Safety Experts Talk

Safety Experts Talk offers relevant, on-topic interviews with industry leaders in safety, 5S, Lean, Six Sigma and other continuous improvement genres. Podcasts are 30 minutes or less and cover PPE, safety software, tools, GHS labeling standards, and more. You'll find a rich library of safety related topics.


Electrical Safety At Work


Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for safety managers, owners and workers. In 13 short minutes, Jon covers lockout/tagout; arc flash PPE, arc flash labeling, NFPA 70E regulations and much more. Jon even explains why birds aren’t electrocuted when they rest on power lines. Jon Koppari is a certified trainer for construction safety, NFPA 70E, and CPR/AED for The Occupational Safety and …

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Ladder Safety – 10 Questions


Ladder safety increases with tips from expert Dave Francis. 3 points of contact/control, fiberglass vs. wood, correct footwear and more are discussed. Dave Francis works for Little Giant Ladder Systems as their National Safety Director. Dan Clark asks Dave 10 ladder questions. Topics include fall protection/prevention, sun damaged fiberglass, leveling a ladder on an uneven surface, and more. Dave also refers to “grandpa’s ladder.” Everyone can picture this old, rickety ladder. He urges workers to …

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An Earthquake At Work


Earthquake safety at work? A quake could happen while employees are on the job. Prep with workplace emergency supplies, equipment and evacuation drills. American Red Cross staffer Melinda Davis says doorway thresholds are unsafe. Previous emergency protocol advised people to stand in doorways. Now, safety experts say door frames are weak and could collapse, and swinging doors can injure. Melinda suggests employers have dedicated emergency supply kits and equipment. She also says at the top …

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A New, Unsafe Generation Of Workers


Unsafe generation. New people entering the workforce, the Millennials, are unskilled and unsafe. Hear safety expert Elaine Cullen explain why it’s not their fault. Elaine co-authored the National Academies of Science study, which partly focused on generational differences in workers. In this podcast, she tells why new workers are weak in mathematics, the sciences, and tool use. This makes them safety hazards looking for a place to happen. Many are quick to judge these new …

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Safety Management System Improvements


Safety Management. Has it helped workplace safety improve? Safety management systems expert Maureen Johnson, of IBM, rates 30 years of safety. As the Integrated Health Services Program Manager for IBM, Maureen describes strides made in safety management systems since she entered the industry in 1985. Dan Clark interviews Ms. Johnson about the different types of safety management systems (SMS), including OSHA’s Sharp, OSHA’s VPP, I2P2, OHSAS 18001, or ANSI Z10. Industry groups ASSE, NETS, NFPA …

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Safety Recognition Programs That Work


Safety recognition programs that cost the least work the best. Hear a former OSHA trainer explain how to have a better recognition program inexpensively. Steve Geigle worked for 16 years with OSHA, Oregon. He’s seen safety recognition programs fail miserably. Hear Steve detail the reasons for the failures, such as too much emphasis on rewards. Steve suggests using 15 S’s to create a safety recognition program. These will pump up worker morale by involving employees …

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Respect For People And A3


Respect For People is a crucial part of lean and A3. Lean guru Bill Greider tells how A3 teams can implement continuous improvement in an organization. Bill heads P4 Lean Strategy Consulting, coaching companies on using A3 teams to eliminate accidents, increase production and rectify customer issues. The A3 exercise employs Respect For People, which originated with TPS (The Toyota Production System). A3 is a way to problem solve, named after a European paper standard …

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OSHA Inspections – What To Expect


OSHA inspections can create panic in every safety manager. Relax. An OSHA Enforcement Manager responds to 18 questions on inspections, revealing the facts. Gary Beck, Enforcement Manager of Oregon OSHA, explains what any company owner or safety manager should expect during a safety inspection. Dan Clark interviews Gary on how to prepare for their surprise appearances, and how keeping workers safe is OSHA’s reason for being there. Many other questions about facility safety and signs …

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Lean IT and Business


Lean IT expert Steve Bell helps solve the long-standing battle between a company’s goal of Continuous Improvement and the perceived lack of IT’s agility. It’s a constant friction between the boss wanting computer/network changes now, and IT wanting to slow down and do it right. Hear about Kaizen, and how IT departments are now considered strategic partners in business planning, due to so much online interaction with the public. Mac or PC? In this interview, …

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Do A Combustible Dust Test


Combustible dust explosions can happen in a confined workspace without notice. Hear dust and flammability expert Dr. Ashok Dastidar discuss a Go/No-Go test, and how to collect a sample of dust in your facility. Fine metal or organic particles can burst into flames. Dr. Dastidar warns that dust which comes from something that isn’t normally flammable can actually explode. For example, a steel rod may not burn. But, if you make very fine steel powder, …

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