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3M Makes Big N95 Donation for Ebola Care

Project HOPE, MAP International, and Direct Relief International will distribute almost a million donated respirators in West African countries.

Test your knowledge and recognize the real threats.

ISEA's NSC Forum Focused on Confined Space Safety

The Sept. 16 forum at the San Diego conference will feature experts from Scott Safety, Draeger, and Sellstrom/RTC Fall Protection.

PG&E Fined $1.4 Billion for San Bruno Explosion

It is the largest fine in the history of the California PUC.

Halliburton Settles Deepwater Horizon Claims

The settlement is approximately $1.1 billion, which includes legal fees and is subject to approval by a U.S. district judge in New Orleans.

London Fire Issues Warning About Unsafe Cigarettes

An inquest determined that two people died in a house fire started by cigarettes that didn't meet European Union safety standards.

Common risk factors include frequent manual material handling, repetitive motions throughout the work shift, and awkward or stationary work positions.

It's Personal

Back injuries are one of the leading workers' compensation claims. Repetitive motion injuries account for hundreds of thousands of lost workdays every year.

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Eliminating the Controversy Over Safety Incentive Programs

Research proves that positive reinforcement generates consistent and continuous behavior change.

The 2014 NSC National Safety Congress & Expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. (San Diego Tourism Authority photo)

San Diego Sojourn

More than 970 exhibitors and approximately 14,000 attendees will participate in this year's National Safety Council Congress & Expo this month.

There are significant benefits of having healthier employees, both in savings in medical costs and related insurance premium reductions, and in productivity though better well-being and fewer sick days and time off.

Wellness Incentives Encourage Participation and Engagement

Every wellness program should be designed and measured to produce a return on investment.

The designation of roles and the responsibilities of the leader and team members must be defined prior to the emergency.

CPR/AED Training Isn't Enough: We Must Teach 'Response'

Failure to respond poses the real threat to SCA survival.

Some locations, operations, or hazmat personnel may require security awareness training that includes security risks associated with their specific tasks and methods designed to enhance security.

Moving Beyond Reactive Safety

Employers should review the hazards associated with each job task in order to determine the level of safety training provided.

Before launching an I2P2 program, think about the last facility safety audit conducted at your facility. What items or activities were checked? Were the changes implemented? (American Red Cross photo)

Cut Costs, Not Fingers, with an Injury & Illness Prevention Program

Ensure that employees understand the systems and procedures that are in place, and continue to take their feedback.

The HAI landscape also has changed because of new fomites, or substances and objects that carry infectious organisms.

Keeping Infections Out

Health care-associated infections still plague hospitals across the country. Properly protecting against and preventing them is the key to lowering the annual number of illnesses and deaths.

While there are many types of industrial vacuum cleaners, there are two main types, air powered or electric powered. If working in an environment where reducing the risk of explosions is a factor, then select an air powered unit.

Vacuuming Up to Prevent Dust Explosions

Industrial vacuum cleaners or wet/dry vacuums can help to prevent the development of dust clouds or electrical sparks that can be generated by compressed air systems.

Reasonable suspicion drug testing is a critical safety measure.

Drug Testing & Safety: What's the Connection?

Enacting a clear drug testing policy to eliminate workplace substance abuse is an important step toward maintaining a safe work environment.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration projects a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020.

Opportunity Knocks

Among the ACA's many changes, new career opportunities in occupational health are emerging.

The assessment should consider facility-wide needs, department needs, and specific job functions and be documented.

Choosing the Right Protective Footwear

A larger selection of brands usually means a larger selection of comfort technologies, and a larger selection of styles usually means more satisfied workers.

Mold grows easily in flood-related conditions. (VFA, Inc. photo)

New Alliance Helps with Clearing the Air

AIHA is one of the partners in the new Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance.

Over the years, many leaders have emailed me wondering whether they should end their incentive programs that reward people for working a period of time without an injury.

Leading the Way to Leading Indicators

Companies need to reinforce desired behavior, not results, especially when it comes to injury hiding. However, injury hiding isn’t the only thing to question in lagging incentives.

Sherlocking Safety

Sherlock's tales consistently show there's typically more going on than what's on the surface.

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