Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 58, No. 11, November

10 Habits of Effective Safety Managers
They most effective people managing safety and health in industry know that a safety program is much more than writing rules and training employees to follow them. Although terms like "leadership ability" and "people skills" overused to the point...
Don't Slip Up on Safety
The right combination of smart administrative policies, engineering controls and worker training can prevent slip and trip injuries at your workplace. In the hierarchy of workplace accidents, "slips, [trips] and falls are nothing to sneeze at," says...
Finding the Root Causes of Accidents
Use a three-phase accident investigation process to identify basic causes and take corrective action. In a warehouse, a forklift truck I driven by a newly hired worker spins out of control and crashes, destroying property and injuring a quality control...
How to Prevent Industrial Fires
Fires and explosions needlessly kill and injure employees and damage billions of dollars worth of property and goods every year. Here are steps you can take to keep your business from going up in smoke. William Fries admits he was shocked. Fries,...
Is the World Ready for a Safety and Health Management Standard?
I am excited to see a systematic approach to occupational safety and health that integrates these functions into the management of operations. In my September article, "Moving to an International Standard for Occupational Safety and Health," I promised...
Rod Hayes' FIGHT
If the headlines in our papers are any indication, we care more about the deaths of rabbits and monkeys in laboratories than of workers in factories and farms. Ron Hayes is leading a passionate fight to change that. On Oct. 22,1993, his son, 19-year-old...
Safety Incentives
Experts in safety management, industrial psychology and employee motivation explain how to make awards and incentives a key part of a successful safety program. Don Eggenschwiller has no intention of turning his back on the safety and health field's...