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055: Using Drones for Safety

Mentioned in this episode: Whos On Location Mighty Line Floor Tape How would you like an OSHA inspector to launch a drone over top your jobsite or building, looking for hazards and violations. Perhaps workers on the roof, forklift operators in the yard, cell tower workers on a mountain - an OSHA inspector could see it all without even stepping foot on your property. It's not as far-fetched as it may sound. OSHA has authorized the use of drones by certain inspectors to collect evidence...


054: Integrating Safety with Existing Processes

Mentioned in this episode: Have you ever struggled to make your safety processes mesh with other existing business processes, like quality or maintenance? By using lean principles and tools it can be easy to do just that. Stop trying to convert workers and take the work to them, in terms/tools they are comfortable using. This can be as simple as using a layered audit approach - piggyback off another inspection that is done...


053: How to Handle OSHA Safety Inspections

Mentioned in this episode: In this episode I will talk about preparing for an OSHA inspection and how to best handle the event should one occur. Here, my focus will be what to do up front, and should a compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) arrive at your facility, what to expect and what you should have ready to make it go smoother. I will also talk briefly about how to handle any alleged violation and potential citations that...


052: Safety Incentives that Work

Mentioned in this episode: OSHA has changed course in its view of employers' post-incident drug testing programs and injury rate-based incentive programs. In a Memorandum to Regional Administrators and State Designees published October 11, the Agency now says most of these types of programs do not run afoul of the anti-retaliation provisions of the injury and illness recordkeeping regulation at §1904.35(b)(1)(iv). This is a huge...


051: How to Write an Effective Accident Report

Mentioned in this episode: Atlantic Training With proper safety training and an air-tight safety program in your workplace, you won’t have to write too many incident reports. However, sometimes things slip through the cracks and it results in an incident or near-miss. When this happens, it’s not only mandated by OSHA to report it, but it can be imperative in future prevention of like incidents. The best way to go about reporting an...


050: Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices

Mentioned in this episode: OSHA's Safety-Related Work Practices standards for general industry are performance-oriented requirements that complement the existing electrical installation standards. These work-practice standard include requirements for work performed on or near exposed energized and deenergized parts of electric equipment; use of electrical protective equipment; and the safe use of electric equipment. These rules are...


049: 8 Tips for Selecting Key Safety Performance Indicators

Mentioned in this episode: How do you measure safety in your workplace to enhance performance and reduce employee downtime? There are several tested methods that Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) leaders use to reduce employee incidents and illnesses. Among the leading methods, which the Gensuite white paper discusses, are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)–or leading and lagging indicators. Leading...


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...


047: Machine Guarding Safety in 5 Easy Steps

Mentioned in the episode: In almost all industries, we may work with or around machinery. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or...


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 As I get ready to head to the beach for Spring Break (I will already be there when this episode drops!) 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,...


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 have...