Developing an Effective Training and Development Program, Part 2: Implementing KSAs

In Part 1 of this series, we examined the role organizational structure plays in developing an effective training and development program. In this second and final installment, we’ll discuss implementing knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) in your training objectives. Learning objectives must be established and adhered to when developing a training program – otherwise, training activities may bear few results. Regardless of the training subject matter, training objectives should always address each component of the acronym KSA, which stands for knowledge, skills and attitudes. Each KSA element is an important part of learning and development. Training (regardless of the subject) should result in improved knowledge, improved skills and an improved […]

Infographic: Is Your City One of the Deadliest for Workers?

According to an infographic from Graphic Products, not all cities in America are created equal when it comes to death rates from occupational injuries. Smaller cities built around a specific industry, for example, are more likely to have dangerous work environments. The infographic, “Deadliest and Safest Cities to Work In,” reveals that Midland, Texas, is considered the “most dangerous” city for workers, based on a rate of 85.53 worker fatalities per 100,000 (that works out to be 12 fatalities for the city’s 140,308 population). Workers in the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif., region, meanwhile, enjoy the lowest rate at 5.97 fatalities per 100,000 (that’s 13 fatalities in a population of 2,176,235). To learn […]

Retailers Launch Safety Data Sheet Initiative

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is rolling out an initiative designed to streamline the safety data sheet (SDS) process under which chemical information is provided by suppliers to retailers. The association represents major U.S. retailers such as Target, Walmart, Lowe’s, the Home Depot, Sears, jcpenney and Walgreens. Retailers require detailed information to safely handle chemical products in accordance with various regulations promulgated by federal agencies such as […]

New MSHA Rule Takes Aim at the Nation’s Most Dangerous Mines

A new MSHA rule will allow the agency to enforce its existing pattern of violations rule with more consistency, targeting mines with recurring safety violations. A new rule revises the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations (POV) regulation to ensure that mine operators monitor and address the most hazardous safety problems in their mines. The POV final rule, which reflects several recommendations made by the Labor Department’s Office of the Inspector General in a September 2010 report, strengthens MSHA’s ability to deal with the nation’s most dangerous, troubling mines and mine operators. It places the agency in a better position to identify operators that demonstrate a […]

TotalSafety – The Best Minds in the Business

Total Safety — The Best Minds in the Business. This video demonstrates proper procedures for confined space entry. For more information, or for help with your confined space and gas detection needs, please visit Related Media Changing your safety culture Comfort, Style and Protection Driven To Distraction Series TotalSafety – The Best Minds in the Business Today

7 Strategies to Improve Safety for Contingent Workers

An increasing number of U.S. employees are employed as “contingent” workers, an arrangement that can expose them to occupational safety and health risks not experienced by a permanent work force. A new report from the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) offers seven strategies to protect continent employees from unsafe working conditions. The white paper “At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions,” by CPR member scholars Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro and Senior Policy Analyst Matthew Shudtz, highlights the occupational challenges facing contingent workers in the United States and suggests strategies to improve their working conditions. “Their shared experience is one of little job security, low […]

4 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Flu Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the influenza season in the United States started early this year, with flu activity remaining high and likely to continue for some time. In response to these high illness rates, a medical expert offers four strategies to help employers prepare for the possibility that the flu could impact their businesses. “An organization can be severely impacted by people coming to work when they’re sick,” said Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer, M.D., medical director of Loyola University Health System Occupational Health Services. “We know illness can spread from person to person, causing entire work groups to be affected. But less obvious is how job […]

OSHA Floods Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant with 58 Safety and Health Violations

OSHA found 50 alleged serious and eight repeat safety and health violations during a comprehensive investigation at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation maintains and operates the power plant. “We are concerned to have found this number of serious safety and health violations at the Hoover Dam plant,” said Ken Atha, OSHA’s regional administrator in San Francisco. “We expect to work closely with the agency to rectify these deficiencies and provide a safe and healthful work environment for employees.” The 50 serious safety and health violations include fall and electrical hazards, a lack of required […]

EHS Today Online Feature: 10 Costly Return-to-Work Mistakes

Traditionally, employers focused on helping employees who were injured at work get back to work early with return-to-work (RTW) programs. Recognizing the value of a healthy work force, the commonalities of recovering from on- and off-the-job injuries, the efficiencies of coordinating RTW efforts and the greater risk exposure to discrimination claims when workers are treated differently depending on the reason for their absence, some employers are moving toward integrating occupational and non-occupational cases to reduce absences and lower claims costs. Whether the program is an integrated occupational/non-occupation RTW or a traditional RTW, the economic and legislative landscape poses challenging issues for employers. Here are 10 common mistakes: 1) Failure to […]

Developing an Effective Training and Development Program, Part 1: Organizational Structure

Many creators of training programs fail to consider the company’s organizational structure and culture and instead employ a one-size-fits-all approach, which can be damaging to both the training program and the overall health and safety program. There may be many structural components of an organization that may be considered, but I want to focus on three: organizational design, decision autonomy and the division of labor. These components are critical as they each provide vital contributions to lifeblood of the organization. Organizational Design Organizational design has to do with the administration of rules, procedures and policies that determine and direct employee behavior and influence company culture. The implementation of organizational design […]