Learn Workplace Safety From A Prison Movie

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2 min read Workplace safety improves from watching The Shawshank Redemption? Dr. Timothy Ludwig says we can learn about safety complacency from the movie. A prisoner escapes from prison through a tunnel he took 19 years to dig. Dr. Ludwig has over 25 years experience doing foundational research in Safety Culture Change and is a professor at Appalachian State University. Dr. Tim says gaps in workplace safety systems are like the prison guard failures in the Shawshank Redemption. …

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Behavioral Safety Is Actively Caring For People

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2 min read Actively Caring For People. What? Hear what Behavioral Safety has become. In this podcast, we talk with Dr. E. Scott Geller, a professor at Virginia Tech’s Department of Psychology and a partner at Safety Performance Solutions. Dr. Geller is THE go-to expert on how psychology relates to safety. For the first time safety manager or a seasoned pro wanting to modernize their safety program, Dr. Geller is an excellent source of information and enthusiasm. Dr. …

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Safety Programs Built With Employee Input

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14 min read Safety programs work best by consulting workers. EHS expert Lori Siegelman of W&M Environmental tells how to involve employees to build safety programs. Lori says a worker doing a task is the best person to ask about safety for that task. Dan Clark also asks Lori for her opinion of workers as safety observers. In this 24 minute interview, hear how employees are reacting to OSHA’s HazCom 2012 standard on chemical labeling and SDS sheets. …

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Early Warning Safety Vest

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14 min read A safety vest that alerts a roadside worker of oncoming vehicles is in the works. Hear about the InZoneAlert safety vest from Virginia Tech’s Tom Martin. In development now, the safety vest senses the accident avoidance signal from modern cars and trucks. The vest is equipped with a radio receiver which triggers flashing lights and audible alarms when a vehicle is too close. Professor Martin, of the Virginia Tech Bradley Dept. of Electrical & Computer …

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Myths Of Behavior Observation Safety

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19 min read Behavior observation means workers watch out for each other. Safety expert Marc McClure shatters myths, tells of reducing incidents with his staff by 80 percent. Marc manages 350 people as Divisional Safety Manager at electrical contractor IES Commercial & Industrial in Grand Island, Nebraska. Marc dispels these fables in this podcast: Myth: “Behavior observation is about placing blame.” Myth: “I can’t use stop-work because the whole job would shut down.” Myth: “Observation process is just …

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Total Worker Health – Explained

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17 min read Total Worker Health. Dr. Bud Harris says it’s safety goggles and an apple. It’s occupational safety and health protection plus workplace health promotion. An out-of-shape worker is more likely to be injured. Dr. Bud urges companies to follow NIOSH’s Total Worker Health initiative, adding stretching, walking meetings and healthy foods in the lunchroom machines. And more. Dr. Bud is a Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. He led EHS at Con-way Freight, Intel, Tyco …

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Forklifts vs. Pedestrians: Right-Of-Way

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13 min read Forklifts vs. pedestrians. Who has to stop? People on foot technically have the right-of-way. But some say powered industrial trucks should hold sway. Safety expert Jonathan Jacobi, of Underwriters Laboratories, tells how some companies ask walking workers to cede their right-of-way to multi-ton forklifts. Jonathan also explains how part of OSHA’s standard on powered industrial trucks has not changed since 1969. Jonathan is a Senior Environment, Health and Safety Advisor with UL Workplace Health And …

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HazCom Labels And SDSs – OSHA Talks

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11 min read HazCom labels and SDSs are confusing – until now. Two OSHA industrial hygienists explain what is happening right now with the Hazard Communication Standard. Hear about HCS 2012 changes in chemical labeling and Safety Data Sheets. OSHA’s Lana Nieves and Sven Rundman of The Directorate of Enforcement Programs discuss major and minor details that every safety manager and company owner will want to know. In this podcast, we focus on pictograms, labeling refillable containers, secondary …

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Front-Line Workers And Safety

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16 min read Front-line workers shouldn’t be fired for blowing the whistle on safety. Their observations need to be taken seriously by managers, says Dr. Sidney Dekker. Employees in the middle of the action know real-world safety, according to Dr. Dekker. As front-line workers, their safety opinions are an asset, not a nuisance. Also, safety is bogged down with bureaucracy. Hear Sidney explain his solutions in this 22 minute podcast hosted by Dan Clark. Prof. Dekker is a …

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Safety Kickoffs That Really Work, Pt 2

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16 min read Safety kickoffs can alienate experienced workers. Learn how to bring these staffers into new, safer realms with John Drebinger, Jr., expert safety speaker. John also lists the five reasons to watch out for other people’s safety. In this podcast, Dan Clark asks John to share other tips from his book “Would You Watch Out For My Safety?” A safety speaker for over a quarter century, John Drebinger, Jr., C.Ht. CSP, has kept the attention of …

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