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The Humongous Possibilities of the Homunculus

If you made a humanesque model of all the accumulated injuries experienced at your workplace, the resulting homunculus would probably look scary and grotesque, but don’t be frightened! It can be tamed, and even shrunk back into proportion...

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Ergonomics, Leadership and Management, Manual Material Handling, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  December 07, 2022
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An Integrated Approach to Safety

Safety professionals have the challenge of addressing both internal workplace risks and external factors including worker demographics, mental health, and lifestyle. Utilizing the concept of Total Worker Health can lead to a safe and profitable workp...

General, Hiring Practices, Leadership and Management, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  November 22, 2022
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Taming the Dangerous Passage - Safely Entering and Exiting a Vehicle During Winter Weather

Common-sense moves such as approaching carefully, bracing yourself for stability, and moving without boxes, packages, or other items in hand, can help you avoid slip and fall injuries while entering or exiting a vehicle during the cold, snow, and ice...

General, Transportation, Slips, Trips & Falls, Outdoor Safety, Driving Safety  •  November 16, 2022
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Keeping Temporary Workers Safe: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

The safety of temporary workers is the joint responsibility of the host employer and the staffing agency that places the worker. Both entities should take steps to complete a risk assessment for the job function and location.

General, Hiring Practices, Leadership and Management, OSHA  •  November 09, 2022
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Addressing Slips-and-Falls from the Ground Up

Building a better slip-and-fall prevention program requires you to think SAFE – Surface, Awareness, Footwear, and Environment. Look from the ground up at everything from surfaces to footwear to the mental state of the worker.

General, Safety Programs, Slips, Trips & Falls, Inspection  •  November 02, 2022
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What’s Scarier than Halloween? Poorly Executed Safety Planning!

Halloween is a fun time for fright, but not if you’re a safety director with no plan for your organization. Use the horror of the holiday to make sure your company is doing its best to minimize risk and maximize safety.

General, Safety Programs  •  October 26, 2022
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Training the Industrial Athlete

Employers should think of their employees as athletes and implement training plans that address the physical demands of the job. Designing stretching, strengthening, conditioning and hydration programs can decrease injuries and lead to a healthier wo...

General, Manufacturing, Ergonomics, Safety Programs, Wellness  •  October 20, 2022
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Weathering Storm Cleanup Safety

Planning for what happens after a storm should be part of any business emergency preparedness plan, before a weather incident occurs.

General, Emergency Preparedness, Claims Management  •  October 12, 2022
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Spelling Out Fall Protection Beyond the A-B-Cs

Fall protection during work from heights is generally governed by the basics of anchoring, body harnesses, and connectors. But to make a comprehensive assessment, safety directors must go beyond those simple techniques and look at a variety of consid...

Construction, General, Manufacturing, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Safety Programs  •  October 05, 2022
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Ladder Safety Part 2: Does your Ladder Safety Training Get High Marks?

Workplace ladder usage, regardless of industry, is a high-risk task that should be part of any new or existing employee training plan. Training should include ladder selection, inspection, hazard identification, fall protection measures, and safe wor...

General, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Education, Hospitality, Services, OSHA, Slips, Trips & Falls, Manual Material Handling  •  September 29, 2022

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