Regulatory Roundup, May 6, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly digest of employee wellness and safety news.

Texas Mutual News

Do the math: Safety pays. Falls cost.
safety pays falls costs logoFalls are the leading cause of fatalities among construction workers. They’re also the second-leading cause of fatalities across industries, behind only motor vehicle accidents. This week’s blog post encouraged employers and workers to participate in OSHA’s annual fall prevention campaign…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. reports first death from Zika virus in Puerto Rico
One person with Zika died at some point between Nov. 1, 2015, and April 14, 2016, in Puerto Rico after developing severe internal bleeding, according to the CDC. Puerto Rico, which is home to the breed of mosquito that carries Zika, is facing a widespread outbreak of the virus…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA warns workers about warehouse, storage hazards
safety alertMiners who handle, store and move materials are at risk for musculoskeletal disorders, falls and other injuries, according a new MSHA safety alert. The alert advises workers to follow safe job procedures and comply with Title 30 CFR Parts 56 and 57…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH unveils 10-year Total Worker Health initiative vision
Pilates BallSafe staffing, healthier shift work, flexible work arrangements, good air quality and healthy food options represent core elements in NIOSH’s 10-year vision for its Total Worker Health (TWH) initiative. The TWH initiative promotes the notion that healthy employees get injured less often, and when they do get injured, they recover faster…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Senators look to ‘cement’ OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program
Senators on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation that would permanently fund OSHA’s voluntary protection program (VPP). To qualify for VPP, employers must maintain below-average injury and illness rates. VPP employers are exempt from certain OSHA inspections…MORE

OSHA releases two more temporary worker guidance documents
One document stresses that host employers and staffing agencies share responsibility for educating temporary workers about hazardous chemicals. The other document provides scenarios showing the potential consequences of host employers failing to adequately train temporary workers on hazards and preventive measures…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Puerto Rico shares tips for combatting Zika
From gene drives to genetically altered mosquitos, scientists are evaluating technological weapons in the fight against Zika virus. In the meantime, everyone can do their part eliminating standing pools of water around their home, installing window screens to keep mosquitos outside, and wearing proven mosquito repellants…MORE

The case for safety showers
Safety showers in the oil and gas field and on offshore rigs often go unused for years, so it can be hard to make a case for them as vital equipment. But if you’re a worker who just got a face full of concentrated acid, a safety shower might just save your life. Employers who are struggling to make sense of the many safety shower models on the market should consider water access/storage, available space, the cost of heating large amounts of water and the environmental conditions…MORE

Synthetic drugs spark look at drugged-driving laws
Law BookNew York is one of 10 states that evaluate intoxicated driving by a list of banned substances rather than on a police officer’s judgment. That loophole in the law allowed a driver high on aerosol dust to escape punishment after smashing into another vehicle and killing an 18-year-old girl…MORE

What are risky drivers thinking?
People who habitually drive drunk and speed have unique motives for taking risk. By identifying those motives, researchers can instill safe behaviors in repeat offenders…MORE

New technology helps regulators identify which chemicals pose risks
PrintThere are more than 80,000 chemicals people can be exposed to. A team of federal government researchers developed a new method to more quickly and economically determine which chemicals pose the greatest health risk…MORE

Are you prepared to address sudden cardiac arrest in your workplace?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more than 350,000 people each year. SCA can happen to anyone, anytime, including when they’re at work. When administered within two minutes of SCA, an automated external defibrillator, combined with CPR, increases the victim’s chances of survival by 90 percent…MORE

 

Do the math: Safety pays. Falls cost.

David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

There are reasons people pursue writing careers. Some were never much good at sports. Others can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up on the couch with a good book. And then there are those, namely me, who simply fear math.

I spent four years, give or take a few semesters, earning a journalism degree. In that time, I took countless classes in researching, writing and edit, but only one math class. And that was just fine with me.

