Safety must be a top priority for every organization no matter the industry or size of a company. Employees should feel safe when they clock in, knowing they will safely return home after work. Being negligent of workplace safety will end up costing you; compensation costs, accident investigations, clean-up and repair, and litigation adds up quickly.

Employers are responsible for keeping their workers safe on the job by maintaining an environment free of known hazards. A safe facility is cultivated through:

  • Audits: Establish a snapshot of current safety efforts and identify workplace hazards by completing risk assessments or hazard analyses.
  • Employee Participation: Some of the best safety ideas are from frontline operators and line workers. Leadership can gather suggestions by taking Gemba walks and conducting employee interviews.
  • Controls: Hazards are most effectively prevented using the Hierarchy of Hazard Controls: Elimination, Substitution, Engineering, Administrative, Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Training & Education: Employees should be trained to identify hazards, what different hazard controls are, how to use their PPE, and other relevant safety procedures.
  • Leadership: Above all, a strong commitment from management is necessary to a safe work environment. It's important for top management to prioritize safety as a core value for the organization, and stay committed to continuously improving workplace safety and health.

Creative Safety Supply is dedicated to providing you with the resources and information you need to maintain a safe working environment. We cover industry standards, regulatory agencies, best practices, and advice from the experts. Below you will find articles, blog posts, infographics and more to keep you, your workers, and your facility safe.

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Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets contain crucial information about the classifications and associated hazards of a chemical. They follow a standardized 16-section format and are required for any facility that handles, stores, or transports chemicals.

Automated Guided Vehicle Lane Marking

Automated Guided Vehicle Lane Marking

AGVs exist in large facilities to help with consistency and safety. Used for manual labor, AGVs are able to reduce steps in processing to focus on other priorities.

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire Safety in the Workplace

Fire safety is essential in every workplace. These are the principles that will help your facility prepare for fires and prevent them from occurring in the first place.

6S: Safety

6S: Safety

Safety is the additional sixth step to the traditional 5S method. A company that implements 6S focuses on improving organization and efficiency, with an emphasis on safety throughout each step.

Spill Cleanup

Spill Cleanup

When a spill occurs at work, safety relies on a fast response. These are the steps to take and best practices for spill cleanup.

Code of Federal Regulations Title 49

Code of Federal Regulations Title 49

CFR 49 notes the procedure for transporting hazardous materials safely in compliance with the HMR. Learn more about this important regulation.

What is Heat Stress?

What is Heat Stress?

Are your workers at risk for heat stress? Learn how to prevent this illness and the best plan of action.

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklift Safety Procedures

Forklifts are powerful tools that have transformed the way industrial facilities work. With such a powerful tool comes the risk of injury. This article outlines how to increase forklift safety.

Food Security

Food Security

With the 2011 passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, considerable attention has been focused on the purity of our foods from the perspective of accidental contamination.

Behavior-Based Safety

Behavior-Based Safety

Behavior-Based Safety, when used properly, can increase safety and improve employee engagement in safety programs. Learn how BBS can help you improve your safety program.

NFPA 99

NFPA 99

NFPA 99 standards are built specifically to ensure safety from fire danger in healthcare facilities. Learn how to stay in compliance and protect your facility from fire hazards with this overview of the NFPA 99.

Safety Committee

Safety Committee

Implementing a safety committee can help improve the overall safety of your company. Discussing safety concerns and resolving them will keep your employees safe.

What is an Electrical Arc?

What is an Electrical Arc?

Electrical arcs can be a serious hazard when not intended. When an electric arc is created in an uncontrolled environment, such as an arc flash, serious injury or death can occur. Learn more...

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

If you are looking to implement or update a pipe marking strategy for your facility it is important to gathering as much information as possible. Read More...

Catchy Safety Slogans

Catchy Safety Slogans

Catchy safety slogan signs are an interesting method that many companies use to keep employees and customers safe.

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical Wire Colors

Electrical wire colors are essential to the safety of anyone working with electricity. Click here and learn more about electrical color standards.

The Two Faces of OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011

The Two Faces of OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011

OSHA regulations require businesses to follow one of two safety sign standards to remain in compliance: ANSI 1967 and ANSI 2011. Take a look at these two styles and pick the one that best meets your needs.

What is HAZCOM?

What is HAZCOM?

Hazcom is designed to help employees to quickly identify hazardous chemicals. Learn more beneficial information about Hazcom.

What is a Thermal Printer?

What is a Thermal Printer?

Thermal printers are essential to printing in an industrial setting. Learn about the two types of thermal printing to determine which one suits your facility’s needs.

Tool Storage Ideas

Tool Storage Ideas

Lean manufacturing emphasizes organization, but it can be difficult figuring out just how to get started. This article lays out some common and effective ways of getting organized quickly.

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

Value stream mapping (VSM) gives a comprehensive look at a business’s production process. Once a business has their process mapped out, it’s easy to identify the places where waste happens.

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

SVEP – Severe Violator Enhancement Program

OSHA’s Severe Violator Enhancement Program (SVEP) was created to help ensure companies actually improve safety practices instead of just paying fines for violations. Learn how to avoid getting this designation by improving your workplace safety protocols and become a safe, efficient facility.

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste Water Treatment Labeling

Waste water treatment labeling ensures that all water and flow is accurately labeled. keeping employees safe from contaminated water.

Neutral Wire Color

Neutral Wire Color

Since electricity is an essential component of virtually every facility, it’s important to know which wires are associated with what color, and at what voltage.

Lean Healthcare

Lean Healthcare

Implementing lean healthcare in the medical field will lead to improvement in overall performance and patient satisfaction.

