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The Responsibility for Preventing This Sort of Injury Is On Your Shoulders
If your workers must reach, lift and carry, bend, or twist their bodies or perform other activities that place them in a nonneutral posture, their shoulders may be at risk. . . . more »
Is Light Duty a Return-to-Work Option at Your Workplace?
Is your workforce ailing? Maybe one employee who's out hurt his back cleaning gutters at home, another went ahead and had that elective foot surgery she'd been putting off, and another is out on a workers' compensation claim after slipping in mud. . . . more »
Return-to-Work: Light Duty and Accommodations Enable Workers' Recovery
A well-managed program that returns injured workers to their jobs--even in a temporarily reduced capacity--is a win-win for employers and workers. For employers, it reduces the cost of workers' compensation claims and disability benefits, increases workplace productivity and morale, and decreases turnover. For employees, it can be even more important: A light-duty assignment or appropriate accommodation can be the thing that enables their full recovery. . . . more »
In the Market for a Green Job?
There are a lot of natural crossovers between the safety and environmental fields. Today, we'll discuss recent developments in green jobs and green businesses. We will also look at initiatives within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and then highlight some green job training and networking programs. . . . more »
Keeping Your Forklift Operators Safe
As you probably know, all forklift operators must be certified through a process of classroom and hands-on training. Once certified, they should be expected to operate the forklift safely at all times. If they don't, they should be retrained before being permitted to operate a forklift again. Which sorts of behaviors would make retraining necessary? What are the "deal breakers" for forklift operators? . . . more »
Key Steps To Successful Safety Audits
Safety audits help identify hazards, set safety and health goals, and prevent accidents. Before conducting an audit, though, you need to address some practical and legal considerations. . . . more »
Leave The Job (Dangers) At Work
Some of the dangers your workers face at work can follow them home--if they're not trained to leave such dangers at work. Today's E-Alert provides you with a training outline for this important topic. . . . more »
Five a Day to Improve Your Workplace Safety
Want to improve your health? Experts recommend that you eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. That way, you'll get vitamins, micronutrients, and fiber that your body needs, and fewer of your calories from foods that harm your body. Want to improve your organization's safety performance? Maybe a five-a-day approach would work there, too. . . . more »
Keep Roofers Safe From Deadly Falls: 8 Best Practices
Cal/OSHA recently launched a safety awareness campaign for roofers, whose incidence of serious injuries and fatalities is higher compared to other industries. Find out how you can you keep your crews from harm when working on top of buildings. . . . more »
How To Manage Employee Use of Prescription and OTC Meds at Work
If you're like most employers, you're concerned about the illicit use of alcohol and drugs on the job and how it affects safety. You may even drug-test your employees. But it's not just the illegal use of drugs that can affect safety in your workplace--prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and even herbal remedies can compromise employee performance and safety. . . . more »
3 New Training Tips for Using New Technologies
These days, all kinds of workers rely on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Today, we give you three training tips to ensure that your wired workers are working safely on their devices. . . . more »
Sweating the (Very) Small Stuff: Preventing Nanomaterial Exposures
Nano-scale materials have different physical and chemical properties than the same materials in larger sizes. So the methods you would use to protect workers against those materials in larger sizes won't always work for nanomaterial exposures. In fact, in some cases, you may need to protect workers against materials that pose no hazard in larger forms. . . . more »
Key Elements of Effective Safety Committees
Do you ever feel as if you're at odds with your supervisors and workers over safety? Like you're working at cross-purposes, in an environment where safety is seen as the enemy of production? What if there was a way to bring workers onto your team and get everybody working together to enhance workplace safety? . . . more »
Prevent Chemical Releases with Inherently Safer Systems
Join your colleagues and other safety professionals in April at BLR's Safety Summit 2015. You will learn safety best practices and, ultimately, how to be a better safety manager and instill an improved safety culture at your company. . . . more »
Which Workplaces Are The Most Dangerous?
Some jobs are just more dangerous than others. It's fairly obvious, of course, that steelworkers face greater hazards than office workers--but some hazardous jobs might be less obvious. Are your workers in a high-risk occupation? Here's what the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has to say about which industries and occupations pose the deadliest hazards. . . . more »
Blind Spots: Prevent Backover Hazards in Your Workplace
On January 8, 2013, a worker at a textile manufacturer in Hayward was caught between a loading dock and a semi that was backing onto the dock. The 56-year-old employee suffered fatal head injuries. . . . more »
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