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This podcast addresses cognitive distractions as we continue our series on behaviors, controls, practices, and laws to reduce distracted driving.
West Bend understands the significance of distracted driving. We’ve created a series of podcasts to address behaviors, controls, practices and laws to reduce distracted driving. This series is dedicated to ensuring we all play a part in the fight to save lives by ending distracted driving.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of crashes in work zones every construction season. Drivers and passengers – not workers – make up the vast majority of those either hurt or killed. It's in every driver's best interest to stay focused and patient – especially in work zones. This podcast provides information and practices to help you safely operat…
When we hear the word ergonomics, we usually think of a fixed workstation either in the office or manufacturing facility. Rarely would we think about a moving workstation. More of us are relying on travel between physical locations. What should you think about before you turn the key in the ignition? Join us to learn about taking ergonomics on the …
“Lift with your legs” is a common theme when talking about lifting. The problem is we’re not designed to lift other people. Using the proper equipment and eliminating the manual lifts keeps residents, patients, and caregivers safe. Listen to the challenges healthcare workers face and solutions to help keep them injury-free.…
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, lack of effective teamwork and communication between health-care professionals leads to increased medical errors, decreased outcomes in patient care, and decreased staff and resident safety.
According to the CDC, slips, trips, and falls are the third most common type of non-fatal work-related injury in the United States. Injuries from slips, trips, and falls often lead to time off the job for workers. As employers look for ways to reduce injuries and missed time, those turning to slip-resistant shoes quickly see the benefits.…
Inclement weather, which is defined by elements like rain, sleet, snow, fog, blowing sand or debris, and slick pavement, cause millions of motor vehicle crashes annually. This podcast provides you with information and practices to operating your vehicle safely in inclement weather.
Our bodies are designed to move. That’s why you may have heard that when it comes to health risks, sitting is the new smoking. In this podcast, learn how short, frequent microbreaks give our bodies the opportunity to reset, renew, and get ready for the next task without any impact on productivity.
As healthcare professionals, we sometimes find ourselves in a situation where a resident is upset and angry. This creates an adverse event. In most circumstances, these events can be avoided by identifying the triggers and responding in the correct manner.
When determining resident transfer status, staff are often able to determine when a patient needs a total body mechanical lift. When choosing a gait belt versus a sit to stand lift transfers, the waters can get muddy.
Controlling exposures of occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. The hierarchy of controls is a means of determining the most practical and effective control solutions. In this podcast, we share possible ergonomic controls and their effectiveness on that hierarchy.
When setting up a workstation, how high or low should the work be positioned? How far away from the body should workers have to frequently reach? What parameters can we use to easily assess if our workstation designs will keep workers productive and safe? The purpose of this podcast is to introduce the safe work zones concept and explain how it can…
Ergonomic-related injuries account for up to 75% of all workers’ compensation costs nationwide. As an employer, there are tools you can use to determine what’s safe and what’s NOT safe for your workers.
As technology continues to advance, we find ourselves spending more time in front of computer screens. How can we minimize computer monitor complications and keep our eyes from feeling fatigue? This podcast gives you some practical rules to follow.
OSHA recently released updated data on the top OSHA violations by industry. This podcast will briefly review the top citations for common industries and the routine violations for which OSHA issues citations.
Do you or your staff assist residents, patients, clients, or students with the use of gait belts? Using the physics of transfer when conducting a gait belt transfer may be the difference between safety and injury, not only for the person you’re transferring, but also for staff members. Listen to find out more about the physics of a transfer.…
There have recently been fatal injuries to employees in the vehicular traffic areas near loading docks. Listen to learn some of the steps you can take to prevent serious injuries in the area outside of your loading docks and loading zones.
No matter where you work, there are benefits to keeping the objects you often use within optimal reach. Paying attention to ergonomics in your daily activities pays off by increasing productivity and preventing injuries.
How do you assess the best face mask for yourself or your employees? Respirators have specific regulations that apply to them; however, the face masks most of us are using for COVID-19 protection have no such regulatory requirements. A new consensus standard hopes to change that. Listen to learn more.…
OSHA announced adjustments to civil penalty amounts. This podcast reviews the new amounts that can be issued for various types of OSHA citations.
Accommodating light duty for injured employees has significant benefits. Learn how light duty can provide you with considerable savings.