OSHA Accident Reports: How to Handle the Aftermath of a Work-Related Injury or Illness

OSHA Accident Reports: How to Handle the Aftermath of a Work-Related Injury or Illness

All companies want to avoid accidents, but an unfortunate reality is that work-related injuries happen. How a company reacts to the incident is crucial.

Floor Marking for Factories

Floor Marking for Factories

Factories are busy, active environments with a lot happening at all times. Floor marking is a low-cost way of improving efficiency, safety, and organization.

Arc Flash Labeling

Arc Flash Labeling

Arc Flashes are one of the most dangerous accidents that can happen in a facility. Learn how to keep your facility safe and incident-free through proper labeling.

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

Floor Marking for Facility Safety

The best way to enhance safety is keeping workers informed, and floor markings are the most reliable, durable method of ensuring that everyone is aware of potential hazards.

Anhydrous Ammonia – Safety & Labeling

Anhydrous Ammonia – Safety & Labeling

Concentrated (or anhydrous) ammonia presents significant hazards to people and the environment. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Floor Marking for Door Openings

Every time a door opens, it presents a potential hazard to anyone on the opposite side. With careful floor marking, you can massively reduce this risk and prevent numerous injuries.

Wire Color Codes

Wire Color Codes

Proper electrical wiring is not the place for uncertainity. Fortunately, Wire Color Codes exist to protect you from harm, while ensuring that the lights stay on.

HMIS Labels

HMIS Labels

Having a complete understanding of the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) is essential to keeping your employees safe when working with chemicals.

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Floor Marking for Fire Extinguishers

Use floor markings to make sure you can find the fire extinguisher and that it is not blocked in an emergency.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration | OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration | OSHA

Get answers to the most common questions regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Are your lean and 5S efforts making a difference? Crunch the numbers on OEE to find out!

Hazard Pictograms

Hazard Pictograms

More than crude drawings, these nine illustrations protect millions of people throughout a variety of industries each and every day.

HAZWOPER: Training For Hazardous Substances

HAZWOPER: Training For Hazardous Substances

Crucial training for anyone who works with or near hazardous waste, the HAZWOPER standard seeks to keep workers safe and prevent environmental catastrophe.

OSHA Card

OSHA Card

The term OSHA Card refers to a type of certification that is issued from OSHA after completing authorized training that they provide.

Pipeline Labeling

Pipeline Labeling

Pipeline labeling is essential when using pipelines in the facility. Without the proper labeling, you are putting your employees at risk.

Workplace Lifting Safety

Workplace Lifting Safety

Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. Save time and money by learning how to prevent lifting injuries.

Crane Safety

Crane Safety

Crane safety is essential when working within a construction area. Check out this article for important information and a crane safety checklist.

Forklift Safety

Forklift Safety

Forklift safety injuries have been on the rise and its up to you to help fix it. Here are some forklift safety tips to help you get started.

Job Safety Analysis

Job Safety Analysis

Job safety analysis is a great process to learn and understand to help identify safety hazards within the workplace. Learn more ›

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a Visual Workplace

Creating a visual workplace can help improve efficiency and reduce workplace injuries. Check out these tips for creating a visual workplace.

Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management

Proper warehouse management can dramatically improve both efficiency and safety. This article covers everything you need to know.

Understanding the Five Whys

Understanding the Five Whys

Finding the root cause of a problem is imperative in problem solving. The "five whys" will help you find the root cause and prevent future issues.

NFPA 704

NFPA 704

NFPA 704 is a set of standards used to identify hazardous materials so that emergency response professionals will know the dangers.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Implementing proper hazardous waste disposal tools within the workplace is essential for keeping employees safe. Do you have these hazardous waste tools?

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-Term Exposure Limit

Short-term exposure limits are a guideline that employers can use for how long an employee can be exposed to certain chemicals before their safety is compromised. Find out more...

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

In most facilities there is no way to eliminate dangerous levels of noise, so it becomes necessary to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection is regulated by ANSI S3.19 standards.

Hard Hat Classes

Hard Hat Classes

Each hard hat class is designed specifically to help provide protection against certain types of hazards. Learn about hard hat classes to ensure the right hats are used to keep everyone safe.

OSHA 10 Card / Certification

OSHA 10 Card / Certification

The OSHA 10 Hour Training program teaches those in attendance all about workplace hazards, the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, workplace safety, and more.

ANSI Z87.1 – Safety Glasses

ANSI Z87.1 – Safety Glasses

ANSI Z87.1 focuses on safety glasses and helps employers and employees make decisions that can help protect people’s eyes and face from a variety of threats.

Ammonia Refrigeration

Ammonia Refrigeration

When using ammonia refrigeration, or ammonia for anything in the workplace, there are a variety of OSHA regulations that need to be followed.

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

When following the ANSI A13.1 standards, the most important thing is to understand the six most common color schemes.

OSHA Hearing Protection Requirements

OSHA Hearing Protection Requirements

Many people don't think about hearing protection when we talk about safety, but hearing injuries are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the work place.

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Floor Markings for Forklift Safety

Installing floor markings for forklift traffic can help improve safety and efficiency in warehouses and factories. Take these steps to keep employees safe.

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

5 Lean Manufacturing Tools that Work

These five lean manufacturing tools are essential for making your lean journey a success.

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Floor Marking Ideas for Warehouses

Warehouse floors provide an opportunity for visual communication. Find out what floor signs, tapes, and shapes you can use.

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Learn how to label electrical conduits so employees can quickly identify them.

GHS Label Information

GHS Label Information

A closer look at OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard—1900.1200—and how it applies to your facility.

Types of Floor Marking

Types of Floor Marking

Many options exist for marking floors. Learn about floor tapes, virtual floors signs, and more.

