Improve Your Safety Programs With OSHA’s New Safety Educational Videos

Videos are a very effectual resource when used for training purposes, as they grab the attention of the audience, being a form of mass communication that delivers the message such that it stays in the viewer’s mind. However, powerful videos require significant financial resources and not every training program out there can conveniently produce worthwhile training videos, you have to be very careful about the choice you make.

In recent past, OSHA (Occupational safety and Health Administration) released twelve educational videos, animated in nature, which focused on the probable dangers on construction sites for workers. The videos imitate reality as much as possible and span over falls in construction, struck-by tragedies, sprains or strains, carbon monoxide poisoning and excavation. They are available in both Spanish and English languages which is a huge plus.

Since the videos can be downloaded for free, it allows the general public especially the safety managers at construction job-sites to integrate the videos creatively in any safety themed seminars or training programs. There are a variety of ways you can utilize these videos so that they benefit yourself and your employees, helping in the growth and progress of your company and for very positive long-term results.

In a few simple creative steps, you can create a YouTube channel for your company and add these videos to it so that the staffs view them. Of course, you can add your own videos to the channel when you’re ready for it. Conversely you may add the videos to your company website as well; other than educating your employees, it will give a positive impression to the website visitors about your concern for employee safety. The videos can also be transferred into tablets like iPads, which can be used to conduct a general safety overview on site, even on a daily basis. This can be extended to computer-based trainings for employees-unless you’re not a trainer, you must be aware of the numerous possibilities here.

There are many other possible ways you can benefit from these great educational videos. Without doubt, these videos are a good resource for your company as they enlighten you about different strategies you can adopt for safety measures in your company. Their public nature also makes it possible to derive further videos and training program’s from them, making your workplace much safer and help you benefit more in terms of advancing and introducing technological changes.

If Pressure Cooking is So Great, Why Don’t I See Them on the Cooking Channels?

Despite the fact that no one can really pinpoint when or where they heard the story of the exploding pressure cooker, they still have a reputation of being ‘explosive’. Is this ‘urban legend’ the reason we do not see pressure cooking on the cooking shows?

There are tons of stories out there but I cannot find any documented cases where a pressure cooker exploded AND it was not the fault of someone trying to do something stupid!

Now I am not saying that in my grandmother’s day, these devices were not as safe as they are today. Today’s pressure cookers are equipped with a number of safety devices that release steam and excess pressure even if the cook forgets. Without safely releasing all of the pressure and steam, the lid will simply not turn due to these safety features and locking mechanism wizardry.

Almost all (I cannot find one that has not) pressure cooker makers voluntarily ship their models of pressure cookers and pressure canners off to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) so that they can put these cookers through a variety of rigorous tests. They not only test them to approved safety standards, they abuse them! The override safety valves, build up pressure WAY beyond the safety ratings, damage the locking mechanisms and still no reports of explosions or injuries. These things are safe!

Maybe another reason we do not see these devices on popular cooking shows is that all the action goes on off-camera. By that I mean that the cooking process is hidden from view. Sure, I like to see Rachael cutting up that onion for the thousandth time – Yummo! And sure, E. Lagasse can’t say “Gaarrrrlick” or “BAM” too many times for me because I am a huge fan!

But when it comes to the magic of cooking under pressure, it all happens under (safety) lock and lid. But I think there should be some time devoted to the pressure cooker on these shows. “Cooking under Pressure” is a modern marvel. It can reduce the cooking time of meals by up to 70%! What person in today’s hectic lifestyle is not going to listen to that message? Additionally, meals cooked ‘under pressure’ retain almost all of their original nutrients because so little liquid is used during the cooking process, nothing is boiled or rinsed away.

I do recall a show with Jacques Pepin from several years ago when he used a pressure cooker on his show. It is the only show I can recall where a chef of his magnitude featured cooking under pressure on his show. He did two recipes: beef broth and chile con carne. It was amazing!

He took the same ingredients he would use for a conventional recipe for beef broth. The only step that was the same was to bake beef bones until they were nicely browned in the oven. Then all the ingredients: wine, aromatics, herbs, bones and water went in the pot. 45 minutes later he had what he said usually took him 8-12 hours to accomplish!!! And his chili – it was done in 30 minutes and it looked fantastic.

I have done both in my kitchen using my pressure cooker. And you may ask how it turned out? Well, I have bought beef broth out of a can since and the chili recipe rivals two award-winning recipes I bought. Try it and make up your own mind! I just wish other shows would catch on and learn that ‘cooking under pressure’ is a great idea for today’s modern cook.

Good Companies Invest in Safety Barriers

The safety conditions in a specific workplace can only be improved when a thorough assessment of the various factors that affect the overall work practices of each person who works in it is made. It should be taken into consideration that the culture of each company or organization is the prime determinant if measures undertaken will indeed do anything to make these workplaces safer than they used to be.

There are times when some business considerations push companies to compromise the safety of their employees. However, it should be understood that when a company prioritizes business survival over the welfare of its employees then there is something wrong with how the company is managed.

Companies should always thrive to achieve a balance between the welfare of its employees and its own survival. In the pursuit of this balance, companies would need to invest on workplace safety supplies such as barriers and other industrial tools and equipment which are designed to help keep the workplace safe for everybody.

There are different kinds of safety barriers which companies can make use of depending on the type of work area in which they will be installed. However, most of these barriers are bolted into place so as to facilitate quick and easy replacement the moment that they are damaged or no longer suitable for use. Bolting barriers into place lessens installation cost in the long run. For added visibility, companies are required by law to only install orange-coloured barriers.

While the designs and styles of these barriers may be different from on manufacturer to another, the measurements and dimensions of most barriers have already been standardized by law. Examples of such are:

1. Twin Channel Heavy Barriers – has to be bolted in place and should be 750 millimetres high.

2. Twin-Channel Barriers w/ steel pedestrian handrails – also bolted in place with a total height of 1100 millimetres.

3. Armco Galvanized Steel Safety Barrier – also bolted in place with a standard height of 750 millimetres

4. Safety Barriers w/ tapered ends – usually installed with flat or flush front face railings and has a standard height of 750 millimetres.

5. Welded Tubular Barrier w/ rounded ends – this barrier offers maximum safety because it is fully welded to have rounder corners; it has a standard height of 500 millimetres.

6. Medium-duty Safety barriers – has height ranging from 450-750 millimetres and has to be bolted into place; such barriers can either be twin-channelled or single-channelled depending on the type of application to which it is used for.

Apart from the actual procurement of these workplace safety supplies, companies also need to make sure that immediate medical attention can be given to their employees during the whole time that they are on-duty.