Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss

Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss. A 2011 study lead by researchers from John Hopkins University found that close to 20% of Americans over the age of 12 suffer from hearing loss. Moreover, among this population, 30 million report hearing loss in both ears and 48 million report hearing loss in one ear. Not surprisingly more adults than children and teens suffer from hearing loss and more people over the age of 60 suffer from hearing loss than people under 60. While age is Continue reading

Slips and Falls: Preventative Steps for Restaurants

In 2009, the restaurant industry reported more than 50,000 injuries. Nearly one quarter of these injuries were the result of same-level slips. However, research suggests that with the right precautions, equipment and training most slips and falls that happen in restaurants can be easily prevented. Given the high cost of service industry slips and falls, both to employees and employers, the ROI for slip and fall prevention training is also high. Today’s post examines some of the common reasons slips and falls occur in restaurants, how to prevent them, and how to institute a slip and fall prevention program in an affordable manner. Continue reading

Respiratory Protective Equipment: Choose, Fit and Maintain

Whether you’re working in a factory, on a farm, in a laboratory or as a first responder, it is critical to know what respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to use and how to properly fit and maintain your RPE. The onus, however, does not fall solely on workers. In accordance with OSHA guidelines, employers are obligated to provide employees with respiratory protective equipment and to ensure their employees know how to fit and maintain the equipment. To fully appreciate the importance of RPE and its impact on workers’ short- and long-term health, one need only consider the experience of the courageous rescue and recovery workers who responded at the World Trade Center site. Continue reading

PPE: Selecting the Right Suit for the Job

Knowing what to wear to work is never easy. In the business world, workers fret about the right choice of tie, suit, skirt or shoes. After all, selecting the right clothes can go a long way in terms of making a lasting impression on one’s clients. If you work around hazardous materials, however, knowing how to suit up for specific jobs can be a matter of life and death or the difference between sustaining and avoiding serious injury. Today’s post examines how to choose the right PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), how to ensure your workers have been properly trained to use and maintain their PPE, and what the consequences are when employers overlook the OHSA’s PPE regulations. Continue reading

The Impact of Training On Trends and Issues Impacting the Healthcare Industry in 2016

The healthcare industry is one facing constant changes and evolution, and 2016 is certainly no exception. Healthcare organizations from large to small are up against new regulations and government compliance challenges, issues regarding the creation of higher quality care balanced alongside shrinking budgets, and a lack of employees. Continue reading

Look Up! Overhead Rig Safety

Overhead rig safety is something few people outside the construction industry ever think about–that is, until tragedy strikes. While rare, crane accidents do happen and when they do, the results are often fatal. In February 2016, a construction crane toppled over while being lowered by a crew working on a busy street in Lower Manhattan during morning rush hour. In this case, the crane collapse left  one Wall Continue reading

Employee Orientation: Safety First!

In 2014, 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported, and 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014. The National Safety Council reports that someone is injured on the job every six seconds. These injuries and illnesses are no laughing matter – they cost American businesses $250 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity. Those are some sobering statistics that should make any company think twice about not taking workplace safety seriously. Continue reading

When It’s Time to Say Goodbye: Managing Termination

The decision to terminate an individual’s employment carries with it the risk of many possible legal challenges. This is one case where you definitely want to make sure you’ve done your homework. Even just one wrongful termination can cause lasting damage to your company. Continue reading