Confined Space Hazards

Confined Space Hazards

When is it safe to work in a confined space? Get the details in this article.

Arc Flash PPE

Arc Flash PPE

Make sure everyone knows what protective equipment they need to work near this serious hazard.

Floor Stickers - Life Saving Uses

Floor Stickers - Life Saving Uses

Improve safety in your workplace by using these 10 types of floor signs.

Washington State – Accident Prevention Program

Washington State – Accident Prevention Program

Find out the basic requirements of an accident prevention program. Then learn how to implement or improve one.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Get an overview of common PPE requirements for the workplace including breathing protection, eye protection, and more.

Guide for Proper Valve Tag Use

Guide for Proper Valve Tag Use

Tips and recommendations for labeling the valves on your pipe system.

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

The Definitive Guide to Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Labeling

Implementing GHS has been an evolving process for many companies. Here's what you need to know.

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

The ANSI/ASME A13.1 pipe marking color code explained.

OSHA Facts

OSHA Facts

Everything you need to know about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Arc Flash Facts

Arc Flash Facts

Arc flash can cause serious damage to people and property. Learn how arc flash works and how you can prevent it.

OSHA Floor Marking

OSHA Floor Marking

Find out what OSHA has to say about marking your facility's floors.

Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management

PSM is an OSHA standard developed for companies that handle hazardous chemicals.

GHS Label Creation

GHS Label Creation

Find out how to make Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labels in 3 steps.

Floor Marking Comprehensive Research, Education & Training

Floor Marking Comprehensive Research, Education & Training

Everything you need to know about marking your facility’s floors. Types of markings, practical tips, and more.


Workplace Safety Questions and Answers

What does a safety professional do?

Safety professionals are individuals who typically work in the manufacturing, warehousing, or industrial settings. Their job is to analyze the workplace environment for potential risks, and based on that information, come up with ways to improve the safety in the facility. Those who wish to work in this role will typically need at least an… 

What is the difference between a job safety analysis (JSA) and a risk assessment?

Judging just on the names and the broad reason for performing them, a job safety analysis (JSA) and a risk assessment sound like they would be very similar activities. While it is true that they have some things in common, they are unique tasks that should be performed by any workplace environment. When used together,… 

What is CRM in safety?

Crew resource management, or CRM, was first developed in the 1950’s for the Royal Air Force. The original concept was specifically for pilots and other flight crew, and was even called cockpit resource management. Over time, however, it was found that the same concepts can be used in any environment where human error can lead… 

What is process safety management (PSM)?

Process safety management is an analytical tool that is used to prevent any type of release of substances that are considered to be ‘highly hazardous chemicals’ by either the EPA or OSHA. This process is designed to help reduce the frequency (and severity) of chemical spills. Any facility that creates, ships, or uses any type… 

How are accident reports written?

When an accident occurs in the workplace it is important to do everything possible to get the treatment you need right away. Even if you don’t believe the injury is to serious or life threatening, it is typically best to go to the doctor to get it checked out. Once you are certain that you… 

What are the steps to becoming a safety manager?

Working as a safety manager is a great job if you can find the right company to work for. In some cases, you can transition into this type of position by performing well in other roles, then getting trained by the existing safety professionals. For most people, however, it will be necessary to go through… 

What is a crane?

A crane is a specific type of machinery that is used to lift and lower various materials. It is most commonly used in construction projects but can also be used to move large items like pianos into a position that would otherwise be impossible. Cranes can be extremely large and tall, or much smaller and… 

What are ways to stay awake at work?

In a perfect world, everyone would get a full eight hours of sleep at night and feel awake and ready to go throughout their day at work. In reality, however, just about everyone has experienced the feeling of exhaustion in the workplace. This is not only bad for productivity, but it can also be extremely… 

What is FOD?

In many workplaces it is not uncommon for people to talk about “FOD.” While the acronym FOD has many meanings in various different settings, it most commonly means ‘Foreign Object Damage’ when you hear it in a manufacturing setting. Foreign object damage is any type of damage that is caused when a foreign object enters… 

What is a JHA?

JHA stands for Job Hazard Analysis. This is an important part of any risk assessment where an employer attempts to discover potential hazards that exist in the workplace. This can be done to find hazards that are specific to one task, to one job type, or even to an entire facility. When done properly, the… 

What is composite risk management (CRM)?

Composite risk management (CRM) is a proven process that is used for decision making. It was originally developed by the US military to help acknowledge, access, and address various hazards. It is also used to control risks during missions as well as normal day-to-day activities. The CRM process is broken up into five steps that… 

What's inside a first aid kit?

First aid kits are mandatory in every workplace from offices and warehouses to outdoor occupations. You never know when an accident will strike, which is why these nifty kits exist. The absolute minimum requirement for first aid kits kept in the workplace are classified into two different sizes according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)… 

How is workplace safety regulated and enforced?

The safety and health conditions in the majority of businesses in the private sector are regulated by OSHA and the OSH Act of 1970. The act is then primarily enforced by compliance safety and health officers. These officers are trained industrial hygienist professionals who conduct OSHA inspections in businesses all across the country. OSHA inspections are… 

Who regulates workplace safety?

Occupational safety has only been researched and regulated for a relatively short amount of time with the first session of the International Labour Organization/World Health Organization Committee on Occupational Health in 1950. Since then, government agencies, institutions, and organizations have worked to develop and enforce regulations that promote and maintain physical, mental, and social well-being. In… 

When and how often should I conduct workplace safety training?

One of the most effective ways to keep workers safe while on the job is to provide training. OSHA believes training is essential to any safety and health program and as an employer, you will need to meet their standards for training and education. While training is often different from facility to facility, there are general… 

What is the hierarchy of hazards?

