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Defensive Driving: Leave Time for Safety

Defensive Driving: Leave Time for Safety

Every year, safety professionals are provided facts and figures for most frequent OSHA violations, most dangerous industries and high profile workplace accidents. With all this specific information, it’s important to remember that even in the most dangerous jobs, the most likely place for a fatal accident is still behind the wheel of a car. Excessive speed and driver inattention are two significant problems that contribute to accidents. Companies are aware of these issues, and while addressing them is challenging, they are known variables in the driving safety equation. Policies prohibit...

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Workplace Violence: Basic Considerations and Assessing Risks

Workplace Violence: Basic Considerations and Assessing Risks

The horror of a mass shooting has been a concern for many after several high-profile incidents in the last several months. Proactive safety professionals may be asking themselves whether such a tragedy could happen at their office or facility. In this regard, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is that latest data from the Justice Department shows workplace violence incidents have actually declined and mass-shootings...

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HR Benefits of an Employee Maintenance Center (EMC)

HR Benefits of an Employee Maintenance Center (EMC)

Workplace ergonomic injuries are one of the easiest to prevent and mitigate as long as you recognize and address the symptoms in the early stages. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 28.8 percent of all nonfatal, lost-time occupational injury and illness cases in 2010, a four percent increase over the previous year. Lost-time injuries...

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Participatory Ergonomics (PE) Saves Manufacturer a Cool Quarter Million

Participatory Ergonomics (PE) Saves Manufacturer a Cool Quarter Million

PE (Participatory Ergonomics) programs are designed to maximize the involvement of workers who are experts at their job. Improving working conditions, safety, productivity, employee morale, quality of work and comfort while doing it are all key to the participatory approach.

Training standards are critical to the success of the PE process. There are three major aspects that need to be considered when implementing a participatory ergonomics program. Initial training - PE committee training...

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Firearms on the Job

Firearms on the Job

While OSHA has not taken a specific position on guns at work, it does recognize workplace violence as an occupational hazard. Homicide has been one of the top four causes of workplace deaths since 1992, and is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace... Companies need to develop policies for possession of firearms in their workplaces, with specific consequences for violating the policies...

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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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How to Evaluate the Safety and Health Performance of Employees

How to Evaluate the Safety and Health Performance of Employees

Measurement is key to any continuous improvement process and is an essential management function. Successful companies measure their employees' productivity and effectiveness, but until recently only a few evaluated their workers' safety performance. Safety has a profound effect on a company's overall profitability; it makes sense to measure it along with other factors that correlate with...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Workplace

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Workplace

What was once known as the ‘winter blues’ has worked its way up to an official mental disorder. Not the “I can’t wait to get on the golf course” type of winter blues we all tend to experience in late winter but the more severe version that can seriously affect an employee’s productivity and personal life... And, it appears, that SAD is becoming an issue for employers as well. A 2010 article in the LA Times features some of the legalities that an employer may be faced with by not accommodating an employee that suffers from seasonal affective disorder...

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A Preventative-Care Solution for the Ergonomically-Challenged Workplace

A Preventative-Care Solution for the Ergonomically-Challenged Workplace

The Accountable Care Act is right in, at least, one regard: Prevention saves money. There are many aspects to the Affordable Care Act and exponentially more opinions on whether it is the right direction for the United States healthcare system. Politics aside, there is one area of healthcare reform that receives little media exposure and that most cannot argue against unless one has a financial stake in the status quo. It is the adoption of a preventative-care model...

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Forklifts and Pedestrians: Tips for a Safe Working Environment

Forklifts and Pedestrians: Tips for a Safe Working Environment

ear after year, violations related to forklifts and other powered industrial trucks top the list of the most frequent OSHA citations. Forklifts may be a common source of accidents in many industries, but in your facility, you can reduce or eliminate potential dangers and keep things moving with help from our experts. The first thing to consider is that even most forklift safety training courses do not put sufficient emphasis on pedestrian safety...

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