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Last Updated: October 25, 2016

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Chances are, you can look in the office, production area, maintenance shop or parking lot and spot a topic.

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Lets look at some of the most common items of #PPETraining:

  • Hard Hats – these may also serve to prevent accidental contact with electrical switchgear
  • Gloves – protection from physical and chemical hazards
  • Safety Glasses – goggles and face shields
  • Protective Footwear – protect from objects, extreme temperatures and ESD
  • Flame Retardant Clothing FRCs – wear around potential source of flame such as flammable liquids, solids, vapors, electrical switchgear
  • Hearing Protection – areas of long-term or short-term exposure

Then, if you work in industries that are a little more esoteric:

  • Respirators – be aware of dust and vapor hazards
  • Metatarsal Protection
  • Chemical Resistant Coveralls – protect the entire body

Are there some topics that are more seasonal in nature?

  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Remember to Hydrate – is your workplace arid?
  • Extreme Cold – can be a challenge even in Arizona
  • Annual Training such as Bloodborne Pathogens – many employers plan ahead and get these out of the way early in the year
  • School’s Open – earlier each year, it seems
  • Holiday Safety – mid-year and end-of-year are filled with holidays

Also, think about safety outside the workplace:

  • Home Safety
  • Safe Driving
  • Camping Safety
  • Hunting Safety
  • Boating Safety

As you look around the workplace, you will see that the list of safety meeting topics is endless. Why? Because the variety of workplace situations requiring PPE Training, personalities and materials is almost infinite.

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Safety | Shorter Days Call for Safety While Driving in 2016

Updated 04/13/2016


PPE Training : Safety Meeting Speaker Topics Elk Migration

Shorter Days Cause Changes in the Behavior of All Living Organisms : PPE Training

Are you in the dark while going to work? Not that way – in the actual dark! The season of Winter is here, in case you need a reminder from PPE Training. The cycle of life changes, the outdoor conditions are changing. With the coming of shorter days and longer nights, the activities of all living organisms change – including animals AND humans. Time for some #PPE-Training.





Here are some ways that the shorter days could affect the safety of you and others:


  1. Animal migrations: Animals migrate as a matter of survival. Some species may migrate in order to escape severe weather; other species may migrate to follow their food supply. Depending on where you live, the timing of migrations may vary. In northern areas or areas of higher elevation, the migrations usually take place earlier in the autumn, later in the spring. Quite often, the animal species that migrate, such as buffalo and elk, may have their periods of greatest activity at dusk and dawn – times of day when driving may be dangerous due to the driver’s difficulty in seeing. Think you’re safe from animals while driving on the Interstate? An elk can jump that chain-link fence like jumping over a log!
  2. Other animal activity: This may vary with location as well. For many species, the shorter days trigger the rut, mating season. Not only will the rut cause increased activity, animals may be much more active than usual. They also may be less cautious than they would normally be, and so may be less likely to notice the approach of your vehicle on the highway.
  3. School buses: With shorter days, you may find that the buses are now traveling in darkness, particularly in the morning. Be alert for buses, particularly when they are picking up and discharging students. Watch for kids crossing the road in front of the bus, or dawdling after getting off the bus. Remember your PPE Training.
  4. Kids walking to school: Kids may now be walking to school in the dawn’s early light or perhaps total darkness. Think back to when you were a kid, chances are alertness was not at its peak in the early morning. As an adult driver, be alert for them.

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Storyteller Darrel Anthony has worked in various industrial environments for 40 years including manufacturing, process control, energy, natural gas, communications sites, radio towers, RTUs, RMCUs and MCCs.

He has experience with various PPE such as safety glasses, safety shoes, hard hats, gloves, flame-retardant clothing ( FRCs ) and the dreaded tailgate meeting.

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Safety Meeting Topics | Why Barbecue Safety?

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Safety Meeting Topic Barbeque : PPE Training

PPE Training : Have a safe Labor Day. Ready for the Meat!


Ahh, Labor Day. The last day of the Summer Season. Time to relax, get together with friends and be safe.

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Labor Day and barbecues go together like peas-n-carrots. A 3-day weekend, friends & family and a few brewskis can be a recipe for distraction. Fortunately, safe grilling is not rocket science. Let’s review some common things that people forget when they are grilling.

  • Remember Your #PPETraining

  • Read the owners manual. Did you assemble your grill correctly? Do you understand the manufacturer’s suggested operating procedures? How do you light it off properly?
  • Grills are meant to be used OUTSIDE. Charcoal, propane – whatever the fuel, fumes will be generated, including carbon monoxide. It’s raining and your thinking of grilling in the garage? Think again.
  • Do you have enough fuel? Check your propane tank BEFORE you get the steak out.
  • Locate the barby away from the house, garage, outbuildings, leaf piles, brush piles and your woodpile.
  • Test the barby before you need it. Was it hard to light off last time? Here in Arizona, bugs like to nest in the nooks and crannies of the barbecue. See the owner’s manual for directions on cleaning the fuel/air paths.
  • Keep small kids away. They can get over, under, around and through the grill before you know it.
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  • Use long-handled utensils. What’s that smell? The hair burning off your arm.
  • Is your propane tank in good shape? If it’s dented or rusted obtain another.
  • Inspect hoses. Cracked? Time for a replacement.
  • Does the igniter work properly? Clean or replace it.
  • Beware of flareups caused by flammable gases or grease from that USDA prime.

