December 6, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Unchanged BLS Worker Injury Numbers Reflect Need for Total Worker Health Approach

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has announced the number and rate of workplace injuries in 2018 have remained unchanged from 2017. There were 2.8 million nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. The incidence rate for total recordable cases (TRCs) in private industry—2.8 per 100 full-time workers—also remained Read More »

November 22, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

What Should be Included in Your First Aid Kit?

When an injury occurs in the workplace, having access to the needed supplies to appropriately treat an injury can mean the difference between being a help or a hindrance!  But what are you responsible for supplying as an employer?  And, what should be included in a first aid kit?  We’re glad you asked!  We access Read More »

November 8, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

10 Tips for Preventing the Spread of Flu in the Workplace

Employees are a crucial resource in any business. As recommended by the CDC, there are steps you can take now, and during the flu season, to help protect the health of your employees. 10 Tips for Preventing the Spread of Flu Encourage all employees to get a seasonal flu vaccine each fall. CDC recommends everyone 6 months Read More »

October 25, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

New OSHA Protocols for Respirator Fit Testing

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly. New Protocols The new protocols include: The modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators. The Read More »

October 11, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Horseplay at Work: Toolbox Talking Points

Workplace horseplay can cause serious issues for both employees and the employee’s organization. If you’re looking for key talking points when educating staff of the dangers, consider Chris Kilbourne’s suggestions: Workplace Rules Ban Horseplay Because It’s Dangerous Horseplay is usually a friendly, physical way to play around. But that type of fooling around is dangerous Read More »

October 4, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

EEEV! Can It Happen to Me?

Perhaps you’ve heard in the news or noticed recent highway signs posted by the DOT, warning of EEEV. To clear up the confusion, we’ve put together some basic information to keep you in the know. What is EEE Virus? Eastern Equine Encephalitis is one of several New World encephalitis viruses. It is also what is Read More »

September 27, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Should You Consider a Workplace Naloxone Use Program?

Opioid misuse and overdose deaths from opioids are serious health issues in the United States. Overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids doubled from 2010 to 2016, with more than 42,000 deaths in 2016. Anyone at a workplace, including workers, clients, customers, and visitors, is at risk of overdose if they use opioids. As overdose Read More »

September 13, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Are E-Cigs Safe in the Workplace?

As the use of e-cigarettes grows, employers are faced with a new question: Are e-cigs safe in the workplace? E-cigarettes (or electronic cigarettes) are any electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device. They come in many shapes and sizes and may look like Read More »

September 6, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Prepared, Not Scared: Personal Health Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) which promotes family and community disaster and emergency planning.  While most typically associate disaster preparedness to events such as hurricanes, one critical aspect many times overlooked is our personal health preparedness. What is Personal Health Preparedness? The CDC explains personal health preparedness is about having the wherewithal to care Read More »

August 30, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Amputation Injuries Rising – Know Your Role

While the subject may be uncomfortable to discuss, simply stated, amputation injuries are on the rise.  An amputation is a life-changing event and, in many cases, it can lead to significant lifestyle changes for the employee.  It is estimated that one out of every 200 individuals in the United States has had an amputation of Read More »