Workplace Safety

Addressing Digital Eyestrain

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Addressing Digital Eyestrain

Too much computer, phone, or e-reader use may harm your vision. Computer Vision Syndrome (also referred to as digital or electronic eyestrain) results from prolonged use of electronic devices. This concerns the average American worker who according to the American Optometry Association averages seven hours per day using a computer or electronic device. CVS has many painful symptoms. You may experience a single symptom or any combination. Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome include: Eyestrain Migraines Dry eyes Blurry vision Head, neck, and shoulder pain Vision loss, and more Poor lighting,...

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Workplace Violence is On The Rise: What You Can Do

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Workplace Violence is On The Rise: What You Can Do

News of disgruntled employees seeking revenge against employers and coworkers is on the rise. More and more, employees use violence and deadly force at the workplace. News of workplace violence appears almost daily in the headlines or on social media. Based on real or perceived wrongs, employees use violence at work to settle their scores. What We Can Do Aggressive behavior often takes time to build. Employees becoming agitated will usually begin to show warning signs. Warning signs may include: Trouble with coworkers or supervisors Domestic problems spilling into the workplace Substance...

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Dealing With Stress at Work

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Dealing With Stress at Work

Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed at your job? You’re not alone. In 2014, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in partnership with National Public Radio and the Robert Timber Johnson Foundation, conducted a survey on occupational stress. This study found that one in five employees reported high levels of workplace stress in the past year. 37% reported experiencing at least some level of occupational stress at their job. Causes of Occupational Stress The America Psychological Association tracks causes of occupational stress. The most common causes include: High workload Low...

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Grappling With Occupational Skin Disorders

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Grappling With Occupational Skin Disorders

While evaluating injury and diseases that affected previously healthy members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, something surprising was discovered… …Skin disorders were one of the most common job-related conditions that military personnel were receiving treatment… Chris Rennix who is the head of the EpiData Center at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center made the discovery. (The center is located in Portsmouth, VA.) Chris also serves as the chair on the American Industrial Health Association’s Occupational Epidemiology committee. From a business perspective, the high...

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Workplace Injuries Rise When Companies Under Financial Pressure

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Workplace Injuries Rise When Companies Under Financial Pressure

* At a steel mill located in Seguin, Texas, a worker suffered burns to an area greater than 60% of his body after molten steel splashed onto him. He tragically died in a hospital three days after the accident. * A 21-years old plastics worker was hospitalized for severe burns to his hand. He eventually had four fingers removed after he had an injury on his first day of work at a manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio. * 400 employees at a factory in La Porte, Texas were killed after a toxic chemical was released due to a broken network of pipelines in the workplace. These three examples are...

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Ten of the Most Common Safety Violations

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Workplace Safety | Comments Off on Ten of the Most Common Safety Violations

Although OSHA releases their top 10 most mentioned workplace safety incidents yearly, they don’t change significantly with each new list. If you take note of the workplace statistics, you may feel a little overwhelmed at the information. Taking a firm but simple approach to workplace safety is best and recommended by the deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs. He recommends leveraging the top 10 list as a way to compare against your workplace environment. Would these hazards be present in your work environment? Using this list to get started is a good way to determine...

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