The hierarchy of hazards, also referred to as the hierarchy of hazard controls is an approach used to effectively address safety risks in the facility. After performing a job safety analysis, you will have a list of different kinds of hazards: chemical hazards, physical hazards, health hazards, and more. There are five levels to the… 

How can I improve my workplace safety?

Workplace safety should be a continuous effort for any company. You will most likely never achieve perfect safety, so there will always be areas for improvement. Here are some ways you can start improving the safety or your facility: Organize: Often times a messy or cluttered facility can lead to injury. A great first step… 

What is the role of PPE in workplace safety?

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is any type of equipment or clothing worn by a person to protect them from a specific hazard and minimize exposure to the hazard. Industrial workplaces can often be a dangerous place, and PPE is an effective and proven way to improve the safety of a facility. Every day workers are… 

How does visual communication impact workplace safety?

Visual communication, also referred to as visual management, is a tried and true method for improving and sustaining workplace safety. It encompasses a variety of different supplies: wall signs, equipment labels, chemical labels, floor signs, industrial floor tapes, and more. Not only are there are a number of visual communication supplies on the market, your… 

How does workplace safety effect efficiency?

There is a common saying amongst safety professionals: a safe workplace is an efficient workplace! Production is positively and indirectly impacted by an effective safety and health program. Improved morale and productivity Studies have shown that when a safety culture is developed in a facility, employee productivity significantly increased, and factory costs noticeably decreased. The study… 

What are workplace safety requirements?

There are hundreds of standards and regulations that have been developed to improve safety in the workplace. All over the world there are different governmental agencies, institutions, and organizations who work to develop these standards and regulations. In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the agency who sets workplace safety requirements… 

Why is workplace safety so important?

Keeping workers safe is arguably the employer’s most important job and OSHA law requires “employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers.” If you are running an unsafe operation, consequences can be serious, even deadly. Not only is it the law to keep your workers safe, but it is your… 

What is a job safety analysis?

One of the best ways to identify and remedy safety risks in the workplace is through performing a job safety analysis. A job safety analysis, sometimes called a job hazard analysis or a job hazard breakdown, is a pretty self-explanatory term. It is a review of a job in the facility to help identify safety… 

How can floor markings improve safety?

Visual communication is an excellent tool for promoting and maintaining a safe workplace. When people think of visual communication, they often think of safety posters, warning signs, and caution tape. While these are all correct answers, it is important to not overlook floor markings! Whether in a manufacturing plant or in a warehousing facility, you… 

What are common hazards at a construction site?

Sidewalks, repairing roads, and maintaining the infrastructures of cities. Construction workers are a part of the day-to-day life in cities but are often working in hazardous conditions. Below are some of the most common dangers found in a construction site. Confined spaces: Construction workers often find themselves working in confined spaces. Those working in spaces… 

What are common safety hazards in a facility?

There are some occupational hazards that are present no matter where you ago. Across the word and across industries, workers every day are faced with hazards in their workplace. This list is just a few of the most common safety risks found in a facility: Forklifts: Manufacturing and warehousing facilities usually have powered industrial trucks,… 

How can workplace safety be maintained?

Under OSHA law, it is required that employers create and maintain a safe work environment. Assessing the workplace and implementing safety measures are an excellent first step, but efforts must be maintained to keep workers safe and healthy. One of the best ways to maintain a safe facility and promote a safe culture is through visual… 

What are different types of workplace safety?

OSHA has identified five different types of hazards that most workplaces. These are hazards that can be found in nearly every type of facility and should be addressed to keep workers from injury or health problems. Safety hazards: Safety hazards are the most common type of hazard and they are  present in virtually every workplace… 

Workplace Safety Blog Posts

Workplace Safety Infographics

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2018

Top 10 OSHA Violations from 2018 Fall Protection (1926.501) - 7,270 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 4,552 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) -… 

Drone Safety

Drone Safety

Text From Infographic Drone Safety Though they once seemed like the products of a distant future, drones are now used for all… 

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace 1000 eye injuries occur every day in U.S. workplaces, according to OSHA estimates. Injuries range from eye… 

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program

Text From Infographic 5S is the Foundation of any Lean Program WHAT IS 5S? The 5S methodology is a systematic approach to workplace… 

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Stop Buying Labels from a Catalog

Six reasons you should stop buying labels from a catalog and start printing your own labels with an industrial label… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

OSHA Top 10 Violations of 2015

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2015* Fall Protection (1926.501) - 6,721 Violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 5,192 Violations Scaffolding (1926.451) - 4,295 Violations … 

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories

Arc Flash PPE Categories The Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Category is determined by consulting the PPE tables in article… 

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR FALL DISTANCE +   Lanyard Length (LL) +   Energy Absorber Deceleration… 

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint

Industrial Floor Tape vs. Industrial Floor Paint The average factory in the U.S. is 600,000 square feet. Many of them contain… 

10 Tips to Keep You Awake and Safe on the Job

10 Tips to Keep You Awake and Safe on the Job

10 Tips to Keep you Awake and Safe on the Job The CDC officially recognizes insufficient sleep as a public health… 

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba: A Powerful Piece of your Lean Toolbox

Gemba – A Powerful Piece of Your Lean Toolbox Gemba is a straightforward way for business owners and managers to find… 

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

Stay on Top of Ladder Safety

How to stay on top of ladder safety Each day ladder-related accidents cause: 2000 Injuries 1 Fatality In the workplace, 20% of… 

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers

The Importance of Industrial Label Printers in the Workplace Safety 2.8 million workplace injuries occur every year in the US alone.This equates… 

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101 - Why is pipe marking important? Safety - Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors. Efficiency - No wasted time… 

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect

Surprise OSHA Inspection? What to Expect. Inspections have four main parts Presentation of Credentials The inspector will present credentials, which contain a… 

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries

Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries They may seem simple and ordinary, but they sure add up! Knowing the kinds of injuries… 

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS Timeline: What's Next?

