5 Tips for Making Return-to-Work Work for Your Business

iStock_000072301149_Small.jpgWhen a workplace accident occurs there are a number of thoughts that enter your mind, from the wellbeing of your employee to your bottom line, to the company’s productivity and even your workers’ compensation premiums.  It can be a stressful time for everyone involved but you have an opportunity to focus on return-to-work and help your employee and company make the best of an unfortunate situation.

These five tips for a successful return-to-work program will help you minimize the consequences of a workplace accident for you and your workers:

1. Lay the groundwork

Laying the groundwork far ahead of time is the key to a return-to-work program being successful after an accident occurs. This starts by developing a written policy that outlines expectations for you and employees, while also confirming your commitment to the program. Texas Mutual policyholders can use our return-to-work kits for large and small businesses to get started. Your return-to-work policy should include a statement from your company’s leadership, procedures that specify what to do after an injury occurs, and statements of responsibility for the supervisor, employee and return-to-work coordinator, if you have someone fulfilling the role.

After the policy has been developed, it’s important to write out job descriptions, as well as tasks performed and physical demands of each position so the information is available when you need it. You should also identify what tasks can be performed as part of modified, light duty work. Texas Mutual’s return-to-work kits provide extensive information about identifying roles and tasks.

2. Help employees understand return-to-work

After your program has been outlined, it’s vital for employees to be informed of the program and understand how it benefits them. Start by sharing the new policy and procedures with any team members that will be expected to take action after an injury occurs, such as supervisors and safety personnel. Their buy-in is important, so take the opportunity to help them understand why return-to-work is beneficial for your bottom line, the company’s productivity and the injured employee. After this tier of employees is informed, introduce the new policy to all employees at staff meetings, through email or in your newsletter, focusing on how return-to-work can provide a path back to full employment, helps them remain productive and greatly increases their likelihood of returning to work after an injury overall.

3. Spring into action

There’s nothing that defines the success of your return-to-work program more than the period of time immediately following an injury. Your policy, procedures, statements of responsibilities and job task identification will guide the process, so all that’s left to do is follow the path you defined when you committed to a return-to-work program. After the worker has received appropriate medical care, communicate with them about modified or light duty responsibilities they can still perform. Follow the physician’s guidelines. It’s helpful to send a letter with them to the doctor explaining your return-to-work program so the physician can assess the employee’s ability to perform not only the current job but also modified duty. A sample letter can be found in Texas Mutual’s free return-to-work kit.

4. Go the extra mile to communicate

Staying in contact with the worker, physician and adjuster is the best way to ensure a smooth, successful process. A small investment of time makes it much easier to get your employee back to work and to help them return to regular duty employment when the time is right. Preparation and action are necessary to get the program off the ground, but it’s your commitment to communication that will make it a success.

Communication with your injured employee will likely include traditional channels such as phone calls and emails, but keep them engaged in the business by also sending them company-wide communication they’d otherwise miss, such as newsletters, and inviting them to company events. Ongoing communication with their physician is also important, starting with the initial letter explaining your return-to-work program. Your claims adjuster will also want to know that you have a return-to-work program so they can help the injured employee work toward return-to-work success.

5. See it through

An employee returning to light-duty work is a significant step in the right direction, but it’s not the end of their return-to-work story. Whether the goal is to eventually return to full employment or to transition to a different role completely, you should continually check in with the worker to monitor how their recovery and work are progressing. As an employer it’s also important to ensure that the restrictions and guidelines set by a physician continue to be followed, while also staying in contact with the physician. This is especially important as physical duties are increased or changed. Return-to-work success doesn’t happen overnight but by staying involved from start to finish, you and your worker can reap big rewards.

Find out more about implementing a return-to-work process in your business by visiting Texas Mutual’s website.

 

 

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Silica: What’s all the fuss about?

