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Healthy Workers, Healthy Workplace

Seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable causes. Workplace wellness programs help prevent the preventable and keep workers healthy and productive. Employee wellness has come a long way since L.L. Bean opened its first fitness center in 1982. A big leap came in 2000 when the state of Maine began its own health […]

You Can’t Breathe Easy Until Your Workers Can

Because of the potentially serious health effects of airborne contaminants and other hazards, OSHA’s respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) establishes rigorous requirements for the safe use of respirators. Respirators protect workers from a host of workplace hazards, including insufficient oxygen, and harmful dust, fog, smoke, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. Without this essential PPE, […]

Are Your Workers Immune?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so take the opportunity to let your workers know that vaccinations aren’t just for kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are several reasons for adults to be vaccinated: They weren’t vaccinated as children. New vaccines are now available. Their immunity has faded with […]

Get Your Workplace Ready for Flu Season

Experts say that one simple action can protect employees’ health and reduce costs of sick leave this flu season—hand washing. Yes, mothers everywhere were on the right track when they told us for years: wash your hands! Here are some important facts about hand washing from the Oregon Department of Health Services: Hand washing is […]

Slim Down Your Safety Training Budget with a "Lean" Approach

Just as “Lean” has helped cut waste in manufacturing and other industries, it can help make your safety training more successful and cost-effective. The basic concept of Lean in the corporate learning context is that “people should get the information they need exactly when they need it,” says Todd Hudson, head maverick at the Maverick […]

Untrue Blood: Scientists Look for Blood Substitute

Imagine that a worker is badly injured on the job and is bleeding heavily. When taken to the hospital, the employee is pumped full of blood. Only it isn’t real blood; it’s an artificial substitute. Currently, this scenario is more science fiction than science. But the possibility of someday being able to manufacture artificial blood […]

Lives Depend on Confined Space Attendants’ Decisions

Yesterday, we discussed three key confined space attendant duties—keeping track of entrants, communicating with entrants, and monitoring the space. Today, we continue with three additional responsibilities—keeping out unauthorized personnel, evacuating entrants, and nonentry rescue. An attendant must be on duty at all times while entrants are inside a confined space. Attendants can never leave their […]

Polling the Professionals: What Your Colleagues Are Thinking and Doing About Workplace Safety

BLR regularly polls safety professionals like yourself to find out what people are thinking and doing about important safety and health issues. Here’s a sample of those polls, courtesy of If Mitt Romney is elected tomorrow, what direction will OSHA take? 39%    No significant change in direction 35%    Less compliance and enforcement driven 22%    […]

Workplaces Safer, but We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

The good news is that there are fewer workplace injuries and illnesses than there used to be. The bad news is that there are still too many. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 (the most recent year for which statistics are […]