ARTICLES ABOUT safety

June 3, 2015

Don’t Get Burned by Unsafe Grilling This Summer

There’s nothing more synonymous with summertime than backyard barbecues. While you gather with coworkers, friends, and family for outdoor cookouts this year, just remember that outdoor grilling poses some serious risks.

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April 13, 2015

Keeping it Personal: Fire Districts Focus on Employee Wellness to Prevent Injuries

Employers of all types are starting to embrace and integrate comprehensive wellness programs, and for good reason. Wellness programs have been shown to impart many positive results, including decreased absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, and fewer medical claims while simultaneously increasing employee productivity, morale and retention.

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April 13, 2015

Seven Steps for Better Communication Among Safety Professionals

On a jobsite, it’s pretty easy to tell where one craft begins and another ends. Each craft’s job has its boundaries, and one craftsperson isn’t likely to venture into another’s area of expertise. But what happens when the safety manager for the mechanical contractor notices that an electrician isn’t grounding a circuit correctly?

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January 1, 2015

A Safer Department Means a Safer Community: Copper Mountain Fire

One of the best ways to reduce injuries and deaths to firefighters reporting to incidents is to appoint a well-prepared, proactive Incident Safety Officer (ISO) to a fire department. The only thing better than having one certified ISO on site at all times is having your entire fire department certified.

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January 1, 2015

Better Discipline for Safety Violations

Even if they were not mandated by law, workplace safety programs benefit workers and employers alike by reducing the number of injuries, enhancing productivity, and even improving the quality of work performed. When everyone knows and follows the rules, everyone benefits from a safer workplace.

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April 14, 2014

Preparing for the Next Tornado

There were 33 tornadoes in Colorado in 2012, and April is the peak month for tornado activity. These events can be hit or miss, but the damage that results can be catastrophic. Is your district prepared? Preparedness is key to keeping your district’s property, and more importantly your employees, safe from harm.

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January 5, 2014

Managing Media During a Safety Incident

When disaster strikes, and the media comes knocking, do you know how to respond? Board members and managers are the first people reporters will want to interview, and the first who will be asked what went wrong and why. These are crucial opportunities to mitigate a problem before it explodes into a PR disaster.

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July 1, 2013

Using NFPA 70E to Guide Your Electrical Safety Program

The NFPA 70E standard focuses on the safety of workers exposed to electrical hazards including electric shock, arc flash, and arc blast. OSHA’s general duty clause calls upon employers to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards that can cause death or serious physical harm, and what’s outlined in NFPA 70E addresses those issues as they relate to electricity.

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January 4, 2013

Budgeting for Safety Shouldn’t be an Afterthought

By Safety Management Group This is the time of year when most companies are trying to project next year’s costs and revenues. While nearly all of them attempt to forecast as accurately as possible, far too few give a great deal of thought to safety.

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December 3, 2012

Tips for Winter Driving

In Colorado, winter driving conditions can change from sunny to blowing snow in as little as an hour. That makes preparedness an important part of every driver’s responsibility on the road. You should always seek updated road condition information, know your vehicle, use safe driving techniques, and bring along the right emergency gear and equipment.

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