GHS: What's Next? The timeline of GHS Compliance The GHS Mission: To internationally standardize classification and labeling of chemicals with pictograms, signal… 

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash

10 Astonishing Facts about Arc Flash An Arc Flash is an energy discharge that forms when a fault occurs in an… 

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S.

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S.

The 10 Most Hazardous Jobs in the U.S. These jobs had the highest rate of fatal injuries for full-time employees for… 

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

It's Pipe Marking Season! Are you in Compliance? Now that the snow is melting and spring is springing, this is a… 

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about?

Poka Yoke: What's it all about? Poka Yoke is a simple concept that is often used in manufacturing. It means “mistake-proofing.”… 

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Forklift Accidents: Causes and Prevention There are approximately one million active forklifts in the United States. It is estimated that 11%… 

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety

Lockout/Tagout Safety Lockout/Tagout regulations are based on OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 “Control of Hazardous Energy” standard Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) refers to the specific… 

Workplace Safety Glossary

Workplace Safety Podcasts

Workplace safety improves from watching The Shawshank Redemption? Dr. Timothy Ludwig says we can learn about safety complacency from the… 

Actively Caring For People. What? Hear what Behavioral Safety has become. In this podcast, we talk with Dr. E. Scott Geller,… 

Safety programs work best by consulting workers. EHS expert Lori Siegelman of W&M Environmental tells how to involve employees to… 

A safety vest that alerts a roadside worker of oncoming vehicles is in the works. Hear about the InZoneAlert safety… 

Behavior observation means workers watch out for each other. Safety expert Marc McClure shatters myths, tells of reducing incidents with… 

Total Worker Health. Dr. Bud Harris says it's safety goggles and an apple. It's occupational safety and health protection plus… 

Forklifts vs. pedestrians. Who has to stop? People on foot technically have the right-of-way. But some say powered industrial trucks… 

HazCom labels and SDSs are confusing - until now. Two OSHA industrial hygienists explain what is happening right now with… 

Front-line workers shouldn’t be fired for blowing the whistle on safety. Their observations need to be taken seriously by managers,… 

Safety kickoffs can alienate experienced workers. Learn how to bring these staffers into new, safer realms with John Drebinger, Jr.,… 

Safety kickoffs can have spark and NOT be boring. Hear John Drebinger, Jr., expert safety speaker, give great tips on… 

Safety apps picked by safety expert Paul Colangelo. He debuted the 10 best at ASSE’s Safety 2015. Hear Paul offer… 

Buy Quiet - for less occupational noise exposure. Many power tools are designed to be quiet. A NIOSH expert tells… 

OSHA inspections are a breeze if you’re ready. An OSHA Consultation Manager tells how OSHA can help your company be… 

Counterfeit electrical components can instantly burst into flames. Hear how to identify fake wiring, breakers and switches from Brett Brenner… 

Fall prevention requires employer planning and employee training. Listen to Matt McNicholas of OSHA discuss the annual Construction Fall Safety… 

Fall prevention saves lives. Hear Dr. Christine Branche of NIOSH talk passionately about the annual Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down May… 

HazCom labeling changes are here. OSHA’s new standards finally match GHS labeling. Expert Chuck Paulausky, CHMM, explains hazard communication labeling. Chuck… 

NFPA 70E electrical standards see a major shift in the 2015 edition. Hear Bill Burke of the NFPA explain the… 

Electrical safety at work kicks up a notch with strong advice from OSHA trainer Jon Koppari. Hear Jon’s tips for… 

Ladder safety increases with tips from expert Dave Francis. 3 points of contact/control, fiberglass vs. wood, correct footwear and more… 

Earthquake safety at work? A quake could happen while employees are on the job. Prep with workplace emergency supplies, equipment… 

Unsafe generation. New people entering the workforce, the Millennials, are unskilled and unsafe. Hear safety expert Elaine Cullen explain why… 

Safety Management. Has it helped workplace safety improve? Safety management systems expert Maureen Johnson, of IBM, rates 30 years of… 

Safety recognition programs that cost the least work the best. Hear a former OSHA trainer explain how to have a… 

OSHA inspections can create panic in every safety manager. Relax. An OSHA Enforcement Manager responds to 18 questions on inspections,… 

Combustible dust explosions can happen in a confined workspace without notice. Hear dust and flammability expert Dr. Ashok Dastidar discuss… 

High noise levels make you shout to be heard? You’re at high risk for on-the-job injury. Hear about noise-induced hearing… 

Safety observations can eliminate deadly workplace accidents? Hear how one man hopes to use statistics to stop fatal accidents by… 

Safety observers don’t have to be safety managers. You can count on regular employees to monitor safety. Hear about the… 

  Flame resistant clothing now means comfort. Hear about the new polyester FR fabric, a comfort and safety breakthrough from Bulwark… 

The Safety Iceberg: Just 10% of workplace safety issues are obvious. Hear expert Rosa Carrillo explain why 90% of safety… 

Does on-the-job safety improve if managers set a good safety example? Yes! Hear the study results: A leader’s safety behavior… 

Safety resources for free? Former OSHA inspector, Dave Weber, explains why he offers the goods. Listen, be inspired, and find… 

Starting A Visual Workplace should not mean you’ll get a pink slip because of workplace efficiency. Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth explains. In… 

