Category: Health and Wellness

Back to Basics: Handling Impaired Employees in the Workplace

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to handle impaired employees in the workplace. Are your employees showing up for work impaired by drugs and alcohol? Both surveys and drug testing are showing spikes in substance misuse. […]

Faces of EHS: Ashley Moore on Collaborating with Transparency

When Ashley Moore graduated with a Business Management degree in 2018, a career in construction was not even a thought for her. She started with MetroPower, Inc., an electrical contractor serving the greater Southeastern U.S., in an administrative role with no safety experience. Soon after, she became a safety coordinator, where, to this day, she […]

White House Releases Workplace Drug Use, Overdose Guidance

On November 9, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released employer guidance and resources to address problems posed by workplace substance use and overdoses. Substance use in the workplace is widespread, according to the White House employer guidance. In 2021, 26.9 million Americans aged 18 or older with a substance use […]

NIOSH Campaign Aims to Help Hospitals Reduce Healthcare Worker Burnout

A new campaign launched by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) provides resources for hospitals to improve policies and practices that will reduce healthcare worker burnout and improve their mental health. The campaign, Impact Wellbeing, is designed to help hospital leaders make improvements and determine new ways to support staff dealing with stress. […]

Safety Council Releases New Ergonomics Research

According to research findings from the National Safety Council (NSC), investments in technology to reduce workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can improve both worker well-being and an organization’s bottom line, the NSC announced October 4. However, employers may not have the access and knowledge they need to effectively assess and implement risk-reducing technologies, according to the […]

Back to Basics: Ethylene Oxide

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine ethylene oxide exposure and OSHA’s prevention recommendations. Ethylene oxide (EtO) is one of the many industrial chemicals that workers may come into contact with, depending on the jobsite. In addition to the […]

NSC Launches Workplace Overdose Program

The National Safety Council (NSC) has launched a new workplace safety program, Respond Ready Workplace, to help employers combat the rise in workplace drug overdoses, the organization announced September 18. Deaths on the job from drug overdoses have increased 536% since 2011, according to the NSC’s Injury Facts page about overdose deaths. Unintentional workplace overdose […]

Wildfires and Infections: Maintaining Good Indoor Air Quality

How is the air quality inside your offices or other facilities? Have you spoken recently with your building or facilities manager about your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems? Proper ventilation and air filtration can lower indoor concentrations of both infectious disease particles and particulate matter from wildfires, protecting your employees, customers, and visitors. […]

Rite Aid Settles BBP Violation with OSHA

Rite Aid Corp. agreed to implement a program to protect employees, including front-end customer service staff, against bloodborne pathogen (BBP) hazards at its approximately 370 New Jersey and New York stores, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced August 21. The agreement follows an agency investigation opened in April 2022 after a retail employee […]