Safety Experts Podcast

Because safety is more than just a policy, practice, or personal protective equipment, the MEMIC Safety Experts Podcast hosted by Peter Koch will interview industry leaders every two weeks on the trends, tools, and techniques that are tried, tested, or emerging in the world of workplace safety. What you learn could save your life or the life of a friend or coworker, or at least save everyone from a few unnecessary cuts, burns and bruises. Thank you for your joining us in our mission to make work, and the world, a safer place.

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Seasonal Farm Worker Safety with Lisa Tappert
Many of our migrant and seasonal farm workers bring with them similar baseline health issues as their local counterparts. Combine this with language, cultural, and transportation barriers you have a particularly challenging problem.
Episode #31 | October 26, 2020

Opioids in the Workplace with Shelby Pedersen
Opioid addiction and use in the workplace have been on the rise in the US.  Employers should have a solid opioid prevention and response plan in place if their circumstances warrants.
Episode #30 | October 12, 2020

Keeping America's Aging Workforce Safe with Al Brown
Americans are staying at work longer than any other time in our industrial history. This brings numerous benefits as well as unique challenges to employers across the country.
Episode #29 | September 28, 2020

Indoor Air Quality with Luis Pieretti
Understanding some basic concepts around air movement, ventilation system, off gassing, and fresh air vs re-circulation can help you identify potential problem areas in your facility.
Episode #28 | September 14, 2020

Safety in the Commercial Kitchen with David Darnley
Peter speaks with David Darnley, Safety Management Consultant at MEMIC about hazards in the kitchen and strategies to integrate safety into the fast paced workflow of the restaurant business.
Episode #27 | August 31, 2020

Chainsaw Safety Tips and Training with Andy Wood
Chainsaw safety is more than just a pair of chaps and safety glasses. The PPE is only there to help reduce the effect of the mistake you make.
Episode #26 | August 17, 2020

Safe Patient Handling Part 2 with Laurette Wright and Rob Sylvester
From slips and falls and musculoskeletal injuries to quality of care issues, safe patient handling and mobility poses challenges to caregivers across the world.
Episode #25 | August 3, 2020

SMART Goals with Randy Klatt
When a workplace injury happens, it is an indication that something within the organization didn’t function the way it was supposed to.
Episode #24 | July 20, 2020

Tick Bite Prevention and Care with Andy Wood
Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded spaces, or on animals themselves and can carry germs that can cause serious and sometimes fatal disease. 
Episode #23 | July 6, 2020

Preparing for End of Life Dementia Care with Dr. Heather McKay
Understanding the signs that accompany the disease, especially those in the later stages, will help improve quality of life, end of life choices, and the relationships of the people it affects.
Episode #22 | June 22, 2020

How to Manage Injury Claims with Jared Payton
As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, you have identified hazards and exposures, created and implemented controls, hired good people, trained them, and now expect the best from them.
Episode #21 | June 8, 2020

Safe Patient Handling Part 1 with Lauren Caulfield
Assisting and moving patients happens hundreds if not thousands of times a day in each care facility or home depending on its size and capacity
Episode #20 | May 25, 2020

Fit for Work with Dr. Delia Roberts
Now more than ever, worker health is a key part to any successful business. Beyond the obvious connection to lost work time, healthy workers tend to be happier, produce more, and can be safer on the job.
Episode #19 | May 11, 2020

Social Distancing with Kevin Roche
Many of us haven’t heard of the term until the current novel coronavirus pandemic. However, this isn’t a new tool at all.
Episode #18 | April 27, 2020

Hand Safety with Joey Geng
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports in 2018 the goods and service producing industries had a hand injury incidence rate of 30.8 per ten thousand full time workers.
Episode #17 | April 13, 2020

Crisis Communication with Michael Bourque
Crisis can bring about interesting times, and it’s in times of crisis when, as employers and leaders, you need to step back, be sure you are focused on the right priorities, and then lean in to support your team.
Episode #16 | March 30, 2020

Are You Prepared? Violence in the American Workplace with Rob Sylvester
Workplace violence is not a traditional hazard like a piece of machinery, repetitive motion, heavy lifting, falls, or confined spaces. It’s a threat from co-workers or as OSHA defines it, clients, customers and even visitors to the workplace.
Episode #15 | March 16, 2020

Infection Control and Prevention with Debra Willard Webb
Infection control and prevention are always in the news during flu season, but this year we have a new player that is causing more than a stir in the world today, the novel or newest corona virus, Covid-19.
Episode #14 | March 10, 2020

Machine Guarding with Hartley Webb
According to OSHA’s Machine guarding eTool, there are over 18,000 injuries and 800 deaths each year attributed to worker exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines.
Episode #13 | March 2, 2020

A Fraction on Friction: Outdoor Slip and Fall Prevention with Pete Koch
On the surface, preventing Slip and Fall events outdoors may seem like a pretty simple topic to address, but unlike preventing slips and falls inside, the outdoor environment adds a level of complexity to the problem.
Episode #12 | February 17, 2020

Office Ergonomics with Maureen Anderson
Office ergonomics is not just about your mouse or your keyboard or your chair.  It’s an integrated look at all the factors; human, environmental, and equipment, which affect how we work at a desk.
Episode #11 | February 3, 2020

Engaging Safety with Lorraine Serva
Employee engagement is not happiness or even job satisfaction. It is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals. It means they care about the work.
Episode #10 | January 20, 2020

Up your NEAT with Allan Brown
Do you sit all, or most of the day?  Are you more tired, and sore after getting out of your office chair than you are after a workout?
Episode #9 | January 6, 2020

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention with Maureen Anderson
Take your center of mass and put it outside your base of support and what do you get?  Well, you could get better acquainted with the ground at best, and at worst you could have a life altering fall.
Episode #8 | December 23, 2019

Winter Driving Safety with Randy Klatt
Every time winter comes around, the number of traffic accidents increases. MEMIC Loss Control Director Randy Klatt shares how you can drive to save lives, time and money, despite the conditions around you and the actions of others.
Episode #7 | December 9, 2019

Holiday Safety Fails and Fixes: Preventing Electrical Fires with Hartley Webb
Every holiday season, EMS teams respond to hundreds of house fires, electrical burns, falls from height, and decorating or party related problems.
Episode #6 | November 25, 2019

Putting People at the Center of Work: Industrial Ergonomics with Allan Brown
Does your back hurt? Is work literally a pain in your neck? Find out from MEMIC’s Director of Ergonomics Allan Brown if workplace ergonomics could be the culprit to some of your most common aches and pains.
Episode #5 | November 11, 2019

Living with Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide with Dr. Heather McKay
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 16 million Americans provide unpaid care to people with dementia-related diseases.
Episode #4 | November 11, 2019

Seasonal Workforce Challenges and Solutions with Deb Roy
Ever wonder how the best companies gear up for their busy season? Concerned about how to keep your staff safe when production demands rise? Can your hiring practices keep pace with the demand for employees?
Episode #3 | November 11, 2019

Maine Miracle: How MEMIC Changed Workplace Culture with Michael Bourque
You might be thinking about how you can improve the safety culture at your workplace, but from the start MEMIC had to change the workplace culture of an entire state. 
Episode #2 | November 11, 2019

Safety Leadership: Walking the Walk with Randy Klatt
What does it take to be a leader and motivate a group of people to accomplish a common goal? How do you build credibility and develop trust with your team? Are you able to communicate with humility so it’s not about you but about the overall mission?
Episode #1 | November 11, 2019

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