Category: Injuries and Illness

Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.

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6 Keys to Preventing Hand Injuries

Hand injuries can be especially traumatic, stripping away not only one’s ability to work, but also the ability to perform activities of daily living. Today we’ll share a surgeon’s views on the causes of hand injuries—and his tips for preventing them. Dr. Greg Merrell is a surgeon at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest free-standing […]

Solving OSHA’s Recordkeeping Maze

We continue yesterday’s review of OSHA’s recordkeeping rules, picking up with required reporting forms. And we also invite you to an audio conference that will provide you with practical, real-world solutions to your recordkeeping questions. There are three primary OSHA injury and illness reporting forms: The 300 log, which replaces form 200; the 301 form, […]

The First Thing OSHA Inspectors Want to See

When OSHA inspectors arrive at your workplace, the first thing they’ll want to see are your injury and illness records. And, although the agency’s recordkeeping rules may seem like just another administrative headache, the fact is that those records are a vital tool in promoting worker safety. Used in conjunction with the agency’s annual reports, […]

Revamp Your Return-to-Work Program

Yesterday we reviewed the benefits of returning injured workers back to the job as quickly as possible. Today we look at one company’s innovative return-to-work (RTW) strategy and invite you to an audio conference that will show you how your RTW program can boost retention, reduce costs, and avoid lawsuits. Intracorp, a subsidiary of Cigna, […]

Making Return-to-Work Work for You

Spend a few hours in front of the TV on a weekday and you’ll get an eyeful of what injured workers see every day: Ads for lawyers promising large settlements for their injuries. But experts recommend getting employees off the couch and back on the job as soon as possible. Today we’ll look at the […]

Is Your Health Clinic Putting Your Life at Risk?

Over the last decade, more than 60,000 people in the United States were put at risk for contracting hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) because workers in nonhospital healthcare facilities failed to follow basic infection control practices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now on the case. That disturbing […]

Bill Just Stopped Breathing! What Do We Do?

Yesterday we looked at the necessity of having employees trained in first aid present in every work area and on every shift. Today we look at one of the most frightening workplace emergencies—stopped breathing—and a tool that can help solve your first-aid and other workplace training needs. When a person stops breathing following a workplace […]

When Seconds Count—Workplace First Aid

Workplace accidents requiring emergency first aid don’t happen every day, but when they do, quick and capable care is essential. Here are some tips for making sure your first-aid plan is up to par. Picture this: A worker is hurt in an accident and blood is gushing from the wound. One of your employees chokes […]

How to Prevent a SPATE of Ergonomic Injuries

The goal of ergonomics is to fit jobs to workers to make work easier, safer, and more comfortable. The problem comes when there’s a poor fit, which puts damaging stress on workers’ bodies. Here are some tips for improving your employees’ health—and your organization’s bottom line. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include a group of medical conditions […]

How Healthy Is your Communicable Diseases Policy?

Yesterday we looked at the continuing threat posed by tuberculosis (TB), the occupations most at risk of infection, and some steps you can take to help prevent the spread of this disease in your workplace. Today we’ll look at policies you can implement to protect your workers against all communicable diseases. While TB is one […]