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Downsizing the U.S. Postal Service is a huge challenge, given the opposition from its labor unions and from cities and towns nationwide.

Shrinking a Behemoth

The U.S. Postal Service's plan to consolidate 233 mail processing plants nationwide triggered a fierce debate about the future of one of the largest federal employers.

When it comes to engagement, every company has just three kinds of workers: Non-Compliant, Compliant, and Committed.

Employee Engagement: Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry?

How do you get people to become committed to safety, to do the right thing in the moment of choice? Is it by increasing the number of safety cops?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says H.R. 7 supports improved mobility and more opportunities for the private sector to partner with the public sector on infrastructure projects.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

One day before the latest extension ran out, President Obama signed H.R. 4218, which extends federal transportation funding until June 30.

CEO Jim Hannan, shown here speaking at an employee safety event, will be a featured speaker at the 2012 Georgia-Pacific Global Health & Safety Conference in March.

Connecting Safety Knowledge and Ideas From Around the Globe

At this month's Global Health and Safety Conference, safety professionals from most of Georgia-Pacific's 300 global locations will hear speakers and participate in workshops designed to share knowledge and ideas on improving safety performance.

Flu experts recommend getting vaccinated annually. But taking health-promoting actions can prevent the common cold or flu from occurring altogether.

The Vaccination War and the Workplace

What's really interesting right now is which side OSHA is fighting on.

A Ralphs Market king cake, one of the popular symbols of Mardi Gras season in New Orleans.

The Big Easy Beckons

The International Stroke Conference 2012, with 2,600 people expected, starts a big year for medical and EH&S meetings at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Spider Sit Stand from ergoCentric Seating Systems offers adjustable seat height and a tilting seat pan. (www.ergocentric.com)

Sit Stand Stations

The human body responds best to a balance between static and dynamic activity, between activity and recovery, between sitting and standing.

Ignite sessions at AIHce are five-minute presentations for which AIHA is still taking suggestions.

Filling Your 2012 Conference Calendar

Three of the year's big trade shows take place in Denver, Indianapolis, and Orlando. It's not too early to make plans or to register for some of them and for other must-attend events.

GHS is designed to help workers identify the intrinsic hazards associated with chemicals and convey detailed information about hazardous ingredients.

OSHA to Adopt GHS

The revised classifications may have a significant effect on business operations.

This photo from the Asahi Shimbun Facebook page shows a ship capsized by the tsunami.

Cataclysm and Recovery

In 2011, the world experienced both. Expect more of the same — and then some — in the year ahead.

Emergency Notification and the Protected Learning Environment

What happens when events outside demand that emergency information has to penetrate the protective cocoon of the classroom?

Winter fires were more severe than average fires during the year and resulted in more injuries and more deaths, the USFA report shows.

Preparing for the Holiday Fire Season

Cooking fires and fires caused by open flame increase during the winter holiday season, the U.S. Fire Administration, insurance companies, and safety groups warn.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center was the host facility for the 139th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Workplace Safety Session Caps APHA Annual Meeting

The five-day event included nearly 1,000 sessions on public health issues.

Stretches and short walks are the best way to prevent muscle and back injuries.

Prevention Better than Tension in the Workplace

For employers, the prevalence of back pain in the office is a significant barrier to productivity. Employees are at their most productive state when they are healthy, happy, and pain free.

If the symptoms persist and a cause is not determined, it is important to encourage the employee to confer with a specialist, such as a neurologist, geriatrician, or geriatric psychiatrist with experience in dementia.

Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease in the Workplace

Early onset Alzheimer's disease symptoms, by definition, manifest in patients before age 65 and can occur as early as the thirties and forties.

Some suits on the market offer certification to both standards. This means a suit for use in situations that do not require a Level A suit, one that also provides liquid splash and gas chemical protection. (Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics photo)

Spending Less and Getting More from Your Hazmat Suit

It is imperative for hazmat teams to understand the requirements of NFPA 1994 and NFPA 1992. Doing this not only determines your safety during use, but also gives peace of mind while in the hot zone.

Emergency planning starts with personal preparedness. Promote this concept to your teams and provide resources to help them get started, like those offered by your local Red Cross to help them get a kit.

More than Checking the Box

More than ever, preparedness is simply a cost of doing business. Now is a great time to focus on it: September is National Preparedness Month.

OSHA has reported that 29 CFR 1910.22, its walking-working surfaces standard, was the seventh-most-cited standard by its compliance officers in the Eating Places Industry Group from October 2008 through September 2009.

A Readiness Roadmap

A new FSIS guidebook will help small plants cope with emergencies.

Fall Conference Season in Full Swing

The calendar is full of big meetings from early September to mid-December, including VPPPA, NSC, A+A, the IFMA World Workplace 2011, and NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Conference.

The Lightstep technology marks safe escape routes in green. Unsafe routes are crossed out with a red X.

A Bright Idea for Life Safety

The Lightstep technology to be installed in three Upper Iowa University buildings this winter is a life safety product that answers post-9/11 needs for safe, fast emergency evacuations, UIU’s president says.