VPPPA

  1. The Buried Truth About Human Factors

Contributor: Joe Tantarelli, Speaker and Senior Safety Consultant for SafeStart This article was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of VPPPA’s quarterly magazine, the Leader. My accident—we’ll call it that for lack of a better term—happened in June 1983. I was 26 years old. Maybe you can relate to me at 26: my Sundays usually…
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  1. Improving Occupational Safety Efforts in the U.S. Air Force and Other Organizations

Contributor: Sentinel Safety leaders hope to never receive the news that co-workers are injured but, unfortunately, it happens. Workplace deaths may result from sudden accidents or long-term complications. That’s why more organizations are turning to technology. Organizations and workers benefit from having data insights to prevent injuries and predict workers’ future health risks. Take for…
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  1. Improving Communication Skills to Influence Safety Culture

Contributor: Dianne Grote Adams, CIH, CSP, CPEA, FAIHA President and Founder of Safex, Inc. This article was originally published in the Autumn 2021 issue of VPPPA’s quarterly magazine, the Leader. As health, safety and environmental (HSE) professionals, we recognize that safety is good business. While we’ve spent years honing our technical skills, we often don’t spend…
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  1. Dropped Objects: A Prevalent Workplace Concern That Your Company Needs to Address

Contributor: 5th Element Inspection Services LLC Understanding Dropped Objects Gravity doesn’t take a break. Dropped Objects continue to pose the greatest risk of serious injuries, fatalities, and equipment damage in several industries worldwide. Similar statistics apply to leisure activities and home life, too. What is a Dropped Object? Any item with the potential to cause injury, death, or equipment/environmental damage, that falls down…
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  1. Stand-Down To Prevent Falls

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What is…
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  1. Working Safely with Pedestal and Bench Grinders: 10 Proven Best Practices

Contributor: Jean Ndana, ASP, CSP, ASQ-SSBB, ASQ-CQE “A worker’s first day shouldn’t be his last day on earth.” I said these chilling words a few months ago when I narrated the tragic story of a 23-year-old temporary employee who did not return home from his first day at a Michigan factory. He was removing imperfections…
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  1. Using Corrective & Preventative Actions to Keep Your Company Safe

Contributor: Toby Graham, KPA Imagine having a process to catch issues before they become problems – keeping your business efficient, your people happy, and your money in your pocket. That’s the premise behind Corrective and Preventive Actions (or CAPA for short). CAPAs are systemic improvements to an organization’s processes designed to fix recurring safety issues. Want…
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