Hazard Identification Training: How to Do It Right

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Hazard recognition is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety. In fact, OSHA says that “One of the ‘root causes’ of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.”

The idea that hazard identification/recognition is important to safety is a common one. And following from this, you’ll often see people within the safety industry saying it’s important to train workers on how to identify hazards at work. But what you don’t see quite as often as those first two is any guidance on how to effectively train workers to identify hazards at their workplace. That’s what we’re hoping to help you with a little bit in this article.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its first-week emphasis on hazard recognition training. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here.

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Create a Culture for Maintainability, Reliability & Continuous Improvement

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Would you like to create a culture that supports maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement? Sure you would!

So how should you do that? Well, one of the ways it is look at (and perhaps improve) your organizational culture. In fact, our friend Dr. Klaus Blache from the University of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (UT-RMC….read below to learn more about our partnership) says this on the topic: “For as long as I can remember, culture has been, simultaneously, the top roadblock and leading opportunity for large implementations and ongoing improvement.”

Source: Efficient Plant Magazine, “Cultural Improvement Takes Work,” February 2018, page 36

In this article, we’ll talk a little more about the importance of organizational culture for increasing maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement and give you some tips for improving culture to see some of these benefits.

This is another in our series of collaborations with UT-RMC. If you’ve missed our previous articles in this series, you might want to check out our What Is Reliability & Maintainability? article.

Also, feel free to download the free PDCA infographic at the bottom of this article.

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The “Safety Mythologist” Discusses 10 Common Safety Myths: A Discussion with Carsten Busch

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Every field has its sets of established truths. But if you consider some of these so-called “truths” a little critically, you sometime find out they’re not true at all. It’s like the professional version of an urban myth. They’re in the air around us; we read about them and we heard smart people saying they’re true; we never stop to question if they really ARE true; and ultimately, we end up believing in them ourselves.

In the learning and development field, a classic myth is that you can get better training results by designing training to match your learner’s so-called learning styles. But I digress–we’ll get back to that in another article.

In occupational safety, there may be some myths out there too. And that’s why we had the conversation below with “safety mythologist” Carsten Busch. Put on your critical-thinking cap and your skeptical socks and give it a listen (or a read). And many thanks to Carsten for his sharing his time and knowledge with us.

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Using Risk-Based Safety Approaches to Reduce Serious Injuries & Fatalities: An Interview with Pam Walaski

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Risk management can be a powerful tool in occupational safety and health. And when applied strategically, it can help safety managers avoid serious injuries and most importantly fatalities at work.

That’s good to know, because as our risk management/safety management expert Pam Walaski explains in the interview below, the rates of occupational fatalities haven’t been going down as of late and we can do better.

In the interview below, Pam (who’s also done interviews with us on Risk Management and Safety Management Systems as well as Five Steps to Implementing Risk-Based Safety Approaches) explains the current and sad reality of occupational fatalities, explains why risk management is a tool we can use to combat these fatalities, and shows us how to get started.

As always, thanks to Pam.

Also, know we’ve included a free starter’s guide to using risk-based occupational safety management at the very bottom of this article. 

You can watch/listen to the discussion in the video below or click MORE to read a transcript (the guide’s down there, too).

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Upcoming Webinar: An Introduction to “New Safety” (HOP, Safety Differently, Safety II)

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A quick head’s up that we’ll be holding a free webinar over at the website of our business partners RedVector in which we’ll provide an introduction to “new safety” schools of thought including Safety II, Safety Differently, and Human and Organizational Performance (HOP).

If you’d like to learn a little more about these and get pointed in the right direction for additional learning through a series of recommended thinkers, books, websites, and links, this might be something you’ll want to check out. Plus, you can’t beat the price. 🙂

You can register for the “New Safety” webinar here.

 

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Vector Solutions Business Unit Monthly Blog Round-Up: April, 2019

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Recently, customers of Convergence Training as well as employees of Convergence Training attended the Vector Solutions Client Summit in Tampa, Florida (Vector Solutions is the parent company that owns Convergence Training).

One of the interesting aspects of the Vector Solutions Client Summit is that it brought people from many different industries served by Vector Solutions together into one room to discuss how they deal with the same issues from different perspectives. A lot of people felt this was really helpful, including yours truly (see our overview video of the Vector Solutions Client Summit).

In fact, it was such a great experience to learn, brainstorm, problem-solve, and innovate together that we’ve decided it’s not something we want to leave in Tampa until next year’s client summit. And so one thing we’re doing is publishing a monthly “Best of the Vector Solutions Business Units Blogs” at the Vector Solutions website.

