Top 10 workplace safety articles in 2021

A Safety+Health year-end list

2021 favorite articles

With thousands of articles to choose from and nearly 4 million pages viewed annually on the Safety+Health website, readers were most drawn to these 10 occupational safety articles in 2021.


Published in 2021

1Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2021

The National Safety Council presents the 2021 Rising Stars of Safety – safety professionals younger than 40 who are making an impact.

2Psychological safety

A hot concept in management, can it help create safer workforces?

32021 CEOs Who 'Get It'

The National Safety Council presents the 2021 CEOs Who “Get It” – eight leaders who demonstrate their personal commitment to worker safety and health.


4OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations for FY 2020

Topping the list for the 10th successive year is Fall Protection – General Requirements. Also: The Top 10 “willful” and “serious” violations, a list of the year’s highest penalties, and a Q&A with OSHA’s Patrick Kapust.

5Situational awareness

“If we don’t train people to have situational awareness, then all the compliance and all the programs really don’t matter because they don’t get used in real time,” one expert says.

From the archives, remaining popular in 2021

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.

9Reporting 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.

10Recognizing 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.

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