Despite my affinity for the written word, however, I admit hard numbers sometimes make a stronger case than fluid prose. And in this case, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did the math for me.

Consider these OSHA statistics about on-the-job fatalities among America’s construction workers:

  • 20 percent of workplace fatalities happen in the construction industry.
  • 500 construction workers’ lives could be spared each year if we eliminated the top four causes of fatalities, otherwise known as the fatal four: electrocutions, struck-by incidents, caught in/between incidents and falls.
  • Falls are the most deadly of the fatal four, accounting for 40 percent of fatalities.

OSHA is working hard to raise awareness of the potential deadly consequences of falls in the construction industry. Today, the agency launched its Stand Down for Safety campaign. The annual, week-long event encourages employers and employees to pause during their busy days and talk about the potential deadly consequences of falls.

If you think the few minutes it takes to put on a personal fall arrest system isn’t worth the investment, this two-minute video will change your perspective.

As part of the campaign, OSHA offers a multimedia repository of educational materials, a national directory of campaign events and downloadable certificates of participation.

OSHA designed the Stand Down campaign for the construction industry, but everyone can and should get involved. In fact, the U.S. Air Force was the campaign’s largest participant last year, sharing the message with 1.5 million service personnel and civilians.

I admit my journalism training did nothing to prepare me for navigating life’s everyday mathematical challenges – tipping waiters, balancing a checkbook, doing my taxes. What it did teach me was the importance of closing strong.

So here’s one more statistic to consider. Think of it as the numerical equivalent of an exclamation point.

Approximately 4,000 workers die on the job each year. That’s 4,000 too many. If you take just a few minutes to talk to your team about the importance of fall prevention, you might save someone’s life. Even the most mathematically challenged among us can see those numbers add up just fine.

Tips for a fall-free work day
Falls are the second-leading cause of fatalities across industries, behind only motor vehicle accidents. Whether your employees build high-rise offices, conduct routine maintenance on ladders or take the stairs between floors, they are at risk of suffering a severe fall. Anyone can follow these simple tips to protect themselves:

  • Keep walkways, stairs and exits clear of extension cords, tools, supplies and clutter.
  • Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
  • When taking the stairs, slow down, use the handrails, and avoid reading and sending text messages.
  • Comply with OSHA’s fall protection standards: 6 feet in construction, 4 feet in general industry.
  • Remember that guardrails are usually your best protection against falls. That’s because guardrails prevent you from falling, while safety nets and personal fall arrest systems limit how far you fall.
  • Keep walkways, exits and stairs clear of extension cords, trash, supplies and other clutter.
  • Learn how to choose, inspect, set up and work safely from ladders.

Regulatory Roundup, April 29, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

Texas Mutual News

New Texas Mutual app empowers workers to navigate deadly hazards virtually
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Call it taking your lumps or learning the hard way. In the workplace safety world, we call it an accident investigation, and the goal is to figure out why someone got injured, and then take steps to keep it from happening again. But what if you could learn valuable lessons by making virtual mistakes, without putting yourself in harm’s way? A new app designed by Texas Mutual empowers workers to do just that…MORE

Texas Mutual awards $600K in annual safety education grants to six Texas colleges
Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $600,000 in grants to College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Kilgore College, Midland College and Amarillo College. The grants fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public through the colleges’ risk management institutes…MORE

I2P2 may be on the backburner, but it’s still a sound investment
Texas Mutual encourages every employer to create and enforce a written injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) powered by these core elements…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Which jobs are hardest on your hearing?
earplugsHearing loss is the most common work-related injury, affecting 22 million Americans each year and costing businesses $242 million in workers’ compensation benefits. Hearing loss can affect any industry where excessive noise is an issue, but people who make their living on construction sites and in the oil patch are at the highest risk, according to a CDC study. Employers can protect workers by combining preventive measures with consistent audiometric screenings…MORE