After nearly 15 years and countless conversations with stakeholders representing every conceivable side of the issue, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule on silica exposure last week. The rule creates two standards. One standard applies to general industry and maritime, and the to other standard applies to the construction industry.

Silicosis has been on OSHA’s radar since the 1930s. In this three-minute video, a man explains how he lost his father to silicosis when he was just eight years old.

If you haven’t been watching the story unfold, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. So let’s take a closer look at silica and why OSHA spent so much of its time and sparse resources addressing it.

What is silica, and why is it dangerous?

Silica is a mineral found in the Earth’s crust. It is also a key component of sand, concrete, stone, mortar and other similar materials.

In its natural state, silica isn’t dangerous. But when it is ground into tiny particles called crystalline silica and we breath it, silica can wreak havoc on our bodies.

Crystalline silica exposure can result in cancer, tuberculosis, autoimmune diseases and a lung disease known as silicosis.

OSHA estimates the new silica rules will save over 600 lives, prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis and provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion annually.

Who’s at risk?

OSHA estimates over two million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. About 1.85 million of them work in the construction industry.

Any job that involves cutting, sawing, drilling, using sand products and crushing concrete, brick, block, rock and stone products increases workers’ silica exposure.

That means the rough necks and tool pushers who make their living in Texas’ oil and gas fields are at risk. So is anyone who works in glass manufacturing, demolition, sand blasting, masonry manufacturing, cement manufacturing and artificial stone countertop fabrication.

Why did we need a new silica rule?

OSHA said the previous silica rule did not adequately protect workers. The old rule’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) was based on research from the 1960s, and it did not reflect recent scientific evidence. Furthermore, the old rule did not consider the emergence of hydraulic fracturing, stone and artificial stone countertop fabrication and other industries that put workers at risk.

Key compliance dates
OSHA staggered the new silica rule compliance dates to give businesses enough time to meet the requirements: 

Construction industry – June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date

General industry and maritime – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date

Hydraulic fracturing – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date for all provisions except engineering controls, which have a compliance date of June 23, 2021

What does the new rule do?

  • Reduces the PEL for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, for all workplaces covered by the standard (general industry/maritime and construction). The new PEL is roughly 50 percent of the previous PEL for general industry and 20 percent of the previous PEL for construction and shipyards.
  • Requires employers to put control measures in place that reduce workers’ exposure. Employers must ensure silica dust is wetted down or vacuumed up before workers can inhale it. The rule also requires employers to limit access to high-exposure areas, train employees, provide respiratory protection when controls do not adequately limit exposure, provide written exposure control plans, and offer medical exams to highly exposed workers.
  • Provides flexible compliance dates to employers, especially small businesses, to protect workers from silica exposure.

More resources

Regulatory Roundup, March 25, 2016

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

Texas Mutual News

Office workers: Stand up for your health
Wellness ad_smallSedentary work has increased 83 percent since 1950, accounting for 43 percent of our nation’s jobs. The average office worker spends approximately 77 percent of their day sitting. All that chair time does wonders for your productivity, but it also takes a serious toll on your health…MORE

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Safety knows no boundaries
Safer offshore oil rigs don’t have to exclusively exist in a galaxy far, far away. Under a five-year partnership, NASA will examine risks in the offshore industry and share lessons learned from the space program with the BSEE…MORE

Federal Highway Administration (FHA)

New performance measures will aid data-driven approach
The FHA published two rules designed to reduce deaths and injuries on the nation’s highways. One rule establishes performance measures for states to track the number of crash-related deaths and injuries, pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and injuries, and deaths and injuries per miles traveled. The second rule includes changes in reporting regulations that were required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH innovation brings silica monitoring to the mine
NIOSH researchers have developed a portable instrument that measures silica concentrations on site in less than one minute. The reusable instrument spares employers the expense of sending a sample to a lab for analysis…MORE