This month’s round-up includes:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the April, 2019 Best of the Vector Blogs article.

 

 

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OSHA Basics: OSHA-Approved State Plans

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OSHA’s regulations cover employers in the 50 states plus a number of territories and jurisdictions (this includes but is not limited to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

Many of those states or territories are covered by what’s known as federal OSHA. However, 22-27 states and/or territories have OSHA-approved state plans instead of being covered by federal OSHA. We’ve given a range because it depends on how you count them, something we’ll explain more for you below.

We’ll explain the state OSHA plans a little more in this article, which is a continuation of our OSHA Basics series of articles.

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.

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Guide to Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health

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As we explained in our Compliance or Risk-Based Approaches to Occupational Safety Management article, there are different ways to manage or focus your occupational safety and health management programs.

One way is to use a risk-based approach to safety in the same way other fields use risk management tools, and that’s typically considered an improvement over a more managing safety with a primary focus on compliance or in a more reactive manner.

If you’re new to risk management and the use of risk-based safety management, you may find this free GUIDE TO RISK-BASED SAFETY MANAGEMENT helpful–just go to the bottom of this article.

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8 Principles of Risk Management: Risk Management Basics

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This is the first article in an ongoing series that will introduce the concepts of risk management. The articles and series will be based on the ISO 31000 standard for risk management (at least the initial articles will) and the discussion about risk management in these articles can be applied in any industry and for any subject–finances, supply-chain management, brand reputation, talent recruitment and retention, market share, occupational safety and health, supply-chain management, and more (this is known as enterprise risk management).

If you’re new to risk and risk management, we hope that the articles in this series will demystify the field to you and show you the opportunities that taking a risk-based approach can offer in a variety of applications.

Please let us know if you have any questions you’d like us to address in future Risk Management Basics articles, and of course do use the comments section if you’d like to chime in with your own knowledge, thoughts, and experiences.

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What Is Harness Suspension Syndrome?

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Fall protection, including a fall protection harness, can be a lifesaver if other, higher-controls fail and a worker falls while working from heights.

But while it seems that having a fall protection harness arrest your fall is nothing but good, there’s a not-so-obvious hazard that many people aren’t aware of: fall protection harness suspension syndrome. And it can lead to pretty rapid death (even after the harness might have just saved your life by stopping your fall). Harness suspension syndrome is known by some other names as well, including harness suspension trauma, simply suspension trauma, or orthostatic intolerance.

We’ll explain more in the short article below, which includes a nice video illustration from our Fall Prevention & Protection training course.

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What Is Vertical Lifeline Swing Hazard?

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An important hazard that falls under the general bucket of fall prevention and protection is the “swing hazard” that can exist when wearing a vertical lifeline. We explain vertical lifeline swing hazard in this article (and include a video illustrating it from our online fall prevention & protection training course) and give you a tip for avoiding swing hazard out in the field.

We’ve also included a free fall prevention toolbox talk training checklist that you can download–just go to the bottom of this article to get the checklist. It addresses ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety.

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Stand Down to Prevent Fatalities from Falls: An Interview with Oregon OSHA

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Every year falls are on the leading causes of injuries and most importantly fatalities at work. And that’s especially true in construction.

That’s why OSHA holds an annual Safety Stand Down for Fall Prevention in the Construction Industry. Each year at this time, they hold training sessions, provide free informational materials, get busy on social media, and otherwise try to raise awareness of the scope of the problem and how to prevent these fall-related injuries and fatalities.

As part of the Safety Stand Down 2019, Oregon OSHA joins federal OSHA, the other state OSHA plans, numerous safety organizations, and countless safety-minded individuals in trying to create some awareness of the risks and hazards the come under the fall prevention umbrella and in sharing knowledge about how to stay safe at work–from a simple slip, trip, or fall at ground level to working at the highest elevation.

Craig Hamelund, an education specialist with Oregon OSHA, was kind enough to share an hour talking to us recently, telling us about the fall-related injury and fatality statistics nationally and in Oregon, highlight hazards and controls, telling us a little about what Oregon OSHA (as well as the Pacific Northwest OHSA Education Center and other related safety professionals) are doing here in Oregon, and sharing information about falls and fall prevention that are useful no matter where you live. We thank Craig and Oregon OSHA for his time and we encourage you to seek out or hold your own Safety Stand Down event this year.

We’ve transcribed the discussion and you can read that by clicking the MORE button. Or, just watch the video, which is immediately below. Also, know that that the bottom of this article, we’ve provided a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist based on an OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide–it’s yours for free and it offers tips on toolbox talks for ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety.

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