics like fall protection, job hazard analysis, HazCom, safety leadership, OSHA 300 recordkeeping, ladder safety, and more. Pick a course, send a link to employees, set a deadline for completion, easy!  >> Free training courses

Need Spanish resources? Forms, courses, audio training modules, and a glossary of safety terms in Spanish to English or English to Spanish are all available here.

They also have great training materials on lockout-tagout, including printable course material, workbook, instructor guide, training videos, even online courses with certification. Go to this page and scroll down to Education and Training at right.

Do you speak OSHA?

How well do you know OSHA terminology? Put yourself to the test.  >> Take the quiz

Need a quick visual reference to OSHA and ANSI-compliant sign making? Hang this poster wherever signs and labels are being made.  >> Get the poster

Labels: , ,

posted by Angelique
View This Post - (0 Comments)
| Add Your Comments | links



To receive a once a week
email with safety news
Enter Your Email Address Here:



Example Email
You can unsubscribe at any time
Powered by FeedBlitz
Safe Workplace Blog Home

To receive a once a week
email with safety news
Enter Your Email Address Here:



Example Email
You can unsubscribe at any time
Powered by FeedBlitz

Archives