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Dementia Care During COVID-19

Many of us know and love someone with dementia. Additionally, in this ever-changing new world with physical distancing and quarantines, many caregivers wonder if the dementia population is at greater risk to contract the COVID-19 virus.

Healthcare  •  August 05, 2020
Factory workers performing safety inspection

Safety Inspections - The Hard and the Soft

We all know the importance of conducting regularly scheduled site inspections as part of any comprehensive safety program.

General, Inspection, Safety Programs  •  July 28, 2020
Nurse applying compression stockings to patient.

The Force Behind Applying Compression Hose

In recent years, attention has increased drastically around the hazards of manually lifting patients and residents, also known as “dynamic loading.”

Healthcare, Ergonomics  •  July 15, 2020
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Ever Admire the Fire Extinguisher?

We walk by fire extinguishers daily and probably don’t give them much thought. If the time ever comes that we need an extinguisher, it would be great to know where it is and what its capabilities are.

General, Emergency Preparedness, OSHA  •  July 08, 2020
Commercial Food Processor

Working Safely with Commercial Kitchen Food Processors

Food processors are common equipment found in commercial kitchens and restaurants in every community in America. We use them for everything from mixing cake batter to grinding beef to grating and slicing cheese and root vegetables.

General, Hospitality  •  July 01, 2020
Worker wearing respirator doing wall construction

The Impact of Crystalline Silica In Interior Wall Construction

The days of lath and plaster wall construction have pretty much been replaced with wallboard applied over stud walls of wood or steel. Old plaster typically contained horsehair and in some applications asbestos was used as a binder to ensure the plas...

General, Construction, OSHA  •  June 23, 2020
Man with sore back from improper lifting technique

It’s all about the Base, No Trouble

I was driving down the road the other day listening to Megan Trainor sing, “Because you know I’m all about the bass, ‘bout the bass, no treble,” and I started thinking that this could be a great line for proper lifting technique

General, Manual Material Handling  •  June 10, 2020
Microfiber mop with sponge and bucket on wooden floor

Microfiber Miracle - Taking the SLIPS out of Slip and Fall Injuries

Hazards in the healthcare system seem to be multiplying every day. Notwithstanding the current pandemic exposures, the top three hazards which account for the most injuries are ergonomic hazards, physical hazards, and psychosocial hazards such as vio...

Healthcare, Slips, Trips & Falls, Manual Material Handling  •  June 03, 2020
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Shoes That Are Good for Your Sole

Often people look at the superficial reasons for why they could be experiencing pain. Looking at this from the ground up can be extremely helpful. The human body is a kinetic chain, starting with our feet.

General  •  May 28, 2020
Root Cause Analysis Infographic

Root Cause Incident Investigation and the 5-Why Technique

The employee should have been more careful. They lifted the wrong way, or they should have been wearing safety glasses. These are just some examples of what I too often read in incident/accident investigation reports.

General, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs  •  May 20, 2020

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