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The State of OSHA: How State Plans Operate and Answer to Federal OSHA

Episode 104

The State of OSHA: How State Plans Operate and Answer to Federal OSHA

Three states are at risk of losing their State OSHA Plans. In this episode, Editor Sydny Shepard breaks down what it takes for a state to have authority to enforce their own work worker protection plans and what can happen if they don't meet the minimum requirements.

A Look at OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021

Episode 103

A Look at OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021

Editor Sydny Shepard lays out the latest information shaping OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for fiscal year 2021.

The Danger Zone: Implementing a Compliant Machine Guarding Program

Episode 102

The Danger Zone: Implementing a Compliant Machine Guarding Program

In this episode, Editor Sydny Shepard takes a deep dive into one of OSHA's most frequently cited standards: Machinery and Machine Guarding, General Requirements.

Episode 101

Communication Matters: Achieving Employee Buy-in and Compliance with New Safety Initiatives

One of the most important parts of rolling out a new safety initiative is communication with employees. In this episode, Blackline Safety's Sean Stinson and Jeffery Fors from Waste Management explain effective strategies to getting employee buy-in and compliance.

Celebrating 100 Episodes: A Look at SafetyPod’s Most Important Conversations

Episode 100

Celebrating 100 Episodes: A Look at SafetyPod’s Most Important Conversations

We are switching things up for the 100th episode of the podcast! This time around, OH&S Content Editor Shereen Hashem interviews Editor Sydny Shepard about the evolution of the podcast, covering COVID-19 and worker safety and wellness.

What

Episode 99

What's Next for Your Safety Career? Higher Education Can Help

Looking into your safety career future? Columbia Southern University can help. Listen in as editor Sydny Shepard talks with CSU representatives Paul Radke and Ernie Smith about how higher education can help advance your career.

Fatal Four: The Construction Industry

Episode 98

Fatal Four: The Construction Industry's Most Dangerous Hazards

Join editor Sydny Shepard as she lays out why it is so important to keep workers in the construction industry safe from the top four most fatal hazards on the job.

Back on the Road: OH&S Goes to Austin for ASSP Safety 2021

Episode 97

Back on the Road: OH&S Goes to Austin for ASSP Safety 2021

Curious what it was like at ASSP's Safety 2021 show in Austin, Texas last week? Editor Sydny Shepard gives an inside look at the conference as well as the planning that went into the event in the face of COVID-19.

Combustible Dust and PPE — 2 NFPA Standards to Know to Improve Safety Culture

Episode 96

Combustible Dust and PPE — 2 NFPA Standards to Know to Improve Safety Culture

OH&S editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Westex: A Milliken Brand’s Scott Francis to talk all about combustible dust. Listen in to find out why combustible dust is so hazardous and what NFPA standards apply.

Safety Training Across the Generational Divide

Episode 95

Safety Training Across the Generational Divide

In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard breaks down the three most dominant generations in the workforce and how their motivations and learning styles can impact a company's training approach.

Safety Plans to Endure Extreme Weather Events

Episode 94

Safety Plans to Endure Extreme Weather Events

In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard walks through some extreme weather events and what safety professional can do to ensure they are prepared.

Safety

Episode 93

Safety's Role in Environmental, Social and Governance Initiatives

In this episode, Editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Blackline Safety Board of Directors member Cheemin Bo-Linn to discuss the role safety plays in EGS performance and reporting.

Forming Safety Habits that Stick

Episode 92

Forming Safety Habits that Stick

Have you ever wondered why we continue to do actions even though we know they are wrong? In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard explains how habits form and how bad habits can be dismantled and rerouted.

Without Proper Training & Education Confined Spaces May Lead to Injury or Worse

Episode 91

Without Proper Training & Education Confined Spaces May Lead to Injury or Worse

In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard defines a confined space, gives examples of deadly incidents and does a deep dive into what OSHA is doing today to curb fatalities and injuries.

Recognizing and Preventing Electrical Hazards on the Jobsite

Episode 90

Recognizing and Preventing Electrical Hazards on the Jobsite

In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard takes a look at the most frequent causes for electrical injuries and fatalities on construction sites. Listen in to find out if these hazards are present on your site and how to mitigate them.

Adapting Employee Drug Testing Programs for Remote Workers

Episode 89

Adapting Employee Drug Testing Programs for Remote Workers

In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard discusses the current COVID-19 outlook, how alcohol and substance use has shifted and what employers can be doing to manage all of it.

Understanding Silicosis & Finding the Proper Respiratory Protection

Episode 88

Understanding Silicosis & Finding the Proper Respiratory Protection

Silicosis impacts more workers than you may think. In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard sits down with CleanSpace Technology's Jon Imms to discuss what silica is and how safety professionals can protect against it.

OSHA Releases Details on Deadly Poultry Plant Incident

Episode 87

OSHA Releases Details on Deadly Poultry Plant Incident

Six people died and 12 more were injured in a preventable incident at a poultry plant last January. In this episode, editor Sydny Shepard details OSHA's investigation and dives into workplace violence, COVID-19 vaccination mandates and more.

Focusing on Fatal Risk:  Why PSIFs Should be the Foundation  of Your Hazard Assessment

Episode 86

Focusing on Fatal Risk: Why PSIFs Should be the Foundation of Your Hazard Assessment

What's a PSIF and why is it so important to the safety of your facility? In this episode, Editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Fastenal's Joseph Solheid to define this term and describe how safety professionals can use it to their advantage.

Americans See Steepest Decline in Life Expectancy Since WWII

Episode 85

Americans See Steepest Decline in Life Expectancy Since WWII

In this episode, Editor Sydny Shepard discusses a new partnership between NIOSH and ASA to protect temporary workers, new data on the latest decline in life expectancy and research that shows heat-related injuries might be significantly underreported.