Posts Tagged ‘health and safety’

OSHA Aims to Stop Increase in Worker Fatalities July 16, 2018 No Comments

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OSHA aims to stop a recent increase in workplace fatalities in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Recently, the agency has seen an increase in fatalities associated with falls, struck-by objects and vehicles, machine hazards, grain bin engulfment, and burns.
OSHA launched its Safe + Sound Campaign in 2017 to encourage employers to develop and implement a dynamic […]

California Confirms First WNV Cases of 2018 June 24, 2018 No Comments


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed illnesses in California due to West Nile virus (WNV) on June 15, reporting that the four illnesses occurred in Los Angeles, Kern, and Riverside counties. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to […]

Healthy Attitude: Danger Is in the Eye of the Beholder April 2, 2018 No Comments

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On April 28, we’ll observe Workers’ Memorial Day to honor workers who have died while on the job. It’s a sobering reminder that not every employee who reports in at the beginning of their workday goes home at the end of it. Indeed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fatal work […]

Proven process not being used in workplace health and well-being programs March 13, 2018 No Comments

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A new report from the National Safety Council’s Campbell Institute says many employers aren’t using a proven process to get worker wellbeing right.
The report, A Systems Approach to Worker Health and Wellbeing, suggests employers use an approach similar to a safety management system (SMS).
Worker wellbeing is where workplace safety and wellness programs intersect. An […]

Flu Widespread in California, Officials Urge Vaccination January 15, 2018 No Comments


The California Department of Public Health warned residents Jan. 9 that flu activity in California is both widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season; the state’s health officials are urging Californians to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done that.
For the week ending Dec. 30, 2017, which was the […]

More Employers Offer Health and Wellness Programs (Infographic) No Comments

Companies are expanding health and wellness offerings, according to survey findings from OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company.
Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of human resources managers reported that, in the past five years, their companies have broadened health and wellness options. The majority of those questioned, 89 percent, also said their company supports worker health and wellness […]

Nurses: Are the Caregivers Taking Care of Themselves? September 18, 2017 No Comments


A recent study of 120 Midwest nurses has found that the majority had poor health habits, which many of them attributed to high stress levels.
“The Impact of Perceived Stress and Coping Adequacy on the Health of Nurses: A Pilot Investigation,” published in the online journal Nursing Research and Practice, found that nurses with high stress […]

DOL Women’s Bureau Turns 97 July 11, 2017 No Comments


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 […]

New Research Reveals Ways to Overcome Safety Challenges for Remote Workers No Comments

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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 […]

Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis June 20, 2017 No Comments


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure […]

10 Health and Safety Tips for Safety Managers [Infographic] April 24, 2017 No Comments

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Safety managers have a lot on their plate. Not only do fellow employees count on them, the family and friends of that worker also count on safety managers to make sure each employee goes home safe. As the old adage goes, “safety is everyone’s responsibility,” and a brush-up on health and safety tips may be […]

Traveling Employee Faints, Is Injured While Driving: Can She Get Workers’ Comps? February 20, 2017 No Comments


Employees usually don’t receive workers’ comp benefits for injuries suffered while traveling. But what if the nature of the job itself requires travel from one place to another?
Lillie Miller worked as a licensed practical nurse for Horizons Health Services in Ohio. Her job required travel to her clients’ homes.
On Dec. 17, 2014, Miller was […]

Returning to Work After A Stroke February 3, 2017 No Comments


As a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Robert Trierweiler helps assess whether workers with impairments can safely return to work. Some of these workers are stroke survivors.
Trierweiler has ridden in the cabs of trucks to observe how drivers who have had a stroke react to road conditions. He has watched an […]

Pigeon Droppings Caused Diseases, Worker’s Widow Gets Comp No Comments


A state court has upheld a ruling that exposure to pigeon droppings at his workplace was the major cause of a disease that led to a worker’s death, therefore his widow gets workers’ comp benefits.
Terry Lankford worked as an investigator for the Newton County prosecutor’s office in Missouri.
When he started working for the prosecutor’s […]

More Than Half of U.S. Employees Say Their Employer Provides No Wellness Benefits December 5, 2016 No Comments


While many employers acknowledge that healthy workers are more productive workers, and contribute to lower healthcare costs, a new poll shows that most working Americans do not have employer-provided wellness benefits.
In the poll, commissioned by Workplace Options, a leading global provider of integrated employee well-being services, 55 percent of working Americans report having no access […]