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Plan ahead for a safe Labor Day Barbecue. Enhance the flavor of that steak by marinating it beforehand. My favorite? A little fresh onion, Italian salad dressing, fresh ground black pepper and some bourbon. Quick & easy. Let it sit in the fridge for a day or two, flip it to get both sides.

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Safety Meeting Topic : Why – School’s Open?

Drive Carefully This Time of Year : PPE Training


Safety Meeting Topics Bus : PPE Training

PPE Training : Haulin’ Class!

Kids are starting off to school, in fact, here in Arizona they have been back in school for a couple of weeks now.

Crossing Guards are out, kids are on the move, the school buses are rolling. PPE Training is taking place.

Remember what it was like when YOU were in school? Kick the can, hackey-sack, games of tag, goofing off to impress that new girl in class … kids are not exactly paying attention and watching for traffic. And every year there is a fresh crop of really young ones just starting their school careers.

As a driver, make it your responsibility to watch out for kids this autumn as they settle into the school routine.

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Obey the posted limits near schools. Slow down in active school zones. School zones may slow down traffic flow for quite a distance – why not save yourself some frustration and keep the kids safe by selecting a route that avoids school zones? Watch for school buses.  Always be sure to stop for a stopped school bus when it is picking up or discharging kids. When meeting a school bus with its red flashing lights activated, stop at least 20 feet away and do not resume travel until the red lights are turned off.

Whenever a ball comes into your lane, what is likely to be right behind it? PPE Training.

Keep both eyes open and help keep the kids safe in the new school year. Get your #PPETraining on.


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Safety Meeting Topics Speaker : Off the Job Safety Tips

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Off-the-Job Safety? That’s not my Job!

That’s the point. As a nation, we are actually more safe on the job than off the job!

Why not take safety home with you? We ARE safer on the job. For example, in the year 2011, there were approximately 1103 driving-related deaths on the job compared to approximately 31,264 off the job. That same year, there were 4693 occupational fatalities compared to approximately 90,000 fatalities off-the-job. Injuries? Again, for 2011, there were 2,986,5xx on-the-job recordable accidents & illnesses vs an average of about 30 million home- & community-related medically-consulted injuries per year.

What’s a good strategy for staying safe? Spend more time at work!

Falls account for about 9 million trips to the emergency room each year. Lessen the danger of falls in your home through a combination of housekeeping and child safety. Use fall protection when working above 6 feet.

Remember to protect yourself from environmental dangers as well.

If you live in a an area of the country where radon gas may be a problem, there are testing kits available. You may even find that your employer will supply a kit for free.

As a manager, you may be wondering not only how to help your employees be safe off-the-job, but also, what will it cost? Minimal to no cost if you integrate home safety into your regular safety meeting schedule.

Gamble on yourself, not home safety. Keep yourself and your family safe while off the job.

If you’re taking something home, why not take safety?

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Safety Meeting Topic | How to Utilize This Habit-Forming Substance?

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What IS safety, anyway? PPE Training offers this definition:“noun, plural safe·ties. 1.  the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss. 2. the quality of averting or not causing injury, danger, or loss. 5. the action of keeping safe.“

Looking at the above definitions, why not define safety as a “habit of freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss?”

From again, a habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.” Did you notice the example given is a habit that deals with safety – “looking both ways before crossing the street?”

Ah, habits. The things we do while on auto-pilot. It is easy to stay safe for 1 minute, perhaps 15 minutes. Then the ol’ mind begins to wander; “Wonder how the Pirates will do in the playoffs?”, “Why do kicks keep getting harder to find?”, “What’s for supper, and I’d better not forget the milk.”

The mind likes to stay busy and it doesn’t always concentrate on the task at hand. This is a good reason to develop the habit of safety, to keep us safe when we are not totally engaged in the moment.

Habits take a while to form. Some say as few as 14 repetitions will do the trick, others say longer. And here’s the rub: if you skip a day, it’s kind of like rebooting – you feel like you have to start again.

