Warehouse Safety Tips

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Warehouse safety sometimes gets ignored, perhaps on the assumption that it’s part of “safety” in general. But warehouses have specific and  unique safety hazards, and as a result it’s worth looking at those in more detail and on their own.

I recently attended a pre-conference workshop at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference on warehouse safety, which was led by folks from the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and which functions as OSHA 7005.

I’ll be writing in more detail about warehouse safety in future weeks, but thought I’d take a moment here to share some worthwhile tips I picked up in the training.

All credit to the class instructor (Dana Stahl), UW, and the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences on this one.

And with that, let’s get on to sharing some important warehouse safety tips.

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MSHA TRAM 2017: A Look Back

                   

We’re just back from the 2017 MSHA TRAM conference at the National Mine and Health Safety Academy in Beaver, WV and thought we’d give an overview of some of the presentations we attended and some of the things we learned.

We also figured we’d show you some pictures of our trip–not everyone gets out to West Virginia or the Mine and Health Safety Academy every day (or ever).

While we were there we gave two presentations of our own: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies. We’d like to thank those who attended those sessions and helped to contribute to the discussion in each. Those links in this paragraph provide some more related information about each of those presentations, including a related recorded on-demand webinar, helpful links, and free downloadable guides.

Below, we’ll tell you more about some of the other presentations we attended.

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What To Expect from an OSHA PSM Investigation

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, sets specific requirements for employers who use highly hazardous chemicals at the workplace.

And because these highly hazardous chemicals can lead to catastrophic events, OSHA takes the PSM regulation very seriously. Part of that seriousness includes rigorous PSM inspections at work areas covered by the PSM regulation.

Not so long ago, we sat in on a conference presentation about PSM inspections from Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA. Ms. Davis is a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA who performs PSM inspections and she’s been kind enough to talk with us about what to expect during an OSHA PSM inspection. So if you’re curious about this, go right ahead and read the rest of the article.

Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips from the OSHA PSM inspector.

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How to Create Better Workforce Development Training

                 

Workforce development is essential for businesses and other organizations in today’s economy. And while there are many aspects to great workforce development, starting with successful onboarding of new employees, workforce development training is a key part of the effort as well.

Yet many organizations don’t have an expertise in training development, and aren’t familiar with the nuts and bolts of how to go about it.

In this article, we’ll give you a simple blueprint to follow when developing workforce development training. Following these steps will get you far, and once you’ve got this down you can learn more and further refine your workforce development training as well as other aspects of your workforce development efforts.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Current and Future Training Technologies for Mining. It includes some additional helpful information that may help you learn about this brave new frontier.

We have a similar supporting blog post for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions as well. You’ll see there’s some cross-over between the two presentations.

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MSHA TRAM Conference Presentation on Evaluating Online Mining Safety Training Solutions

                 
At the upcoming 2017 MSHA TRAM conference this year (October 10-12, National Mine and Health Safety Academy, Beaver, WV), we’ll be giving two presentations: one on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining, and a second on Current and Future Training Technologies.

This blog post supports the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions for Mining. It includes a recorded, on-demand webinar that covers much of the same ground I will cover/covered at MSHA TRAM, links to some additional helpful resources, a free guide about Online MSHA Compliance, a BONUS SECOND webinar on MSHA Part 46, and more.

There’s a second supporting blog post for the Current and Future Training Technologies presentation that you may also find interesting.

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Recorded Webinar: MSHA Part 46, New Miner Training, and Annual Refresher Training

We recently held a live webinar on some aspects of MSHA Part 46.

In particular, the webinar gave some information on:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players (Responsible Person, Competent Person, Miner, & Miner/Contractor)
  • Main Types of Training (New Miner & Annual Refresher)
  • Compliant Methods of Training (and whether online training is allowed)
  • Types of Compliant Documents (Training Plan, 5000-23, and 5000-23 equivalents)

We’ve got a recorded version of the webinar below that you can listen to for free.

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How to Prepare an Incident Investigation Kit

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Incident investigations are an important part of your overall workplace safety and health management efforts.

But for an incident investigation to go well, allowing you to correctly determine its root cause, implement corrective actions, and avoid similar incidents in the future, you’re going to want to be prepared before an incident occurs.

One aspect of that preparation is simply knowing what an incident investigation is and how to conduct an incident investigation. It makes sense to start at the beginning, right?

But drilling down a little deeper, it pays to have a prepared incident investigation kit that’s fully packed and ready to go when an incident occurs. You won’t have to scramble around wasting time to find stuff, and you won’t have to worry about not having something important in the middle of the investigation.

In this article, we’ll help you get that incident investigation kit ready before you need it when the next incident at work puts you into incident investigation mode.

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What Is GHS and What Does It Have to Do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard?

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Maybe you’ve heard of the Globally Harmonized System.

Maybe you know it’s sometimes abbreviated as GHS. Maybe you know it’s got something to do with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200). And maybe you even know about OSHA’s GHS-alignment of the Haz-Com standard back in 2012.

If you do, that’s great. But if you’d like to know more, we think we can fill you in below.

And if you don’t know the stuff above, we think you’ll really appreciate the head’s up below.

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What Is a Hazard Communication Hazard Statement?

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As part of the 2012 GHS alignment of the Hazard Communication Standard (1910.200), OSHA began requiring specific label elements appear on chemical used at workplaces.

One of those label elements was the hazard statement (or hazard statements).

In this article, we’ll briefly explain the required Haz-Com label elements and then explain what a Hazard Communication hazard statement is.

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