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Lynne Lamstein

Lynne Lamstein

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Lynne Lamstein has a masters degree in industrial hygiene. She has worked as an industrial hygienist in the public and private sectors, conducting site inspections and creating training and outreach materials. Lynne's freelance writing focuses on occupational health and safety.

 

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FMLA: Current and Future Key Issues

FMLA: Current and Future Key Issues

Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into law. FMLA brought a new concept into the workplace: job-protected unpaid leave for qualifying employees for family and medical reasons... The new amendments expand leave options for military families and specify a special leave calculation for commercial airplane crewmembers...

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Use of Prescription Medications at Work

Use of Prescription Medications at Work

Many workers must take medications, either long-term or temporarily. For most workers prescription medications do not interfere with their ability to do their jobs. But side effects of some medications can impair workers' concentration, motor functions, and judgments, all of which can affect their ability to do their jobs safely and well. In exercising their responsibility to provide safe workplaces, employers may need to...

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Protect your Family from Cold Weather Fires

Protect your Family from Cold Weather Fires

Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season. Why? Cooking is the leading cause of winter home fires. Plus, holiday decorations, chimney fires, space heaters, electrical wiring, smoking, and candles. Alternative sources of power such as kerosene and wood-burning stoves used during power outages from...

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Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Injury on the Job

Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Injury on the Job

A good night's sleep improves performance, according to a study by researchers at the University of Geneva; yet less than half of adults get the recommended eight hours a night... James Herdegen, medical director of the Sleep Science Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that lack of sleep impairs thought processes, memory, and math skills. Tired workers make more errors on the job, such as giving incorrect verbal orders, making mistakes in paperwork, and operating equipment improperly. He suggests that tired workers may have contributed to such disastrous events as Amtrak train derailments and the Exxon Valdez oil spill...

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The Risks of Alcohol at Company Parties

The Risks of Alcohol at Company Parties

Eggnog, Christmas punch, and an open bar can liven up a company holiday party. But drinking can lead to undesirable behaviors and accidents that harm employees and other people. Employers can be held liable for the actions of their drunken guests; they need to understand their liabilities and how to protect their companies and their employees.

Companies may be considered "social hosts" with responsibility for the alcohol consumption of their guests, i.e., their employees. Courts in some states have held employers liable for serving alcohol to minors or to employees who become drunk and injure themselves or others. Certain states expect employers

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Stay Active and Safe in Winter

Stay Active and Safe in Winter

Being active outdoors in the winter improves the spirits, breaks up the monotony of indoor exercise, and keeps you in shape for spring. There's no need to stay indoors when the weather turns cold, but you do need to take special precautions to stay safe.

When going outdoors to exercise, make sure to dress in layers. Dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm without overheating. If you don a super-heavy jacket you will sweat when

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John Deere Takes Safety Home

John Deere Takes Safety Home

Worker safety has been a priority at John Deere and Company since 1975. At that time, the company used a simple risk assessment process to address workplace health and safety: Define the terms of the problem. Speak with each factory…

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