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Letter from the Editor

I'm pleased to welcome you to the award-winning "Safety.BLR.com" – the cornerstone of our mission to make safety compliance, training, and management easier -- in 24/7!

In developing this site, we have dramatically improved your ability to cost effectively research and stay current with safety developments nationally and in any state of interest. All the tools you need to conduct your required and recommended training programs and develop your written safety plans are included on the site. We've made our in-depth summaries of OSHA and state regulatory requirements, written by safety practitioners, covering more than 50 major safety topics, searchable and convenient. Checklists, daily news, best practices reports, final and proposed OSHA and state regulations… all these are at your fingertips -- accessible anytime and anywhere -- all you need is a browser. Some of the information is free, but to obtain the full benefits of the site, you'll need to subscribe and obtain a password.

Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive, state-specific safety compliance, training and management information on the Web.

Safety.BLR.com has been honored with a number of awards, including the Excellence in Safety Training Award, a Silver Award for Best Designed Newsletter Website, an Apex Award for Publication Excellence, and Compliance Magazine’s Commitment to Worker Safety Award.

Valuable tools you'll find on this site include:

Training Materials
Includes hundreds of prewritten training materials, from PowerPoint presentations, to audio presentations, to meetings and toolbox talks -- plus outlines, handouts, quizzes -- to make your safety training more manageable and interesting.

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OSHA forms, customizable safety plans and policies, guidance documents, and audit checklists… countless downloadable safety time savers to help you in your day-to-day safety management activities.

Regulatory Analysis
Plain-English, in-depth analysis of the differences between federal and state safety laws and regulations, from hazard communication, to forklift safety, to HAZWOPER, to Safety ROI! These analyses are updated on an ongoing basis.

Daily Regulatory Updates
Thousands of state and OSHA final regulations, proposed regulations, and notices, updated daily.

Daily Safety News
Feature articles written by BLR's staff of safety professionals, plus state and federal agency news, news briefs, and other articles, updated each day.

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Any subscriber can have a safety question answered by our safety analysts within one business day and access a Q & A database of numerous questions and answers, organized by topic.

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Share your ideas and pick your colleagues’ brains in our lively EHS Forum.

Newsletter Wizard
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Select from our library of safety plans, customize them to suit your company's needs and assemble them into collections you can save in our personal library.

Fun & Games
Do your workers find your training dull? It doesn't have to be. Our hilarious cartoons, brain-teasing puzzles, and engaging activities will grab your employees’ attention and reinforce your very serious safety message.

Quarterly Briefings
EHS & Your Business will help you inform senior management and other key decision makers in your company of business-critical developments in the field of environment, health, and safety (EHS). Each quarterly issue spotlights one strategic and timely issue as well as briefly highlights the most important EHS legal developments that could affect your business operations, EHS strategy, and EHS ROI.

My Safety.BLR
In My Safety.BLR, you can quickly locate and organize notes, bookmarks, and documents you saved for later use, as well as save your preferences on the site. My Safety.BLR includes sections for My Documents, My Questions, My Preferences, and My Newsletters.

We will keep you updated on all of the new additions and changes to the website with our regular What’s New at Safety.BLR.com e-mails.

I'm proud of the strong Editorial Department here at BLR. We're fortunate to have attracted an impressive complement of safety and environmental attorneys, practitioners, and analysts, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring you get the most up-to-date and accurate analysis of legal developments in the safety field.

We at BLR, and I personally, take pride in the quality, accuracy, and value of the information provided to our customers, and we are constantly striving to better serve your needs. Should you have any suggestions about any of our products, or ideas for new products, or any other recommendation on how we can better serve you, please don't hesitate to contact me at ptrainor@blr.com.


Patricia M. Trainor, JD, SPHR
Vice President, Content & Product Development
BLR—Business & Legal Resources

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