How Training Might Have Prevented Chipotle’s Slew of Scandals

Just a short time ago, Chipotle was the darling of the dining world. This quick-service casual eatery had set a new standard for “fast” food with its sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients. Other restaurants, even higher end eateries looked to Chipotle as an example of what to become and how to make yourself an iconic brand in the food industry. Continue reading

How to Overcome the Challenges of Training a Global Workforce with e-Learning

A global workforce is no longer only relevant to large corporations. In the global marketplace, it’s not uncommon for even relatively small organizations to have a globally dispersed workforce. This could mean they have a complete office in a city across the world, or perhaps some remote employees who work elsewhere. Maybe the company has manufacturing centers in another country or even a few countries.

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A Guide To Training For Spanish-Speaking Employees

Hispanic employees (and other Spanish-speaking employees) are increasingly becoming one of the most pivotal segments of the American workforce. According to Training Today, the Spanish-speaking and Hispanic workforce increased 36% times more quickly than any other group between 1996 and 2006. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Hispanic employees will account for more than 15% of the entire American workforce by 2050, and the Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Hispanic population will make up 40% of employment growth over the next five years, and a whopping 75% from 2020 to 2034.
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iHurt: Preventing Mobile Device Injuries at Work

Text neck? Blackberry thumb? Smartphone elbow? iHurt? While these conditions may not be widely known by name, many workers already suffer from one or more of them, and they are expected to become increasingly common over the coming years. By 2020, the average employee is expected to access company networks from up to six different devices and most will be mobile devices. Continue reading

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