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Don’t You Just Hate Repeats?

Our Safety Training Tips editor is no fan of summer television repeats, but repeat accidents in the workplace are a much more serious matter. Just consider how much even one accident can affect your workplace by: Lowering morale about employer commitment to safety Creating fear about working in unsafe conditions Adding stress from worrying about […]

Caring for Your Back: A Scholarly Approach

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that back injuries account for 1 in 5 workplace injuries/illnesses. Back problems also account for many lost workdays. Simple steps to care for the back can prevent injury. According to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), risk factors for back injuries […]

OSHA Notifies 15,000 Workplaces of High Injury and Illness Rates

OSHA routinely surveys employers to collect data on workplace injury and illness rates. This year, the spotlight turns on 15,000 workplaces with the highest rates. A letter has been sent to about 15,000 workplaces with the highest numbers of injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activities, or job transfers, known […]

Legal Issues in Training: Q & A

Compliance with employment laws and regulations often impacts training in a variety of important ways. Here are three specific issues. Q. Is it permissible to exclude employees from training if they are expected to retire soon? A. Especially in light of the economy, it is understandable that an employer would want to invest its training […]

Wellness Works, but Beware the Legal Landmines

Wellness programs seem like a simple, appealing way to reduce skyrocketing healthcare costs. But be aware that some programs can run afoul of federal and state laws. Wellness programs encourage employees to adopt or maintain healthy lifestyles—or at least take the first steps toward learning about healthy alternatives. Choosing healthier alternatives to reduce cholesterol levels, […]

Time to Take a Closer Look at Workplace Burns?

Burns are a common workplace injury with hundreds of cases reported daily across the nation. Identify risks in your workplace and take action to protect employees. A study of workplace burns conducted a few years back by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries found that of the 350 workers hospitalized because of work-related […]

RFS Has Only a Small Impact on GHG Emissions

For the second time in 3 years, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has cast doubt on whether the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is having any more than a negligible effect on U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Violence on the Job: Assaulted by the People They Serve

Healthcare and social-service workers face the threat of violence on the job every day. Read about a NIOSH study that’s assessing risks, and review OSHA guidelines for protecting employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the rate of violence against home healthcare and social-service workers is far higher than the rate for the working […]

Recharge Those Forklifts Safely!

Here are the key steps you must take to recharge your forklifts safely and effectively: Before Disconnecting the Battery: Turn off the ignition. Turn off all lights and accessories. Apply the parking brake. Make sure all vent caps are in place. Open the battery compartment cover to dissipate the heat and gases generated during truck […]