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OSHA has no regulation for sleep deprivation – but you must know who is fit for duty

April 25, 2014

Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for some workplace incident, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived. Often, when a worker is confronted for violating a policy, he or she will shrug and say, “I forgot.” Many safety professionals are realizing that human errors, behavioral drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.


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From Dubai (or anywhere in the world) – one vision, one standard

April 24, 2014

I am very fortunate to be able to travel the world through my work. I just got back from Dubai and had a great trip!  It is so interesting to see other parts of the world and experience different cultures. In fact, I spoke to a group with participants from every corner of the world, and I do mean every corner.


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Why should PPE be ergonomic? Top five reasons

April 23, 2014

For most of us, our work has a pretty sizeable impact on our lives. Our ability to do our job – and to do it well – is something which we all value, for a variety of reasons. As such, it is no surprise that we should also value the equipment which helps us do a good job day in and day out.


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Personal risk assessment – complacency

April 23, 2014

Repetitive tasks exist in most workplaces and wherever they’re present, so too is a frustrating safety risk. It seems like the more we perform a particular task, the better we should be at it. I guess that is true for the first few times we do a task, but then our human minds have a tendency to wander.


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An employer’s responsibility toward temporary workers

April 21, 2014

April 29th marks the one-year anniversary of OSHA’s Temporary Workers Initiative, which was launched to increase focus on the safety of temporary workers and ensure their protection from workplace hazards.


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