CDC, OSHA issue guidance for protecting workers from Zika exposure
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Workers can also contract Zika through contact with an infected person’s blood and other bodily fluid. The CDC recommends employers follow these tips to protect outdoor workers, health care providers, laboratory workers and business travelers…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

CMV 34-hour restart provision could be back on the table
Semi TruckThe currently-suspended 34-hour restart provision that includes overnight rest breaks for commercial drivers could once again be included in hours-of-service rules, contingent on the results of a DOT study. The DOT is analyzing whether the provision promotes safety or creates inadvertent hazards during peak travel times. If restored, the provision will prohibit CMV drivers from being on duty more than 73 hours in a seven-day period…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA agrees to revise hazardous substance regs
The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to issue regulations to prevent and contain discharges of oil and hazardous substances. According to a new lawsuit, the EPA has only satisfied half of Congress’ mandate. The EPA has committed to issuing a proposed rule for hazardous substance regulation by August 2017. A final rule must be published no later than October 2018…MORE

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Alarming jump in pedestrian fatalities prompts NTSB forum
Concern over a five-year, 19-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities promoted the NTSB to spearhead a pedestrian safety forum that will take place on May 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of pedestrians killed in accidents increased 10 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association…MORE

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Don’t text and drive, or the NHTSA will troll you on Twitter
distracted-driver-1When a Twitter user who goes by the handle @NArnold98 posted this tweet, “Texting and driving is pretty efficient,” he probably anticipated the obligatory LOLs and thumbs up from his followers. What he likely didn’t expect was this direct response from the NHTSA: “If by efficient you mean super dangerous and dumb, then yeah, it’s pretty efficient, @Narnold98. Please stay off the phone & #justdrive.” During National Distracted Driving Awareness month, the NHTSA has been trolling Twitter users who don’t seem to grasp the serious consequences of distracted driving…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Manufacturing industry leads field in reportable injuries
In the first year under OSHA’s revised injury reporting and recordkeeping rule, the manufacturing industry reported 26 percent of hospitalizations and 57 percent of amputations, more than any other industry. The construction industry was second, reporting 19 percent of hospitalizations and 10 percent of amputations…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

New report shows staggering costs of vehicle accidents for employers
Investigating a car wreckMotor vehicle crash injuries cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Property damage, workplace disruption and liability costs accounted for $20.6 billion. The remaining costs went toward benefit payments, including sick leave, health insurance and insurance covering work losses…MORE

I2P2 may be on the backburner, but it’s still a sound investment

When it comes to safety, what gets documented gets done. That’s why Texas Mutual encourages every employer to create and enforce a written injury and illness prevention program (I2P2).

Dr. David Michaels was determined to make I2P2 mandatory for employers during his tenure as head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Somewhere along the way, the initiative slipped down OSHA’s regulatory agenda. Texas employers may never be required by OSHA to maintain an I2P2, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.

A written safety program provides a road map for sending employees home injury-free. It identifies the hazards employees are exposed to, explains how the company will protect employees from those hazards, and assigns accountability within the program.

If you want to make I2P2 part of your safety efforts – and we hope you do – make sure you address these core elements.

Core element: Management commitment/employee engagement
Management has to show employees it is committed to preventing workplace accidents. And we’re not just talking about monetary investments in safety training and personal protective equipment. The most important thing you can do is follow the same safety rules you expect employees to follow.

Safety starts at the top, but it doesn’t end there. Employees have to be engaged in the process. Management should involve employees from all levels of the organization in creating and continuously improving the safety program.

Core element: Hazard identification/assessment
Every task exposes employees to unique hazards. You can uncover those hazards by conducting job hazard analyses, inspecting your facility, investigating accidents and near-misses and reviewing your incident history for trends.

Core element: Hazard prevention and control
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Once you’ve identified the hazards in your workplace, you must control your employees’ exposure to those hazards. Let the hierarchy of controls guide you. The hierarchy is a system for ranking hazard control measures according to their effectiveness.

