Archives for June 2012

A Safety Meeting Should be About People, Not Policy

Leading a safety culture is vastly different from following and enforcing regulations.  But the content of our safety meetings sometimes suggests that we’re more concerned about compliance than we are about culture.  Our message in a safety meeting may very well include the latter, but it should never exclude the former.  People are more readily […]

Protective Gear: Tips for Selecting the Right PPE

“Like the hazards encountered in the workplace, there is a variety of PPE available on the market that is intended to help protect all the parts of a worker’s body,” notes a recent article that appears in EHS Today.  “Trying to select multiple types of PPE that integrate together to protect workers can be a […]

We Can’t Hear You! Eliminating Distractions in Safety Meetings

A safety meeting is often held directly on the job site–which is not a bad thing, but it can sometimes have unintended consequences.  If the job site has a high-decibel noise level from surrounding machinery, vehicles, compressors, or heavy equipment, you may find yourself contending for the attention of your audience in a competition you […]

How to Conduct an Engaging Pre-Job Hazard Hunt

One way to make a pre-job meeting or tailgate meeting more engaging and interactive is to turn it into a hazard hunt.  A hazard hunt is in effect a “roving” tailgate meeting.  The beauty of this is, we can use the very same three-question format we addressed in a previous video in this series.

No Winners in the Texting While Driving Homicide Conviction

Many organizations already have a policy against cellphone usage for their employees driving company vehicles.  Now there’s another reason not to use a cell phone while driving, whether it’s in a company vehicle or not: “A Massachusetts teen was convicted Wednesday of homicide as a result of texting while driving and will serve one year […]