Twenty years ago, 25 workers died in a chicken plant fire in North Carolina. The tragedy caused a large upgrade of the state’s occupational safety agency. How is North Carolina OSHA doing now?
Worker Safety Attitudes
Employees valuing their own safety and watching out for each other because they want to, not because they have to – that’s the definition of a good safety culture. How do you get there? There are five areas many employers miss, according to Dale Lesinski, VP Sales & Training, DiVal Safety Equipment. Lesinski outlined five keys […]
A safety consultant says taking a page from the military’s playbook — something called Commander’s Intent — can help companies achieve their safety goals. In a presentation at the National Safety Council fall 2021 conference, Shawn Galloway, President/COO of ProAct Safety Inc., said Commander’s Intent is the overall purpose of something — the “why” it’s […]
Safety training doesn’t automatically count as employee engagement. It’s more than just attending live training or completing computer-based courses. Employees need to be involved in developing and presenting the training to be truly engaged in it. This is a requirement for the Voluntary Protection Program. Here’s a good example of how a VPP company got […]
Perhaps you’ve overseen workplace safety for a long time. You’ve seen theories on workplace safety come and go – and come back again. Or you could be brand new at this and wondering how to keep up with the latest safety management best practices. Either way, when faced with the concept of “New Safety,” you […]
On March 25, 1911, 146 workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in New York City. It’s been called an event that fundamentally changed U.S. workplace conditions. But have workplace safety attitudes really changed in 100 years?
We had a location that was doing well with safety. Their stats were great! But then they started tanking. We didn’t know what was causing this. So we went to the facility and gathered people from all departments for a meeting. It was important for employees to tell us themselves what was going wrong. But […]
“Safety needs to come from the top.” You’ve probably heard that one before. However, a federal agency had to remind a public transit provider of that again in its report on what caused a fatal train crash in Washington, DC.
Peer pressure can be a double-edged sword when it comes to safety: It can help convince workers to do the right thing, or it can push them to take unnecessary risks.
Over the past several years, safety culture has emerged as a pivotal component of any highly productive and innovative organization. Now emerging from a global pandemic, workplace safety is a top priority for every organization’s success. And it is not just about creating sanitization stations and painting lines on the floor for social distancing. It is […]
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