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  • Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policies are More Powerful than Ever


    In addition to protecting employees and reducing injuries, the enhanced penalties of the 2005 revision of the Missouri Workers Compensation Act make it even more beneficial for policyholders to create and enforce drug and alcohol policies. Significant revisions by the Missouri legislature now make these policies even more powerful at discouraging drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Read more for details and a recent example of how this Act makes a difference.

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  • Tragedy Avoided: Employee's Life Saved by a Seat Belt


    Although seat belt safety is enforced by many employers, statistics show many people still ignore important safety practices. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 68.3 percent of vehicle occupants who died in Missouri car crashes from 2011 to 2013 were not buckled up. Seat belts save lives, and most recently, Goodrich Gas was a great testament of this claim.

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  • Safety Stand-Downs: A Great Time to Bring Up Injury Prevention


    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death among construction employees, with 345 of the 899 reported fatalities recorded in 2014. In addition to this alarming statistic, OSHA reported that 23 percent of all workplace fatalities in the Kansas City region involved vehicle-related “struck by” incidents from 2012-15.

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  • Don't Let Workplace Hazards Trip You Up


    Slips, trips and falls are part of everyday life sometimes even seem funny. They are also the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, with costs averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Unfortunately, these injuries often result in pain and suffering for your employees, as well as significant workers compensation costs for your business. This makes slips, trips and falls not so funny, but they are preventable.

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  • Ergonomically Correct Means Fewer Injuries and Increased Productivity


    Computer monitors that are too close, repetitive motion and muscle fatigue may seem low risk but the injuries that come with them can be permanent and costly. In fact, work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time (1). Investing a little time and money on ergonomics in your workplace can add value for many years to come.

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  • Huntington Ingalls Takes Home Mississippi's Healthiest Workplace Award

    Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:44:00 +0000

    An American military shipbuilding company took top honors in Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category.
    An American military shipbuilding company took top honors in Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category.

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  • SLC 2016: The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization from Compliance to Risk

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:58:00 +0000

    The OHS profession has been undergoing a significant transformation in the past 10 years, beginning with the realization that, despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries are continuing to occur, even among organizations with “best-in-class” programs.

    Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, in her Safety and Risk Management Track Session “The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization from Compliance to Risk,” claims an introspective look at the EHS profession has led to a significant transformation away from injury-based/compliance-based programs to the development of safety management systems that provide for continuous improvement and focus on risk reduction.

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  • Powering Continuous Improvement: Driving Safety Excellence in the Electric Power Sector

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:00 +0000

    A year-over-year improvement in the frequency and severity of injuries and fatalities is an achievement worth celebrating, but the electric power sector needs to step up safety efforts to achieve continuous improvement.

    The power industry is, by nature, fraught with high-hazard potential and recognized occupational risks. Thanks to the collective efforts of industry players and associations alike, the sector has gone through a steady year-over-year improvement in the frequency and severity of employee and contractor injuries and fatalities. This is certainly an achievement worth celebrating.

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  • No Puffs About It: E-cigarettes Might Not be the Answer in Smoking Cessation Programs

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:33:00 +0000

    New study finds electronic cigarettes release harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and other carcinogens.
    While some companies work to improve worker health with smoke-free workplaces and cessation initiatives, a new study finds that using e-cigarettes as a method to quit might not be as healthy as previously thought.

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  • Women Who Exercise Show Lower Risk of Heart Disease

    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:48:00 +0000

    Recent study from the American Heart Association shows active women ages 27-44 have a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease.
    The American Heart Association recently published a study that provides further support for well-rounded employee wellness programs.

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