Joe O'Connor

Freelance Writer

Joe O'Connor is with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. Based in Waverly, Pa., he can be reached at 607.624.7159 or

Articles by Joe O'Connor

October 2010
There seems to be no end to studies and theories on education and training that focus on methodology and effectiveness. Yet, for the lay person who simply wants the basic questions on safety training answered, they offer much more than is needed. These basic questions are: What training do I need to provide? How do I train? When and where do I conduct training? READ MORE
May 2010
Much has been written about the dangers of electricity and the importance of following proper work practices. This includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is the last line of defense. Clothing is somewhat of a different story. READ MORE
January 2010
We are sure to see an overall enforcement campaign that addresses ergonomics and more. In the words of Jordan Barab, “Under this new administration, OSHA is heading back to the original intent of the OSH Act. We’re back in the enforcement business.” READ MORE
August 2009
A recent decision by the eighth circuit court of appeals has been touted as having a major effect on construction safety. Simply stated, it upheld a citation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to Summit Contractors, a general contractor (GC), even though the GC neither created nor allowed its employees to be exposed to a hazard. READ MORE
January 2009
Under normal circumstances, a typical look at safety for the upcoming year would begin with a review of the recent activity of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), its strategic plan and 2009 budget. But, these aren’t normal circumstances. READ MORE
October 2008
It's hard to identify what's new in safety training. Whether your attention is drawn to technique or topic, the message seems to be repetitive year after year. Toolbox talks are useful. Advances in technology increase training possibilities. Social and adult learning theory have been beaten to death over the last several decades, resulting in the same basic messages. READ MORE
May 2008
In 1989, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued voluntary guidelines for safety and health program management. The guidelines were based on the elements common to all programs used by successful participants of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. Ever since its release, OSHA and safety professionals alike have referenced these ele-ments. READ MORE
May 2008
After OSHA performs an inspection, it may issue citations for any violations. Citations must be in writing and describe the nature of the violation. Congress created OSHA on Dec. 29, 1970, with Public Law 91-596, “Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.” It applies to employers in every state, the District of Columbia and United States territories. READ MORE
April 2008
In theory, lockout/tagout (LOTO) is a simple concept. Basically, you disconnect equipment or circuits from their energy source and put a lock or tag in place, so no one can connect the equipment while you work. This should control any hazardous energy to which employees will be exposed. READ MORE