Posts made in July, 2014

Sprains Versus Strains

Regardless of the type of work performed, from clerical duties to heavy construction, any worker may suffer a sprain or strain. This handout provides basic information on the difference between sprains and strains. Sprains – A sprain is an injury to ligaments, which are the thick bands of fibrous tissue that connects the bones and binds joints together....

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Drug-Free Workplace Program – Steps to Minimize Legal Problems

Employers who want to establish a drug-free workplace program often find themselves faced with many different federal, State, and local laws. Employers can take several simple and practical steps to help avoid legal problems. The following ten steps are offered by the Division of Workplace Programs (DWP), in the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse...

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Electrocution

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) believe electrocution fatalities, burns, and other serious injuries from electricity can be prevented. This handout provides safety recommendations addressing electrocution issues at construction sites. Metal Ladders – The use of portable metal ladders near energized overhead...

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Ergonomic Issues – Sitting at a Desk

Over the last decade, workers have increased the amount of time they spend sitting at a desk, watching television, or using a computer to nearly 12 hours per day, according to a Harris poll conducted by the America On the Move Foundation. All together, this extensive length of time can put an individual at risk of back pain, particularly if they sit with poor...

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Small Business – Benefits of a Safety Program

Implementing an accident prevention program will allow a small business to learn, first hand, that the cost of accident prevention is far lower than the cost of accidents. Recent estimates place the business costs associated with occupational injuries at close to $171 billion in expenditures that come straight out of company profits. According to the American...

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