Workers/Safety/OSHA:


  Safety Check: Handling Employee Safety Concerns and Complaints – Close Calls, Hazards, Injury and Illness Reporting - Safety expert, Jary Winstead, shares best practices for handling employee safety concerns and complaints. He also reviews how to avoid reporting mistakes that can cost you if OSHA visits.   (10/1/2014)

  Thinking Ahead–Letter from Chaille: The Dangers of Trying to Create a “Safety Culture” - Whatever your situation, you already have a safety culture, and it is important to identify what is working well, and what is not.  (7/1/2014)

  Safety Check: Basics of Workplace First Aid Preparation and Supplies - Safety expert, Jary Winstead, outlines basics of workplace first aid preparation and supplies. Are you legal and ready to respond in case of an emergency?   (7/1/2014)

  Safety Check: Emergency Action Plans - Emergency Action Plans: Creating a plan and effectively communicating it can prevent an accident from becoming a disaster. Consider these tips to improve your employee training and disaster preparation.   (4/1/2014)

  Safety Check: Save Money and Prevent Injuries for Pennies on the Dollar-Tips for Conducting a Personal Protective Equipment Assessment - PPE Assessment: Conducting a review of your needs and ensuring that employees use and are trained on personnel protective equipment is a necessity to prevent injuries and avoid fines. A few dollars in PPE can save you big time in other ways.   (2/1/2014)

  Training & Inspections Drive Safe Practices: Forklift Safety Should Be a Top Concern for the Industry - Forklift Safety: Often overlooked but frequently a problem, forklift safety should be a priority for your operation and training combined with proper inspections are the keys to success.   (12/1/2013)

  Safety Takes Leadership, Time - Safety Best Practices: Industry safety coordinators share what they have done to improve safety at their facilities.  (10/1/2013)

  Safety Check: OSHA’s New Hazard Communication System; Are You Ready? - HazCom: As the world works to standardize chemical hazard communications, OSHA is updating its requirements and labeling policies. Are you ready to comply?   (10/1/2013)

  Safety Check: Preventing Hazardous Energy Accidents Requires a Strong Assessment and Lockout/Tagout Procedures - Accident Prevention: Keeping your workplace safe from hazardous energy accidents requires a strong assessment process and lock/tagout procedures. Learn the tricks to conducting a proper hazard assessment from our new safety columnist  (8/1/2013)

  Safety Check: Hazard Communication Regulations - OSHA requires workers to be trained on new hazardous communication standards.   (4/1/2013)

  Safety Check: Nail Gun Safety Tips - Safety tips identify ways that pallet companies can reduce nail gun related accidents. New OSHA guide offers lessons for pallet builders.   (12/1/2012)

  Safety Check: OSHA Offers Anonymous Online Safety Awareness Tool - OSHA offers anonymous hazard awareness tool to help small businesses identify potential problems and locate applicable standards and remedies.   (11/1/2012)

  How to Stay Safe from OSHA! Recent Industry Fines Offer Lessons on OSHA Enforcement Trends - Heightened enforcement environment puts the industry on notice that OSHA fines and citations are a serious matter. Experts discuss recent citations and lessons for the industry to avoid similar hazards.   (5/1/2012)

  Workers’ Compensation Controlling Your Costs - Employers are grappling with a spike in workers’ compensation premiums after years of virtually level costs. Increasing accident rates and higher medical costs are contributing to the problem. Business owners can help temper the damage by improving safety programs and informing employees about the shared costs of accidents.  (5/1/2012)

  Safety Zone: Is Forklift Safety Something to Sing About? - Columnist, Gabriel Curry, sings an informational song detailing basic guidelines for forklift safety and proper operator training.   (10/1/2011)

  Is Your Company Safe by Accident: Developing a Behavior-Based Safety Approach - Book review of Safe by Accident, identifies seven safety practices that are a waste of time and money.   (9/6/2011)

