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Short Read: Workplace Violence

Posted 4:10 PM by

Workplace Violence

By: Kristin VanSoest
Workplace violence can be any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. Workplace violence can affect or involve employees, visitors, contractors, and other non-employees. A number of different actions in the work environment can trigger or cause workplace violence. It may even be the result of no-work related situations such as domestic violence or “road rage”. Workplace violence can be inflicted by an abusive employee, manager, or even a stranger. Whatever the cause or whoever the perpetrator, workplace violence is not to be accepted or tolerated.

The following are warning indicators of potential workplace violence:

• Intimidating, harassing, bullying, belligerent, or other inappropriate and aggressive behavior.
• Numerous conflicts with customers, co-workers, or supervisors.
• Brining a weapon to the workplace (unless necessary for the job), making inappropriate references to guns, or making idle threats about using a weapon to harm someone.
• Statements showing fascination with incidents of workplace violence, statements indicating approval of the use of violence to resolve a problem, or statements indicating identification with perpetrators of workplace homicides.
• Statements indicating desperation (over family, financial, and other personal problems) to the point of contemplating suicide.
• Direct or veiled threats of harm.
• Substance abuse.
• Extreme changes in normal behaviors.

Once you have noticed a subordinate, co-worker, or customer showing any signs of the above indicators, you should take the following steps:

• If you are a co-worker, you should notify the employee’s supervisor immediately of your observations.
• If it is a customer, notify your supervisor immediately.
• If it is your subordinate, then you should evaluate the situation by taking into consideration what may be causing the employees problems.
• If it is your supervisor, notify that person’s manager.

It is very important to respond appropriately, i.e., not to overreact but also not to ignore a situation. Sometimes that may be difficult to determine. Managers should discuss the situation with expert resource staff to get help in determining how best to handle the situation.

This is a condensed article; read the full article here.


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Short Read: Lockout/Tagout

Posted 4:33 PM by

LOCKOUT…don’t get TAGGED out.

By: Aaron Wissen

Lockout/Tagout simply refers to the series of procedures or specific practices designed to safeguard employees from unexpected startup of the equipment or the release of residual/stored energy within the device.

Controlling hazardous energy sources is vitally important for those responsible for servicing or maintaining machines or equipment. It should be obvious that certain industrial equipment can be dangerous when used, but it can also present hazards when not in operation. Serious physical harm or death could occur if the hazardous energy is not properly controlled. As long as energy sources such as electricity, hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, chemical, thermal, etc. are attached to a piece of equipment or a machine a potential hazard exists.

When developing a lockout/tagout program, it is critical to be as specific as possible, because vague language could lead to a potentially dangerous situation. The primary aspect should focus on equipment isolating instructions. Spell out exactly what to do for shutting down and restarting the equipment. Involve the operators and craftsmen as well since they will have to most knowledge of the equipment’s features.

Once all proper procedures have been determined, all individuals need to be trained, made aware of the hazards and the steps that have been taken to protect them. An effective lockout/tagout program will have a set of instructions that will commonly include:

  • Preparation for Lockout/Tagout
  • Lockout/Tagout Sequence
  • Lockout/Tagout Authorized Release Sequence

Conduct periodic audits of the program from time to time to ensure that the procedures up-to-date, as your program/procedures need to reflect any changes to the system. A well visualized and monitored lockout/tagout program will help keep both the employees safe and ensure proper shutdowns and restarts that will protect the equipment.

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CIASSE Scholarship Golf Outing

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2nd Annual CIASSE Scholarship Golf Outing at West-Chase, a Premier Golf Club in Brownsburg. The proceeds generated from this outing will be directed toward safety management scholarships for in state schools.

CIASSE Golf Outing Central Indiana ASSE



Press Release: SRI is now an Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs

Posted 2:41 PM by

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded Safety Resources, Inc. the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

Read the full press release here.

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