August 23, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Is More Legislation Needed to Protect Workers Against Heat Stress?

Given that heat stress killed 783 workers and caused serious injuries to 69,374 others between 1992 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, lawmakers appear to be taking a closer look at OSHA regulations. A new bill in the House of Representatives would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish federal Read More »

August 16, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Carbon Monoxide – What You Need to Know

Detecting invisible workplace risks is always a challenge. One such hidden hazard is carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas. When inhaled, CO displaces oxygen in the blood – depriving the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Exposure to CO can quickly lead to loss of consciousness, suffocation or death – large amounts of the Read More »

August 9, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Calling the “Shots” – 3 Reasons to Vaccinate

As an employer, you can make significant strides in improving your employees’ overall health by educating them about the importance of immunizations.  As August officially kicks off National Immunization Awareness Month, now is the time to get your vaccinations up to date! Why Vaccinate? There are 3 primary reasons why it’s a good idea to Read More »

July 26, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Prevent Workplace Overdoses with Drug Testing

Drug abuse is an increasing problem across the U.S. From 1999 to 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths rose from 16,849 to 70,237. Drug overdoses occur in a variety of locations, and the workplace has not been immune to these incidents. A recent NIOSH study examined the rate at which drug overdose deaths occurred Read More »

July 19, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

5 CDC Sun-Safe Strategies

Did you know that every year, Americans lose more than $100 million in productivity because of restricted activity or absence from work due to skin cancer? Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Skin cancer cases continue to increase in the United States. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented. As The Read More »

July 12, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

What Axiom Nursing Means to Me (Interview)

An interview with Kristie Loritz, RN, BSN, CCM In the words of Ghandi….“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.” Nursing is truly that – service to others! We caught up with one of Axiom’s nurses, Kristie Loritz, who has been in nursing for nearly 20 years. She Read More »

June 28, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

OSHA Issues Heat Illness Prevention Reminders

OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness as temperatures continue to rise. In addition to responding to workplace accidents and complaints of hazards, OSHA investigators conduct high heat inspections at outdoor worksites to ensure compliance with heat illness prevention regulation and other workplace safety and health requirements. Employers with Read More »

June 14, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Getting the Facts on Falls

NIOSH has published a new fact sheet intended to help construction employers and workers prevent falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, who average more than 310 fatal falls and 10,350 serious fall-related injuries a year. Additionally, Read More »

May 31, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

7 Tips on How to Avoid OSHA’s Top Violation Fines in Q2

As you may have noticed, OSHA was extremely active in the first quarter of 2019 inspecting job sites and doling out fines to construction companies that subjected their workers to hazards and as we soon found out, it doesn’t appear they have any plans of slowing down! Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta advised the House appropriations Read More »

May 24, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

Expect a Rise in Positive Drug Tests

According to a study presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association’s Annual Conference, the rate of positive drug tests for illicit substances among U.S. workers in 2018 reached a 14-year peak, with marijuana playing a significant role! Researchers analyzed the results of more than 9 million drug tests. They found that 4.4% of Read More »