Core element: Employee safety training
OSHA requires employers to train employees in a language and vocabulary they understand. Training should cover two primary topics: the I2P2 and the specific hazards employees will encounter. As part of our commitment to preventing workplace accidents, Texas Mutual offers free safety training resources on our
Work Safe, Texas website. Any employer can visit the site and download the material.

Core element: Continuously evaluate and improve your safety program
How much has your company changed during the past two years? Have you introduced new processes, bought new equipment or hired new people? The point is that you should continuously evaluate your safety program to make sure it to meets your changing needs.

Texas Mutual recommends employers review their safety program within the first 12 months and at least once every two years after that. You should use a combination of leading and lagging indicators to get a true picture of your program’s effectiveness.

Get free resources
For more information on launching an I2P2, watch our free webinar, “The Core Elements of a Safety Program.” And remember that although I2P2 is not a regulatory requirement, certain written safety programs are.

For example, if your employees are exposed to excessive noise, OSHA requires you to have a
hearing conservation program. If you use hazardous chemicals, including common cleaning products, you must have a hazard communication program. The Texas Department of Insurance and OSHA offer sample programs you can download and customize to meet your needs.

Regulatory Roundup, April 22, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly digest of employee wellness and safety news from around the world.

Texas Mutual News

Texas Mutual urges roofers to work safely in wake of Wylie hail storm

OSHA will promote the importance of preventing falls during its annual Stand Down for Safety campaign, May 2-6.

OSHA will promote the importance of preventing falls during its annual Stand Down for Safety campaign, May 2-6.

A hail storm recently pummeled cars, shattered windows, toppled trees and punched holes in roofs and skylights in Wylie, a suburb of Dallas. One resident found pieces of his roof in a nearby shopping center. In the wake of the storm, Texas Mutual urged professional roofers and do-it-yourselfers to follow fall protection best practices…MORE

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Worker fatalities reached 7-year high in 2014: BLS report
Things are looking up in the world of workplace fatalities, and that’s not a good thing. In 2014, 4,821 people died in work-related accidents, the most since 2008, according to revised BLS data. The new data also shows 144 oil and gas workers died on the job, a record-high
for the industry…MORE

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE)

BSSE issues offshore oil and gas drilling rules
The BSSE’s goal is to prevent the type of equipment failures that caused the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The explosion killed 11 workers and spilled a record amount of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new rules tighten controls on blowout preventers, add tougher requirements to undersea well design, and require real-time monitoring of subsea drilling and spill containment…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA cautions employers about stockpile hazards
safety alert
The safety pros at MSHA know you can learn as much from a near-miss as from an actual accident. In 2015, there were seven incidents in which a dozer fell into a “hidden cavity” under a bridge of material when material under the bridge was taken away. None of the incidents caused injuries, but they could have, according to an MSHA safety alert…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA shipbreaking safety initiative targets non-English speaking workers
OSHA recently instructed its inspectors to verify employers in the shipbreaking industry deliver safety training to non-English speaking workers in a language they understand. The directive is part of OSHA’s renewed National Emphasis Program (NEP). OSHA designed the NEP to reduce workplace hazards in the shipbreaking industry…MORE

Foundry industry joins chorus of voices against new silica rule
Law Book
Dust levels fluctuate so much in foundry operations that employers would have to achieve levels typical of clean room operations to comply with OSHA’s new silica law. That was the message one stakeholder delivered to Congress this week. Within 10 days of OSHA releasing its new silica rule, stakeholders filed seven petitions for review. The construction industry has represented the rule’s most vocal opponent, labelling its requirements financially impractical at best and impossible to comply with at worst…MORE

Employers must record intoxicated employee injuries: OSHA
If an employee is injured while under the influence of alcohol, the employer must record the injury under OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. OSHA grants an exemption to the rule if self-medication for a non-work-related condition causes the injury. Alcohol use does not qualify under the exemption…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Is saving 5 minutes worth your life?
2 secondsMotorists can drive up to 85 miles in some states, including Texas. All that freedom comes with a price. A new study found that a 5 mph increase in state speed limits accompanied an 8 percent increase in fatality rates on interstates and freeways…MORE

