What Now? How to Provide Safe, OSHA-Compliant Workplace in the Age of COVID-19

On August 13th, I gave a one-hour training presentation through OH&S Magazine - sharing some thoughts regarding current obligations and some considerations for health & safety now and going forward. The link for the recording is still active but will expire in November. Slides are available from it as well. Lastly, there is also a free safety asses...

OSHA Requires Employers to Provide Safe Workplaces – What Does That Mean Now?

The Case At Hand:
I had a discussion with a peer of mine a few days ago, regarding what we see workplaces doing in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, to either continue essential operations or to plan for the resumption of work. She happens to work in the safety and security management of nursing homes and other services such a...

As a Small Business Owner, Why Should I Bother to Implement the ANSI/ASSP Z10 Standard, Or Really Any Safety Standard at All?

Upon hearing that they should consider implementing the ANSI/ASSP Z10 (or ISO 450001) standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMSs), many business owners immediately think that it would be too costly to do so. The reality is quite a bit different as a well-implemented OHSMS (if done properly) saves you money, makes your bu...

Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction

The potential for workers to inhale respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is an important issue to a number of types of companies. There are a variety of tasks involving work with materials containing silica that can result in exposure and subject a company to OSHA regulations. Maybe you've read articles recently about disease clusters associated wit...

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, and the Planned Revision to ANSI/ASSP Z10

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and the Planned Revision to ANSI/ASSP Z10
The revised version of the ANSI/ASSP Z10-2012 standard on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMSs), is expected to be published in early 2019. This is great news!

The current (2012) standard, which is a voluntary cons...

Occupational Health and Safety Hazards - May Include Psychosocial?

Sixth Sense Safety Solutions Oct 11, 2018

Safety Leadership: Measuring Occupational Health and Safety Success

Safety Leadership: Measuring Occupational Health and Safety Success
(Note: This is a follow-up to my last blog, which was about the development of safety and health goals and objectives. This article talks about the measurement of occupational health and safety success, which is affected by the goals a...

Developing Safety and Health Goals and Objectives

As an active member of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 Committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS's), I have had the privilege of working with a subgroup that is focusing on the provision of OHSMS information that will be helpful to small to medium sized business enterprises (SME's). SME's often have a number of questions about the est...

Our Supervisors Don't "GET" Safety!

Our Supervisors Don’t GET Safety!
The success of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) programs is strongly influenced by company culture and the knowledge and attitudes held by an organization’s managers and supervisors.  It can often be the case that highly performing staff are promoted into senior positions without having had much ...

I've Been Given "Safety"... So, Now What Do I Do?

“Oh my, what did I do to myself?  I seemed a little interested in “Safety,” and now I’ve been appointed to be my company’s safety person! But I don’t really know a thing about safety!”

You might be surprised how often I hear that. Really. While there are some organizations that, due...


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