Workplace Safety | Thursday, August 21st, 2014
"In yesterday's Advisor
, we reviewed safe stacking procedures. Today, we focus on another important safety dimension of safe material handling and storage—conveyors—plus we explore a dynamic online training resource of prewritten interactive courses on more than 100 key safety topics."
Train employees to follow these basic safety rules for working with and around conveyors:
- Keep conveyors clean at all times.
- Know the capacity of the conveyor system to prevent overloading.
- Inspect conveyors on a regular basis, and do not operate if they need repairs or are missing a guard.
- Never remove guards or other protective devices.
- Stop the conveyor immediately if a problem occurs.
- Know the sound of the warning buzzer indicating that a conveyor is starting up.
- Never wear loose clothing, wear hair long and loose, or wear dangling jewelry that could get caught in the conveyor system.
- Know the proper procedures in case of a jam, and know who is authorized to clear jams.
- Never try to fix a jam while the conveyor is operating, and never try to clear a jam unless trained and authorized to do so.
Workplace Safety | Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
"Improper stacking and storage can result in injuries to workers and damage to costly materials. Today’s Advisor provides you with material-handling training content that stacks up as good safety best practices."
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not provide much specific direction concerning safe stacking and storage, 29 CFR 1910.176(b) of the material-handling standard does generally require secure workplace storage of materials. The regulation states: “Storage of material shall not create a hazard. Bags, containers, bundles, etc., stored in tiers shall be stacked, blocked, interlocked and limited in height so that they are stable and secure against sliding or collapse.”
Human Resources | Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
"In yesterday's Advisor
, guest columnist, Holly Jones, JD, discussed the first three things she learned about training, or talent management, from World of Warcraft. Today, she discusses items 4–6, including performance metrics, cross-training, and employee learning, plus we'll explore the benefits of SCORM online training."
Whether you’re a veteran gamer yourself, a Candy Crush dabbler, or you limit your gaming endeavors to the occasional round of Wii Golf, the following anecdotes may help talent management seem far more approachable. Don’t worry; no prior gaming experience is necessary.
4. Effective use of performance metrics, or “You need more experience points.”
Human Resources | Monday, August 18th, 2014
"In today's Advisor
, we share a guest column that first appeared on HR.BLR.com®
from Legal Editor Holly Jones, JD, about the 6 things she learned about talent management and training from the World of Warcraft."
Professional gaming—that’s not an oxymoron—is gaining legitimacy in the United States. Even U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is on board. Just last year, a professional South Korean Starcraft player received a 5-year U.S. visa reserved for internationally recognized athletes in professional sports—only the second visa of its type to be awarded to a professional gamer. With several other gamers’ approval for such visas pending, international gamers will now be able to overcome one of the key impediments to success in their sport.
Training News | Saturday, August 16th, 2014
"Have you trained your employees on allowing guide dogs in the workplace? Today’s Advisor explains why it might be a good practice."
|Even the most well-intentioned employers cannot anticipate every potential workplace scenario and provide advance training on how to react in each situation. That’s why it is important to be aware of training-related issues that crop up at other workplaces and take proactive steps in response.Two recent complaints in New Jersey provide such a learning opportunity. On August 2, 2013, a legally blind man went into a delicatessen with his guide dog and a state orientation and mobility specialist. A deli employee allegedly asked the blind man to remove his dog from the store, even after the mobility specialist explained that the dog was a service animal allowed by law to enter the store, according to a statement released by the state’s attorney general’s office and Division on Civil Rights.