Archive for December, 2017

What’s your New Year’s safety resolution plan for 2018?

By: Ace Guerra

Consider making workplace safety your resolution this year! A positive safety culture will ultimately save your company money, it not only keeps workers safe, but studies show it also reduces turnover. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Tips for Management:

  • Plan the year according to your safety goals. Setting big goals can be hard to implement, so start out with smaller goals and schedule deadlines throughout the year to achieve them.
  • Talk to your employees. Your workers are likely to spot safety hazards before anyone else. Start a conversation in a group setting and see what they think that might improve safety. Then be sure to follow up on their ideas and report back at your next safety meeting.
  • Think like an inspector. Put yourself in the shoes of an inspector for a day and see what hazards you can identify. Now you’ll know what issues to tackle first.

 

Tips for Workers:

  • Engage in safety training. Commit yourself to getting the most out of your safety training. See how safe you can be this year.
  • Make suggestions. Workers are the front line of a company and usually spot and see potential hazards. Make sure you speak up because your input will help keep everyone safe.
  • Wear and maintain your PPE. Your personal protective equipment is vital to keeping you safe. Take a look at your gear and make sure that there are no tears. Make sure it is comfortable, effective, and take proper steps to take care of your gear.

These are just a few tips to get you headed in the right direction. For more safety training material like posters, true stories, and tip sheets check out our website. Feel free to print and use them around your workplace. Our main goal is to see everyone return home safe to their loved ones.  Make 2018 injury free!

Safety program (APP) development

Safety committee development

A safe driver is part detective

Is it necessary to report close calls?

 

CVSA Seeking Nominees for 2018 International Driver Excellence Award

By: Paul Karolczyk

Want to show appreciation for a truck driver whose career excellence in safety and compliance has consistently outshined the rest? Then nominate them for the 2018 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The prestigious annual award recognizes drivers who “go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time.”

After selection by the CVSA Board of Directors, the winner will receive their award at the 2018 CVSA Workshop in Portland, Oregon, on April 9. The award includes a crystal trophy, $2,500, all expenses paid trip to Portland, and international publicity through the CVSA’s “Guardian” magazine, website, social media, and other forms of communication.

Get your nominations in before Friday, January 12, 2018. To qualify, nominees must meet at least the following criteria:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of crash-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years.
  • No driver violations in past three years, excluding form and manner violations.

Get more details and nomination applications here: http://cvsa.org/program/programs/idea/