Respiratory Protective Equipment: Choose, Fit and Maintain

Whether you’re working in a factory, on a farm, in a laboratory or as a first responder, it is critical to know what respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to use and how to properly fit and maintain your RPE. The onus, however, does not fall solely on workers. In accordance with OSHA guidelines, employers are obligated to provide employees with respiratory protective equipment and to ensure their employees know how to fit and maintain the equipment. To fully appreciate the importance of RPE and its impact on workers’ short- and long-term health, one need only consider the experience of the courageous rescue and recovery workers who responded at the World Trade Center site. Continue reading

PPE: Selecting the Right Suit for the Job

Knowing what to wear to work is never easy. In the business world, workers fret about the right choice of tie, suit, skirt or shoes. After all, selecting the right clothes can go a long way in terms of making a lasting impression on one’s clients. If you work around hazardous materials, however, knowing how to suit up for specific jobs can be a matter of life and death or the difference between sustaining and avoiding serious injury. Today’s post examines how to choose the right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), how to ensure your workers have been properly trained to use and maintain their PPE, and what the consequences are when employers overlook the OHSA’s PPE regulations. Continue reading

The Impact of Training On Trends and Issues Impacting the Healthcare Industry in 2016

The healthcare industry is one facing constant changes and evolution, and 2016 is certainly no exception. Healthcare organizations from large to small are up against new regulations and government compliance challenges, issues regarding the creation of higher quality care balanced alongside shrinking budgets, and a lack of employees. Continue reading

Look Up! Overhead Rig Safety

Overhead rig safety is something few people outside the construction industry ever think about–that is, until tragedy strikes. While rare, crane accidents do happen and when they do, the results are often fatal. In February 2016, a construction crane toppled over while being lowered by a crew working on a busy street in Lower Manhattan during morning rush hour. In this case, the crane collapse left  one Wall Continue reading

A Guide to Using Podcasts for Employee Training

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is becoming one of the most popular forms of media, and this concept is even drawing many celebrities into hosting their own, as opposed to the traditional radio or talk shows. How about using podcasts for employee training? Share with eLeaP or get some tips. Continue reading

Employee Orientation: Safety First!

In 2014, 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported, and 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014. The National Safety Council reports that someone is injured on the job every six seconds. These injuries and illnesses are no laughing matter – they cost American businesses $250 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity. Those are some sobering statistics that should make any company think twice about not taking workplace safety seriously. Continue reading

When It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Managing Termination

The decision to terminate an individual’s employment carries with it the risk of many possible legal challenges. This is one case where you definitely want to make sure you’ve done your homework. Even just one wrongful termination can cause lasting damage to your company. Continue reading

Stepping up to the Plate on Customer Service

Every company wants to be known for excellent customer service, but when it comes down to it, very few can claim they’re truly stellar at it. Each year 24/7 Wall St. publishes the results of a customer service poll to find out which companies deserve to be in the Customer Service Hall of Fame and which ones have to settle for the Customer Service Hall of Shame. The stats come from surveys administered to 1,500 adults about customer service at more than 150 of the nation’s best-known companies. Continue reading

Eliminate Harassment – Create a Positive Workplace

My last article about harassment in the workplace was an introduction to the topic geared specifically towards leaders of organizations. But harassment is a problem that everyone needs to deal with in workplaces across the nation, no matter what level or position they’re in. Continue reading

Calling all Leaders: When Harassment Rears Its Ugly Head

Make no mistake, harassment does rear its ugly head quite often, year in and year out in workplaces everywhere. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency tasked with fielding complaints, brokering settlements, and engaging in litigation related to charges of discrimination, which includes harassment. Continue reading