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Improving Workers’ Comp: Hard Work, But Worth the Effort

Workers’ compensation benefits can be a lifesaver for an injured employee, but providing and managing coverage can be a costly hassle for employers. Experts say that workers fare better and companies save money when comp is integrated into safety and risk management functions. The challenge for business today, says Sam Friedman, is adding money to […]

Help Workers Put Their Best Foot (Protection) Forward

Basic foot protection is a sturdy shoe or boot made of leather, rubber, or a synthetic. It has an impact-resistant toe—usually steel—and nonskid soles with rubber or synthetic treads to prevent slips and falls. Other possible protections workers may need in shoes or boots are: Metal insoles or reinforced soles to protect against puncture Nonconducting […]

Be Heart Smart: Provide a Helping of Healthy Information

February isn’t only for valentines and chocolates. It’s also a time to think about heart health. Our Safety Training Tips editor tells you why. Nearly a million Americans have heart attacks every year, and heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. Of course, it doesn’t need to be that […]

Are You Ready for OSHA’s Next Moves?

Yesterday, we described OSHA’s new enhanced enforcement initiatives. Today, we provide you with an essential safety and health resource that can help you respond to enforcement changes as well as additional compliance requirements that are likely as the new OSHA administration gains momentum. With the prospect of significant enhancement of OSHA’s enforcement practices and new […]

I2P2: It’s on OSHA’s Mind, Is It on Yours?

Injury and illness prevention is always a big issue for safety professionals especially when incidents result in days away from work. Many companies are responding with injury and illness prevention plans. According to BLS, the total number of injury and illness cases requiring days away from work to recuperate was in 2011(the most recent year […]

Party Platters Could Make You Sick

With the holiday season upon us, there may be a danger lurking among those cold cuts and pates. Listeriosis is an illness caused by eating foods contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, bacteria found in soil and water. Ready-to-eat foods also can become contaminated within the processing plant, after processing, or along the route from plant to […]

Are you a Safe Worker?

Any day is the perfect time to ask yourself that question. You also might want to copy this test and give it to your co-workers. Safe workers protect not only themselves but everyone around them. Answer “Yes” or “No” to the following. Do you: Treat safety as a very important job responsibility? Plan each job […]

Obesity Costlier to Business than Smoking, Alcoholism

Helping workers deal with weight problems will improve their health—and your profitability. Take a look around your workplace. Notice anything different? Do some of your employees seem a bit, um, bigger? Or, to put it politically incorrectly, fatter? A study released in April by The Conference Board states that more than one-third (34 percent) of […]

Promote the Great American Smokeout for a Healthier Workforce

The Great American Smokeout®, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place this Thursday. The purpose of the event is to encourage smokers to smoke less on Thursday, quit for the day, or even quit for good. Although the Great American Smokeout didn’t actually begin nationwide until 1977, it was preceded by three important events: […]