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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, January 09, 2012

We Received Your Comments And Suggestions

Last week I asked what you had learned about safety in 2011. We got email!  And it covered more than just what was learned in 2010.

Thank you for your suggestions for improving the Workplace Safety Blog.  You'll notice that starting this week we are including images in most of the posts. Also, there was a comment thanking me for including both sides when we report on an OSHA citation.  This is something I started about two weeks ago and I'll try to do it more often, when there is publicly available information from the company.

One of the themes running through several emails was that of a culturally diverse workplace. Workers from some cultures, such as Indonesia for example, may be reluctant to report safety hazards. In their culture saying something that might embarrass a superior is not acceptable.  Other cultures have a macho attitude that can result in workers "showing off" their "manhood" by taking risks.  Young workers may have an attitude of "it can't happen to me."

These cultural differences need to be addressed with training for managers and supervisors. They need to know about cultural differences and how to communicate with and lead the people who work for them.

In my previous post I forgot to mention that I'd like to quote from the emails you send. Unless you otherwise tell me not to, emails I receive this week and after may be quoted in this blog.  Please let me know if I can use your company name when I identify who I'm quoting.  Otherwise I'll just use first names.

Send your comments about:

- what you learned (about safety) in 2010
- any comments you have about safety
- any solutions you have to a safety problem
- any comments about this blog

Send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Pictures are also welcome, if you have something that can be better said using a picture.

Of course, you can also add your comments directly to any post by click on the "Add Comment" link at the bottom of each post.

Thank you!
Steve
The Safe Workplace Blog

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9 Comments:

Blogger SeriousTW said...

People sitting too long is becoming a problem. We've need to show people they need to take a break from sitting. We allow exorcise balls to be used instead of chairs. We encourage our employees to take a walk on their lunch break, giving them an extra 10 minutes of paid time.

6:35 AM  
Blogger RogerT said...

young people don't pay attention to their job at work. they get hired, work for a while, then when they have a little money they leave. they don't care about anything. an accident is going to happen.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OSHA has become our biggest concern this past year. OSHA laws are necessary but they have become unrealistic and destructive of business. Some osha laws reduce safety. My company has been moving our work offshore and I expect I'll lose my job this year as they continue to do this.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you cover more about how to make a claim for an injury? What does someone who was hurt at work do?

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good coverage of what OSHA is doing. We need to know what they are up to. You seem to report just the times they have big fines. Could you report everything? I'd like to know more about what osha is going after.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Anonymous, thank you for your comment and suggestion about reporting on all OSHA fines. With a few exceptions I've set proposed OSHA fines that exceed $100,000 as defining what is major. I also include those I feel are significant, without regard to the value of the proposed fine. I feel that reporting on all OSHA citations and fines would "clog" up our blog and put too much of a focus on OSHA citations. However, we could expand our coverage of OSHA citations if anyone has some suggestions for areas we should target.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My suggestion is to please get rid of the black background. It is VERY HARD to read your blog.

5:57 AM  
Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

Nice to see you fixed the problems. This blog wasn't looking too good last week. I can read it again. Keep up the good work.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous vinod said...

Thanks for the great info… about safety, workplace safety information.

6:29 PM  

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