Safety Articles

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Abusive Supervision and Workplace Violence

When workplace violence takes place, it’s often at the confluence of multiple factors that have created a perfect storm. One of the most important common denominators in violent workplace incidents is an abusive supervisory style.

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How to Make Your Training Stick

Six months after you trained your home office staff, you discover that right after training, they started applying some of the customer-service strategies you taught them, but have now abandoned them and it’s back to “business as usual.”

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Greatest Hits: Why Respirators Matter and How to Pick Them

The application of coatings inherently includes personal safety risks. Contractors often encounter jobsites with dusty and/or vaporous conditions, and without proper protection, excessive exposure can result in a number of problems.

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Improving Your Toolbox Talks: 5 Tips

Toolbox talks can be an important part of your safety arsenal. Here are five tips to help make your next one even better!

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Hearing Safety

Exposure to environmental noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss throughout the world. Every day we are flooded with transport, industrial, and recreational noises.

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Greatest Hits: Personal Fall Protection Developments

Fall protection has long been a focal point for industries that have people working at height, with coatings contractors chief among them. This year, fall protection moved from an emphasis to a defined mandate.

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Working Safely With Epoxy Coatings

Coatings applicators need to understand the potential risks of using epoxy products and know how to safely handle and apply these systems.

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Understanding Canada’s Materials Labeling System

On February 11, 2015, Canada aligned the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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How to Use Polyurethane Coatings Safely

Every user of aliphatic isocyanates must be familiar with the potential hazards and have the knowledge needed to safely handle and use these products. The potential to experience health effects depends on the exposure level (e.g., airborne concentration in the breathing zone, volume of liquid/spray mist in contact with unprotected skin), duration of exposure, and other factors, including individual susceptibility.

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Using Big Data to Keep Workers Safe

Lately, safety practitioners seem to be on a quest similar to that of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. But instead of trying to find the Holy Grail, safety professionals are trying to find something similarly elusive: a single, all-encompassing, leading indicator upon which they can manage their entire safety function.

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How to Avoid Being a Safety Hypocrite

Have you ever thought about the value of safety? Value can be thought of in terms of money, standards, and morals. Safety values can encompass all of these.

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Equipment for the Dangers We Can’t See

Your crew is preparing for the day’s job. You have all the necessary tools and machinery for the coating you will apply. You have your protective eyewear and clothing to guard against physical hazards as well as respirators to protect against fumes. These are all important safety measures, but you are still not fully protected.

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Getting to ZERO Injuries: One Task at a Time

American industry continues to come to grips with hitting zero injuries in the workplace. More than 10 years ago, I began a campaign for this, continually running headlong at the windmills of the zero injury safety culture.

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OSHA’s Initiative On Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t kill jobs; it helps prevent jobs from killing workers. Supported by decades of empirical evidence, this message has been confirmed by a peer-reviewed study published in Science, one of the world’s top scientific journals, but we will also discuss it here.