Many organizations rely on volunteers to further their missions. When one of these volunteers is injured while volunteering, is it covered under workers’ compensation? Listen to this podcast to find out.
A recent fatality reinforced my belief that safety often results from tragedy. I’ll discuss this and how we can learn more quickly from the losses others have experienced.
OSHA has released guidance for employers outside of healthcare to help them implement Covid-19 prevention measures. Learn what’s in this guidance and if OSHA can enforce it.
An employer is faced with having an employee break one of its safety rules or potentially violate ADA. What do the courts think the employer should do?
Each year, from February 1 to April 30, employers who are required to maintain OSHA 300 logs must post their annual summaries. In addition, many of these organizations must report this information electronically to OSHA. This podcast will review these two requirements.
It’s a new year. Are you setting safety goals for all employees in your organization? What are good safety goals? Listen to this podcast to find out.
Does your workplace safety program focus on injury prevention or OSHA compliance? There is a difference and you need to be aware of it. This podcast will explain.
Pallets, whether wood, plastic, or other material, create three primary types of employee safety hazards in the workplace, yet few employers address these hazards. This podcast reviews the hazards of pallets and pallet handling.
Employers can generally require vaccinations when they’re a business necessity. But should they? This podcast reviews some of the issues with a workplace vaccination requirement.
Some employers feel that if they self-pay their workers’ compensation claims out of their own pocket, it will reduce their experience modification rate and ultimately lower their workers’ compensation costs. In this podcast, we discuss the practice of employers self-paying all or part of their workers’ compensation claims costs.…
Older workers tend to have more serious, but less frequent workplace injuries. This podcast will cover what employers can do to address this issue.
Some employers feel that having an employee successfully complete a physical ability test is a critical prerequisite to being hired. The thought is that employees who have the physical ability to complete the work, won’t have an injury. Is that true? This podcast reviews pre-hire physical ability tests.…
How do you ensure an employee’s safety if you can’t observe the employee? Maybe the employee works alone, away from your primary location. This podcast will review some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your lone workers.
OSHA has provided an update on the COVID-19 violations issued to businesses through October 2020. This podcast will review the citations and penalties OSHA has issued and provide steps to avoid two of the more significant sources of citations.
Did you realize that not all OSHA enforcement programs are the same? Some states are covered by federal OSHA plans and others are covered by state OSHA plans. This podcast discusses OSHA federal and state plans, why they exist, and some of their differences.
The five-part “Safety Has No Easy Button” podcast series covered the key elements of a high-performing safety program. This podcast will summarize those key elements for your consideration.
This podcast is the fifth installment of the five-part series, Safety Has No Easy Button. It discusses the final element necessary for a world-class safety and health program.
OSHA has a program to recognize the best of the best employers when it comes to workplace safety. It’s called the voluntary protection program, or VPP. This podcast will review the VPP, its rewards, and why you may want to consider it.
OSHA has provided updated information on reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities for employers. It’s also the one-year anniversary of the Safety Bytes podcast.
Lobotomies have a strange history. In some respects, people want to address workplace safety in the same manner. Listen in to understand their parallels.
Is there an individual in your organization who’s responsible for the safety functions? Is that person a safety cop or a consultant? This podcast will talk about those two competing roles.
Hazard control programs – the fourth part of a comprehensive safety program. This podcast continues the series, “Safety has No Easy Button.”
Ototoxicants pose a known hazard to individuals both in and outside of work. Listen to this podcast to get a better understanding of what an ototoxicant is and how it can impact you and your employees.
Have you ever wondered where workplace safety started? I find the history of workplace safety interesting ... from where we started to how we got to OSHA’s creation in 1970. Take some time to listen to this brief history of workplace safety – from the Flintstones to the Jetsons.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in the workplace. This podcast will discuss a recent study identifying the factors most beneficial in reducing motor vehicle accidents.
An interesting twist to OSHA’s ability to issue general-duty citations for excessive heat exposure.
Employees are often taught to use three points of contact when climbing ladders. However, I see too many injuries where employees didn’t use three points of contact. I’ll discuss alternatives to training employees on three points of contact as we’re failing falling employees.
A continuation of what it takes to have a great safety program. We’ll discuss the hierarchy of controls as part of hazard prevention and control.