Starting A Visual Workplace—improving efficiency with Visuality. Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth explains better work flow through visual devices. Dr. Galsworth defines the… 

10 Rules For Forklift Safety can keep drivers and pedestrians safe on the job. Some forklift safety tips are obvious,… 

Safety Experts Talk is the place where manufacturing and construction experts discuss safety and continuous improvement. Listen to keep workers… 

Eye and face protection must be worn correctly by the worker and provided by the employer. Hear OSHA’s answers to… 

Thermal imaging can make a safer workplace. Add-on thermal imaging devices are available for your smartphone. Soon we’ll see the… 

Chemical hazards can lurk, unseen. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says we should learn from the West Fertilizer Company… 

Occupational skin disease (OSD) is caused by hazardous agents directly affecting the skin or creeping through it to wreak havoc… 

Safety signs help companies be OSHA compliant based on ANSI Z535 safety sign and tag standards. Hear about four categories… 

Portable containers for hazardous chemicals in the workplace can have NO labeling in only two situations, according to OSHA's HazCom… 

Carbon monoxide hazards spike in winter when heaters and fuel-gobbling equipment are used indoors. Beware of poisoning from odorless carbon… 

Permit-required confined spaces aren’t just sewer pipes. Semi-trailers can be hazardous too. Hear about hazards in three trailer types, empty… 

Forklift blind spots are everywhere. Forward, back, left and right. Hear how to avoid collisions and injuries when hauling large… 

PPE vending machines in the workplace can increase safety and lower cost. Hear about the many types of machines and… 

First aid kits in the workplace are mandated by OSHA. Hear about the minimum standard changes in 2015 and if… 

OSHA 300A is a safety form most employers need to display in the workplace by February 1 annually. Hear how… 

Temporary wiring (like an extension cord) gets the thumbs-up from OSHA in just four settings. In only a couple of… 

Trench sloping at a safe angle prevents cave-ins and saves lives. Trench Right is the free mobile app designed to… 

Safety goals in the workplace can be implemented or refined at year’s end to ensure a safe start to the… 

Respirator fit tests are required by OSHA. But the employer must also do a medical evaluation of an employee before… 

Turkey fryer disasters can happen in the workplace, not just at home. Hear how a pre-Thanksgiving jobsite cookout torched a… 

I2P2 is shorthand for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Even though OSHA doesn’t have a standard, they’re still a good… 

Slips, trips and falls. Who would think they cause 15 percent of on-the-job deaths? Hear about prevention and OSHA’s proposed… 

Drones in construction can save time surveying and inspecting sites. But contractors should think about drone costs, FAA registration, insurance… 

Workplace amputations are in the spotlight at OSHA. They’ve updated their National Emphasis Program on Amputations. Hear about best practices… 

Drive Safely Work Week is all about workers driving to, at and from work. Get the free media tool kit… 

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2015 are a snapshot of safety in the United States. Employers should use this list as… 

Hazcom label rules are confusing. Get chemical labeling answers direct from OSHA on their Hazard Communication Standard, HCS, implemented June… 

A car wash chemical can burn skin and even be fatal. A new hazard alert warns of handling hydrofluoric acid… 

Pesticide safety needs an uptick! Thousands of people are poisoned every year and many don’t know the cause. Listen to… 

A new fatality database can help workers avoid death dangers and help managers predict which jobs generate risk. Hear how… 

Earthquake kit sales are up after a published earthquake warning. Employers can plan ahead with kits and employee drills in… 

Truck underride rules may be expanded by NHTSA. The agency may soon require underride guards on the backs of trucks… 

Work-related asthma can be stopped dead in its tracks if employers and employees work together. Hear nine ways to prevent… 

Safety apps can help avoid injuries or save a life. Safety expert Paul Colangelo reports about his 10 picks for… 

Safety apps can help prevent worker injuries. Paul Colangelo, a safety expert, describes his 10 favorites. Most are free, some… 

Temp workers have double the accidents and serious injuries compared to permanent employees. Hear a government agency’s solution to this… 

Hearing protection for workers comes in two varieties, earmuffs and earplugs. Hear selection tips for both, including their Noise Reduction… 

Safety Data Sheets must be kept current. Every company with employees exposed to hazardous chemicals is required to keep an… 

Workplace concussions should not be taken lightly. They’re serious brain injuries which should be reported to management, then reviewed by… 

Heat safety is easier with OSHA’s updated smartphone app in your pocket. Their Heat Safety Tool calculates the current heat… 

Unsafe in construction. One group of young, immigrant workers wins the prize for most at-risk in construction. Hear about the… 

Fall prevention is up to the employer. Hear OSHA’s Matt McNicholas and NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche talk about the National… 

OSHA standards vary state to state. For the first time, a database accurately compares state and federal OSHA laws and… 

Workers’ Memorial Day 2015 should be observed by focusing on workplace illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals. Listen for the reasons. Employers… 

Workplace violence prevention should be the sober goal of every company. Hear how to keep workers safe from the public,… 

Flammable liquids safety can change quickly when workplace temperatures rise. Listen for four ways to avoid flashpoint fires and explosions. Find… 

Nail gun safety increases with modern, well maintained equipment. Keep nail gunners from getting an injury with these six tips. The… 

Extended workdays can be good and bad. Workers enjoy longer weekends. However, workplace safety can decrease when shifts stretch past… 

Texting and driving will get you a ticket in the DOT’s national crackdown April 10-15, 2015. Companies can be fined… 

Ashtray ban in company vehicles? The government recommends it, plus more rules to stop secondhand smoke in the workplace. Listen… 

Lifting devices at work can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Hear four detailed reasons why forklifts, conveyors and hoists are… 