Leo Babauta of suggests the four habits that form habits ( I know, sounds a little recursive ):

  1. Start small. For example, if you want to form the habit of doing a 360 before entering your vehicle, start doing it when you leave the house in the morning.
  2. Be mindful of negative thoughts. Your mind is a survival tool. It hates change, change invites disaster.  It knows that you have been surviving all your life without doing that 360. Therefore, it is up to you to use the conscious mind to push those negative thoughts out of the way.
  3. Savor the habit. Enjoy the extra few steps around the vehicle before you get in. Forget about the long-range goal, just enjoy the process of walking around and pride of ownership of the vehicle.
  4. Have a plan for when you falter. Re-start the habit when you miss doing the 360. Keep from faltering by doing a 360 when you use your car on weekends. Have an accountability partner.

Remember that a good life is a collection of good habits. When you form the habit of forming habits of safety, you have given yourself a tool that you can use to form positive habits in your personal life.

Speaking of habits, here’s a good one: have regular safety meetings at your office.

What are 10 Ways to Engage About PPE Training?

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Have you been designated as this month’s safety meeting speaker? Need some quick topics?

If YOU are not comfortable talking about PPE, that will come across to whomever you’re speaking  – whether individuals or groups.

If you are not feeling any enthusiasm for what you are about to say, it’s time to GET some ENTHUSIASM. How? ACT ENTHUSIASTIC AND YOU”LL BE ENTHUSIASTIC!

Sounds too simple? Who knows, your enthusiasm may carry over into other areas.

Speaking to others about PPE is just a larger version of talking to someone over the kitchen table. Here are some tips:

  • Use humor. Be adventurous, point the humor at yourself.
  • Target the material to user. Have you noticed that each individual has a least favorite piece of PPE, or a least favorite situation in which to wear PPE?
  • Get to the point. Find a context to lead into your topic. Stand up, speak up, shut up. Leave something for next time.
  • Talk Up, Not Down. If you can’t talk up, try talking across. #PPETraining
  • Use personal anecdotes – not ones that make you a hero, just a slice-of-life type of thing. If your life has no slices, start slicing…
  • Discuss your own failures. Didn’t you fail once, maybe around the house?
  • Keep that Shiny Stuff in your office. PPE was meant to be used, not polished and displayed. Did you ever see John Wayne wearing NEW gloves? Wear yours so they look used.
  • Wear it. You’ll fit in, plus your stuff will be broken in. See above.
  • Discuss your successes – some of them may have occurred on the job.
  • Forget the laundry list. No one has time to listen. If hard hats are an issue, talk about hardhats. There’s plenty of time to talk about gloves. Later.
  • Ask questions. Sometimes the users have better ideas. This applies to all of Life, not just PPE Training…      Start with asking why this tip is #11.


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Why Use PPE for Summer Driving?

Doing a little summer driving? Remember your PPE Training


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PPE for driving? Are you serious, Darrel? Driving in the summertime, what could possibly go wrong?

How about complacency?

One of the most important items of PPE is between your ears. Remember to maintain your vehicle and maintain your attitude, especially on those cross-country trips.

When making a log trip, you may not be wearing a lot of PPE but that’s no excuse for forgetting your training.

Stop every now-n-then to rest and give your set of wheels a quick once-over.

Your brain will thank you, your body will thank you and your family will thank you for taking a break. And maybe the kids DO need to see the 2-headed dinosaur and buy a few pieces of petrified wood.


If you are out seeing America First, remember these tips:

  • 360 around the entire vehicle with both eyes open – BEFORE the trip. Need new tires all-around?
  • Plenty of water?
  • Tire gauge for safety + saving gas!
  • Fluid levels. Check before the trip. Check during the trip.
  • Windshield clean? Inside too?
  • Headlights work? All of them? Got the bugs scraped off?
  • How about the brake lights? And your other lights? Turn signals?
  • Do you really know where you’re going? Planned destination? Got the GPS?
  • Road Atlas – for when the GPS dies?
  • Stop and rest ever’ now-n-then.
  • 360 every morning – yes, I know its Tip #11. BONUS!

Sure, driving a motor vehicle is serious business – the lives of others are in your hands.

Best thing to do? Relax – you’ll get there…


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How to Combat the MidSummer PPE Training Bogdown?

Dog Tired of PPE Training ?

Dog Tired of PPE Training ?

Summer is dragging on. Hot Humid weather. Hot Humid PPE.

You can see all those capital projects that have yet to be completed before the end of the fiscal year.

Contractors are substituting-in employees to cover for those who are familiar with your job site, but are away enjoying vacation time.

Employees are thinking about summer stuff – getting those honey-do jobs done, new babies, planning the vacation out west.


Perfect storm for forgetting to use the proper PPE.


Fight the PPE summer blues.

Here are some ways to re-emphasize the role of PPE:

Wear it.

Wear it. In the office. Shock someone.

Roll out the sunscreen. It’s available in individual servings.

Safety footwear with non-steel toes are available. If your company permits, point out the benefits of saving energy with every step you take.

If your company requires FRCs, are separate pants and shirt allowed? They may be more comfortable than an FRC coverall over street clothes.

Show up at the job site  with coffee, donuts and a little talk about PPE. Safety is about attitude, not just PPE.


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