January 17, 2020 - Holly Foxworth

Kratom Craze: Miracle Med or Safety Curse

Touted as a natural supplement that combats fatigue, improves work productivity, while relieving pain and providing a legalized “high”, the Kratom craze continues to immerge! But what do we actually know about this supplement?  And could the substance pose a threat to the workplace in terms of maintaining a safe environment? What is Kratom? Kratom Read More »

January 3, 2020 - Holly Foxworth

OSHA Inspections: What to Expect

It goes without saying, the last event you want to be faced with is an OSHA inspection!  But for most, half the battle is knowing what to expect.  And you have to be ready! Thankfully, OSHA has released a new five-minute video, detailing its general inspection process and reasons for inspections. The video describes what Read More »

December 20, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

New Study Shows 30% Error Rate for Sleep-Deprived Employees

A new study conducted by Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab should have the attention of every employer.  It further drives home the importance of health and wellness and reiterates the impact on workplace safety, especially when performing tasks that involve multiple steps. Conducting the Study The researchers recruited 138 people to participate in Read More »

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 »

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 20, 2019 - Holly Foxworth

5 Steps to Preventing Falls – Health Approach

Would it surprise you to know that every 11 seconds, an adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury? In celebration of National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, let’s take a look at fall prevention steps. 5 Fall Prevention Steps Find a good balance and exercise Read More »