NIOSH recommends strategies for protecting older drivers
Research shows that older drivers are more likely than their younger counterparts to adopt safe behaviors such as wearing a seat belt and complying with speed limits. However, drivers age 55 and older have twice the risk of dying in a work-related crash than younger workers do. Employers should adopt policies that address failing vision, decreased reaction time and other age-related physical and mental changes that affect older workers’ driving…MORE

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA orders manufacturers to add warnings to immediate-release opioids
Narcotics with Prescription Warning Label
The warnings clarify that opioids should be reserved for cases in which there is no alternative treatment. They also address the potentially fatal consequences of misuse, and they caution against opioid use during pregnancy…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA issues long-awaited silica rule
After nearly 15 years and countless conversations with stakeholders representing every conceivable side of the issue, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled its new rule on silica exposure this week…MORE

What happened to the I2P2 standard?
In 2010, injury and illness prevention programs (I2P2) were high on OSHA’s regulatory agenda. Today, I2P2 has been relegated to the agency’s “long-term” category, which effectively means it will not see the light of day. Politics, business opposition and competing priorities collaborated to stop the I2P2 movement in its tracks…MORE

OSHA fines to increase 80 percent
Violating OSHA standards is about to cost employers more. On Aug. 1, 2016, OSHA will increase its fee structure 80 percent. The most serious violations will increase from a maximum of $70,000 to $124,710…MORE

A look back at year 1 of OSHA’s revised injury reporting rule
During the first year under the revised injury reporting and recordkeeping rule, OSHA received 10,000 injury reports. That amounts to 30 severe injuries reported per day. The manufacturing industry accounted for 26 percent of severe injuries, followed by construction at 19 percent and oil and gas at 3 percent…MORE

OSHA’s rules on housekeeping (and how they help keep your workplace safe)
Clean, orderly workplaces promote productivity and decrease the risk of someone getting injured on the job. There is no single OSHA standard for housekeeping, but several standards include housekeeping provisions designed to protect workers from fires, electrocutions, trips and other hazards…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Truck drivers with untreated sleep apnea have a five-time greater risk of crashes
sleeping manResearchers with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute speculated that if they followed 1,000 truck drivers over a one-year period, drivers with obstructive sleep apnea who refused treatment would experience 70 preventable serious truck crashes. That compares to 14 crashes experienced by a control group and by drivers with sleep apnea who adhered to treatment…MORE

Volvo trucks issues safety recall
If you operate a Volvo Class 8 motor vehicle, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advises you to take it out of service immediately. A faulty two-piece steering shaft in the vehicles can lead to separation of the steering shaft without warning and an immediate loss of steering ability and control…MORE

 

Office workers: Stand up for your health

The typical office worker arrives at their desk by 8 a.m. (give or take a few minutes) and plops themselves down into their ergonomically correct chair. And that is where they stay for the better part of a 40-hour work week.

Working Americans are spending more time off their feet than ever. Sedentary work has increased 83 percent since 1950, accounting for 43 percent of our nation’s jobs. Ultimately, the average office worker spends approximately 77 percent of their day sitting.

So what’s the harm? The more you’re at your desk, the more you get done, right?

Maybe, but all that chair time takes a serious toll on your health.

Researchers have linked prolonged sitting to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and other chronic conditions.

Sitting is the new smoking

A growing body of evidence confirms that sedentary workers are more prone to obesity, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other chronic conditions.

Those conditions, in turn, contribute to increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, and higher health insurance and workers’ compensation costs. Here are just a handful of conditions exacerbated by a life spent sitting.

Cancer. People who spend more hours of the day sitting have up to a 66 percent higher risk of developing certain types of cancer than those who aren’t as sedentary, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Obesity. When you are seated, your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. You burn 30 percent more calories when you’re standing than when you’re sitting, according to an article published in the Harvard Heart Letter.

Diabetes. Sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90 percent, according to researchers in Toronto.

Musculoskeletal health. Prolonged sitting can cause muscle degeneration, back issues and strained necks, heart disease and decreased brain function, according to a Washington Post article.

