Favorite Safety+Health articles in 2020

A workplace safety year-end list

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With thousands of articles to choose from and 4.6 million annual pages viewed on the Safety+Health website, readers were most drawn to these 10 occupational safety articles in 2020.


Published in 2020

1Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2020

The National Safety Council recognizes 32 young safety professionals who demonstrate “enthusiasm, skill and leadership that will undoubtedly inspire future safety leaders and colleagues.”

2Respirator fit test requirements

Why do some employers fail to follow fit testing requirements? Experts weigh in on the challenges and go over the basics.


3OSHA’s General Duty Clause

The General Duty Clause is intended to be used as OSHA’s catchall for regulating workplace hazards – but first the agency must satisfy a difficult four-part test.

4The future of safety

How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the field of occupational safety and health? Safety+Health asked prominent voices to share their perspective.

5Coyote encounters: Do you know what to do?

Coyotes’ savvy and increasing comfort around humans makes it more likely that workers, especially those whose jobs are outdoors, may cross paths with one.

From the archives, remaining popular in 2020

67 common workplace safety hazards

Members of the National Safety Council Consulting Services Group travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. They share with Safety+Health seven hazards they frequently spot, and offer advice on preventing them.

7The Hierarchy of Controls

The Hierarchy of Controls helps safety professionals identify and mitigate exposures to on-the-job hazards. “You can’t eliminate every hazard, but the closer you can get to the top, the closer you can reach that ideal and make people healthier and safer,” one expert says.

811 tips for effective workplace housekeeping

Good housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. Experts agree that all workplaces – from offices to manufacturing plants – should incorporate housekeeping in their safety programs, and every worker should play a part.

9Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office

A job where most of the work tasks are completed while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office building would seem less fraught with danger. However, a surprising number of hazards can be present in an office setting.

10Reporting near misses

Observing and abating hazards before someone gets hurt is vital to ensuring worker safety, and a near-miss program can help. Learn what near misses are, how they work, and how to collect reports on them.

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