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Supervisors and Managers Role: Impacting Contractor Actions and Safety

Monitoring contractors by supervision and management is key to keeping workers safe and preventing injuries. To better understand the difference between supervision and management, it is wise to separate the two and explain the responsibility of each role. Once the roles are properly understood, companies should pay attention to behaviors as supervisors and managers monitor [...]

2021-09-02T12:08:52-06:00September 2nd, 2021|Business, Newsletter, Safety Matters|

Contractor Prequalification: Before You Hire

Contractor prequalification is an important step for your business, and there are key things to consider when you hire new employees. Two of the biggest ones are gauging behaviors and knowing how they impact safety processes.  Companies should pay close attention to certain behaviors because they can affect the overall safety of the workplace and [...]

2021-08-06T10:03:52-06:00August 6th, 2021|Business, Newsletter, Safety Matters|

How to Minimalize the Risks of Chemical Mismatches & Cross-Contaminations

Every workplace should develop a systematic way to label chemical containers to minimize chemical mismatches and cross contaminations. It protects the health and safety of workers and prevents financial losses due to fines for code violations and broken machinery that can cause serious incidents such as fires or explosions. Why is Chemical Exposure Dangerous? Chemical [...]

2021-07-14T15:05:22-06:00July 16th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|

How to Help Workers Cope with Burnout

The year 2020 wrought changes in the workplace that were unprecedented in scope and completely unexpected. Most companies, it is fair to say, found themselves unprepared. It is estimated that 42 percent of the United States labor force began to work at home at some point during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some temporary workplace changes became [...]

2021-06-18T09:07:22-06:00June 18th, 2021|Newsletter|

Creating a Successful Ergonomics Program

By Barbara Semeniuk, 2021 A vital part of a safe workplace is developing and executing an Ergonomics Program for employees. The benefits derived from a good plan are long-lasting, cost-effective, and rewarding. Your employees may be suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). What are musculoskeletal disorders? MSDs are disorders of muscles, tendons, joints that are caused [...]

2021-05-11T13:11:21-06:00May 11th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|

Serious Injuries and Fatalities: Why Are They Constant While Injury Rates Decline?

Concern about the level of effort we take to control serious injuries and fatalities is growing because the number of deaths is not decreasing; it has plateaued. Companies and society cannot accept worker fatalities as just part of doing business. Our mandate is clear - we must improve how we protect workers. How to Better [...]

2021-04-09T12:06:01-06:00April 9th, 2021|Newsletter, Safety Matters|

Safety and Health Considerations of the Older Worker

Almost every organization in the country has to supervise, manage, and coordinate workers' safety. If your organization has older workers performing work that is physically challenging and must have an awareness of safety and health, this article contains valuable advice. However, even if your organization's work does not primarily entail physical labor, there still remains [...]

2021-03-05T13:23:11-07:00March 5th, 2021|Newsletter|

The Future of the Health and Safety Professional

By Barbara Semeniuk, 2021 These are challenging times. Companies are focused on survival; quite literally, it is life-and-death! Safety professionals have been hit hard by COVID-19. In tough times they are the first to be laid off because companies believe they, like human resources and training, do not directly contribute to the bottom line like [...]

2021-02-09T16:55:39-07:00February 9th, 2021|Coronavirus, Newsletter|

Mental Health in the Workplace During COVID-19

We’ve spent nearly a year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, and the emotional wellbeing of employees is as important as ever. The stress of contracting the illness and passing it on to others has caused fear and anxiety for many. Isolation from family and friends has also been a trigger for depression and other [...]

2020-12-04T07:37:48-07:00December 4th, 2020|Newsletter|

Business Procedures: Reopening and Continuing to Operate During COVID-19

By Barbara Semeniuk, 2020 Business structure and protocols are continuing to change in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. As some businesses are reopening, they must make decisions about bringing employees back onsite, letting them operate remotely, or creating a hybrid model. State guidelines, business size, and work functionality are factors involved in determining the [...]

2020-11-30T08:30:33-07:00November 6th, 2020|Newsletter|
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