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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.

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.

How to Avoid the Safety Surge (safety picture at bottom)

Several elements create a safe work environment.  First we make a workplace were it is difficult for any personnel to be injured.  Secondly, we make sure everyone knows what precautions to take (controls) to prevent injury.  Third, we observe and… Continue reading

Safety: Breaking a Rule is Your Decision

Safety requires the decision to follow rules and procedures that will mitigate risk.  Mitigation simply reduces the opportunity for an event that causes injury to people or damage to equipment.  The decision to mitigate risk is influenced by the current… Continue reading

Risk Management

Workplace safety is about risk management.  In my experience the companies who understand risk management educate their employees, supervisors, management and executives in mitigation of risk through hazard recognition and control.  In my presentations I like to say that, “If… Continue reading

Home Safety: Safety topics for you and your family

Many of our children are latch-key, meaning they come home and are alone for several hours before you arrive from work.  Have you ever talked to your family about egressing your home in the event of a fire?  Do they… Continue reading

Celebrate Safely

This is just a short safety blog to increase your awareness of the upcoming hazards this week.  Sometimes a celebration can get out of hand at the lake, home or on the road.  July 4th is a time to… Continue reading

Safety Article Blog: Fourth, Fireworks, and Injuries

Happy 4th of July!  This year the Potter’s will celebrate our nations independence by cooking out with family and friends.  When the sun goes down we will all line up and watch the professional fireworks.  In my younger days… Continue reading

An Obligation for Safety

What is the Obligation?

Organizations have an obligation to make sure that they do not injure employees while in pursuit of profit.  Likewise, employees are obligated to do everything they can to make sure that they do everything they can… Continue reading

When Lockout / Tagout Fails (caution: graphic injury pictures)

Just the other day I was talking to a guy and after asking me what I do for a living, he told me about his friend who got hurt at work when Lockout / Tagout failed. I’m always interested when… Continue reading

Backing Accident Excuse: I wasn’t there when I parked…

If we understand that incidents lead to backing accidents, then we can prevent future accidents.

When a person backs into something with a vehicle the immediate reaction is excuse-making:

“That post shouldn’t be there anyway!”

“When I walked around the… Continue reading

Human Performance: Using Alpha Numeric Terms in Communications (video and worksheet)

This safety meeting topic includes a video to help understand the Alpha Numeric terms used in security and aviation to reduce errors when communicating information.  Carl Potter will discuss the communication process using standard Alpha Numeric terms.  Use the video… Continue reading