Category Archives: Risk Management

Turn Down the Risk of Occupational Hearing Loss

While heavy tools create a variety of physical risks for contractors, manufacturers and auto repair workers, one of the threats is harder to detect: hearing loss.

Though it may not seem serious, hearing loss is one of the most common workplace illnesses in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates approximately 22 million American workers are exposed to dangerous noise levels at their job each year, and account for about 14% of reported occupational illnesses each year.

Exposure to high-volume environments comes at a price. Hearing loss jeopardizes communication and alertness in the workplace and can plague workers the rest of their lives. And the price tag? (more…)

7 Tips to Ensure Your Building Sprinkler System Will Protect You

This entry is part of 10 in the series Fire Prevention

If your building caught on fire today, would your sprinkler system activate and control the fire? Ninety-five percent of the time your sprinkler system will do what it is supposed to do, but there are several things that YOU can do to increase your chances even more. Below are seven tips a building owner can act on to ensure their investment doesn’t go up in flames. (more…)

24 Tips for Delivery Driver Safety

When you think about the most dangerous jobs, a non-CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) service or delivery driver does not usually come to mind. However, every year thousands of workers are injured or killed while performing a delivery. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 100,000 injuries and 300,000 accidents involving delivery vehicles in 2012 and Time magazine ranked it number eight on its list of the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in 2014.

Delivery driver dangers include vehicle accidents, injuries while performing the delivery such as back injuries and slips, trips and falls, or crime. Both employers and employees can take important steps to help reduce these hazards. (more…)

Electronic Submission of Workplace Injury and Illness Records to OSHA

Answers to Your Questions about New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Recently, you may have seen articles about a new Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rule requiring certain employers to electronically report their prior year injury data to OSHA. You may have also wondered if this rule applies to you. This blog will answer some of your most common questions about this new rule (why, who, how and when), as well as provide direction on where to find more information. (more…)

Heat Stress: When is Hot Too Hot?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Working in Heat

It is that time of year again when the weather starts to warm up and we become more active outdoors. I was recently working in my backyard on the first 80+ degree-day of the year and began to get dizzy and disoriented. I started thinking to myself that I was encountering a heat-related illness – was it heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or possibly just heat cramps? So many terms and levels of danger! Heat stress is the general term used to describe heat-generated illnesses that result when the body is unable to cool itself through sweating. What should we know about heat stress and what can we do to prevent it? (more…)

PHISHY PHONE CALLS

In the midst of a busy workday, you receive a phone call from an outside number. The caller identifies themselves as a member of tech support calling about your computer. They may request your password, ask you to download a file, or request remote connection to your system. These calls may be phishing attempts and should be considered dangerous – but they can be tricky to identify and it’s important to be prepared to respond appropriately.

Here are 7 helpful tips to deal with phishing: (more…)

Water Sports and Wellness Programs

Wellness programs can include many components such as health coaching, health risk assessments, and fitness challenges, to name a few. One common element is exercise, but people are often looking for something different than just going to the gym. (more…)

6 Construction Job Site Safety Tips

Let’s face it; working in construction is dangerous. In 2015, one in five worker fatalities occurred in construction. Is it any wonder why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted almost four times as many inspections and issued over twice as many penalties for the construction industry compared to the next closest industry classification? By the numbers, that’s 11,869 inspections, 29,777 citations and nearly $72 million in fines from October 2015 through September 2016. (more…)

Tornado FAQ: Before, During and After the Storm

“It sounded like a freight train.” This is a common description from those who have experienced one of nature’s most violent phenomena: a tornado. Advances in research and technology have improved identification and measurement of critical elements of super cell storm systems, which makes predicting and identifying the development of a tornado far more effective. However, once the prediction is made or an actual tornado is identified, the responsibility falls on every individual to be prepared to respond appropriately for his or her own safety and well-being.

So, where do you begin? (more…)

Hazard Warning for Roasting Coffee

Roasting coffee beans has been linked to a severe health hazard known as bronchiolitis obliterans, sometimes referred to as obstructive lung disease or popcorn lung.

A Bit of History

This condition came to prominence decades ago (more…)