The Well Workplace

Technology continues aim at improving workplace safety – but at what cost?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 26, 2016 3:35:45 PM

Just as the pedometer took over the workplace wellness initiatives of recent years, wearable technologies continue to make their way into the industrial workplace. In 2015, we reviewed some of the latest tools to be developed in an effort to increase workplace safety. As with everything else technology-related these days, the creation of these tools moves fast and furious, and there is already a slew of new tech-based tools appearing in factories worldwide, as recently noted by the Wall Street Journal.

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Hiring healthy truck drivers helps keep your business on the road

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 12, 2016 12:14:37 PM

While maneuvering down the highway and passing the occasional tractor-trailer, have you ever stopped to think about what those drivers endure? Long-haul drivers, those who are on delivery routes that require them to spend a lot of time in the cab of a truck rather than at home, do not have the easiest of work environments. Truckers are sedentary for many hours, have little access to healthy foods, experience erratic sleep schedules and have to deal with the daily stresses of being on the road. It is no wonder truckers are more likely to have heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, as compared to other working U.S. adults.

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Updated: OSHA Recordkeeping – New Rules You Need to Know

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 28, 2016 10:09:16 AM

MAY 2017 UPDATE: OSHA has suspended the e-recordkeeping rule. Read more about this change from OSHA.

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) passed down a final rule to revise workplace injury recordkeeping practices in an effort to improve safety for U.S. workers.

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The Risk of Hiring When You Don’t Know What They’re Hiding

Posted by Lane Savage
Aug 31, 2016 4:14:10 PM

In its annual survey of hiring managers, the 2016 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report shows the single biggest issue facing HR professionals today is finding qualified job candidates. Across industries and around the country, the labor market has tightened dramatically. In fact, HireRight reports that 77 percent of the nearly 3,500 survey respondents indicate they will be growing headcount this year. If you are in the market for new talent – and let’s face it, who is not – chances are you have experienced the same thing. With so many jobs available to be filled, the quality of those still looking is probably declining, too.

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STFs: Taking a toll on your employees and your bottom line

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 2, 2016 12:50:54 PM

Ever wondered what slips, trips and falls injuries are costing employers annually? Billions of dollars. $17.92 billion to be exact. That is the amount of direct workers’ compensation costs related to slips, trips and falls (STFs) injuries in the U.S. according to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index of the top ten disabling workplace injuries that are nonfatal.

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Workplace Wellness: More than just biometrics...

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 21, 2016 12:11:28 PM

When you hear the term “workplace wellness program,” what comes to mind? You may think of initiatives that include wellness assessments, fitness, nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation or proactive disease management. While these are important factors to consider when planning a workplace wellness program, there is another important aspect of wellness that employers cannot forget to include: ergonomics.

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Anatomy of Slips, Trips and Falls

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 30, 2016 1:53:25 PM

Slips, trips and falls (STFs) can result in dangerous (even fatal) and costly outcomes. While these types of injuries can occur in many workplaces, there are certain industries that experience a higher incidence of STF’s:

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All Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Tests Shouldn’t Be Painted with the Same Brush

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 17, 2016 10:40:06 AM

When 926 qualified women apply for entry-level warehouse laborer jobs and only six are hired, suspicion will develop. In the case of Gordon Food Service, Inc., a federal food service contractor located in Michigan, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) took notice and action.

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Would You Hire this Guy?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 18, 2016 3:46:59 PM

… to drive a flatbed truck?                         

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First Aid and OSHA Recordables, a Follow-up: Can Workplace Exercise Qualify as Recordable Medical Treatment?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Some time ago we presented a post on first aid and OSHA recordable injuries in the workplace, and since we've received a great deal of feedback on that post, we thought some follow-up would be in order. One particular issue mentioned in that piece that sparked a fair bit of feedback was workplace exercise, which, in some circumstances, can be considered physical therapy under OSHA regulations. Here we'll clarify that issue, helping employers understand when, according to OSHA, workplace stretching or other exercises can cross the line from first aid to OSHA recordable medical treatment.OSHA classifies any on-the-job injury or illness as a recordable event if it requires medical treatment beyond first aid. Under OSHA guidelines, exercises tailored to address specific employee complaints are considered medical treatment that goes beyond first aid. So does that mean that workplace stretching and/or exercise programs designed to aid in preventing such complaints are off-limits? Not at all – provided you take care to keep your program on the right side of that first aid/recordables line.

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