There’s nothing artificial about technology’s impact on safety
In 1997, a computer made history by beating the world chess champion at his own game. At the time, artificial intelligence (AI) was a neat party trick with limited real-world application. But with the first fully-autonomous vehicles set to hit the streets by 2019, it’s clear that AI is changing all aspects of our lives, including workplace safety. In the near future, computer-powered robots will be recognizing risk, interpreting near-misses and finding safer ways to work, all in a fraction of the time it takes humans…MORE

Seat belts should never have time off
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Effective workplace initiatives deliver benefits to employers and employees. Take seat belt policies, for example. Drivers and passengers who take two seconds to buckle up reduce their chances of dying in a crash by 50 percent. Meanwhile, crashes involving failure to wear seat belts cost employers $5 billion a year in lost productivity and other crash-related expenses. A new educational campaign helps employers make seat belt use part of their safety culture…MORE

History of falls in older drivers increases crash risk by 40%
How’s this for a catch-22? The more often senior citizens suffer falls, the less likely they are to engage in exercise and other physical activity that could cause future falls. Conversely, physical activity is one way to keep driving skills sharp and reduce the risk of crashes. A new study shows a history of falls in older drivers increases their crash risk by 40 percent…MORE

Texas Mutual urges roofers to prevent falls in wake of hail storm

The odds of a hail storm happening the same day you bring your new car home are relatively slim. The odds of a softball-size piece of that hail busting through your attic, into your garage and onto your shiny new hood are probably even slimmer.

That’s exactly what happened to a resident of Wylie, a suburb of Dallas, last week.

A large hail storm hammered the area, pummeling cars, shattering windows, toppling trees and punching holes in roofs and skylights. In fact, one resident found pieces of his roof in a nearby shopping center. He estimates the damage at $100,000.

Whether you’re a seasoned construction worker or a do-it-yourselfer looking to save a few bucks, holes in roofs and skylights present safety hazards. You can protect yourself by following these tips.

Cover up
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a hole as a gap or void two inches or more in its least dimension. OSHA requires you to protect holes with guardrails or covers that cannot be moved.

For covers, use at least ¾ inch plywood, and avoid fiberboard and cardboard. The goal is to construct a cover that will support two times the anticipated load. That includes the combined weight of people, equipment and materials.

To promote awareness, label your hole covers: “HOLE.”

Don’t test skylights’ limits
Skylights are an ongoing source of catastrophic injuries and deaths among Texas Mutual policyholders. Remember that skylights have limits. If you test those limits, the consequences can be fatal.

This video tells the story of a supervisor who fell 30 feet to his death through an unguarded skylight.

Never sit on, lean against or step on a skylight or any covering placed over a hole in a roof or floor. They are not designed to support your weight.

Furthermore, exposure to the elements can make skylights brittle and weak. That’s especially true in Texas, where ultraviolet rays beat down on skylights all summer.

Use the big 3
OSHA’s fall protection standards require construction workers to use fall protection when working from heights of six feet or more. OSHA’s general industry fall protection standard is four feet.

Fall protection comes in many shapes and sizes, but the “big 3” are guardrail systems, safety nets and personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). You should use at least one of the big 3 when fall protection is required.

Generally, guardrail systems are your safest choice. That’s because guardrails prevent falls, and safety nets and PFAS’ limit how far you fall.

A word about personal fall arrest systems
You can’t always cover or guard a floor or roof opening. For example, maybe you’re installing a skylight or ventilation unit. In that case, you must use a PFAS that includes a full-body harness, lanyard, connectors and appropriate anchorage points (tie-offs). Make sure you only tie off to anchorage points your employer has identified as safe.

