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Welcome to Safety Topics

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.

If you sign up by providing your email you will receive safety topics on a regular basis to use in your workplace. The writer of safety topics is Carl Potter and has been providing safety topics since 1992 for his readers. His safety topics come from the safety consulting he provides to his clients and is up to date.

Safety topics welcomes you to print, share, and forward any of the pages you find useful. Thank you for your interest and look forward to your feedback and ideas for future safety topics.

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Compressed gas cylinders can be a deadly hazard in the workplace when handled improperly.  Many cylinders contain pressures in excess of 2000 pounds per square inch (PSI) that can cause them to become a rocket and making this one of… Continue reading

Ladder to Heaven

My buddy Lee Burk walked into the church last week and observed a hazard on the stage.  We might call this one the ladder to heaven, or OMG, a Hazard.  If this where an industrial setting a rule would be… Continue reading

Workplace Violence and Bullies Don’t Help Improve the Safety Culture

In 2012 4,547 workers were killed on the job in the United States.  Of that number, 506 were homicides, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), Homicide is the leading cause of death for… Continue reading

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Last week during my travels I observed these workers on ladders at my hotel.  As I approached he and his buddy I said, “Sure hope you don’t fall, that could lead to a serious injury.”  All he could do was… Continue reading

Safety Observation from the Northwest

Safety observation. Good catch in the public arena here. While in Albany, Oregon this weekend, running errands, I was on my way home, heading west on Santiam Boulevard and saw this extraordinary event. The motorist had actually stopped on the… Continue reading

Hazards Under Pressure

Compressed gas cylinders can be a deadly hazard in the workplace when handled improperly.  Many cylinders contain pressures in excess of 2000 pounds per square inch (PSI) that can cause them to become a rocket.  For this reason, industries that… Continue reading

Close the Door So I can Get Out!

There must be a real misunderstanding about the purpose of flammable storage cabinets.  When we conduct safety a walk through in preparation for a Hazard Recognition and Control Workshopit is common to find flammable storage cabinet doors standing wide… Continue reading

It’s a “Safety Can”, Get it?

Do you know why it is a “Safety Can?”  Why is it red?  Red means it contains flammables.  Understanding the design and proper use of this safety tool can save your life, pain, and possibly a lot of money.  Safety… Continue reading

Empty Every Night… or Else!

There is a reason the sticker says, “Empty Every Night.  When trash cans get full they provide a fuel for fire.  Interestingly enough I have taken many pictures of trash cans like this one where the lid can’t close.  Why… Continue reading

Safety First: Time to Get Back to the Business of Safety

I hope you had a great holiday weekend, but now it’s back to the business of safety.  Sometimes after a long restful weekend we might find ourselves a bit distracted and safety awareness is low.  Conversely, we might find ourselves… Continue reading