  Safety Zone: Less Is More, A Simple, Effective Strategy for Eliminating Costs from Things You Buy - Procurement Tips: The products you are buying may be costing you more than you think if you haven''t streamlined your purchasing practices lately.   (6/1/2011)

  Safety Zone: FIRST Aid Kits! OHSA/ANSI… How Do We Sort Through It All? - How do we sort through it all? A first aid kit may seem simple, but once the government gets involved, it becomes more involved. If approached correctly, a first aid kit and offering first aid can remain reasonably straight forward, but one should approach it with understanding. The cost can be kept reasonable.  (4/1/2011)

  OSHA Working on Injury and Illness Prevention Rule - OSHA is working on what it calls the most fundamental change in workplace culture since the passage of the OSH Act. A coming rule would place more workplace safety responsibility on employers.  (3/1/2011)

  Back to Basics: Getting and Keeping the Right People is Major Key to a Successful Pallet Company - Columnists Clarence Leising and Dick Burns, Recycling Consultants, point out things to look for when interviewing potential job candidates for a pallet shop.   (3/1/2011)

  Safety Zone: More Trickle-Down Safety Tips - Creating a safety culture, columnist Gabriel Curry tells a tale of how one encounter with the CEO changed the most accident prone worker into a company advocate for accident prevention.   (2/1/2011)

  Safety Zone: Gloves in the Age of the Smartphone - Gabriel Curry explains why getting the right work glove requires more than just making sure it fits. From finishes to various fibers to dip treatments, spending a little more upfront can ensure your employees will actually use personal protective equipment.   (12/1/2010)

  Safety Zone: Safety Trickles Down - Safety columnist, Gabriel Curry explains how creating a safe workplace starts with creating the right culture, which must come from the top managers.   (10/1/2010)

  Don’t Let Your Company Go Up in Smoke: Tips on Preventing and Responding to a Fire - Up in Smoke: Tips on preventing and responding to a major fire at a forest products facility, including some frequently overlooked keys to minimizing damage.   (10/1/2010)

  No Comprendo: OSHA Issues Memorandum to Protect Non-English Speaking Workers - OSHA clarifies safety training rules for non-English speaking workers, placing burden on the employer to ensure that instruction doesn’t get lost in translation.  (8/1/2010)

  Safety Zone: Managing an Intelligent Safety Program - A PPE-based safety program is a necessary precaution that can preserve your company from a lot of unforeseen trouble that could even threaten your company’s survival.  (7/1/2010)

  National Association of State Fire Marshals, iGPS Resolve Lawsuit - Fire Codes: National Association of State Fire Marhals decides to forego issuing enforcement bulletins for pallets used in warehouses after resolving lawsuit with iGPS.   (6/1/2010)

  Now Hear This…WHAT? I Can’t Hear You. Speak a Little Louder! Tips on Preventing Hearing Loss in the Workplace - A pallet or lumber facility can be a loud place to work. Learn the basics about hearing protection and strategies to keep your employees safe from hearing loss.  (5/1/2010)

  Back to Basics: Simple Tool Program That Works - A simple tool program can reduce costs while ensuring that your workers have everything they need to be productive and safe  (4/1/2010)

  Avoid an OSHAn of Trouble: Keep Those Records! - Keeping the records required by OSHA does not have to be hard or confusing. Easy to follow directions on keeping your company compliant with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements.  (3/1/2010)

  Don’t let Your Grinder Bite the Hand that Feeds It - Reducing hazards that accompany pallet grinding is a manageable task. Learn to identify hazards unique to your company’s pallet grinders and reduce the risks employees face.  (9/1/2009)

  Firestorm: Fire Marshals Clarify Wood Pallet Concerns - Pallets & Warehouse Fire Safety: Controversy over composite pallets in warehouses erupts; overview of the issue as well as next steps for the industry.  (4/1/2009)

  Protecting Workers in Cold Environments - Winter Weather: Keep your workers warm this winter using these cold weather safety tips.  (12/1/2008)

  Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry - Wage Changes in the Pallet Industry: A new human resource survey for 2008 in the pallet industry was just completed; one question on wages is presented here.  (10/1/2008)

  Tips to Comply with OSHA’S Safety Gear Payment Rule - Worker Safety: Personal protective equipment required under OSHA standards usually must be provided free for employees; a critical first step in compliance is to conduct a hazard assessment.  (10/1/2008)

  Combustible Dust Becomes National Target - Wood Dust Target: OSHA targets combustible wood dust after a refinery accident; learn what you need to do to mitigate your exposure to this risk.  (8/1/2008)

  Forklift Safety: Protect Visitors to Your Plant - With visiting pedestrians at your location, educating them is not practical. Warning them is an improvement but is only minimally effective. You need to find ways to control or eliminate the risk to them.   (3/1/2008)

  Anthony Forest Products Saves Big $$ With Safety Initiative: Learn How You Can Reduce Insurance Premiums - Safety Pays: Anthony Forest Products participates in a federal workplace safety program that improved safety and enabled the company to reduce insurance premiums by about two-thirds.  (11/1/2007)

  OSHA Guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment: Are Your Employees Wearing The Right Stuff? - Work Safely: Personal protective equipment is required for many functions in pallet and lumber operations. What you don’t know could cost you big time in terms of lost production or fines. Use these tips to ensure compliance and improve safety conditions at your facility.  (10/1/2007)

  Forklift Safety: Conduct Pre-Shift Safety Inspections - One of the most challenging issues regarding forklift safety is dealing with pre-shift safe operation inspections. Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not require these checks to be made in writing.  (9/1/2007)

  First Aid Training And Supplies Are An Important Part of Safety Program - Emergency Response: Learn basics of how to respond to a workplace emergency. OSHA expects businesses to plan for incidents and prepare employees so that they can aid a stricken co-worker.   (6/1/2007)

  Forklift Safety: Drivers Must Qualify for the Application - There is no ‘instant’ forklift operator, no matter how badly the production department would like to have him up and running. And rushing the training process can spell disaster for the operator or a co-worker.  (6/1/2007)

  Betting on Safety: Escalating Costs Forced California Pallet Company to Take Riskier Insurance, Institute New Safety Initiatives - Betting on Safety: Faced with rising costs for workers compensation insurance, Commercial Lumber & Pallet changes its approach to insurance and ramps up safety efforts.  (11/1/2006)

  Forklift Safety: Pedestrians Need Training, Too - Pedestrians are involved in up to 40% of all forklift accidents, many of which involve very serious or even fatal injuries.   (9/1/2006)

  OSHA Enforcement Director Discusses the Realities of Inspections - OSHA Inspections: How can you survive an OSHA inspection? Knowing what they will look for and being in compliance with federal safety regulations is the key.  (6/1/2006)

  HOLA AMIGOS! How to Manage the New Hispanic Workers - Managing New Hispanic Workers: Phillip Perry’s suggestions on managing Hispanic workers is timely information for pallet plants and sawmills.  (6/1/2006)

  Learning Cultural, Language Differences Helps Managing Hispanic Workforce - Working with Hispanics: Immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries bring their unique ways of life; understanding basic differences in language and culture can help in managing Hispanic workers.  (4/1/2006)

  Lockout/Tagout Law Basics: NY Recycler Fights Fines - Safety on the Job: Lock-out and tag-out procedures are fundamental to helping ensure safety in industrial plants; a look at how these procedures can help keep employees working safely.  (4/1/2006)

  Forklift Safety: Is Your Trainer Really Qualified? - When you are driving down the road and a large truck comes up behind your car, it is comforting to know the truck driver has the necessary skills to operate his vehicle, and that the people who qualified him took that job very seriously before issuing the license.  (12/1/2005)

  Forklift Safety: Material Handling Hazards in the Workplace - Even with good training, how safe can a workplace be if serious material handling hazards are present and not addressed?  (9/1/2005)

