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The Air at Work

October is Healthy Lung Month, which is a good time for you to discuss airborne hazards and how your employees can protect their lungs. Start by discussing what causes lung disease on the job. The American Lung Association lists several workplace breathing hazards: Dusts Environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) Gases Solvent mists and vapors Welding […]

Watch Out For Prescription Addiction

More Americans than ever—some 50 million—report suffering from chronic pain and may be taking pain medications. This reality can have a profound effect on safety in the workplace, not only because some of these meds have potentially dangerous side effects, but also because more people are becoming addicted and may continue using the drugs even […]

Part 2: Are You Ready for an OSHA Inspection?

The heart of the inspection process is the walkaround. Jim Stanley, former OSHA deputy assistant secretary and currently president of FDRSafety in Brentwood, Tennessee, says advance planning is the best hedge against negative outcomes during this phase. The walkaround is the time when the inspector observes processes and talks with employees and supervisors. The law […]

After the Attack: What OSHA Recommends

If workers are given inadequate support following a violent incident, they may quit or be fearful of going back to work. Employers need to provide a program of support for workers involved in violent incidents and workers observing violent incidents. Today’s Advisor gives useful information on what to do after the attack. The following recommendations […]

Safe Business Travel

Here’s a general overview of travel precautions that you can customize and update for the types of trips your workers take. Some of your workers may travel for work-related reasons, whether for training, contracting, selling, etc., so it’s a good idea to give these employees safety precautions to take when they’re on the road for […]

Are Your Policies Creating a Safer Workplace or Collecting Dust?

Safety and health policies that reflect commitment, define expectations, and articulate consequences can make a difference in protecting workers. How and what it takes to make that happen are subjects of today’s Advisor. A safety policy is a plan that details how to manage safety and health issues. A good policy establishes commitment to managing […]

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 […]

Flu Season’s Back! Ready?

Fever? Cough? Achy all over? It’s flu season again. Are you ready to help prevent the spread of infection in your workplace and among your employees? What advice can you offer employees who are sick with the flu? Flu.gov, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, recommends these reminders: Avoid contact with other […]

City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks, Lots of Stress in the Air

Wait a minute, that’s not the right lyric, is it? But it may be a more realistic sentiment for your workers. Millions of Americans experience increased stress levels around the holidays. Stress is not only a health risk; it’s also a safety risk. Stressed-out workers are more likely to have accidents. Along with the decorations, […]

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 […]