How to Survive an Active Shooter in Your Workplace

Apr 13, 2017
It’s sad. It’s tragic. It has an impact profound enough to rattle an entire nation; launching citizens, students and employees into a state of fear and panic. While science and research hasn’t quite allowed us to pinpoint the mental and psychological reasons behind why school or workplace shootings take place, we have been able to pinpoint what steps should immediately be taken i

10 Incredible Facts About Breasts (Bonus: How to Administer a Breast Exam)

Oct 04, 2016
Photo Credit: Cienpies Design/ 123RF So we’re straying a little bit from our usual topics involving workplace safety because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those of you never touched by the dark, rampant reign of cancer of any kind, you’re lucky. When it comes to breast cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. [3] Additionally, 1 in 8

9 Ways to Save Your Body From Lasting Effects of Hard/Manual Labor

Sep 23, 2016
Good ‘ol fashion manual labor can certainly be tough on the body of the working man (and woman!). In fact, the National Bureau of Economic Research States that “The rate at which health deteriorates with age is faster in manual occupations than in non-manual occupations. For many people, work wears out their health” [3]. Now, this doesn’t apply to every person, and there

Cultural Competency: We’re Depending On You

Sep 13, 2016
Seriously, We’re Depending On You In a harmless social setting among family and friends, we virtually can’t talk about race, culture or gender disparities in America without there being some sort of disagreement regarding our perceptions about how said disparities unfold in front of our very eyes. Everyone seems to have something to say about religion, age, sexual orientation and cou

Safety Tolls to Match the Time: OSHA Penalties Rise to Accommodate Inflation

Jul 08, 2016
The year is 1990. Pretty Woman was one of the top grossing movies, and we were on the brink of one of the most technological advancements of all time. Grunge was starting to be the fashion, and the wild, loud, erratic styles of the ’80’s were on their way out (gone, but never forgotten). It was also the last time OSHA made any changes or upgrades to the ways in which they penalize comp

Dirty, Filthy Blood

Jul 01, 2016
“VICE: Tell us about yourself. Do you consume human blood? Galatea: I am a modern vampire. I was awakened at a very early age. It is part of who I am. It’s very beautiful, very spiritual. I do consume real human blood. Oh yes, I have read all the medical hoo-ha about no human having any medical or psychological need for blood. I personally, do not care what modern medicine or the psych

Want To Be a Good Boss? Then Don’t Do This [Infographic]

Jul 19, 2017
A new, nationwide survey highlights the characteristics of bosses that push U.S. employees over the edge. Having the boss take credit for their work is at the top of the list. Older employees find that behavior significantly less acceptable than younger employees do. As BambooHR, which conducted the survey, points out: “When it comes to your job, your boss plays an important role in your succe

Forklift Safety Do’s and Dont’s Posters

Jul 18, 2017
These two infographics made by Lucas Liftruck Services Ltd.  make perfect do and don’t reminder posters for your employees in the warehouse. It goes without saying that forklifts can be deadly pieces of equipment when not operated properly. In fact, they’re the sixth most cited OSHA violation, and why OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,9

Putting Your Workers’ Best Foot Forward

Jul 18, 2017
The average person walks about 5,000 steps a day, which equates to 73,000 miles by the age of 80. For those in the construction industry or jobs that require being on foot all day, that number could be higher. Nearly 40 percent of injuries and illnesses, most notably fractures, occur to hands and feet and on average, they result in a median of 32 days away from work to recuperate, according to the

CEO’s Response to Mental Health Time-Off Request Draws Praise

Jul 18, 2017
Depression and mental health disorders rank in the top three most expensive and most common issues among employees, costing employers more than $100 billion in lost productivity annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Despite an estimated one in five adults living with a diagnosed mental health condition, at least half of employers in the United States are not doing

U.S. Dept. of Labor Announces $10.5M Funding Opportunity in Training Grants to Improve Worker Safety & Health

Jul 17, 2017
WASHINGTON –OSHA today announced the availability of $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to fund training and education for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent worker safety & health hazards. The grants are available for non-profit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management as

How Best Buy prepares its employees for active shooter incidents

Jul 12, 2017
The FBI recently stated in a report, “We now live in the age of public shootings.” Here’s the training program Best Buy developed to defend against this growing safety threat.  The annual number of “active shooter” incidents has continued to rise since 2000, according to the FBI. There was one incident in 2000 and the FBI recorded 20 incidents in its database in 2015. What exactly is

CDC Report Shows Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America

Jul 12, 2017
A new report from the CDC shows a slower reduction in cancer death rates in rural America compared to urban America. The data was released as part of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers found that rates of new cases for lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer were higher in rural America. However, rural areas were found to have lower rates of new cancers

Poultry-processing line speeds back in the spotlight

Jul 11, 2017
Washington – A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), is urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to reject a renewed call to increase line speeds in poultry-processing plants. In a letter sent June 29, the group states that a recent request from Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) to bump maximum line speeds to 175 birds per minute from 140 “would have serious detrimental effects

DOL Women’s Bureau Turns 97

Jul 11, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has been around a long time. Ninety-seven years, to be precise, something the agency is celebrating. The bureau was created by Public Law No. 259 on June 5, 1920, which gave the bureau the duty to “formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their e

New Research Reveals Ways to Overcome Safety Challenges for Remote Workers

Jul 11, 2017
A new study recommends that line managers who supervise remote or distributed workers should work closely with occupational safety and health professionals to control the risks they face. “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” explored existing research, leadership styles and models, elements of management and communication and direct contact with safety and health professionals. The study findings, as w