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Core Strength Comes From Deep Inside

As mentioned in a previous post, core strengthening is known to help build up the muscles that support the spine, as well as improve one’s balance. In other words, people with a stronger core have a better chance of avoiding common mishaps such as tr...

General, Manual Material Handling, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  August 17, 2016

What You Should Know About Zika Virus

With the emergence of “home grown” Zika virus in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties of Florida, OSHA has recently posted interim guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. First identified in 1947 in the Zika Forest o...

General, Outdoor Safety  •  August 10, 2016

When is Pokémon a No-Go?

I don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun, especially since Pokémon is getting people out into the world and exercising! But there are a few things to keep in mind for safety while getting your Pokémon on.

General  •  August 08, 2016

Don’t Be a Hot Head: Tips to Avoid Heat Stress

Whether you are working outside or participating in an athletic event like the TD Beach to Beacon in Maine, ASYMCA Mud Run in Virginia or New York Adventure Racing Association's Trail Series, avoiding heat stress is essential to achieving your goals ...

General, Outdoor Safety  •  August 03, 2016

Affecting Employee Choices

It only takes a second to make a choice, right or wrong, and that second can determine the difference between a success and a failure. Every employee, and every supervisor, makes decisions every day. Once clocked in, like it or not, the choices emp...

General, Leadership and Management  •  July 28, 2016

July Is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month!

We knew the “dog days of summer” were coming. Now that they are here, we should all be thinking about taking care of our skin. We spend more time outdoors during the summer months and we’re more exposed to the sun. The summer heat might feel great on...

General, Outdoor Safety, OSHA  •  July 20, 2016

"I Feel the Need for Speed"

For the movie buffs out there you’ll recognize this title as a very famous quote from the movie Top Gun. May 16, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the Paramount picture. This need seemed to be just perfect for Maverick, but unfortu...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  July 15, 2016

Ergonomics by the Seat of Your Pants

You are uncomfortable in your chair at work. Do you toss it? Chairs are expensive, and most businesses want to exhaust all options before replacing a chair. Here are a few tips on how to get that chair working for you, and even a few little known erg...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  July 06, 2016

Safe Lifting Training Goes Hard Core

MEMIC has long advocated a no-lift program using mechanical devices to control overexertion strains for healthcare workers assisting patients and residents. The forward lean posture often assumed by caregivers increases the potential for a back inju...

Healthcare, Manual Material Handling, Safe Patient Handling & Mobility  •  June 29, 2016

Don’t Hold the Ice: Crushed Ice for Control of Heat Stress

Today is the first day of summer! The Summer Solstice, being the longest day of the year, is a glorious day for those who like fun in the sun. However, heat related illnesses in the workplace present a significant hazard.

General, Outdoor Safety  •  June 20, 2016