June 2021

Makita Creates the World’s First Angle Grinder with a Non-Removable Guard

June 1, 2021

Q&A with David Fernandez, Makita’s Product Category Manager, Metal Working & Concrete Products (www.makitatools.com). Q. What made Makita U.S.A. develop the world’s first grinder with a non-removable guard? Makita has received inquiries from business managers asking if a grinder can be designed with a non-removable guard feature. In response to these customer requests, Makita has developed…

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Training for Lockout/Tagout

June 1, 2021

By: Brian McFadden, Contributor Many warehousing operations use motorized equipment, like conveyor systems, to maintain efficient workflows. Some workplaces have more specialized needs, like industrial refrigeration systems for cold-storage facilities. Larger workplaces often call for more powerful equipment. As long as guards remain in place and workers follow safe practices, these systems can be relatively…

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How to Develop an Effective eLearning Program for all Learning Styles

June 1, 2021

By: Nzingah Ramos, Contributor Oftentimes, when people hear the term “online learning,” they think of someone clicking through a lengthy PowerPoint with paragraphs of text on the screen. This is linear learning, with the only engagement being the click of a “Next” button. In recent years, eLearning has advanced past this notion and has transformed…

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What to Consider When Looking for Cut-Resistant Gloves

June 1, 2021

By: Rick Pedley, Contributor Not all work gloves are equally protective, which can make buying the right pair of safety gloves overwhelming. While you could buy the most protective cut resistant gloves on the market, most industries don’t require extreme cut resistance. It would actually be more expensive, less efficient and sometimes more dangerous to…

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High-Visibility Safety Apparel Standard Updated to Help Ensure Workers are Seen and Protected

June 1, 2021

ANSI/ISEA 107-2020 Addresses Design, Performance and Materials for HVSA PPE By: Cristine Z. Fargo, Contributor As America’s roads and highways age and infrastructure is enhanced and rebuilt, we can expect to see more construction along the roadside in the coming years. In 2018, the public sector spent about $92.5 billion U.S. dollars on highway construction. By…

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How Predictive Analytics is Reshaping the Battle Against Serious Injuries & Fatalities

June 1, 2021

By: Sean Baldry, Contributor Another Workers’ Memorial Day came and went on April 28. The event, established in 1970, is intended to raise awareness of the lives lost as a result of occupational accidents, and encourage workers and employers to work together to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities on the job. But in…

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COVID-19 Stress Among Your Workers?

June 1, 2021

Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Solutions Are Critical A NIOSH Science Blog post By: Jeannie A. S. Nigam, MS, Jessica M. K. Streit, PhD, MS, Tapas K. Ray, PhD, Naomi Swanson, PhD, Contributors Experiencing an infectious disease outbreak can cause fear, anxiety and stress.1-5 Along with overwhelming uncertainty and new behavioral ‘norms’ (e.g., cloth face covering…

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The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor: An Insider’s View

June 1, 2021

By: Edward Stern, Contributor OSHA has a powerful free tool to help employers (and employees) understand the agency’s Recordkeeping Rules. It is the OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor, at https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/osharecordkeeping.htm. Why it is needed? A good clue is the text of the first page of the Advisor. It says, “… The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is intended to…

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Dealing with OSHA: More Inspections, Greater Citations Ahead

June 1, 2021

By: Phillip M. Perry, Contributor Employers trying to avoid costly OSHA citations are facing new challenges in the form of heightened enforcement activity and greater liability for workplace COVID infections. To lessen their exposure, businesses are retooling their operating environments to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates. “I think you’re going to see much…

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Psychological Safety in the Workplace

June 1, 2021

By: Maureen Paraventi Among the National Safety Council’s (NSC) topics for National Safety Week is one that refers to the importance of feeling psychologically safe on the job as well as physically safe. Harassment, bullying and retaliation on the part of co-workers, supervisors or management are not only detrimental to a worker’s psychological well-being, they’re…

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