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Safety Inforgraphic - Skylight Safety Infographic

Just wanted to share a safety infographic I recently made - skylight safety infographic.  If you would like a copy feel free to download it at http://theoshablog.com

Added by Joe Tavenner on August 31, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

Introduction

At this point in time, Mike will be leaving the company soon and we are phasing out the platforms he has used for so long to represent the firm in his writings and musings.

In lieue of Mike continuing to write or build out his profile on safetycommunity, I would like to introduce myself. On behalf of Creative Safety Supply based in Portland, OR, I strive to provide helpful information to create safer and more efficient industrial work environments. My knowledge base focuses primarily…

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Added by Tony Ferraro on August 28, 2013 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Kaizen Events, How Important is it to Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is an excellent way to improve the way a facility is run, eliminate waste and improve profits. Using the methodologies laid out in the lean concepts, companies can identify waste, come up with detailed plans to eliminate it and implement those plans successfully. One of the most difficult parts of this process, however, is the implementation. Most facilities have hundreds of employees, working a wide range of different jobs, and each of them will need to be trained on…

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Added by Tony Ferraro on August 28, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Joe Galusha Named Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Safety Conference

 

Joe Galusha Named Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Safety Conference



East Lansing, MI – The Michigan Safety Conference is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Galusha…

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Added by Denise McGinn, CAE on August 26, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

What Goes On During an OSHA Inspection?

According to Section 5 (a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, otherwise known as the “general duty clause,” it is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their staff. OSHA has the right to conduct workplace inspections anytime unannounced, regardless of whether employers are following the OSH Act or not. These inspections are performed by OSHA compliance officers who comprise mostly of safety technologists or industrial…

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Added by Farhan jaffry on August 21, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

We need to adapt our training to improve health and safety by adopting new initiatives

Is it not time that we start to change how we approach health and safety training, in order to make it more viable to businesses? 

 

We all know that In financial hard times, one of the first to be identified in a cost-cutting exercise is the safety training functions across all industry's.  Regardless of legal requirements many companies will still take a calculative gamble…

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Added by Wayne Harris on August 21, 2013 at 4:02am — No Comments

Choosing an AC or DC Motor for Your DIY Project

If you’re tackling a do-it-yourself project that requires a motor or replacing the motor in an existing product, you have a number of choices available. The main choice is whether you want to use a DC motor or an AC motor. Although they have a lot in common, they do have some key differences that can make one a clearer choice over the other for certain uses.



DC, or direct current, motors get their electrical power from sources like batteries, motor vehicles and rectifiers. AC, or…

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Added by Maree Kyle on August 20, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Warped Imagination and Magical Thinking in Risk and Safety

Warped Imagination and Magical Thinking in Risk and Safety

First Posted: SAFETY RISK

All the data shifting in the world is used to explain cultural change, when indeed, it is not a measure of culture.

There seems nothing more captivating to risk and safety professionals than injury data: …

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Added by David Collins on August 16, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Leadership development is indispensable to an organization’s growth

Grooming its leadership may be termed an organization’s most important function, because an organization’s leadership development is as important as its business. In fact, it is more difficult for an organization that does not have the right leadership development plan to survive than one that has problems with its products, because leadership can help overcome problems associated with the business.

No leadership development = no growth

Leadership development is…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:32am — No Comments

Human Resources administration

Much of an organization’s smooth functioning can be attributed to its Human Resources administration. In simple terms, the Human Resources administration of an organization is the collection of all the work done by the Human Resources department. This department surely does have its hands full! Considering the breadth and sweep of functions it performs, Human Resources administration calls for a certain level of what may be called “general specialization”.

Jack of all, master of…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:25am — No Comments

Is HR technology set for a huge leap?

HR technology relates to technologies that are used by HR. There are a huge number of software applications available in the market, and these do everything from maintaining an attendance roll to giving exact information about each employee’s leave record to organizing events. So, what are the prospects for the HR technology industry?

Technologies are becoming obsolete

While it is true that while there are several technologies for HR; they keep becoming outdated…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:22am — No Comments

Hiring decisions are critical for the organization

Quick! Name the most important decision for an organization. The clue: if the organization gets it right, it goes places. If it gets it wrong, it is doomed! The answer is unequivocal –it is hiring decisions.

An organization’s hiring decisions are the pivot on which its entire destiny rests. As we just saw in the preceding paragraph, one wrong decision and the whole organizational structure could get a big hit. So, what factors should hiring managers take into consideration when making…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:14am — No Comments

A company gets defined by its culture

A company’s culture is a bit like God –it is present everywhere, but is impossible to see! Jokes aside; company culture is that imperceptible aspect of the organization’s behavior that permeates and seeps through it. A company’s core culture does not present itself overtly, but is there for everyone to experience and feel. It is not comparable to a product that one gets a look and feel of, but is something of that comes through in the organization’s way of interacting with…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:08am — No Comments

Best payroll practices

Payroll practices are very important for an organization. Good practices streamline payment processes. Yet, given the nature of a payroll, not implementing best payroll practices can lead to mayhem, because there is a lot of paperwork involved in it. Although primarily a function of the finance department, HR has a role to play in implementing best payroll practices.

A few best payroll practices

Ensuring transparency: a proper payroll policy should be spelt…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:04am — No Comments

Benefits of documenting staff performance

Performance management is one of the important aspects of HR’s work. It does this in collaboration with management. Performance management is essentially about assessing an employee’s performance. Obviously, HR has a major part in performance management, because it is at the forefront of understanding how employees work in an organization.

It is a good practice to document staff performance. Let us examine some of the benefits of documenting staff performance:

When performance…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:03am — No Comments

Auditing and administrating human resources policies

A simple definition of an audit could be that it is a continuous, objective assessment of the systems that are in place. The aim of this assessment is to check if the processes and policies are compliant with required standards or not. So, what does auditing and administrating human resources policies entail?

Auditing and administrating human resources policies means continuously evaluating the department’s adherence to policy guidelines in relation to all the work it does. These…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:02am — No Comments

Care has to be exercised at Annual Bonus Deductibility

Most companies that deduct annual bonuses in the preceding year are usually up against one issue. The provisions of Annual Bonus Deductibility are the reason for this. Yes, nobody would like to land oneself in accounting issues, but although Annual Bonus Deductibility errors are committed unwillingly, many accounting, tax, legal and HR professionals all over America end up facing a mess.

Date of employment is the issue

The primary reason why this happens…

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Added by Russel Stuart on August 13, 2013 at 3:01am — No Comments

ISQEM looking for examples of Accident Investigation Forms for international research

Hi everyone, 

ISQEM are looking for examples of accident investigation forms and procedures being used across all industries sectors. We are presently undertaking research into usability and various other factors connected with investigations, including reporting forms.  As part of the research will be looking at;

  • type of forms being used,
  • questions contained within the report
  • layout or design of the accident  /incident…
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Added by Wayne Harris on August 6, 2013 at 7:27pm — No Comments

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