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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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 […]

TB in the Workplace: The Threat Remains

Tuberculosis (TB) kills almost 2 million people a year worldwide. While U.S. TB rates have declined, the threat is real. Here are some tips for preventing its spread in your workplace. If you think of tuberculosis (TB) as a disease of your parent’s or grandparent’s generations, or as a present-day threat only in third-world countries, […]

Vaccines: A Booster to Worker Health and Productivity

National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to educate your workers about the importance of getting vaccinated against – and keeping their vaccinations up to date for – potentially serious or life-threatening infections. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the purpose of this event […]

Keep Workers on the Job – Not on Their Backs

Back injuries are one of the most common workplace maladies. This week, our Safety Training Tips Editor provides tips for preventing these injuries, along with their painful—and costly—consequences. It’s not surprising that there are so many back injuries on the job. The back is involved in almost every move your employees make during the workday. […]

6 Steps to Protect Contract Workers – And to Protect You from Them

For a variety of reasons, part-time, temporary, and contract workers are at higher risk of occupational injuries and illnesses than workers in traditional work situations. Here are six ways you can help protect them – and yourself. Yesterday’s Advisor told you about studies showing that contingent workers (an umbrella term for part-time, temporary, and contract […]

Part-Time Workers, Full-Time Safety Worry

It’s probably something you always suspected, but now there is solid evidence to support it: Part-time, temporary, and contract workers are at higher risk of occupational injuries and illnesses than workers in traditional work situations That’s the word from National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) researchers Kristin J. Cummings and Kathleen Kreiss.   […]

A Sure-Fire Slip-and-Fall Prevention Plan

Yesterday’s Advisor highlighted the problem of slip-and-fall injuries, particularly in restaurants. But the dangers of slips, trips, and falls are present in every industry, and failure to train your workers with a detailed prevention plan is a recipe for disaster. Slips, trips, and falls are so commonplace that it would be easy to discount them […]

Cooking Up a Slip-and-Fall Prevention Plan

The high cost of slips, trips, and falls—both in human suffering and economic losses—is well documented, and perhaps nowhere else do the ingredients combine to make it a bigger problem than in restaurants. Here are some solutions that apply there, and in most other businesses, too. Start with a busy kitchen full of sloshing sinks […]

HAVS and HAV Nots: How to Protect Workers From Vibrating Equipment Hazards

One workplace danger not discussed enough is that of bodily harm caused by high levels of vibration. So that’s what our Safety Training Tips Editor has chosen to focus on today. Tools like jackhammers, drills, woodworking equipment, chipping tools, grinders, chainsaws, and other vibrating equipment can be hazardous in several different ways. Employees can be […]