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Caregivers: First Do No Harm to Yourselves

Caregivers often put the needs of others before their own regardless of what exposures they may face while doing their nurturing tasks. One of the most important tips to give both informal and professional caregivers is to ensure that THEIR SAFETY CO...

Healthcare  •  June 21, 2017

OSHA Delays Online Injury Reporting Rule

On May 17, OSHA announced that employers will not have to electronically file injury and illness information by July 1, as the rule had stated. As of the date of this announcement, OSHA still had not opened the online portal for employers to file the...

General, OSHA  •  June 14, 2017

Risk Compensation and the Peltzman Effect

While watching television several months ago I came across an author promoting his book. As a safety person, I immediately took note as he was directly speaking about safety.

General, Leadership and Management  •  June 09, 2017

National CPR and AED Awareness Week

Each year, June 1-7 is designated National CPR and AED Awareness Week. This is a collaborative effort between the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council.

General  •  June 01, 2017

Safe Golf Cart Operations

Golf carts have become quite a popular commodity these days, and not just for playing golf. In fact, golf carts are used not only in country clubs, but also on automotive dealership lots, large manufacturing facilities...

Transportation, General, Hospitality, Driving Safety  •  May 24, 2017

Bunk Beds De-Bunked!

Housekeepers unite! It’s time we de-bunked. While bunk beds are common in many segments of the hospitality industry and serve to increase the occupancy of a room, they can be a real pain in a housekeeper’s day.

Hospitality, Office Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling  •  May 19, 2017

Keep Lifts Between the Knees and Shoulder

How did this lifting range come into existence? Some might say experience and logic got us here. Actually, this guideline was developed through historical research done by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) using mechani...

General, Manual Material Handling  •  May 11, 2017

Hand in Glove (Suitably Protected)

Soon in northern climes with the arrival of spring and the greening of the outdoors, we’ll be outside digging in the dirt starting our vegetable and flower gardens, pruning shrubs, cleaning up yard debris, and mowing the lawn.

General, Outdoor Safety  •  May 04, 2017

More Than Love Handles

Emily Post’s book of etiquette indicates that a gentleman should put his hand under a women’s elbow as she steps off the curb to prevent any risk of falling. This courtesy may have started as early as the 1800’s with ladies’ large petticoats. At the ...

Healthcare, Safe Patient Handling & Mobility  •  April 27, 2017

Bloodborne Pathogens—When Is a Program Required?

A Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) program is a given for healthcare organizations, but what about other industries? Requirements may apply to more than just bloodborne pathogens.

Education, Retail, Hospitality, General, Safety Programs  •  April 20, 2017