OSHA-Compliant Safety Videos: An Essential Training Tool

Article by Art Gib

If you are a human resources manager in a high safety-risk industry, you know that it can be a challenge to create programs that will not only thoroughly train new employees, but that are also essential as continuing education tools for existing employees. The content must be constantly updated for relevance and, of course, be OSHA-compliant. When you buy industry-specific safety videos from vendors, how can you know if they will fill these criteria?

A good video supplier will have a wide range of industry-specific videos to choose from, making it easier for you to ensure that your employees are being thoroughly educated. If your company is a new one, a professional safety consultant will be able to tell you which non-industry specific videos would also be appropriate and necessary to remain in compliance with OSHA.

Non industry-specific topics might include such things as: drugs/alcohol, violence/security, general safety, confined space, ear/eye/foot/hand, and so forth. The following are examples of the types of content that should be inherent in training videos for specific industries.

Agriculture–areas covered should include:

–Worker’s compensation–Eye protection and hearing conservation–Personal protective equipment–Back injury prevention–Chemical safety–Forklift safety–Preventing slips and falls–Heat stress–California agricultural worker parameters and guidelines

Construction–areas covered should include:

–General safe work practices–Safe lifting–Basic electrical safety–Scaffold/ladder safety–Dump truck, backhoe loader, crane, forklift safety–Any other specific safety videos related to the type of machinery used on site

Supermarket–areas covered should include:

–General employee safety orientation–Safe lifting in a supermarket context–Box cutter safety–Customer service parameters–Customer accidents–Preventing slips and falls–Sanitation and hygiene

Hospital–areas covered should include:

–Separate safety information videos for administration, nurses, and doctors–Medical healthcare hazard–Safety training for housekeeping personnel–Accident causes and prevention–Lifting patients from beds/chairs–Tuberculosis and other disease prevention–Sanitation and disinfection

The above industry-specific criteria for adequate training in videos are just a sampling of the types of safety videos that are available on the market to use as educational and informational tools. Many of the topics in the content of one video may be applicable over a wide range of industries and contexts, so be sure to consult with a training professional to fill your business’s individual needs.

SafetyInfo, Inc. (http://www.oshasafetyvideos.net/) sell safety training videos and regulatory compliance software products. Art Gib is a freelance writer.Distributed by Content Crooner

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Article by Andy Demidont

The SERAPH Research Team which provides a biyearly school safety report for Congress has released its “FIVE CRITICAL SCHOOL SAFETY ISSUES list.

The list was developed from interviews with teachers, school security personnel, police and principals from 120 school districts throughout the United States.

1. LACK OF ACCURATE UNDERSTANDING OF SAFETY ISSUES – Many schools and school districts have performed poor assessments of their school safety as it relates to everyday management of the schools. Schools have security audits performed which focus on physical security such as cameras and emergency plans. These audits do not address classroom management, sub cultural groups, educational objectives, special education, negative behavior cliques and sexual issues.

“School environments must be analyzed from an educator’s perspective”, says SERAPH Research Team leader Andreas Demidont, “Another aspect of this issue is that schools often have no real way of collating the data into a meaningful set of action plans.”

2. REACTION NOT PREDICTION – Many schools and school districts have policies against student aggression and criminal behavior but fail to develop clear management procedures to assist staff and administrators in predicting and preventing these problems.

“Because schools generally do not have effective school safety management plans they resort to a crisis with reaction rather than preventing a crisis from happening”, states Demidont.

3. POOR MANAGEMENT OF SCHOOLS – Management issues in school generally fall into several categories :

Poor time management. “Time is the currency of learning and it needs to be treated that way by the schools,in the same manner as it is in the business community,” says Demidont.

Non-data based decisions. “Not because the data does not presently exist within the school but rather schools often lack an effective and efficient means of gaining access to it,” states Demidont.

Unwillingness to depart from conventional thinking.” If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you always have gotten,” states Demidont.

School boards being asked to make decisions without essential data. Poor use of technology to handle the mundane tasks. “A complete lack of understanding of how technology can be utilized to assure that administrator and teacher time is spent on educating students,” says Demidont.

Lack of effective on-going interactive community wide communications. “School officials must actively and regularly interact with parents and the community in general,” states Demidont.

4. LACK OF EFFECTIVE PLANS TO COMBAT TRUANCY AND LATENESS – School Districts do not seem to be willing to engage local, state and federal social service agencies as real partners in assisting them with truancy and tardiness.

“A formal plan of action with local courts, social services, and law enforcement is critical to reducing and controlling this serious problem”, says Demidont.

5. POOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – Many schools have emergency plans but fail to train their staff members in the management of an emergency situation. An example of the problem is the lack of training for school staff members in the handling of special needs children.

“Special needs students are being placed in regular education classrooms without providing regular classroom teachers with the necessary and proper training and support,” states Demidont. “Children with various emotional or mental issues will panic in emergencies; proper training must be performed to give staff the skills necessary to manage the inevitable chaos and emotion that occurs in an emergency situation.”

Mr. Yeager began his education as a criminal analyst in 1988. He has extensive training including advanced training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Mr. Yeager’s research work on violence has been published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and “Profiling Violent Crimes” [third edition] by Dr. Ronald Holmes.

Mr. Yeager is also a Federal law enforcement trainer for the HIDTA and MAGLOCLEN programs.

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