Category Archives: Risk Management

The Importance of Machine Safeguarding in Restaurants

Restaurants and commercial kitchens are filled with equipment that have the potential to cause injuries such as crushed or maimed hands, severe burns, and more. Workplace accidents happen all the time – over 5,000 people died while on-the-job in 2018. This is why organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were created: to prevent workplace injuries by improving conditions and safety regulations. One of the most vital workplace safety requirements is machine safeguarding.

Visit our Risk Control Library for additional safety resources for restaurants.

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Floor Safety Basics: Floor Mat Placement Procedures & Maintenance

This entry is part of 16 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Proper floor safety precautions are crucial in preventing the bulk of workplace accidents. It may not seem like it, but having the right floor mats and having them placed strategically throughout the building can be an effective mitigation tool for employee and customer slips and falls.

Read ‘Slips, Trips and Falls Safety Tips’ for more information on how to prevent slips and falls, which account for 12-15% of workers compensation claims.

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Some Businesses May Be At Risk for Legionnaires’ Disease

When businesses are closed for a period of time, water and air conditioning may be shut off to conserve resources. In doing so, the warmth and lack of clean water flow is the right formula for the growth of potentially dangerous microbes, including the bacteria that contributes to Legionnaires’ disease. Any commercial facility vacated or underutilized for more than three weeks, according to health experts and government officials, is at risk for a Legionnaires’ outbreak.

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Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, even with the most agreeable personalities. The average American spends well over 2,000 hours at work over the course of a year. When employees of various backgrounds and different work styles are brought together to work on the same project with the same goal, the conflict will be a natural byproduct. Not all conflict is bad, however, and all conflict can and should be managed and resolved. If handled correctly, confronting conflict head-on will result in a stronger culture and closer teams.

Interested in learning how to increase productivity amongst your employees? Read, “Increasing Employee Motivation.

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The Risks of Serving Flaming Alcohol (It’s a Bad Idea)

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Fire Prevention
Some bars and restaurants are eager to ignite an exciting atmosphere by mixing liquor with fire. Whether it’s setting shots ablaze or pouring flaming liquor cascades, each method has one thing in common: severe risk.

While there are liquor liability concerns and challenges just with serving alcohol alone, flaming drinks introduce a greater degree of dangers: (more…)

Password Security Tips

This entry is part 9 of 32 in the series Data Security
A recent study analyzed 10 million passwords leaked in various data breaches throughout 2016. The most common password, once again, is ‘123456.’ A whopping 17% of users trust ‘123456’ to safeguard their online accounts! The study also found that four of the top 10 most common passwords were six characters or less. Brute-forcing techniques will have those passwords cracked in seconds.

Don’t fall into this trap. If your passwords are common and easy for you to remember, they’re likely to be easy for hackers as well. Use these password tips to keep your data secure. (more…)

Hiring the Right Employee

When you think about your future employees, or about your own goal as an employee, what are the first words that come to mind? Reliability is probably at the top of the list, along with honesty and a solid work ethic. But how can you make sure an open job position and a potential new employee are a good fit? Use these tips when you’re hiring new employees. (more…)

How To Prevent Slipping on Ice This Winter

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Winter Defense
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 34,860 workplace slip and fall injuries involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate.  At Society Insurance, the number one loss source for both workers compensation and liability claims are slips and falls.

There are important steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of walking on ice. (more…)

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 3 of 14 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…)