Category: Health and Wellness

Fatigue

9 in 10 Employers Are Feeling the Negative Impacts of Fatigue

A National Safety Council (NSC) survey found that 90% of America’s employers have been negatively impacted by tired employees, with one-half saying they’ve had an employee fall asleep on the job. 57% of employers have experienced absenteeism, and another 32% report injuries and near-misses due to fatigued employees.

Drug addiction

The Costly, Dangerous Effects of Substance Use on the Job

June is National Safety Month, an observance organized by the National Safety Council (NSC) with the goal of raising awareness of the leading causes of injury and death both on and off the job. For Week 2, the NSC is focusing on wellness, which includes fatigue, substance abuse, and other issues affecting worker health on […]

Sedentary lifestyle causing back pain

The Challenges of Addressing Sedentary Work and Illness

As technology advances, the number of people performing sedentary work as well as the amount of sedentary work performed per person increases. Too much sedentary work can have serious adverse health effects, including obesity, musculoskeletal pain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, particularly if it is combined with sedentary leisure. This is not new information, […]

Healthy Worker Lunch

Why Do Companies Get Worker Wellbeing Wrong?

A new report from the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council indicates not all employers are getting worker wellbeing right … and it could actually be affecting the sustainability of their business.

EHS on Tap: E27 The Value of EAPs: From Productivity to Violence Prevention

In this episode we’re focusing on the health part of EHS—mental health, to be specific. The mental health of employees at your organization is an important factor affecting everything from the company’s efficiency to the likelihood of a violent incident. Unfortunately, it’s also a factor that is all too easily overlooked. Employee assistance programs, or […]

E-Cigarettes: Gateway Drug or Smoking Cessation Tool?

Sometimes it seems like everybody’s blowing smoke about e-cigarettes: this one says it entices young people to try tobacco; that one swears it helped him give up the “cancer-sticks” for good. Who’s right? And what implications does that have for the vaping policies and smoking-cessation programs in your workplace?

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.”