Improving Safety Committee Effectiveness

An effective safety committee is an important part of developing and maintaining a successful safety program. Unfortunately, companies sometimes have disorganized or unfocused safety committees, which can lead to poor safety results. So what can safety professionals do to fix an ineffective committee?
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ANSI World Standards Week

The American National Standards Institute’s annual World Standards Week will be held October 15-19, 2018 in Washington, DC. World Standards Week is an event that brings together leaders in the standards development community from around the world. Industry leaders, technical experts, government agencies, consumer advocates, and standards developing organizations come together to promote global standardization and international cooperation.
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New World Safety Standard: ISO 45001

Many U.S. companies may not be required to adopt ISO 45001, but it can still help safety professionals stay up-to-date on the best practices to develop effective quality safety programs. Here's a look at a few of the concepts safety professionals can learn about in the new world standard.
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The Cost of a Poor Safety Program

The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index helps employers identify the highest risks for injury in the workplace and develop the most effective safety programs to reduce workplace injuries and illness. So what are the highest workplace risks, and what can employers do to reduce those risks?
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Common Fall Protection Equipment Misuses and How to Address Them

It’s always important to provide fall protection for people working at height. OSHA requires fall protection any time someone is working four feet above the ground or higher for general industry or six feet or higher for construction. But it’s not enough just to have fall protection equipment: that equipment must be used correctly, and employees should be trained and know how to avoid common fall protection misuses.
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Incorporated By Reference: Understanding OSHA and National Consensus Standards

The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act [OSH Act §5(a)(1)] requires employers to “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” Many people are familiar with this clause, which requires employers to independently identify hazardous conditions that aren’t specifically enumerated in the OSH Act, but there is another way OSHA protects against additional hazardous conditions:
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ASSE Name Change: American Society of Safety Professionals

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City—one of the deadliest industrial disasters in the United States. On October 14, 1911, the United Association of Casualty Inspectors was established with 62 founding members. As a part of its goal to improve worker safety, the organization changed its name to the American Society of Safety Engineers in 1914 and established its headquarters in New York City.
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Choosing the Right SRL for your Fall Protection

SRLs, or self-retracting lifelines, are a crucial part of any fall protection system. SRLs connect workers to their anchor point and arrest falls with a built-in braking system. Every fall protection application is different, so it is important to know how to choose the right SRL for your specific application.
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