  Forklift Safety Taking Training Seriously - Even with recent updates to training requirements across the world, I still question whether those charged with training forklift operators really take the job as seriously as they should. Periodically, I audit other training programs and see people with little or no forklift experience successfully completing programs and being turned loose to operate a forklift with no supervision. Many times the driving test amounts to no more than moving some empty pallets around in a parking lot or weaving through a course at a forklift dealership. Most written tests consist of 15 or less questions that the average 10-year-old could easily pass.   (6/1/2005)

  Transitional Duty Helps Control Workers’ Comp Insurance Costs -   (5/2/2005)

  Safety Pays at Pallet Manufacturing Plant Operated by Sheltered Workshop - Mid-Valley Wood Products Eyes 12 Years Without Time Loss Accident  (4/1/2005)

  Control Losses Is Key to Control Worker’s Compensation Rates - Insurance Column  (2/7/2005)

  Understanding, Managing Hispanic Workers Goes Beyond Language Barrier - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Health Savings Accounts May Help Tame the Health Insurance Monster - Highlights from 2004 Articles  (1/3/2005)

  Keep Four Habits, Follow Safety Rules When Using Power Fasteners - Trade Association Recommends Safety Measures for Pneumatic Fastening Tools  (11/8/2004)

  NWPCA Develops Workplace Safety Alliance with U.S. Government - Cooperative Effort Seeks to Develop Guidelines to Improve Employee Safeguards  (8/1/2004)

  Trade Group Stresses Four Work Habits for Safety When Using Power Fasteners - The International Staple, Nail and Tool Association (ISANTA) recommends a number of safety measures related to safe use and operation of pneumatic fastening tools.  (11/3/2003)

  OSHA Inspectors Must Follow Own Regs When It Comes to Bandsaws - Citations Must Reference Federal Standard  (8/1/2003)

  Careful Planning, Preventive Steps Can Reduce Fire Risk - This is the second article of a two-part series on fire and fire safety. Gordon outlines what you can do to help prevent fire from breaking out in your plant.   (7/1/2003)

  Escalating Worker''s Compensation Insurance Rates Can Be Reined In - High insurance rates are affecting everyone, the Enterprise looks at what you can do to lower your costs.  (6/2/2003)

  Blazes Strike Even Plants That Are Careful About Fire Safety - Not all fires are preventable, but planning for safety can help reduce risk. Learn from other plants that have had to deal with life after a fire.  (6/1/2003)

  Standard Urges Safety Messages, Symbols on Power Nailing Tools - Trade association representing manufacturers of nailing tools and fasteners revises safety standard, recommending safety messages and symbols to be included on tools.   (6/1/2003)

  Clearing the Air on Wood Dust - Government declares wood dust a carcinogen; classification impacts MSDS paperwork  (3/1/2003)

  Labor—A Major Problem for Pallet Companies - Survey Provides Some Insights  (2/1/2002)

  Going Up In Smoke - The Impact Pallets Can Have On A Warehouse Fire  (10/1/2001)

  New Year's Resolutions For The Pallet Manufacturer - Eye on Safety: New Year's Resolutions for the Pallet Manufacturer - Deal Constructively with Winter's Burdens  (12/1/1999)

  Answer These Questions Candidly for New 'Road Map' to Effective Safety Program - Eye on Safety by Donald R. Rung  (10/1/1999)

  Recognizing, Appreciating Workers Will Help to Keep Them Motivated - Keeping employees motivated  (10/1/1999)

  On-Site, In-Service Training Favored For Meeting New OSHA Regulations - Response to Regs: Pallet businesses plan to turn to on-site or in-service training to meet new federal regulations mandating new forklift operator training.  (7/1/1999)

  New OSHA Regs Specify Forklift Training Measures - Eye on Safety: New OSHA regulations spell out in greater detail what training is required for forklift operators.  (4/1/1999)