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Join the Community of Safety Pros today! The science and technology around connected devices/software and how we interact with them regarding workplace safety is continuing to advance. At what point do wearables, connected devices and software become intrusive? In this episode I run down a list of really cool devices/wearables as well as emerging t…
 
Join the Community of Safety Pros today! The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we view safety and health in the workplace. Especially the protocols that businesses have in place. Whether it's following social distancing measures, providing personal protective equipment (PPE), or conducting more rigorous cleaning and sanitization, bus…
 
Join the Community of Safety Pros today! As 2020 wraps up, I wanted to reflect on a few things that we, as safety professionals, should take away from one of the craziest years we can remember. Please listen and share this episode with others. If you want to go more in-depth on other topics - become a SafetyPro Community member (FREE to join). Beco…
 
Join the Community of Safety Pros today! SPR Group LLC was formed in 2018 by Shawn Rafferty. SPR Group LLC's strategic vision centers around threat management, preparedness, training, damage mitigation, and effective response. Shawn sees a dangerous disconnect between law enforcement, organizations, and individuals about how they can work together …
 
Join the Community of Safety Pros today! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say a comprehensive public health strategy is needed to protect younger workers. This comes after their recent study shows that the rate of nonfatal on-the-job injuries among 15- to 24-year-olds is between 1.2 and 2.3 times higher than that of the 25…
 
Join the Community of Safety Pros today! From PositivePsychology.com Emotional intelligence is what we use when we empathize with our coworkers, have deep conversations about our relationships with significant others, and attempt to manage an unruly or distraught child. It allows us to connect with others, understand ourselves better, and live a mo…
 
How WELL Promotes Workplace Safety, Health, and Confidence from FacilitiesNet The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) created the WELL Health-Safety Rating application and label for buildings. The rating program focuses on 25 features for health and safety in buildings. Organizations can earn this designation by achieving compliance with 1…
 
From Gallup: To say the "world's largest work-from-home experiment" has presented challenges would be an understatement. These challenges range from strategy and brand loyalty to customer centricity and employee wellbeing. While it might have been easy to dismiss well-being as simply a personal matter in the past, top leaders and managers who empha…
 
Picture: TapRooT® I recently read an article from the folks over at TapRooT® that I wanted to share. It talks about how to have a successful root cause analysis and lists some best proactices. You can read their full article here. In order to be successful in completing a root cause analysis you should: Provide a complete, clear picture of what hap…
 
In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S., as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. 64% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%. This …
 
We're back with Wesley Carter, CCPSC, as part of our ongoing collaboration comparing and contrasting the PSM standard with OSHA general industry regulations. In this episode, we cover the requirements surrounding Hot Work, any work that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, or other …
 
In this episode, I was back with Wesley Carter, CCPSC on the Amplify Your Process Safety Podcast for another collaboration where we talk about both occupational safety and process safety, and this time we cover contractor management. We talk about what OSHA says about contractor management for the general industry, and what's required for PSM-cover…
 
In this episode, I share some great resources for businesses considering reopening during the current COVID-19 Pandemic from our friends at Mighty Line Tape. Mighty Line even got a shout-out from Mr. Wonderful himself, check it out here. The plan to reopen must be carefully considered and planned in order to protect workers and their families. List…
 
We've teamed up with the Amplify folks once again to bring you an episode on emergency planning and response. Wesley Carter will cover the general industry requirements, what PSM says, and a bit about RMP's requirements. If you work at a PSM-covered facility, or in an industry where safety is essential, you don't want to miss this episode. CCPS Pro…
 
In this very special episode, process safety and occupational safety worlds collide as Wesley teams up with Blaine Hoffmann from The SafetyPro Podcast to discuss incident investigation. You'll learn what OSHA's PSM standard says about incident investigations, as well as OSHA's requirements for the general industry, why an incident investigation is …
 
As more states are taking steps to reopen their economies and workers are returning to their workplaces, OSHA is receiving complaints from affected workers in non-essential businesses. As a result, they have a new interim enforcement guideline. Click HERE for the interim guideline. OSHA also has new guidance with respect to the recording of occupat…
 
Do valves on respirators impact their effectiveness? The purpose of a respirator’s exhalation valve is to reduce the breathing resistance during exhale; it does not impact a respirator’s ability to provide respiratory protection. The valve is designed to open during exhalation to allow exhaled air to exit the respirator and then close tightly durin…
 
Powered by iReportSource More than three weeks into the pandemic-driven cascade of cancelations, closings, and social distancing, U.S. workplaces are experiencing unprecedented disruption -- and it's measurable. Here's what has changed in a stunningly short period of time (comparing Gallup Panel surveys conducted March 13-16 vs. March 27-29): The p…
 
NOTICE: Published April 22, 2020 - The information in this post/episode is subject to change. Powered by iReportSource The new CDC face-covering recommendations do not change the MASK guidance. So what is new? What is the same? Let's talk about that in this episode. Essentially, the CDC recommends anyone going out in public wear a face-covering. Th…
 
NOTICE: Published April 1, 2020 - The information in this post/episode is subject to change. Powered by iReportSource All of the discussions about surgical masks got me thinking; what do we know about viruses (CVID-19 or others), and what are the EXPERTS saying? I wanted to explore this topic and share my thoughts. As of April 1, 2020, the WHO, CDC…
 
Powered by iReportSource UPDATE: The CDC has made changes to workplace guidance as of March 21, 2020, which may make some of the information on this post obsolete: Updated cleaning and disinfection guidance Updated best practices for conducting social distancing Updated strategies and recommendations that can be implemented now to respond to COVID-…
 
Powered by iReportSource COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers from the CDC Let me know what you are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at work on LinkedIn - be sure to @ mention Blaine J. Hoffmann or The SafetyPro Podcast LinkedIn page. You can also find the podcast on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.…
 
Interview with Drew Hinton, CSP, CHMM, SHRM-CP Powered by iReportSource If you don't currently have a safety committee at your workplace, adding one can seem like a daunting task. Listen to this episode with Drew Hinton, CSP, CHMM, SHRM-CP to get ten tips that are sure to help you create and sustain a successful safety committee! If you don't curre…
 
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