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Man sitting on couch suffering from back pain

The Little Things Can Make the Difference

Back pain is something that most of us will experience sometime in our lives. Often the cause of back pain is misunderstood. The perception is we must be lifting something heavy to cause an injury.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  December 01, 2021
Person with tennis elbow pain

A Common Issue with The Common Extensor Tendon

The common extensor tendon is located in the upper limb with attachment to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus at the elbow.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  November 24, 2021
Man doing paperwork before COVID-19 vaccination

The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard: Vaccination, Testing and Face Coverings - Part 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published their second Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to address COVID-19 workplace transmission.

General, OSHA  •  November 11, 2021
Nurse assisting patient in wheelchair

Tracking Your Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program

Everyone is keeping score and tracking it in some way. When we exercise, we track number of repetitions, weights used, and miles ran. Our doctors log health indicators like body weight, cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure to name a few.

Healthcare, Safe Patient Handling & Mobility  •  November 03, 2021
HVAC units on commercial building

The Flat Roof Dilemma - When is Fall Protection Required in General Industry?

The OSHA fall protection standards have elements that touch all industries and complying with them can be challenging. Let’s take a closer look at one of the most commonly asked questions regarding fall protection.

General, OSHA  •  October 27, 2021
Globally Harmonized System

Are We Out of Tune? Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we explored the history behind the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and the reasons why the potential changes are important to the United States.

General, OSHA  •  October 20, 2021
Globally Harmonized System

Are We Out of Tune? Part 1

When OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) on March 26, 2012, it had been 25 years since the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) had been updated to include all industries where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous ...

General, OSHA  •  October 13, 2021
Fresh snow on trees and sidewalk

Getting Ready For Winter Weather

Now that we’re past the autumnal equinox, it won’t be much longer before Old Man Winter comes knocking on our door with a formidable fist.

General, Outdoor Safety, Emergency Preparedness  •  October 06, 2021
Empty school hallway with green lockers

The (Not So) Surprising Truth about Injuries in Schools and Educational Services

In reviewing injury data compiled by MEMIC's Education Services Team, it was found that faculty and administrative jobs have the highest injury frequency across all departments.

Education, Slips, Trips & Falls, Ergonomics  •  September 29, 2021
Two men in factory setting, one helmet-wearing man offers a helmet to the other man, who is not wearing one.

Moments Make the Leader with Patrick Nelson

Leadership is made up of critical decisions and choices. Sometimes they're obviously critical, sometimes not so obvious.

General, Leadership and Management  •  September 22, 2021