Who pays for temp PPE? Not the worker. The host employer or the staffing agency are ultimately responsible for keeping… 

Diesel exhaust continues to pollute workplaces and kill workers. New research says exposure damages nerves in the lungs. Hear how… 

Incident reporting increases when workers don’t fear losing their jobs. That’s one of six ways to encourage incident reporting, and… 

Laser safety in the workplace minimizes the risk of eye injuries. Hear about the 7 laser classes, and the precautions… 

Rooftop snow removal by workers is so dangerous, OSHA just released a Hazard Alert. Listen for a list of 8… 

Chemical spill! Stay and clean up, or call 911? Be ready to decide with these 9 steps on evaluating and… 

Permit-required confined spaces, PRCS, are simply confined spaces with an added hazard. But who issues the permit? Listen to hear… 

Compressed air comes out of a nozzle at a bazillion miles an hour! Don’t let this dangerous air pressure hurt… 

Silica Dust Hazard Alert out from OSHA and NIOSH about stone countertops. Hear about the new warning for fabrication shops… 

Table saw safety needs to improve. Thousands of fingers are lost every year in table saw accidents. Better finger saving… 

Counterfeit electrical products, such as circuit breakers and electrical panels, can cause a building to go up in flames. Hear… 

A hazard control hierarchy is simply the steps a company can take to reduce workplace hazards. Hear how to build… 

Avoid the Fatal Four construction dangers. They kill more workers on job sites than any other. Listen and hear how… 

Every worker can benefit from these 6 jobsite posture tips. Learn how avoid stooping, squatting and twisting at the construction… 

Trench and excavation hazards are higher than general construction. Cave-ins kill two workers every 30 days. Hear how to keep… 

Contaminated work clothes should be washed or tossed. Only some can safely be washed at home. Others should be laundered… 

Chemicals that cause hearing loss are called OTOTOXIC substances. Hear how to protect workers from these common industrial chemicals. Loud sounds… 

Fiberglass ladders can be damaged by sunlight, exposing itchy fibers. Eventually, it weakens the ladder, which will need to replaced. In… 

Hot work, such as welding, by storage tanks is obviously dangerous. But even tanks which are seemingly empty or contain… 

Asbestos dangers are still here, even though the building material was banned, or mostly banned, over three decades ago. Hear… 

Lead hazards are still here, even though leaded paint and gasoline were phased out years ago. Listen for current lead… 

Cold stress sneaks up on workers and puts them at risk. Hear about the four main cold stresses in this… 

The deadline for OSHA’s new HazCom labeling standards, based on GHS, is June 1st, 2015. Are you compliant? OSHA has new… 

Lone worker safety monitoring is important. Without it, workers on the job—alone—face dangers without help in sight. Employees are often isolated… 

Workplace safety myths are hazardous hogwash. We debunk four common myths about safety. Listen to stay safe! Folklore that “accidents happen”… 

Cement burns and irritations are the #1 occupational skin disease in the U.S. Why is wet cement such a widespread… 

Backover accidents on jobsites can be avoided with modern technology. Listen to this podcast for new and traditional best practices. Too… 

Demolition safety is more complicated than in standard construction. Old structures can be weak and unpredictable. Listen to hear tips… 

Brown bag lunch safety can’t be ignored. One in six Americans gets food poisoning every year, so keep your meal… 

Vibration White Finger is an injury from using vibrating tools over extended periods. Also known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, it… 

Not wearing a hard hat can kill. A tape measure fell 50 stories. A man, whose hard hat was in… 

Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) are life savers in construction and industry. Hear how to use and maintain them in… 

Eye injury first aid only happens if your workplace is prepared. Have a first aid kit, and in hazardous areas,… 

Eye protection at work could eliminate 90% of eye injuries. Listen to hear how easy it is to protect your… 

Indoor air quality hazards are a pain in the brain! In this podcast, learn how to avoid worker headaches by… 

Falling safely at work. Practice it. Yes, practice breaking your fall on the job. You can reduce injuries when you… 

Hard hat selection and care is critical to safety. It’s your brain. Keep it in a good bucket. Hear about… 

The NFPA 70E changes for 2015 are substantial. Business owners and safety managers—not just electricians—need to be aware. Hear from the… 

Fire extinguisher operation is not as easy as point-and-shoot. We explain the types of fires, and the types of extinguishers,… 

Forklift violations can be dangerous to workers, and lead to costly OSHA citations. Listen for some of the top forklift… 

Safety gloves and skin protection can help fingers last a lifetime. Hear about many types of work gloves and how… 

Loading dock safety is difficult to manage because of constantly moving vehicles, people and materials. Listen to this podcast for… 

Machine guarding is one of OSHA's top 10 most-cited safety violations. Workers should respect these devices that protect them from… 

Stretch breaks for employees have big benefits. You lose a little production time, but make bigger gains in productivity. Workers doing… 

Cleaning chemicals can be as dangerous as other workplace chemicals. Be aware of potential health hazards, even with “green” products… 

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is not just for major equipment repairs. Do it for maintenance, cleaning, and even retrieving stuck items, or… 

Ammonia hazards are more common than you think. Many companies use this dangerous substance for refrigeration, and workers need to… 

WMSD means pain. WMSD means Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder. We cover WMSD in hands and arms in this podcast. Swinging a hammer… 

Earthquake at work? If a tremor happens, there's a good chance it will hit when employees are on the job.… 

Available fault current is the maximum current in a short circuit. Electrical service panels must be labeled with the current,… 

Powered industrial trucks, also known as forklifts, need clear labeling to keep operators and pedestrians safe. This podcasts details the three… 

