As states reopen and lift stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are building checklists of all the new policies and processes they need to have in place.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s important for environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers to remember the important role mental wellness plays in everyday employee health and safety. Here are some facts surrounding mental health today, as well as tips and strategies for recognizing warning signs and coping with stress and anxiety.
As a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is deeply invested in researching trends surrounding the well-being of workers nationwide. One of its most comprehensive efforts is the Total Worker Health® (TWH) Program, which is defined as “policies, programs, and practices that […]
In a medical journal editorial, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, encouraged employers to foster worker well-being. Adams highlighted the Total Worker Health (TWH) approach developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
A worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. 12,600 workers are injured on the job every day. And, those injuries are costing companies 104,000,000 lost production days. These stats, courtesy of the National Safety Council, paint a sobering picture of the modern workplace. But, it’s a picture most companies are now attuned to […]
We’re less than 1 month away from Safety Culture 2019, and we have a great variety of speakers in store for event attendees. One of those speakers, L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, recently sat down with the EHS Daily Advisor to talk about Total Worker Health® and how it can improve your safety culture and […]
The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the annual StressPulse Survey conducted by employee assistance program (EAP) provider ComPsych Corporation, stress and personal relationship issues are the most common reasons for employee absence, accounting for nearly half (47%) of employee absences—handily beating out medical issues. Given […]
It’s less obvious than a fire hazard. It’s less dramatic than a 40-foot fall. But make no mistake: Job-related stress can pose a hazard to your workers. It can contribute to the development of heart disease, high blood pressure, and back pain; it can distract workers so completely that they commit deadly errors. So, how […]
When temperatures drop, people start to head indoors to keep warm. But with close quarters comes a dramatic uptick in communicable disease, including norovirus. While often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu,” it is a completely different virus. It is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, and with its rapid onset, norovirus can quickly overwhelm […]
What health message are you giving your employees this week? Are you hanging 5-a-Day posters in the break room? Offering healthy recipes as paycheck stuffers? Holding a fitness fair? Starting a weight-loss challenge?