The Well Workplace

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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Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace: Senior Leadership

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Effective workplace wellness programs offer the potential to change lives, offering everyone in an organization the opportunity to take steps to improve their own health and well-being. These programs help participants improve overall health and fitness, aid in eliminating or controlling risk factors for chronic health issues, and assist in managing existing health issues to minimize their impact on daily life, among other benefits. Wellness programs also benefit employers in terms of increased productivity, reduced worker absenteeism, and lower health care costs.

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5 Things to Know About Gender Neutral Physical Ability Tests

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Gender neutral Physical Abilities Tests (PATs) are becoming increasingly popular among employers as a means of ensuring the ability of workers doing their jobs safely. By evaluating the physical capabilities of potential or existing workers to ensure that they are well-matched to the actual physical demands of the job, employers can greatly improve workplace safety, reducing risk to employees and overall injury rates and costs. If you're considering gender neutral Physical Ability Testing for your company, here are 5 things to know that can help ensure that your testing program meets your risk management and workplace safety needs.

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2 Reasons Why One-Stop-Shop Employment Screenings Can Be Dangerous

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One stop shopping has become quite popular in many aspects of life, making many tedious tasks a lot more convenient. However, there are some areas of life where the one stop can cause more problems than it solves. This is certainly the case with pre employment screening, where mistaking efficiency for effectiveness can have serious consequences.

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What You May Not Know About One Stop Shop Pre Employment Screenings

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you looking into pre-employment Physical Abilities Testing options for your company? These programs can be of great benefit to Human Resources, Safety, Risk Management, and operations, providing all parties with more information about an applicant’s work-related physical abilities. The tests are also helpful when employees apply for transfer or promotion. Having objective information on their physical ability to perform the job ensures that you're placing the right people in the right jobs. However, the quality and accuracy of the information you receive is critical to realizing those benefits, and that depends heavily on your test provider.

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