Machine safety at work requires constant attention. In our industrial age, there are many moving parts and sharp edges. Listen… 

Cooling shirts are a water cooled PPE for working in heat. They are used by industrial workers, athletes and medical… 

Warehouse traffic can be a safety battle. A battle of people vs. machines. Too often, the machines win. Struck-by accidents in… 

N95 respirators are part of a family of respirators which filter airborne hazards. The letter N means the respirator does… 

Exit route violations are very common in OSHA inspections. Make access to unobstructed, well marked workplace exit routes a priority.… 

OSHA 10 training is a 10 hour course on standards for safety in the workplace. In this podcast, we give… 

NFPA labels help workers identify hazardous materials. In this podcast, employees can learn how to read the NFPA label, the… 

Combustible dust is a major workplace danger. If you can write your name in the dust, and it’s combustible dust,… 

Forklift safety starts when the driver understands a forklift is not a car. Many of the basic safety rules apply,… 

Stacking and storing materials on pallets or shelves must be done with a solid plan for warehouse safety. If not,… 

Fall protection is critical near ledges, manholes, catwalks, windows and other openings and holes. Falls are one of the leading… 

Fall protection is critical. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction. In residential construction, risks can sometimes… 

Respirator safety increases if you know the basics. Here we talk about both types, air purifying and atmosphere supplying. Respirators don’t… 

Hand safety means more that wearing PPE. Even jobs that don’t require gloves can be dangerous for hands. Repetitive motion… 

Heat illness will zap you, no matter what the heat source. Indoors, it could be from a furnace. Outdoors, it… 

OSHA teaches hazard identification by engaging employees with their new, game-based Hazard Identification Training Tool. It makes hazard identification interactive.… 

Safety apps put important information at your fingertips. A mobile device with a free safety application can be a convenient… 

Owners and managers—the bosses—don’t often like change. Try “continuous improvement” to improve safety and efficiency. Start with no budget, in… 

Reflective tape gives safety an uptick in the workplace. It’s a long lasting, inexpensive way to visually warn workers of… 

Pipe marking can stop injuries. Labels on pipes give visual safety cues to workers on the job. Color codes from… 

OEE losses, the losses in Overall Equipment Effectiveness, can impact safety and cripple work-in-process. Learn here how to save time… 

Workplace hazards are sometimes hidden in plain sight. Workers and managers need to be aware of 10 dangerous hotspots in… 

Chemical safety in the workplace requires solid cooperation between management and employees. Workers must wear the proper PPE, which will vary… 

It’s easy to forget how dangerous tools can be. They’re around every worksite, in constant use. But tool safety is… 

Lean safety is the result of implementing “lean” methodology. Lean makes businesses less wasteful, more efficient and more profitable. An… 

Safety tape, the floor marking tape, is better than painting lines on a factory floor. Keep workers safe with color… 

Hazard labels give critical information. Labels are the glue that hold the whole safety system together. From manufacturing to office settings,… 

A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a… 

Silica dust is common in worksites, can scar the lungs and cause cancer. Symptoms sometimes don't appear for 10 years. The… 

An OSHA inspection can happen without notice, but with preparation, facilities can be ready for scrutiny. Prepare the employees so they… 

Industrial labels are cheaper to make in-house. And quicker. For a manufacturing, in a warehouse, or almost any work site,… 

Loud sound in the workplace can sneak up on people causing hearing damage. 60% of workers are exposed to sound… 

Falling object hazards can be hidden in plain sight. They’re a threat in many businesses, not just warehouses or construction.… 

It’s a myth! It’s a myth that employees are bad at hazard reporting. They are actually good safety observers. Having… 

This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The… 

Keep clothing tucked and tight! If not, workers could be pulled into a machine. Baggy pants, neck ties and untied… 

They are so familiar, workers ignore ladder safety. Misuse accounts for tens of thousands of at-work accidents, and 100 deaths… 

One million people have back injuries in the workplace every year, according to OSHA. And most of those injuries are… 

People will be safer at work, and companies could have lower insurance premiums if employees know CPR & AED operation.… 

It’s a killer you can’t see, taste or smell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen due to gas powered tools running… 

Safety managers, ATTENTION! Check hazards, provide safety training, and ensure proper use of PPE. Safety managers will best succeed by planning… 

This is the story of tragedy that could have been avoided with better safety housekeeping. Here, we detail a fatal… 

Dan has compiled the 10 most common signage and labeling questions asked about keeping workers safe and avoiding fines. These… 

An eyewash station is something you may need, but hope you will never use. But if there’s an emergency, it’s… 

Safety recognition programs for employees, implemented correctly, can be successful in reducing injuries and saving money. But, if executed poorly,… 

Will universal safety standards cause more problems than they solve? Implementing rules across cultures and languages will have benefits, but… 

Increase efficiency by red-tagging items you don’t need immediately. Store them or get rid of them. Red tagging is part of… 

Helmets, ear protection, eye protection are all important. However, safety managers must ensure foot protection is a priority too. The foot… 

Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many… 

Summer brings a new set of workplace hazards. Workers will be affected by heat and humidity, in and out of… 

Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure’s temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it… 

ALL injuries equal, or add up to, a loss of money for every company. And imagine how much money. The… 

In this podcast, we are going to talk about a less-known fact on construction sites in the United States -… 

Choosing the right safety label maker for your facility's safety program is an important job. Many safety managers are given… 

Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe. An inspection from… 

Lockout-tagout is the #1 cited violation for general industry by OSHA, but they estimate the lockout-tagout standard prevents 120 fatalities… 

Safety podcast? This is The Safety Brief, dedicated to industrial and construction safety. Episodes are always less than 5 minutes,… 

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