Category: Health and Wellness

E-Cigarettes: What Are Your Workers Smoking?

State and local governments have been tightening the noose on tobacco for decades now—and employers, eager to reduce health costs and sick days and increase attendance and productivity, started with banning smoking in most workplaces and then added employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs to the mix. Then, just when it seemed that the whole endeavor was […]

Harassment Plagues U.S. Workplaces

A new university study finds that workplace harassment is directly tied to physical and psychological problems experienced by victims, such as stress, loss of sleep, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Who’s Smoking at Your Facility?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 20% of working adults use some sort of tobacco products, and almost 5% of these folks use two or more tobacco products “every day” or “some days.”

The Health Risks of a Noisy Commute

That noisy ride to and from work on a commuter train may be more than annoying. It could be detrimental to your health, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. And trains aren’t the only problem. While most sounds you hear while walking, cycling, driving, or taking transit fall within safe levels, sudden bursts […]

Don’t Let Your CSR Efforts Put Volunteer Workers at Risk

As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, many employers encourage and enable workers to participate in volunteer opportunities in disaster-stricken areas. But before you sign off on letting a work crew head for Houston or Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, make sure that you are not putting your workers’ health and […]

Is Volunteer Work Putting your Workers—and Your CSR Integrity—at Risk?

Providing your employees with volunteer opportunities can be an important part of your corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community engagement strategy. But if you aren’t careful, sending your employees into the community to do good things can pose unanticipated hazards. You don’t want to end up paying medical claims because a worker was injured while […]

Take a Deep Breath for Mental Health Awareness

Therapist and author Marianne Clyde says providing employees with quality mental health training is not just a compassionate move. It’s also a strategic business decision. Clyde points to research suggesting that happy employees are more engaged and more productive than other workers. University faculty members who meditated showed improvements in memory related to a reduction […]

Exposing the True Cost of Fatigue

Fatigue among workers is a hidden workplace issue affecting businesses throughout the United States. According to new research from the National Safety Council (NSC) and Brigham Health Sleep Matters Initiative, sleep disorders and sleep deficiency that result in exhausted workers costs employers millions each year in absenteeism, lost productivity, and healthcare costs—most are undiagnosed and […]

You Should Probably Sit Down for This EHS News … Literally

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as those who primarily sit to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure. It was disappointing news to those who have taken to standing while they work in the belief that they […]