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Shift Work Risks: Stick a (2-Pronged) Fork in Them

Yesterday we looked at the safety hazards posed by the end of daylight saving time, which concludes at 2 a.m. Sunday. If a 1-hour time change can increase safety concerns, imagine the risks faced by shift workers, who work odd and often changing schedules. Today we’ll look at tips for keeping these workers healthy and […]

The Return to Standard Time Can Be Deadly

For most people in the United States, daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, November 2. And, according to several studies, the days following the return to standard time can be a particularly dangerous period for your employees, both at work and on their way home. Two professors at Carnegie Mellon University reported […]

Attacking Heart Attack Risk Factors

Yesterday we looked at the growing problem of obesity in America and at its serious consequences for your employees’ health and your organization’s bottom line. Today we’ll focus on the related issue of heart attacks, and how you can help your employees lower their risk. In order to reduce the risk of heart attack, you […]

Obesity Costlier to Business than Smoking, Alcoholism

Helping workers deal with weight problems will improve their health—and your profitability. Take a look around your workplace. Notice anything different? Do some of your employees seem a bit, um, bigger? Or, to put it politically incorrectly, fatter? A study released in April by The Conference Board states that more than one-third (34 percent) of […]

Q&A About Safety Training Icebreakers

Today our Safety Training Tips editor gives you the skinny on how to best use icebreakers in safety training exercises. When should you use icebreakers? Getting a training session off to a good start can affect the success of the rest of the session. Icebreakers may be the answer when you need to build trust […]

State-by-State List of Cell Phone Laws

Federal law does not prohibit drivers from using mobile phones while driving, but many states and local jurisdictions have imposed restrictions. Today we, look a resource that keeps you abreast of the latest changes. Yesterday we looked at the various dangers linked to cell phone use, including distracted driving (while talking, dialing, or texting), hearing […]

6 Tips for Safer Cell Phone Use

Today we look at the dangers of cell phone use—although several are still open to debate—and at some key elements of employee cell phone policies. For some time now, concerns over the safety hazards posed by cell phone use have not been limited to the potential for accidents caused by distracted driving. The OSHA Compliance […]

Accident Investigations: What OSHA Wants to Know

In yesterday’s Advisor, we suggested 10 key words you can use to get employees actively involved in the accident prevention process. But the fact remains that accidents will happen, and today we’ll look at how you can make accident investigations a vital part of your accident prevention program. The Accident Investigations course in BLR’s Employee […]

10 Keys to Accident Prevention

Despite all of OSHA’s standards and all of its inspections and citations, there were 5,488 fatal occupational injuries in 2007 and 1.2 million injuries involving days away from work in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those statistics are not intended to discourage you, but rather to motivate you to go beyond the […]

The Perils—and Prevention—of Arc Flash

Arc flash explosions are a daily occurrence in U.S. workplaces. Here are some tips for safeguarding your employees from these potentially fatal incidents. What is arc flash and why is it hazardous? An arc flash is a short circuit through the air. In an arc flash incident, an enormous amount of concentrated radiant energy explodes […]