I love the show, “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe. I find it fascinating what people are willing to do for work. Many of the jobs on the show have a true element of danger. Either a pinch point, an animal bite/kick, struck-by, heat/cold extreme, confined space, etc.

Did you ever consider what makes something hazardous?

My “deep thought for today” (thanks Jack Handy) is that education and training can make a job less hazardous. If you know how to do it right, and you know the risk, it doesn’t seem as dangerous anymore. The risk is there, but you know how to handle it, so the “hazard” seems to fade. This week I’ve given two separate asbestos classes to two different employers. At the beginning the employees were genuinely concerned about the hazards. By the end, they looked a lot more comfortable about upcoming project.

Is it any surprise that the HazCom standard is the most OSHA cited rule year over year?

So, keep up the training! Educate the employees on the dangers.