VPPPA: On the Quest for World-Class Safety Excellence

For nearly three decades, the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association Inc. (VPPPA) has represented the employers engaged in OSHA or Department of Energy (DOE) Voluntary Protection Programs, which recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national averages for their respective industries. While VPPPA membership also includes organizations that are not pursuing OSHA VPP status, most are. See Also: Workplace Safety Management Best Practices “As we continue our journey towards VPP certification at NIBCO, the benefits have been quite apparent,” said Kenneth Richardson, human resources manager for NIBCO Inc.  “An increased […]

Leadership Support for Safety: A Self-Contradicting Term

Leaders should lead, not just support. If someone besides the leader is leading safety, the leader has abdicated. Whatever the true leader is leading will always be more important in the minds of the workers than what is led by a delegate. This does not mean the leader shouldn’t confer with the safety professional and use his or her expertise to guide leadership activities. It means the leader and the safety professional should not trade roles. See Also: Workplace Safety Management Best Practices One challenge is that many leaders have themselves been promoted from specialist to generalist. They started out in a specific field that is critical to the organization […]

Five Tips to Help Introverts Navigate Work Relationships

In a March 2012 TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts,” Susan Cain says, “Our most important institutions – our schools and our workplaces – they are designed mostly for extroverts, and extroverts’ need for lots of stimulation.” So how can employers help make introverted and extroverted workers alike comfortable, and how can introverted workers work effectively in a potentially extroverted-biased work environment? According to Laurie Helgoe, author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength, nearly half of the American work force is comprised of introverts. She offers five tips to help introverts navigate the workplace and work relationships: 1. Get what you need to do your […]

Sandy Says: Carpal Tunnel Blues

As I sat on my back patio with a cup of coffee on a late morning that more resembled May than March, I was in a bitter and salty mood (not a good flavor combination). Yes, the coffee tasted wonderful. Yes, the smell of the earth carried with it a whiff of spring. Yes, the sun was warm on my face. And all I could think about was the fact that I had to lift the coffee cup with two hands because neither one of mine was operating at full capacity. You see, I had a major flare-up of carpal tunnel inflammation in the past 2 months and nothing I […]

5 Ways Employers Can Promote a Bully-Free Culture at Work

Don’t tolerate bullying, period. If your workplace has a problem with bullying, set a zero-tolerance policy and stick to it. Follow through by terminating employees who bully others and refuse to stop.   Culture change starts at the top. Ensure the CEO and company leadership is on board when it comes to creating a bully-free culture.   Encourage workers to report bullying. If the work force feels comfortable reporting bullying with no fear of retaliation, you will build a stronger culture overall.   Don’t protect bullies. Too often, company leaders maintain loyalty to bullies based on work performance or personal connections. Realize that a bully can damage morale and productivity […]

Nob Hill neighbourhood welcomes huge d&b sound installation

Masonic Memorial Temple US 2013 Located in the iconic Nob Hill neighbourhood, the centre was built in 1958 and has been available for public use ever since. Working with Las Vegas and LA based 3G Productions Inc, a west coast partner of d&b audiotechnik in the US, it took some time and consideration to perfect an ideal package for the Center. 3G President Eli Stearns explains, “The size and aesthetic of the d&b V-Series pushed the project forward. More compact than the J-Series, the new system has an impressive sound quality for its size. When d&b presented the V-Series, we knew we’d finally found the perfect fit for the Masonic […]

Nob Hill neighbourhood welcomes huge d&b sound installation

Masonic Memorial Temple US 2013 Located in the iconic Nob Hill neighbourhood, the centre was built in 1958 and has been available for public use ever since. Working with Las Vegas and LA based 3G Productions Inc, a west coast partner of d&b audiotechnik in the US, it took some time and consideration to perfect an ideal package for the Center. 3G President Eli Stearns explains, “The size and aesthetic of the d&b V-Series pushed the project forward. More compact than the J-Series, the new system has an impressive sound quality for its size. When d&b presented the V-Series, we knew we’d finally found the perfect fit for the Masonic […]

Duran Audio to unveil new iOS APPS at Prolight + Sound

new iOS Control App, Version 2.0 The Control App has been designed primarily for users of Duran Audio’s Sound Reinforcement range of loudspeakers: AXYS Flex, Scope, Source, Target and Beam Shaping Subwoofers. It connects to the loudspeakers using a wi-fi to RS485 convertor and the new version supports multiple controllers. In a live environment the Control App offers engineers and sound designers an interface to access the features available thanks to the loudspeakers’ on board DSP. Users can gain full access to the on board 8 band parametric EQ, Delay and Volume settings. Additionally, they can also switch between crossover settings and recall one of the 8 on board pre-sets. […]

Seven Easy Tips for Making Facilities More Sustainable

These seven tips can help your company not only become more sustainable, but help reduce operating costs and your facility’s overall environmental impact. Here are seven tips from Sustainability Dashboard Tools LLC to help building/cleaning professionals in virtually all types of facilities not only become more sustainable, but help reduce operating costs and a building’s overall environmental impact as well:
  Transfer to green-certified cleaning products. This is probably the easiest step in the process; products that have been green-certified have a reduced impact on the environment and are made from more sustainable ingredients.
  Select products based on their life-cycle assessment. Know the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of everything purchased, […]

Construction Contractors Encouraged to 
Develop Work Zone Safety Programs

There is a joke in the Midwest that there are three seasons: summer, winter and construction cone. Every year, across the country, workers are killed or injured in road construction work zones. In 2012, three Indiana construction workers were killed while in a work zone. So, the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) has launched a statewide safety initiative aimed at reducing workplace transportation-related deaths. In addition, the Indiana Department of Transportation is focusing on work zone safety with National Work Zone Awareness Week designated for April 15-19. “INDOT’s top priority is the safety of workers and the motoring public,” INDOT Commissioner Michael Cline said. “Our goal is to provide a […]