In case you are missing all of the talk about voting and elections now that the US election seems to be over, you can take this opportunity to vote one more time and vote for what you believe to be the biggest challenge faced by safety trainers.
The clocks changed this past week and many people have had their normal sleep schedules disrupted. Worker fatigue can lead to accidents. Pay close attention to workers who seem tired and distracted. This infographic provides tips from OSHA on managing fatigue.
The following story is all over the news here in my hometown of NJ because if you are familiar with the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, you know he is from this area. This is a really a bazaar accident but no doubt one that safety professionals will be able to analyze and in it find some "lessons learned" to share with trainees if appropriate.
Training and re-training should not be used as a punishment and often, training is not the answer for a variety of safety problems. If training is thought of as a punishment, any future new training you try to get the workforce excited about will not be seen in a positive light.
How did Michael Scott from the Office end up costing his producers $60,000? He sang a few lines of "Two Tickets to Paradise" without permission. Using others music in safety training as well as television shows, movies, etc. is usually illegal and can result in having to pay damages.
OSHA's website states Labor Day "...is a day to reflect on how workplace conditions have improved over the course of our nation’s history, and to look ahead at what we can do to continue making workers’ lives better."With this description, Labor Day is really a day of appreciation for all safety and health professionals.