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9 Ways to Accommodate Disabled Workers in Evacuation Plans

Yesterday’s Advisor  looked at the critical importance of emergency preparedness for workers with disabilities. Today we’ll review some tips for accommodating specific types of disabilities in your evacuation planning, and look at a tool to help you with all your safety training needs. Just as there are different kinds of disabilities, so are there different […]

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Emergency Preparedness for Disabled Workers

Emergency preparedness is important for all of your employees but even more so for those with disabilities. Today we look at some tips and requirements for accommodating workers with disabilities in your emergency preparedness procedures. Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) help orchestrate employer and employee actions, including evacuations, during a workplace emergency. An employer (i.e., property […]

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Vaccines: A Booster to Worker Health and Productivity

National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to educate your workers about the importance of getting vaccinated against – and keeping their vaccinations up to date for – potentially serious or life-threatening infections. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the purpose of this event […]

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Bloodborne Pathogens: What Are Your Responsibilities?

The danger of bloodborne pathogen exposure extends beyond the healthcare profession. Today we look at ways your employees can minimize their risk and the measures OSHA requires you to implement in your workplace. Yesterday’s Advisor explored the many workplace hazards endangering nurses and other healthcare professionals, with one of the most serious being exposure to […]

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Unsafe Workplaces Chasing Nurses Away

Healthcare workplaces are fraught with risks, but the extent of those dangers – and their impact on the ongoing nursing shortage – may be greater than you think. Nursing clearly is not the safest of professions. Working in close proximity to sick people, scalpels, needles, and other sharps obviously entails risks. But most of us […]

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Stiffer OSHA Penalties Proposed

Key Democrats in Congress say OSHA needs stiffer civil and criminal sanctions – and more active enforcement – to safeguard the American workforce. In yesterday’s Advisor, we told you about a congressional committee report that criticized the agency for failing to address the gross underreporting of occupational injuries and illnesses. The declining injury and illness […]

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OSHA Under Fire: Reporting, Enforcement Criticized

According to a growing number of reports, OSHA has been seriously understating workplace injuries and illnesses — and relying on flawed audits rather than addressing the problem. Don’t look now, OSHA, but the shoe is on the other foot. The agency that inspects America’s workplaces is itself coming under increasing scrutiny, with lawmakers and academics […]

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Is ‘Hands-On’ Safety Training Necessary?

Today our Safety Training Tips Editor explains why it is important to take your safety training sessions beyond lectures and written materials. Learning research shows that after a few days most people only remember about 10 percent of what they read, maybe 20 percent of what they hear, and perhaps 30 percent of what they […]

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Checklists to Keep OSHA in Check

OSHA says checklists can ensure that important items are not overlooked in your safety inspections. But OSHA also warns that checklists neither be vague nor excessively detailed. Here is a solution that meets all those criteria. Yesterday’s Advisor examined the School Safety Audit Checklist (consisting of several checklists, actually), compiled from work done by the […]

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Get ‘Schooled’ on Your Safety Checklists

We can learn more from schools than ABCs. Schools place a special emphasis on safety and security, and many of their practices can be adapted to your workplace. We can all agree that children are our most precious resource, so it only makes sense that schools go to extraordinary lengths to ensure their safety. A […]

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