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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.

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Do You Want to Prevent Workplace Injuries?

Since 1992 I have been working in the area of safety with the goal of preventing workplace injuries.  I have seen individuals suffer, families impacted, and companies close facilities causing people to lose their jobs because of workplace injuries.  It… Continue reading

Quick Lessons in Ergonomics

Some simple tips can make ergonomics work to reduce many soft tissue injuries.  The definition of ergonomics provided by OSHA is: “Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.”  It… Continue reading

Experience is Not Enough (to prevent injury)

Recently while in New York City I took a picture of this banner at a construction site that says, “Experience is not enough, (the yellow arrow points at) Safety equipment can save your life.” I think this says a lot… Continue reading

$1.1 million payment ordered by OSHA to Norfolk Southern Railway Co. after terminating 3 workers for reporting injuries because Norfolk violated the Whistleblower Act

I have had management say to me, “I am sure they (employee) were injured at home and not at work, but I can’t prove it.”  My response to them is typically, “That may well be, but you have to take… Continue reading

Who Is Responsible for Safety?

Safety is the responsibility of each and every individual.  When I say, “individual,” I refer to everyone in an organization from its top executives to its visiting college interns.

As a safety consultant I have seen (and continue to see)… Continue reading

Trained, But Not Safe

FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable. – OSHA
Consider this story… Bobby was excited… Continue reading

Failure to Recognize Hazards Leads to Death and $192,00.00 OSHA Fine

The ability of everyone in your organization to recognize hazards a and control them is vital to safety success.

- Carl Potter

This month we see a company who placed a 21 year old temp employee in a hazardous workplace… Continue reading

Excavation Safety

OSHA regulations are often combined to become a work practice.  For instance, when a site requires excavation, the ditch may become a confined space.  In many cases air quality can be an issue on a hot day or heavy gases… Continue reading

Office Safety: My Office IS safe! How to do a safety audit in your office

When you hear (or read) the word “audit”, what comes to your mind?  This word normally evokes fear and the thought of an IRS agent showing up at your door.  In reality an audit is a systematic checkup to ensure… Continue reading

Time for a Site Safety Inspection? (Free Checklist)

Safety Topics would like to remind you that on a regular basis your site must be inspected for condition.  This inspection should be conducted with employees and management.  As time goes on the workplace can begin to change and create… Continue reading