Premature death. Sitting more than six hours during leisure time accelerates your chances of mortality by 37 percent, according to an American Cancer Society study.

It seems sitting is the new smoking. So what’s a desk jockey to do?

Here are a few tips for working a little physical activity into your daily grind.

Step into more productive meetings
It’s hard to resist the allure of a well-furnished meeting room. But those plush chairs are another pitfall in your plans to move more at work.

Next time a co-worker wants to discuss the 2016 business plan, suggest a walking meeting.

Besides getting you on your feet, walking meetings inspire productivity, creative thinking and more honest exchanges among co-workers.

Walk away from convenience
Offices are designed for maximum productivity. For example, there’s probably a supply cabinet right around the corner from you.

Next time you need to refill your stapler, walk to the cabinet at the other corner. Better yet, try the one on the floor above you.

You’d be amazed how many extra steps you can log by simply walking away from the convenience afforded by the typical office layout.

Stand up for your health
Standing at your desk boosts your metabolism and fires the nerves around your muscles. As a bonus, the more you change posture, the less susceptible you are to back issues, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. A U.S. News Health article recommends standing at least once every 30 minutes. Sit-stand workstations make it easy to do just that. If you want to go a step further, consider outfitting your office with treadmill desks.

Deskercise your way to better health
In a previous series of posts, we touted the benefits of functional fitness exercises that prepare your body to do everyday tasks without getting injured. We understand, though, that not everyone has time to take on a regularly scheduled workout program. Deskercises like paper pushups, book presses and chair squats empower you to get the blood flowing and stretch tired muscles without leaving your workstation.

Regulatory Roundup, March 18, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly digest of employee wellness and safety news. 

Texas Mutual News

6 things you need to know about OSHA

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

Most people associate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with two words: enforcement and fines. So it’s hard to blame budget-conscious employers for casting a suspicious eye, if not running the other direction, when an OSHA inspector comes knocking. But Congress had more in mind when it created America’s most high-profile workplace safety regulatory agency way back in 1970…MORE

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE)

Report blasts oil-rig safety agency’s effectiveness
The BSSE’s inadequate monitoring of oil and gas companies’ safety management systems, its difficulties hiring and training safety inspectors, and its failure to staff its environmental enforcement division have hampered its ability to ensure safety on offshore oil rigs, according to a Government Accountability Office report…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New CDC guidelines offer alternatives to opioid treatment
Despite sparse evidence that chronic opioid therapy is the most effective way to relieve chronic pain, enough opioids are prescribed annually to give every American a bottle of pills. And 52 people die every day from overdoses. The CDC has responded to the prescription drug epidemic by issuing new guidelines that offer alternatives to long-term opioid treatment…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

20 automakers commit to making automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles Twenty automakers representing 99 percent of the U.S. market will make emergency braking standard on most new vehicles by 2022, according to a DOT press release. By making the commitment, the auto industry will deliver critical safety technology to consumers sooner than it could if it relied solely on the regulatory process…MORE

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA proposes two-person train crew requirement
The rule would require a minimum of two crew members for all railroad operations except those the FRA believes do not pose a significant safety risk. That includes operations that are not carrying large volumes of hazardous materials, traveling at high speeds or putting passengers at risk…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA to propose safety guidelines for construction sector

In May, OSHA will encourage the construction industry to remember the importance of preventing falls, which are the leading cause of death among construction workers.

In May, OSHA will encourage the construction industry to remember the importance of preventing falls, which are the leading cause of death among construction workers.

