- Hazardous materials pipeline maze creates complexities for federal governing agency By Karen O'Hara
Federal data show hazardous materials transportation incidents resulting in death or major injury have been reduced by 4% every three years, while pipeline incidents with death or major injury have dropped by about 10% every three years.
- Training in native language improves likelihood of retention – and helps create safer workplaces By Teri Hale
To ensure the safety of your workforce, and to avoid potential liability under OSHA’s initiative, it’s imperative to offer training in employees’ native language and take steps to ensure that all safety practices are explained in an easily understood manner.
- How to encourage employees to report near-misses By Tony Ferraro
Near misses happen every day in the workplace. Regardless of their potential for personal injury and property damage, all near misses should be taken seriously and consistently reported.
- Overcoming the odds in workers’ compensation medical management By Karen Wolfe
During the 2002 season, the Oakland As won enough games to make the playoffs despite a meager salary budget and “inferior” players, demonstrating the validity of a metrics-based approach. Although the two industries are dissimilar, distinct parallels can be drawn between the Oakland As’ story and the workers’ compensation system.
- Industries grapple with business necessity of employee flu vaccination By Karen O'Hara
Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to flu-related absences, costing employers an estimated $7 billion. In addition, flu is linked to $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.
- Recruiting the next generation of occupational safety and health workers By Katherine Kirkland
A recent NIOSH report found the “future national demand for occupational safety and health services will significantly outstrip the number of professionals with the necessary training, education and experience to provide such services.”