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Medical Marijuana on the Job: What Employers Need to Know

Medical Marijuana on the Job: What Employers Need to Know

Whether you call it weed, grass, pot, cannabis, or Mary Jane, marijuana's status is changing. Once outlawed in every state, eighteen states and the District of Columbia now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and two states allow possession for personal use. Employers need to be prepared to address the safety and HR issues raised when their workers use medical marijuana. Marijuana has great therapeutic value, but it can also affect judgment and performance, making it a safety liability. Any substance that affects a worker's ability to work safely is a concern for employers. A worker who is using marijuana and cannot do his or her job safely endangers other workers, and employers must take action...

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InjuryFree Inc. Trim Costs, Increase Compliance With Ergonomic Solutions

InjuryFree Inc. Trim Costs, Increase Compliance With Ergonomic Solutions

Ergonomics testing and compliance can be painful. From the employee’s grimaces during the workday to cumbersome reporting requirements, businesses need an ally in the pre-emptive fight against pain claims. Ensuring that the daily, repetitive tasks in a work environment are…

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Injury Free Inc. Promotes Prevention vs. Reaction to Workplace Injuries

Injury Free Inc. Promotes Prevention vs. Reaction to Workplace Injuries

Amid the clamor over evolving health care law, businesses are absorbing the brunt of the uncertainty. In its first index since the Supreme Court’s health care ruling in June, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index…

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Does Your 2013 Health & Safety Forecast Include ZERO Injuries?

Does Your 2013 Health & Safety Forecast Include ZERO Injuries?

For companies that have experienced workplace injuries throughout the years, it may seem unlikely that you can hit a target of zero injuries. And yet, there are numerous examples of companies achieving such targets even after years of consistent injuries…

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Bridging the Gap between Workplace Health Club and Medical Center

Bridging the Gap between Workplace Health Club and Medical Center

When looking for ways to improve their preventative safety programs, many companies are opting for programs that 1) provide urgent care for injured workers and, 2) provide health and wellness solutions that reduce illness and injury. Some companies are opting…

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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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Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder: What you should know

Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder: What you should know

With snow sticking to my boots, I boarded the bus. It was 8 a.m. and the northern England sky was still dark, its freezing air seeping into a crowd of aching, tired people headed to another day of work. It wasn’t unusual for the sun to come up there after 9 a.m. and then dart back beneath the horizon at about 3 or 4 p.m. Although it seems like a long time ago, that experience in dark northern England comes...

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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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Managing the Rise of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Winter

Managing the Rise of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Winter

Falls, slips, and trips accounted for over 25% of the nation’s workplace injuries in 2010 and averaged 11 days in lost time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 60% of the falls, slips, or trips occurred on the same level resulting in an average of 10 days in lost time... The results are a staggering amount of lost productivity, compensation and medical costs of roughly $70 billion annually, and experienced workers missing from 10 to 27 days on average... With winter around the corner (in many areas, it has already arrived), it’s important to manage the additional risks associated with the colder weather, ice, and snow...

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A Season for Safety

A Season for Safety

Holiday celebrations should continue to highlight a company's safety record, rather than spoil it. Here are some safety considerations when hosting a holiday party in the workplace.

First, the holiday season often means strings of twinkling lights and other electronically powered decorations.

Ensure any decorative lights and power cords are approved by

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