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A safe workplace does more than protect workers from acute hazards. It considers the overall wellness of its workers and ways this might need improvement.
If workers work abnormal hours and don’t have access to gyms, setting up a gym at work is a great solution for helping workers stay in shape and combat stress.
In many industries, offering mental health resources can help workers avoid burnout and stress, allowing them to be productive members of the organization.
Offering healthy snacks in the lunch room instead of fried or fatty foods is another great way to keep workers alert during their shift.
There are many other elements that contribute to workplace wellness. SafetyNow can help you to discover these, and consider ways your organization could improve the overall work experience for its workers.
Is Substance Abuse a Problem in Your Workplace?
A 25-year-old fishing boat captain was sentenced to 40 months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of negligent manslaughter, reckless endangerment and boating under the influence of a drug in connection with the death of one of his crew members.
The captain failed a toxicology test after his 58-foot fishing boat rolled three times in 25-foot (7.6-meter) waves off the Oregon coast in January 2007. One crew member died, while the captain and two others survived after being rescued by US Coast Guard personnel.
Cholesterol – Good And Bad
Maintaining your cholesterol at a healthy level can reduce your risk of coronary artery disease, which causes heart attacks.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance occurring naturally in the body. Small amounts are needed for normal body function. However, when there is too much cholesterol in your bloodstream the extra is deposited in the arteries, including the ones that feed the heart. The arteries become narrow and clogged by cholesterol and fat deposits and can’t supply enough blood to the heart. A heart attack occurs when a part of the heart is cut off from blood supply, often by a blood clot forming on top of a narrowed area.
Sleep Apnea and Safety
Think back to the last time you came to work after a night spent tossing and turning – or with no sleep at all. Now imagine working that way day in and day out.
People with undiagnosed sleep apnea often work without benefit of refreshing sleep. They have a condition that causes them to stop breathing frequently through the night and each time they wake it is long enough to resume breathing, but never long enough to remember having woken.
They are exhausted the next day, but have no idea why; making the condition one that is difficult to diagnose.
Eight Ways to Avoid Catching and Spreading the Flu
The flu virus is easily spread, mainly through droplets made when someone who has the flu coughs or sneezes into the air. When another person breathes in these droplets, or touches a contaminated surface and then touches her eyes, nose or mouth, that person can become infected. Unfortunately, while many people recover from the flu within a week or so, some people can develop serious complications, which may lead to death.
Keep Fit For Safety
It seems like every time we turn around, somebody comes up with another reason why physical fitness is important. Here’s one more to add to the list — fitness helps you work more safely.
We’re not suggesting that you have to turn into a Mr. or Ms. Universe. But it is important to maintain a basic level of fitness to avoid injury.
Being physically fit means staying strong enough and flexible enough to handle the things we have to do in our daily lives — including work — and maintaining the capacity of our heart and lungs to process plenty of oxygen.
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Influenza Pandemic Planning for Businesses
Influenza is a common disease that can cause an uncommon amount of trouble for business owners and managers. It’s important to have a plan for pandemic flu because in a worst-case-scenario situation, businesses could experience a loss in profits, a temporary loss of viability or even bankruptcy. Learners who successfully complete this course will have displayed the ability to identify the major points of a pandemic flu preparedness plan and recommended employee-related and business-related policies and procedures to include in such a plan. This course is designed for human resources officers or other upper managers working for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Back Injury Prevention
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that back injuries make up nearly twenty percent of all workplace injuries and costs the nation an estimated twenty to fifty billion dollars a year. Learners who complete this course will demonstrate knowledge of the major causes of workplace back injuries and how to prevent them. Employees will learn about hazards and the three major types of hazard controls. This course provides ergonomic information to help employers comply with OSHA’s General Duty Clause. This course is intended for general industry employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to lift and carry materials. This course is presented in English and Spanish.
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