Safety Recognition for the Oil, Gas, and Energy Industry

  Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Roberts, Louisiana to spend a week at the Shell’s Robert Training and Conference Center (RTCC). This state-of-the-art facility is situated on 35 private acres, surrounded by woods, located in the heart of the Gulf-South region between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, thousands of men and women come to the Shell Robert Training Center to prepare themselves for the…

Support Healthy Vision at Work

  Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety group, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to provide employers and employees with free information on the best ways to keep vision healthy on the job. Each day, thousands of U.S. workers suffer from work related eye injuries. Some of the most common eye injuries in the workplace are: Flying objects Tools Particles (dust, metal, glass) Chemicals…

Spring into Fun Safety Training

  Gear up for spring and get your workplace ready to take on new safety challenges this coming season. The spring season presents many opportunities to train and remind employees of important safety measures. The weather changes, the days becoming longer, and employees take vacation time while kids are on spring break. These seasonal changes are new reasons to remind your employees stay safe. Now is the time to begin…

Safety Snapshot: Hospitality Industry

  The hospitality industry represents a major sector of the economy and includes service industries related to food, tourism, accommodations, bartending, and much more. A large percentage of the industry’s workforce is made of young, typically inexperienced, employees. Inexperienced workers can be a hazard to the workplace. Without proper and continuous training, these employees can be harmful to themselves, other employees, and even customers. Supervisors and managers of hospitality industry…

Heart Health for Shift Workers

  February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. For shift workers, this can be a challenge. Employers, health professionals, and workers need to work together to…

Is the Flu Buggin’ You?

  So far, 2018 has been marked by one of the worst flu seasons on record. And according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s only getting started. As the CDC reports, the 2017-2018 flu has been worse than normal because this year’s prevalent strain, the H3N2 virus, is especially severe and has proven to be more resistant to flu vaccinations. Since the start of flu season in October…

Radon Safety Awareness

  You can’t see it, smell it, or touch it, yet it’s the number one cause of lung cancer outside of smoking according to the National Cancer Institute. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from the uranium. It occurs naturally in rocks and soils. Radon gas disperses quickly outside, but when it seeps into buildings, it can collect in greater amounts. Several occupations require radon exposure. The…

Understanding Cold Stress

  When working outdoors in cold weather or working in artificially cold environments, such as refrigerated areas, serious cold-related injuries and illnesses may occur. Cold related hazards can cause permanent tissue damage or even death. Many of these safety concerns can be avoided. Understanding what constitutes as cold stress and how to prevent its effects is very important. What constitutes as cold stress and its effects can vary. Different areas…

Winter Driving Safety

  Does your business operate fleet vehicles, or assign company cars to employees? If yes, listen up! More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Although employers cannot control the weather conditions, they can promote safe driving behaviors by educating workers on winter driving safety. When winter weather strikes, drivers face out-of-the-ordinary challenges when they get behind the wheel.…

Becoming a Powerful Safety Leader

  In any business, it is important to have strong leaders. Becoming a good safety leader has its challenges. Safety is a priority at your company and as a safety leader; you must always demonstrate safe practices and influence employees in a positive way. There is a lot of pressure to never make a mistake or be tempted to cut corners. Having the right skills can help you overcome the…