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Protecting America’s Workers Act of 2009: A Plan to Give OSHA A Lot More Teeth

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From: McDermott Newsletters



"Just weeks before his death, the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), with the help of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on October 15, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

6.2 Million Reasons to Implement a Proactive Workers Compensation Return to Work Program

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The following article was written by Margaret Spence, a Worker's Compensation expert, founder of National Return to Work Week, and author. The article talks about the recent discrimination court case of EEOC vs. Sears, Robuck & Co.



Margaret says much of what I've been saying in various places for awhile. She just says it better. It's a long read, but… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on October 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

EEOC -- H1N1 Flu Virus Workplace Rules Now Available for Employers

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From: http://newsok.com/qa-with-tony-puckett/article/3400040



Q&A with Tony Puckett -- Q: Has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines for employers to address the H1N1 flu virus and…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on September 22, 2009 at 7:49am — No Comments

Obama taps epidemiologist to lead OSHA

From: http://blogs.hcpro.com/osha/2009/07/obama-taps-epidemiologist-to-lead-osha/

President Obama wants David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH to serve as the next head of OSHA, according to the Associated Press.



Michaels is currently the research professor and interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on July 30, 2009 at 5:42am — No Comments

More Companies Should Be Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic

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From: http://online.wsj.com

Few companies have made preparing for a potential influenza pandemic a top priority. Perhaps more of them should. The World Economic Forum earlier this year put the…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 23, 2009 at 6:08am — 1 Comment

World Health Organization Calls Swine Flu Outbreak a Pandemic

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From: http://www.washingtonpost.com

The World Health Organization yesterday declared the seven-week-old outbreak of the novel H1N1 influenza virus a pandemic, marking it as a historic global health event, one whose…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 12, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Does Your Safety Plan Include a Rubber Duck?

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From:
http://news.aol.com/article/woman-survives-3-days-in-bathtub/518245/a>





(June 8) -- A 90-year-old woman spent three days trapped in her bathtub after becoming too weak to pull herself out... Shirley Madsen, of Walnut…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 9, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Webinars

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Webinars are a great way to keep up on safety and industry related topics in this time of economic cutbacks. A webinar is a presentation presented via the internet. Many are free or relatively low cost. Most take just an hour, including a question and answer session.



Some webinars for June include:



The Value of…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 4, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

June is National Safety Month

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June is National Safety Month. This year's event focuses on four themes, each with its own week—teen driving (June 1-7), falls prevention (June 8-14), overexertion (June 15-21), and distracted driving (June 22-28).



This week focuses on teen driving.



"Traffic crashes are the number-one cause of teen fatalities -- an estimated 38 percent of all… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 3, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

I Chose To Look The Other Way

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Because it was requested, today I am posting another poem by Don Merrill.



I Chose To Look The Other Way




I could have saved a life that day,

But I chose to look the other way.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care;

I had the time, and I was there.



But I didn’t want to seem a fool,

Or argue over a safety rule.

I… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 27, 2009 at 7:15am — 3 Comments

Summer is here - Heat related stress hazards

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Many workers in manufacturing environments are exposed to heat related hazards, especially during hot summer months. The necessity for training and awareness is covered under the General Duty cause in Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act ("General Duty Clause") which requires an employer to furnish to its employees:



"...employment and… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 26, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

It's Up To Me

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I found this poem by Don Merrell. It's been floating around the internet for years, but I thought it still very appropriate.





It's Up To Me



I want a workplace, that's Injury Free

And if that's going to happen, then it's up to me.



I can't take for granted, that anyone,

Has done all… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 25, 2009 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

College

From: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com

I will be attending a week long intensive class on Safety Management from a Human Relations standpoint.

As such, I won't be posting to the blog every day, but will post updates on Twitter as I can. http://twitter.com/SafetyPhoenix

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 18, 2009 at 7:14am — No Comments

National Return to Work Week - Part 5

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A few things I took away from Thursday's virtual conferences:

Doctors: Employers should carefully chose the physician to initially send injured employees. A physician must understand the employer willingness to provide light light duty. Have the physician visit the facility. Also visit the physician's office to determine the accessibility… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 15, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

National Return to Work Week Part 4 – The Injured Worker

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com



Yesterday's series of webcasts dealt with return to work from the injured worker's perspective. When a worker becomes injured they may be pulled in multiple directions:



  • The employer wants them back at work as soon as possible, and may have a different idea of asap than the injured worker's…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 14, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

National Return to Work Week – Part 3 -- JAN

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com.

The Tuesday webcasts for National Return to Work Week were all very good. It would be a disservice to try to include everything in a quick overview.…

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Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 13, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

National Return to Work Week - Part 2

Cross posted from: http://http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com



The first group of webinar sessions for National Return to Work Week were a great introduction into the why a company should make the effort, perhaps even amid lay-offs, to returning an employee to some sort of productive work.



Annually, 1.1 million employees lose and average of 7 days due to their work injury. When looking at the significant costs of… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 12, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

National Return to Work Week – Part 1

Cross posted from: http://SafetyPhoenix.blogspot.com



May 10 – 16th is National Return to Work Week. This week is an opportunity for safety professionals and others involved in workers compensation and disability management to demonstrate their commitment to helping injured, disabled or ill employees stay-at-work or return-to-work. By doing so, one of the largest business expenses for a company can also be significantly… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 11, 2009 at 7:06am — No Comments

Job Hazard Analysis - Introduction

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The job hazard analysis is an important safety tool. A job hazard analysis (JHA) or job safety analysis (JSA) breaks down a worker's job into specific tasks. From there each task is broken into specific steps. Each step is then analyzed for hazards that may be present.



Since a job hazard analysis takes time, priorities must be set to determine which jobs… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on May 8, 2009 at 7:06am — No Comments

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