Are high levels of work/family conflict costing you money? Studies have shown that when workers’ family lives butt heads with their work lives, their job performance, health behaviors, safety behaviors, and even their family members’ health can suffer. Companies that reduce work/family conflict see significant cost savings and health benefits among their workers. But, what […]
Sometimes, a worker’s job interferes with family commitments—and vice versa. Employees whose family obligations conflict with work requirements suffer increased stress, sleep disturbances, and health effects (such as increased blood pressure, drinking, and smoking). Workers who have caregiving responsibilities for children, aging parents, or other family members sometimes cannot meet the traditional expectations that apply […]
Each year in the United States, about 4,500 workers die from work-related injuries, and more than 50,000 die from work-related illnesses. More than 3 million suffer nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses; 2.8 million are treated in the emergency department; and 140,000 are hospitalized. The price tag to employers reaches $250 billion each year. Although employers […]
In May, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed guidance document for its personnel on complying with Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. The document is not yet finalized, however, it does offer insights into how OSHA and other agencies within the DOL intend to interpret and act upon the Order. […]
Most employers don’t think of executive orders—documents issued by the Office of the President that affect the management of government operations—when they think of safety compliance. But an executive order issued in 2014 means that your OSHA compliance may now be linked to your eligibility for government contracts.
The hazards of diacetyl and related flavorings are increasingly of concern to employers across the food-processing industry. Although there is no federal standard or permissible exposure limit for diacetyl yet, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has weighed in with recommended strategies for controlling worker exposures. If your workers are exposed to […]
It has been 13 years since the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published the first reports of a potentially deadly lung disease in workers at a microwave-popcorn factory. The newly identified lung disease, sometimes called “popcorn lung,” was officially dubbed bronchiolitis obliterans for its devastating effect on the lungs. It was eventually […]