OSHA will craft a separate set of safety and health program management guidelines for the construction industry. The agency undertook the initiative based on feedback it received about updates to its general safety and health management program guidelines. Specifically, most small builders do not have the staff or resources to dedicate one employee to developing and implementing a safety program consistent with what OSHA recommends…MORE

OSHA responds to ARA’s hazard communication questions
Custom blending is considered chemical manufacturing, and it does require individual labels and safety data sheets. That was OSHA’s response to one of several questions about hazard communication posed by the Agricultural Retailers Association…MORE

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO committee recommends no Zika general travel restrictions
During its second meeting, the WHO’s Zika emergency response committee recommended no general restrictions on travel or trade to affected countries. The committee also reiterated the importance of pregnant women avoiding areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Presenteeism costs business 10 times more than absenteeism
Whether they are ill, stressed or simply distracted, employees who are “absent but present” admit to being unproductive an average of 57 days per year. Ultimately, they cost their employers $1,500 billion per year. By contrast, their absent counterparts cost $150 billion per year, according to a Global Corporate Challenge study. …MORE

6 trends affecting workplace safety
E-Learning Concept.Computer-based training, e-learning, interactive tutorials and strategically placed digital signs are empowering companies to provide better, more frequent safety training. Technological tools are one of six trends that will make businesses safer in 2016 and beyond…MORE

 

6 things you need to know about OSHA

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

Most people associate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with two words: enforcement and fines. So it’s hard to blame budget-conscious employers for casting a suspicious eye, if not running the other direction, when an OSHA inspector comes knocking.

But Congress had more in mind when it created America’s workplace safety regulatory agency way back in 1970. For evidence, look no further than the other part of OSHA’s mission.

Lawmakers made it clear that training, outreach, education and assistance are critical tools in OSHA’s strategy to protect everyone’s right to a safe workplace.

In is occasional series of posts, we’ll pull the curtain back on OSHA. Our goal is to allay your fears, give you tips for staying off OSHA’s radar and teach you what to expect if an inspector visits your workplace.

With that, here are seven things you need to know about OSHA.

1. Your business is probably subject to OSHA regulations
Most private sector employers and their workers, along with some public sector employers and workers, fall under OSHA’s jurisdiction. OSHA does not cover self-employed workers, and its standards do not address hazards regulated by other federal agencies, such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

2. Injury rates are down since OSHA was created
OSHA is achieving the mission lawmakers envisioned. By partnering with employers, safety professionals and other stakeholders, OSHA has dramatically reduced injuries and deaths:

  • Since 1970, workplace fatality rates have dropped 66 percent, while U.S. employment has doubled.
  • Worker deaths in America declined from an average of about 38 deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Worker injuries and illnesses declined from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.2 per 100 in 2014.

3. OSHA standards fall into four categories
OSHA standards are rules that explain the methods employers are legally required to follow to protect their workers from hazards. OSHA standards fall into four categories: general industry, construction industry, maritime and agriculture. OSHA standards address such things as fall protection, confined spaces and hazardous chemicals.

4. For everything else, there is the general duty clause
OSHA could not possibly enforce standards addressing every workplace hazard. So, it created the general duty clause, which regulates heat stress, workplace violence and other hazards not specifically addressed by OSHA standards.

5. OSHA prioritizes its inspections
OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers at more than 8 million worksites around the nation. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers. With limited resources, OSHA prioritizes its inspections. Hazards that could cause death or serious physical harm receive top priority, followed by injuries and illnesses employers are required to report to OSHA.

6. Employers have access to free compliance assistance
OSHA offers a range of free services to help employers understand and comply with standards. One of those free services is the Occupational Safety and Health Consultation program (OSHCON). Under the OSHCON program, consultants from the Texas Department of Insurance will survey your job site, identify OSHA violations and help you correct hazards. OSHCON consultants are not OSHA employees, and they do not issue citations or penalties.

More resources

  • For more FAQs about OSHA, click here.
  • To learn what to expect from an OSHA inspection, click here.
  • To learn how to comply with your OSHA injury and illness log posting obligations, click here.

Regulatory Roundup, March 11, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news from around the world.

