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Injuries and Illness

Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.

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Have Your Workers Take Safety Home for the Holidays

Off-the-job injuries and fatalities cost the country more than $500 billion, and cost employers more than 200 million lost workdays each year, according to the National Safety Council. And the holidays can be especially damaging, with the upswing in holiday travel and other holiday-related activities.

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When It Comes to Hand Protection, the Gloves Are Off … and On

Yesterday, we looked at the range of hazards workers can put their hands into. Today, let’s look at some strategies for controlling hand hazards.

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Need a Hand with Identifying Hand Hazards?

Two tools are essential for almost any job you can think of—your hands. It’s natural, then, that preventing hand injuries should be high on any list of safety priorities. Here’s a handy checklist to help you identify hazards in your workplace that can cause injuries to workers’ hands.

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Ebola. What can employers do?

With cases of Ebola happening in the United States and leading the news, employers may be wondering what they can do to prevent the disease in their workplaces. The federal government and some states are issuing guidance to help reduce the chances of transmission of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, from affecting their workers.

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When It’s Not Nice to Share: Prevent the Spread of Diseases in Your Workplace

On the one hand, you really need people to show up for work. On the other hand, if people show up for work when they’re sniffling, sneezing, coughing, feverish, and miserable, how much work are they really getting done? And how many of their coworkers will call in sick the following week, because of their exposure to the first one who should have stayed home—and didn’t?

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Ebola and Enterovirus and Influenza, Oh My! Don’t Spread These Diseases Around

Right in the thick of debates over whether to restrict air travel from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, and the sudden emergence of enterovirus-D68 as a deadly threat to children with underlying respiratory issues, comes flu season, with its annual U.S. death toll in the tens of thousands. What’s a worried employer to do?

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Hispanic and Latino Workers at Risk, Part II: Safety Training Tips

Many Hispanic and Latino workers are insufficiently trained in the hazards of their jobs and in safe work practices. This can happen even in workplaces where training schedules and outlines are rigorously adhered to, if employers fail to recognize the severity of the barrier posed by limited English proficiency. Even a worker who speaks English well enough to communicate with coworkers on a day-to-day basis may not be fluent enough to adequately comprehend training and informational materials that are provided in English.

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Hispanic and Latino Workers at Risk; Can You Protect Them?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) convened a National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety in April 2010. The Agency has reached out to Hispanic and Latino workers since that time, attempting to reduce their high rates of work-related injuries and fatalities, but there is little to show for its efforts. The preliminary results of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary for 2013, released in September, show that fatal work injuries among Hispanic and Latino workers increased by 7% over 2012 figures—the only ethnic groups to show such an increase.

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After the Fall: Do You Have a Rescue Plan?

By Ana Ellington, BLR Legal Editor

Most U.S. companies have fall protection plans. But does your company’s plan include a plan for after the fall—a rescue plan?

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Are You Liable for Injuries to an Independent Contractor’s Employee?

Here’s a summary of a real court case that looks at an employer’s liability for injuries to an independent contractor’s employee caused by a safety hazard in the employer’s workplace.

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