That Was No Accident!

When you hear the word “accident,” you probably think of an unexpected, random event that no one could foresee or prevent. Accidents “just happen.” However, most workplace injuries and illnesses don’t just happen—they are usually predictable and preventable. That’s why OSHA calls them “incidents” instead of “accidents.” While using a different word might seem like […]

Safety Walk-Arounds For Managers

This fact sheet provides guidance to help managers and business owners conduct safety walk-arounds to identify hazards in the workplace and communicate with workers about hazards in their jobs. There are at least two reasons why managers and owners should periodically conduct workplace inspections themselves. First, inspections demonstrate management’s commitment to improving safety and health […]

Accident Investigations Help Safeguard Employees and Protect Organizations

Thousands of workplace accidents occur in the US every day, usually caused by the failure of people or equipment and materials not functioning as expected. Accident investigations determine not only what happened, but also how and why. By using the information gained through an investigation, a similar or perhaps more serious accident may be prevented. […]

Many Workers Unaware of Potential Workplace Electrical Hazards

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA’s electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions. Engineers, electricians and other professionals work with electricity directly, while others, such as office workers and sales people, work with electricity indirectly but may also be […]

Safe Storage of Hazardous Materials is Essential to Worker Safety

The safe storage of hazardous materials is essential to any workplace safety program in order to prevent injuries, fires and other hazardous conditions. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to inform workers about the hazards of chemicals they come in contact with through Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and appropriate labels.  Information about the identities and […]