Texas Mutual news

Work Safe, Texas is open for business
March enhancements to our safety website for the public include return-to-work basics, the latest on the Zika virus and new content on our dedicated construction industry Web page…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA moves to protect public from paraquat
Paraquat dichloride, more commonly known as paraquat, might be the most toxic herbicide in use today. According to the EPA, paraquat resulted in 27 deaths between 1990 and 2014. The EPA recently released a proposal that would reduce the public’s access to this hazardous chemical…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Listen up: Big news about hearing conservation in March edition of NIOSH e-newsletter
earplugs3M is making a lot of noise in the hearing conservation realm, and NIOSH wants you to hear about it. The company reduced noise levels 12–14 dBA across 24 departments and removed 199 of 203 employees from its hearing conservation program. Find out how in the March edition of NIOSH’s e-newsletter…MORE

NIOSH, EPA want your input on proposed PEL for 1-Bromopropane
NIOSH has proposed an exposure limit of 0.3 parts per million for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP). The public has until April 29 to comment. 1-BP is a chemical common in manufacturing processes, spray adhesives, dry cleaning applications and degreasing activities. Exposure can cause a range of conditions, including eye and skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, loss of consciousness, slurred speech and confusion…MORE

Exoskeletal suits reduce MSDs: NIOSH report
Robotic-like suits that increase human strength may conjure thoughts of sci-fi and superhero film genres. But they can also be a powerful tool for employers who want to reduce costly musculoskeletal disorders…MORE

NIOSH issues suggestions to help workers adapt to time change
sleeping manThis Sunday, Americans will set their clocks ahead one hour. It can take our bodies up to one week to adjust to the time change. In the meantime, our sleep can suffer, as can our focus on the job. NIOSH suggests employees consider reducing demanding physical and mental tasks as much as possible the week of the time change to allow themselves time to adjust…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New hazard classification guidance helps manufacturers, importers, employers
The 432-page document provides guidance for classifying hazards covered by the hazard communication standard. Topics include selecting chemicals to evaluate, collecting data, analyzing data, and recording the rationale behind the results obtained.…MORE

U.S., Canada join forces to sync hazard communication systems
PrintOSHA is working with Health Canada to iron out compliance differences between the two countries’ hazard communication rules. Last week, the agencies announced employers can meet hazard communication requirements for both countries with a single label and Safety Data Sheet…MORE

Fatality underscores importance of confined space programs for tank repair shops
An employee went into a tank to clean it with a caustic chemical. He had no retrieval gear or respirator. There was no attendant, and the company had no rescue plan. By the time he was pulled from the tank two hours later, it was too late…MORE

OSHA requests $42 million budget bump for FY 2017
Along with the budget increase, OSHA is asking for 100 more full-time employees. OSHA would dedicate the largest share of the requested increase—nearly $18 million and 60 full-time staff members—to federal enforcement efforts…MORE

NACOSH recommends OSHA emphasize employee health in updated safety and health program management guidelines
OSHA’s proposed updates include material on finding and fixing hazards proactively, increasing worker involvement in safety and health, and establishing better communication and coordination at worksites with multiple employers. The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health praised OSHA for updating the nearly 30-year-old guidelines but added the guidelines could benefit from a stronger focus on health…MORE

OSHA answers your eye and face protection questions
Sparks Fly as Worker Cuts BoltsWhen do companies have to provide eye and face protection for workers? Who certifies personal protective equipment, and how do we know it’s certified? In this short podcast, OSHA answers your questions about eye and face protection…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Upgraded NSC truck driver safety program gives instructors more flexibility
Nearly 4,000 people are killed annually in crashes involving large trucks. To help reverse the trend, the National Safety Council has upgraded its truck driver safety program. The new format gives instructors the flexibility to conduct a three – or four-course series in a timeframe that meets their unique needs…MORE

About half of U.S. adults have a musculoskeletal disorder: report
About 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages, according to a report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Half of adults 65 years and older have arthritis, making it the top cause of disability related to MSDs…MORE

 

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