Every Worker Deserves to Make it Home Safe from Work -- Every Day
More than 13 workers per day died while doing their jobs in 2014, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Implementing safety measures can change these statistics.
BMSA is committed to helping its members create a culture of safety in every workplace. This newsletter is dedicated to bringing you safety resources and information. BMSA also offers in-person and online training classes to address ways to keep your workplace safe. So take this opportunity to review your safety procedures and practices!
Defining and Creating a Successful Corporate Safety Culture
Have you seen some telltale signs that your corporate safety culture needs a tuneup? Many companies are frustrated by such nagging health and safety issues as the failure of workers to perform start of shift equipment inspections
consistently, lapses in wearing personal protection equipment, or in failures to report near misses.
Here are some characteristics of a strong safety culture:
- The embodiment of safety into all aspects of work life, rather than as a stand-alone topic. Do your meetings treat safety as merely one isolated segment of the agenda, or is it considered in every agenda item?
- A "relentless" pursuit of hazards, both in regard to their identification as well as to their remediation.
- A sense of pride not just in achieving safety goals, but in the daily process that makes achievement possible.
- Emphasis on correcting safety system failures rather than blaming workers for near misses or accidents.
- Elimination of excessive paperwork, computer data entry or other barriers to reporting accidents and near misses.
- A comfort level among employees at all levels in stopping each other when at-risk behavior is observed as well as in acknowledging when safe behavior is identified.
- Open, honest conversations about safety successes and failures, and what still needs to change.
Source: Rick LeBlanc, thebalance.com)
8 Steps to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat
Welcome to summer! Are you prepared to beat the heat?
Every year, thousands of workers become ill from working in the heat, and some even die. Construction workers make up about one-third of heat-related worker deaths, but outdoor workers in every industry -- particularly agriculture, landscaping, transportation, and oil and gas operations -- are at risk when temperatures go up. Heat-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented. Employers and supervisors can save the lives of workers in hot environments by following these eight simple steps:
(Source: Mandy Edens, U.S. Department of Labor Blog)
Hurricane Kit Essentials
Ready, a campaign that provides emergency preparedness guidance for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, includes a number of items in its hurricane kit:
- First aid kit
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
- Flashlight and batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Local maps
Trying to Reason with the 2017 Hurricane Season
Forecasters expect the Atlantic hurricane season -- which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 -- to be busier than normal.
What should you do if you are in the path of a storm?
A little advance planning can help your business weather the storm with as little damage as possible.
for 6 tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.
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