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Safety Topics was developed to provide safety meeting topics for organizations that are targeting zero injuries in their workplace. Safety awareness is a key factor in preventing injuries and Safety Topics is here to help. If you are a supervisor, manager or safety specialist in your company, finding safety topics to present to your workforce can be a time consuming task, save time by using safety topics written by Carl Potter.

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See the Risk and Be Safe

It is my experience that when people see something that can hurt them they tend to avoid that something. I know you’re thinking, “The is very profound, Carl!” (yeah, right). Well anyway, when conducting a Hazard Recognition and Control (HRC)… Continue reading

They Don’t Care How Much You Know Until….

From Carl Potter,

I would like to introduce my friend and an Associate at the Safety Institute, Bruce Bolger. From this blog you will notice that Bruce is not only knowledgeable but experienced in creating workplaces where it is difficult… Continue reading

Less and Less Near-Misses

We target zero-injuries by using one of the long standing leading indicators for a safe workplace, near-miss reports. I’ve seen near-misses that report someone being hit in the hard hat by a falling tool – near-miss or direct hit? Another… Continue reading

What’s the Problem with OSHA?

In many of my presentations at PDCs (Professional Development Conference) or other workplace safety conferences many times federal OSHA inspectors are in attendance. If I know they are present, I break out my bumper sticker that reads “I Love OSHA”.… Continue reading

The Toxic Impact of Cyber Bullying – by Gary Sheely

Safety Blog Topic Introduction

One of the Associates at the Safety Institute is Gary Sheely. While I work with the physical and leadership aspects of creating a safe workplace he works to improve the emotional aspects of workplace safety. It… Continue reading

Safety Leadership Makes the Difference

I am continually surprised how much leadership matters when it comes to creating a safe workplace, and I am not sure why I’m surprised after all this time. Recently while working with one of my clients who is struggling with… Continue reading

Awesome Power of Electricity

In 1977 I went to work in the electrical utility industry not really understanding the risk that I faced each day.  At the time OSHA was saving a section of the regulation that today is known as CFR 1910.269.  Today… Continue reading

Safety Environment: Where Do You Fit in the Plan?

When it comes to accomplishing anything in life the people involved must realize that action is a requirement.  You can sit around in meetings and plan, discuss, and draw diagrams on the whiteboard until you are out of ideas, breath,… Continue reading

Think, Then Check Before You Act!

I tell audiences all the time that safety is a head game.  If you think you are safe because you believe your actions will reduce the risk, you will likely succeed.  Keep in mind that it is important to know… Continue reading

Do We Need Better Safety Rules?

“Keep safety simple” is my motto.  There is a feeling that safety rules make people safe, but it is the act of following the rules that reduces the risk of an event leading to injuries or death.  In more than… Continue reading