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048: Wearable Tech for Safety

Mentioned in this episode: In this takeover podcast episode I visited the offices of Gensuite to talk about wearable tech and the impact it has on safety. Hit the links in these show notes for more info on the cloud-based EHS software solutions Gensuite can provide for your business. Join the over 600,000 users that trust Gensuite with their compliance and EHS software...


046: What Are Industry Consensus Standards?

Mentioned in this episode: Throughout OSHA regulations, you will find references to industry consensus standards such as those in Subpart I - Personal Protective Equipment. These PPE regulations refer to ANSI standards as the safety criteria manufacturers must meet when producing eye, face, head, and foot protective equipment. OSHA requires employers to purchase personal protective equipment that bears the ANSI mark to ensure that...


045: 10 Steps to Improve Driver Safety

Mentioned in this episode: Safety and Security starts with knowing who's on location - The official floor marking/floor sign company of the SafetyPro Podcast; MightyLine Floor Tape The National Safety Council The NSC Safe Driving Kit Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths dipped slightly – 1% – in 2017, claiming 40,100 lives versus the 2016 total of 40,327. The small decline is not necessarily an indication of progress,...


044: Safety, Security and Workplace Violence - What's your policy?

Mentioned in this episode: SAMPLE POLICY HERE Because workplace violence is a growing problem at workplaces across America, it is good for a company to develop its own company specific worksite violence policy and procedures manual. There is evidence that suggests worksite violence is largely preventable through the development and implementation of a specific policy and procedures. To be effective, company policy and procedures...


043: Workplace Safety Postings

Mentioned in this episode: NERD ALERT! This episode covers all those little posters and postings that have to be displayed in the workplace. Most public and private employers fall under at least some posting requirements under federal, state, and/or local government laws, regulations, and/or executive orders. These workplace posters (also known as labor law posters or notices) are generally meant to make employees aware of their...


042: 7 Ways to Prevent Ergonomics Injuries

Mentioned in this episode: What is an ergonomic injury? Opinions vary on how to define an ergonomics injury, and the definition of the term may depend on the context. However, ergonomic injuries are often described by the term “musculoskeletal disorders” or “MSDs.” This is the term that refers collectively to a group of injuries and illnesses that affect the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include a group...


041: 7 Elements to an Emergency Action Plan

Mentioned in this episode: Download the Elements to an Emergency Action Plan HERE How would you escape from your workplace in an emergency? Do you know where all the exits are located? What about a 2nd way out? A safety plan is needed, let' talk about that in this episode. Send emails to


040: Trenching and Excavation Safety

Mentioned in this episode: OSHA Sloping/Benching Diagrams Welcome, in this episode I want to talk about trenching and excavation safety. I know here locally we just had another trench collapse that trapped 2 workers. And I am sure you may have heard about incidents near you or reading about them on a national level. Managing safety for these operations is quite simple once you know the requirements and understand some of the nuances...


039: Vacation Message - Off the Job Safety

Final vacation week! Thanks for being loyal listeners. I wanted to remind everyone in this quick episode about taking safety with when you leave work. I may put together an episode about this topic soon. Share your off-the-job safety tips by sending me an email to Don't forget to visit our incredible partners in safety: Be safe out there!


038: 6 Steps to an Effective HAZCOM Safety Program

Mentioned in this episode: I am on vacation! But, I still managed to get a quick episode out for all my awesome listeners. 6 Steps to an Effective Hazard Communication Program for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals! It's a good one! Get the document mentioned in this episode: Hazard Communication: Steps to an Effective Hazard Communication Program for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals Fact Sheet and Hazard Communication:...


037: Safety for Tree Trimmers

Mentioned in this episode: Get the freebies mentioned in this episode HERE Recently, I was thinking about some of the seasonal work we need done at our homes as well as at our businesses. And that got me thinking about tree trimmers. And it hit me, when it comes to workplace safety, it is easy to overlook the folks that do some of this work, either at our homes or when we hire these companies to help us maintain our...


036: Confined Space Entry Safety Part 3: Rescue Teams

Mentioned in this episode: In the last couple of episodes I dance around the rescue team parts of the standard. I want to get into that section here. Let’s start with an outside rescue option, since a lot of folks go this route. If you recall, whenever you use outside resources you must evaluate a prospective rescuer's ability to respond to a rescue summons in a timely manner, considering the hazard(s) identified. So you have to...


035: Confined Spaces Pt 2 - Safety with Entry Permits

Mentioned in this episode: This is part 2 in a series about confined space entry, the requirements including training and entry procedures and we will wrap the series up with some tips, interpretations and examples written programs. If you remember from the last episode I covered the basic definition of a confined space: * Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work * Has limited or...


034: Confined Space Entry Safety

Mentioned in this episode: the official floor marking company of The SafetyPro Podcast. Get a free sample of the toughest floor tape on the market! provides web applications for visitor management, contractor management, employee attendance and evacuation management. Get a FREE 30-Day free trial TODAY! I want to get into confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces. I need to break this topic up into a couple of different...


033: Lean Safety

In this episode I want to talk about Lean manufacturing principles and how it can help you transform safety in your organization. If you listen to this podcast regularly (and I hope you do!) you probably have heard me tell you to go look at what tools the lean or quality folks are using in your organization. And there is a good reason for that. They CAN help you improve safety processes. I am going to reference 2 good books I studies and will draw upon their lessons in this episode. One...


032: Is Online Safety Training Effective?

Online safety training has come a LONG way from what it was even 5 years ago. Technology like mobile devices and apps has made digesting information easier and more interactive. So in this episode I want to focus on what works best as far as online safety training goes, and what to avoid. Years ago, a model for training emerged called Adaptive Learning. I won’t bore you with the higher education definition of the term. Not because I don’t think any of you would understand it; of course...


031: A Process to Change Workplace Safety Culture

Changing Safety Culture Requires a Framework! The link to the book mentioned in this episode can be found HERE So in this episode I want to talk about changing workplace culture. I have had a couple of episodes on Safety Culture already. And all of that still applies. Again, for the discussion let’s define the term: Culture is the character and personality of your organization. It's what makes your organization unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions,...


030: Determining Work-relatedness for Safety Injuries and Illnesses

Be sure to visit and you can send emails to As we know, the language of the OSH Act limits the recording requirements to injuries or illnesses that are "work-related." The Act uses, but does not define, this term. OSHA has interpreted the Act to mean that injuries and illnesses are work-related if events or exposures at work either caused or contributed to the problem. Work-related injuries or illnesses may (1) occur at the...


029: Safety Meetings that Succeed

Be sure to visit and send emails to Regular meetings can be beneficial to your business (if done right). In this episode I want to talk about meetings. Yes, the dreaded business meeting. But don’t worry, I have some great tips for you to follow so you can make sure your business meetings don’t put folks to sleep, turn employees off to being engaged, or make you look like a knucklehead! No matter why you are having the meeting, some...


028: Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Program

Visit for more great workplace safety information. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. OSHA requires employers to protect employees who are occupationally exposed to blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM). While most would associate exposure to bloodborne pathogens with healthcare workers, there are many other occupations, including first-aid team members, housekeeping personnel in...