You should also inspect your PFAS every time you use it. If you see cracks, breaks, sharp edges or other damage, immediately report it to your supervisor.

Employers: Stand down for safety
OSHA will host its annual Stand Down for Safety event May 2 – 6. The national observance is an opportunity for employers and employees to pause during their busy day and discuss the importance of fall prevention.

Texas Mutual encourages you to visit the campaign website and take advantage of the free training resources. You can access other free materials on OSHA’s Safety Pays. Falls Cost. website, as well as on the Stop Construction Falls website hosted by the Center for Construction Research and Training.

 

Regulatory Roundup, April 15, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news from around the world.

Texas Mutual News

Lonnie’s story
Lonnie Williams knew there would be a learning curve when he landed a job as a tanker truck driver in the Texas oil fields. But he never imagined he would nearly die during his first day. Visit our blog for Lonnie’s return-to-work success story…MORE

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Musculoskeletal disorders account for high number of DART injuries, according to new
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That annoying crick in your neck may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it could signal a serious musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). MSDs account for one-third to one-half of injuries resulting in days away from work, job restriction or transfer in six major industries, according to a BLS report…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA regulates new uses of TCE
A new EPA rule requires anyone who wants to use trichloroethylene (TCE) as part of a new consumer product to notify the EPA at least 90 days in advance. TCE is largely used in manufacturing refrigerant chemicals and as a solvent in degreasing metals. TCE exposure can induce neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, developmental toxicity, liver toxicity, kidney toxicity, endocrine effects and cancer…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC confirms Zika can cause birth defects
Following months of debate, the CDC said this week there is enough evidence to link Zika virus to unusually small heads and brain damage in infants born to infected mothers…MORE

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

FHWA encourages Americans to drive, work safely in work zones
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On average, three fatalities each day happen in highway work zones. To raise awareness of the issue, the FHWA encouraged motorists and workers to observe Work Zone Awareness Week from April 11 to 15…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Congress urges OSHA to pursue a workplace violence prevention rule for health care
Stopping Domestic Violence
Congress is calling on OSHA to issue a standard that would require health care employers to institute a workplace violence prevention program. In 2013, as many as 226,000 health care workers were assaulted at least once. That equates to a rate of about 126.5 assaults per 10,000 workers, while the rate for workers in all industries was 38.9…MORE

Non-reporting penalty set to increase 400 percent
OSHA believes 50 percent of severe injuries are going unreported under its revised injury and illness reporting rule. Starting this summer, noncompliant employers will pay up to a $70,000 fine for violating the rule. That’s a 400 percent increase over the current maximum fine of $7,000…MORE 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

PHMSA launches online resource to help emergency responders with rail incidents
The resource includes a training video and other items focusing on the best ways to respond to rail incidents involving Hazard Class 3 Flammable Liquids…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Run. Hide. Fight. – Your formula for surviving an active shooter situation
When a gunman opens fire on a unsuspecting crowd, panic is a natural, immediate response. If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, credible organizations such as the FBI recommend you keep your cool and follow this three-step approach…MORE

Do alternative workstations work?
Plopping down in a plush office chair all day may be more appealing than doing physically demanding work in the summer heat. Research shows, however, that sedentary jobs contribute to chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and premature deaths. Alternative workstations can help, but each option presents drawbacks. The solution to countering the negative effects of a life spent sitting is simple: Get moving…MORE

Exercise these preventive measures to avoid gym germs
Treadmill
Gyms offer convenient, versatile, climate-controlled venues for getting fit. They also harbor millions of germs that can cause serious illness. Before you flush you plans to join a gym, consider these simple preventive measures…MORE

‘Invisible impairments’ hinder stroke patients who return to work: study
Stroke patients who return to work suffer from fatigue, communication challenges, and memory and concentration problems. Employers can help by reducing stroke patients’ hours, allowing them to work remotely and easing them back into the job…MORE