Unpreventable Misconduct in the Workplace: Are you equipped to defend your organization from OSHA enforcement action?

When enforcement actions are taken by OSHA, employers may defend themselves by claiming unpreventable employee misconduct and unpreventable supervisor misconduct. In order to succeed in an affirmative defense, the defendant must prove that their safety and disciplinary action programs sufficiently prevent the hazard. As simple as this sounds, employers often face a long, arduous road [...]

OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards of 2019

April 7, 2020 – Every year OSHA publishes their most frequently cited standards online for public access. Users can run reports using query tools (Frequently Cited and Industry Profile) to access records on compliance and enforcement activities by industry sector (NAICS code) and size of the organization (number of employees).  Information collected from the database [...]

AHA Updates Guidelines in 2019 (Part 2): New first aid measures & CPR assistance

No need to lose sleep over the 2019 AHA guideline changes, which can’t compare to the 2015 phase out of the long-taught resuscitation method, ‘A-B-C’, and adoption of ‘C-A-B’. 2019 revisions aren’t going to rock the boat in the same way. Instead, they recommend first aid interventions not previously taught in certification courses. Also, emergency dispatcher instruction and guidance to 9-1-1 callers is outlined, with the intent of improving CPR quality and effectiveness.

AHA Updates Guidelines in 2019 (Part 1): Who needs to know

If you’re a health and safety ‘pro’ in charge of workplace first aid programs or first responder teams, you’ll find all you need to know about the changes that were made to the AHA guidelines in 2019 in this 3-part series. First thing’s first: Which guidelines were updated? Which ones matter to health & safety professionals in industry? And what’s OSHA got to say about it?

Transitioning from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001 (Part 1)

It takes a high level of excellence and maintenance in the form of planning, research, workforce involvement and management commitment to continually improve the process from all levels of the organization. If there is no employee involvement and commitment from management at the very top, success is only superficial.

Safety Education, Safety Training, and Safety Competence: What’s the difference?

The terms “safety education” and “safety training” are used interchangeably throughout many businesses and often have virtually the same meanings. However, there are key differences between them that may change how you use these terms in your workplace safety management program. Plus, being able to provide evidence of education, training, and competence could make all [...]

Near Miss vs. Behavior-Based Safety

Safety is critical for every business and there are many approaches to improving safety standards. One debate revolves around Near-Miss reporting versus Behavior-Based safety. To demonstrate these approaches, let’s consider the following scenario. Bob is sipping coffee as he walks toward the back of the warehouse. His phone buzzes with a message from his wife [...]

Key Performance Measures for Safety

KPIs are not always perfect instruments of analysis and periodically require a review for effectiveness. When choosing a new safety KPI, or when reviewing the one(s) you have, keep in mind the most important aspect of a strong KPI: communication. An effective KPI is relevant to the audience and incites action.