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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...


027: Engaging Workers In Safety

More If you want to increase safety engagement between leadership (direct supervisors) and workers try asking what coaching leaders are already getting. Chances are HR is coaching front line supervisors on how to engage workers to increase morale, retention and productivity. Instead of reinventing the wheel, piggyback on what they are already doing. I have used the Gallup Survey information many times with many clients. It just works! Listen to this episode for...


026: Corrosives Safety

More Our exposure to corrosive chemicals in the workplace is more common than folks realize. Just think about the chemicals we use around the home! Safety, on and off the job, is key to managing the hazards associated with these chemicals. Listen to this episode to find out the most common safety hazards, types of corrosive chemicals and how to better prepare your employees for working with them. I also cover ANSI requirements for emergency eyewash stations and...


025: Multi-Employer and Contractor Safety

More episode info at Increasingly, companies are using contract or temporary workers to perform work. This work ranges from maintenance and construction to security and even production-related tasks. It’s easy to pass off responsibility for contractor safety to someone else — particularly the contractor. Under the OSHA multi-employer worksite policy, citations may be issued to employers using temporary employees. OSHA’s multi-employer worksite citation policy...


024: Aerial Lifts, Powered Platforms and Scissor Lifts

In this episode, aerial lifts, powered platforms and scissor lifts - they all have slightly different requirements. Be sure to share your thoughts by sending a message to Please visit our sponsors and the official floor marking and floor sign company of the podcast,


023: OSHA Outreach Training Issues

Outreach training was never supposed to replace required safety training under specific OSHA regulations. So what about contractors that we hire that simply produce the 10 or 30-hour OSHA Outreach training card? What questions do we ask? How do we verify they have had actual safety training beyond the OSHA Outreach Training Program? Listen as I tackle this topic. Be sure to drop me your thoughts by sending a message to Please visit our sponsors...


022: Learning From Safety Mistakes of Others

More I often have folks share safety news stories or OSHA citations they hear about. Most of the time it's an odd curiosity and serves no other purpose than to shake our heads and say, "idiots!". What if we take this information and bring into our organizations and try to place ourselves in those situations? I do this all the time. It is a great way to learn from the mistakes of others. Everything from accidents, injuries and news about OSHA citations for alleged...


021: Charting Your Safety Culture

Special announcement! Mighty Line Floor Tape is now the official floor tape and floor marking company for the SafetyPro Podcast! All of your industrial floor marking needs in one place. Visit to learn more. Where are you on the culture maturity curve? How do you chart this? Click HERE to download the free graph and listen as I talk about the different levels of safety culture and how you can tell where your company is right now. Send feedback and topic...


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