The Well Workplace

Preventing operational risk with Physical Abilities Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 30, 2016 11:23:52 AM

The implementation of a pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) offers an employer many benefits, but when it comes to mitigating operational and productivity risk, a PAT is especially beneficial. We have previously explained how to mitigate compliance risk when implementing PAT. While avoiding all forms of risk is preferred, preventing operational risk is an immediate benefit of a proper PAT.

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Mitigating compliance risk with Physical Abilities Testing

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 23, 2016 10:19:38 AM

Employers who are hiring for physically demanding jobs can mitigate the risks associated with hiring candidates that don’t have the physical abilities to do the job, through the use of pre-hire Physical Abilities Tests (PAT). The improper use of PAT, however, can lead to another type of risk: compliance. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) specifically spell out the laws relating to these tools so that employers can be sure not to violate federal anti-discrimination laws. Some of the EEOC’s best practices include:

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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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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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