Good Safety Blogs & Online Magazines (Part II)

Safety Blogs

We promised to feature more of our favourite safety blogs, online magazines and other internet resources, and true to our word, here they are! We hope they help you find reliable safety-based information to help you prepare and plan for a safer workplace in the coming year.

1. As a resource, I recommend the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health. This is not a blog or magazine, per se, but it is a fascinating and comprehensive construction resource filled with everything you could possibly want to know. It is sponsored by The Centre for Construction Research and Training.

Divided into three categories, Hazards, Trades and Jobsites, you’ll find PowerPoint’s and Presentations, pictures, podcasts & audio and videos, plus toolbox talks, training materials, handouts and research reports. There’s also a section called “What’s New.” Related links are mostly American with a few European references and there are some intriguing links that might give you helpful info.

2. The Canadian Occupational and Safety Magazine is a leading online magazine/resource covering all aspects of workplace safety in Canada. Wide-ranging in scope, Editor Mari-Len De Guzman has assembled an excellent stable of freelance reporters and writers covering the latest occupational safety related news and views. As well, she has an archive of videos on training, safety management, OHS Regulations, Personal Protection and other subjects vital to all employers.

This is a site that has so much to offer, including webinars and a subscriber newsletter, plus surveys from the COS Reader Panel on all aspects of workplace health safety issues and concerns.

3. Dave Weber of Safety Awakenings has an active LinkedIn group called Free Safety Workplace Resources for anyone working in construction and interested in safety on the job. This group is one of the most popular and fast growing online. LinkedIn is a powerful resource for professionals. Weber has quickly built up a following of more than 1,000 people with valuable safety related knowledge to share in many on going discussions. For LinkedIn users, this is a group to join.

Two more LinkedIn Groups are worth mentioning.

4. The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

5. The Construction Health and Safety Group

LinkedIn Groups is a powerful resource. Joining a LinkedIn group can result in benefitting from the experiences and wisdom of a variety of members. It’s a great place to ask questions and initiate discussions of specific problems. .

Both these groups focus strongly on construction safety and many members are anxious to participate in discussions. By posting questions and getting involved in other members’ discussions, you’ll get a lot out of these groups. Even just observing the action is highly instructional and informative.

We know there are a lot more great blogs and online resources out there and we’d love to hear from you about yours. So please share it (and the link) with us. The more we can learn from you the better we’ll all be.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year.

 

Comments

  1. Safety at the job-site is probably the top priority considerations for workers. That is a primary reason why, the law bounds the organizations that really work in confined spaces or places like that, to employ safety officials like safety manager or safety coordinator to make certain that steps are taken to maintain the employees safe at their places of work.

    • Sandy Naiman says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and to confirm the crucial importance of occupational health and workplace safety.

      You are absolutely correct in saying that “safety at the job-site” is probably the top priority for workers. I’m sure it IS the top priority. No one wants to get hurt at work.

      We agree with you completely. But sometimes, and not intentionally, safety takes a second place to meeting deadlines and other production pressures. It happens. Business today is tough and competitive.

      No one would ever purposely endanger one of his or her workers. That’s why we are trying in every way we can to keep everyone, including supervisors, safety managers and other safety officials, up-to-date on the latest ways to build a safety culture throughout their organizations.

      Safety can be integrated into every facet of the workforce, from the CEO’s office right along the line to the project managers and foremen and front line workers. Safety saves money and is cost-efficient, but it takes a concerted effort to learn as much as you can about how to approach safety on the job. A safe workplace is invariably a profitable workplace. From time to time, we’re going to continue publishing the latest and best online magazines and blogs that reinforce the importance of “maintaining the employees safety.” Ultimately, when workers work with each other in the spirit of safeguarding themselves and each other, that’s the best way to make sure they workers gets home safely every night.

      I think you’ll agree that’s what we all want, and after all, knowledge is action.

      Thanks for writing and I hope you’ll continue reading and commenting here. We all learn from each other.

      Take care and be safe.

      Best,

      Sandy

      • Hi Sandy, I completely agree. Safety is not just the job of the safety managers. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! It has to be in everyone’s mindset the minute they enter a construction zone.

        • Sandy Naiman says:

          Hi Saferight,

          Thank you for your kind comment. It’s great to hear feedback from Australia. In my research, I’ve come across some excellent resources “down under.” Getting “everyone” onto the same “safety page” in construction, mining and in all workplaces would save lives and improve the quality of life for everyone on the job and their families. It takes a lot of work, committment and passion. You sound like you’re a perfect “safety” ambassador. Keep up the good work.

          Take care. Be well. And stay safe.

          Best,
          sln

  2. That linkedin group Free Safety Workplace Resources is actually a good list of a lot of safety professionals actually. Connected to most of them and compared to others, they are very kind and actually in negotiation with some projects – they are the most affordable experts that I have found.

    • Sandy Naiman says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for commenting.

      We agree. Dave Weber’s Safety Awakenings, a.k.a. Free Safety Workplace Resources is one of my favourite LinkedIn Groups. If you come across any others that you find helpful, we’d appreciate hearing from you in future comments. We’re going to publish lists of good online resources from time to time and your input would be most helpful.

      Take care and be safe.

      Best,
      Sandy

      • Hi Sandy,

        Keep up the good work, educating all of us about Health & Safety as a culture rather than as a rule. I also find Dave Weber’s Safety Awakenings brilliant as a resource and as an educational tool. Geography is now history and communication is instant and our University is now the internet, so great to touch base with all you guys.

        All the best and ” Safety is no Accident”

        Ted.

        • Sandy Naiman says:

          Thank you, Ted, for your affirmative response.

          You are absolutely right about health and safety as culture rather than only rules and regulations. That’s what we’re trying to demonstrate here, but unfortunately, culture is hard to measure, but it’s possible.

          Your overview of today’s global culture and how we all learn is extraordinarily perceptive and insightful and I thank you, especially, for sharing it here.

          Safety is No Accident. It takes planning and a major investment of time and money in education and awareness-raising at all levels of any business.

          Wishing you all the best.

          Take care. Be well. And stay safe.

          We appreciate your support enormously.

          Best,
          sln

  3. Thanks.It is a matter of pride that the site suggests if you have any sort of issue like this
    occurring in your home, to give your local health inspector a call to determine if your health is at risk.Here everybody should keep in mind that it is so important in this regard.

    • Sandy Naiman says:

      Good comment, Johanwilliam.

      I’m sorry it took me so long to respond.

      You are absolutely right. Safety is a state of mind, a culture, a way of life. If you think about safety at work, it makes sense that it should also be a way of life at home. And vice versa. And what we’re trying to do here is help people to embrace safety in all spheres of their lives. To make safety habitual.

      It should be a 24/7 way of thinking, but we’re not there quite yet.

      If you have any concerns at home, calling a health inspector makes good sound sense.

      Thanks, so much for making this “important” point.

      It prompts another key question: “How many homeowners have a reliable “health inspector” they can call?

      We appreciate your comment.

      Take care. Be well. Stay safe.

      Best,
      sln

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