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With increased numbers of cyber attacks throughout the past years, increased cybersecurity is crucial for businesses to succeed. According to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a commitment to cyber hygiene and best practices is crucial in protecting an organization and its users from cyber threats. To kickstart this commitment to cyber health, follow this list of recommendations to help keep your devices safe.

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Workplace health and safety is primarily concerned with physical well-being: protocols focus on making sure employees don’t get strained, cut, smashed, broken, bruised, or physically ill. This is important, but it doesn’t address what may be the root of the problem: poor mental health. And it doesn’t recognize that mental well-being on its own falls under the workplace health and safety umbrella, and has a huge impact on work life.

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After a week of multiple training sessions, I was exhausted. I returned my car rental and arrived at the airport five hours early to relax before a red eye flight home. Being a seasoned traveler, I watched the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines to decide which one to move into. The line I was in came to halt, so when I saw a gap in the line next to me, I took the opportunity to move over (for non-seasoned travelers, you can switch lines if you’re not cutting people off). Then, from behind me: “Really?” I didn’t realize the voice was talking to me until it was next to my ear, louder and more agitated. “Really?!” It was the woman behind me, a stranger.

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Asbestos has a long history in the United States and around the world. Even though its negative health impacts were confirmed early into the 1920s, the mineral was heavily used through the 1970s in a myriad of applications. Today in the United States, it can still be legally used in small traces across certain products with a historic use. Past uses of asbestos leads to the toxin still existing in various products, vehicles, homes, public infrastructures, and other sites across the globe.

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Earlier this summer, United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jung Un, met for a historic talk. But they were not alone in the room. Each leader had their own interpreter tasked with translating between the two men—accurately relaying every word with the correct context and expression.

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Did you know that the average workplace desk can be a 100 times less hygienic than your average kitchen table and more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat? Taking these shocking statistics into consideration it is no wonder that working individuals are exceedingly prone to illness. Productivity losses due to absenteeism cost employers as much as $22.8 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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Why is hand safety so important? Almost every profession requires healthy hands; without them, most workers simply can’t work. Unfortunately, lacerations and overuse injuries in the hands, wrists, and forearms are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. Such injuries can sideline a worker for days, weeks, or even permanently. They can result in surgery or prolonged physical therapy. They are expensive, and, let’s face it, injuries hurt! The good news: these occurrences are largely preventable.

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While sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being, many underestimate the importance of a good night’s rest. According to the Sleep Foundation, studies show that 45% of Americans lack sufficient quality sleep on a daily basis. As one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States, insomnia affects 1 in 3 adults at some point in their life. Without proper rest, your body will be at risk of increased tension, irritability, and overwhelming stress.

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Last fall, OSHA rolled out new regulations to address a worsening crisis in the labor world: silica exposure. The regulations were activated on September 23rd with full enforcement beginning a month later, constituting the first major shift in silica policy since 1971. The next six months saw a flood of citations as the date for full enforcement (Saturday, June 23rd) loomed. There’s also been time for the National Association of Home Builders to initiate dialogue with OSHA to clarify ambiguous language in the rules, and two weeks ago a grace period was announced during which it can be assessed if an employer is making good faith efforts toward compliance.

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With a little discipline and creativity, you should be able to use all the freedom and free time that come with working from home to not only become healthier, but also happier. At the end of the day, you get to decide how rewarding you want the whole experience to be.

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Work is progressing as usual. There is a very busy day ahead with at least one hundred things to do before it ends. The time is 0600, then 1600. Time flies by and the work activity correspondingly increases to meet commitments. Hands are on the current task, but the mind is elsewhere, perhaps on the long list of things to get accomplished or perhaps on the family plans that evening. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. There it is: an almost. A near miss. 

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Employee safety is of paramount importance to any industry. One way to ensure this is by conducting arc flash risk assessment. Referring to Arc Flash Hazard Study and Analysis will be helpful as this document defines equations and methods that have become key components of the arc flash study.

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Workplace fatigue is silently prowling in many industries all across the U.S. resulting in decreased performance and an increase in job site accidents. Employees are simply unable to get the rest they need and are dealing with extreme exhaustion.

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Asbestos kills approximately 15,000 people in the United States each year. Many of those deaths are work-related and could have been prevented with proper precautions. The first week of April is Global Asbestos Awareness Week, a time when the dangers of asbestos are brought to light so conversations about prevention can take place.

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Do you actively look for ways to protect your outdoor staff when working in the scorching heat, freezing cold or bitter wind? In 2014, more than 2,600 workers suffered from a heat related illness as a result of working outdoors. There are many benefits to people working in the fresh air, so long as their employer does all they can to protect their welfare and implement ways to keep workers safe.

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Every seven seconds an employee is injured on the job, leading to nearly 4.7 million workplace injuries a year. Phillip Cook, warehouse manager for Adrian’s Safety Solutions, is a leading expert on warehouse safety management and offers his expertise with his list of the top five ways to reduce workers’ compensation claims in your warehouse.

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Getting the temperature right is important for employers as it provides the perfect environment for optimum employee productivity, something which all employers strive for from their workers. However, if the temperature is too high or too low, workers can easily be distracted by their discomfort and in seeking ways to warm up or cool down.

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NAES, the largest third-party operator of power plants in the United States, proudly operates 14 VPP sites across the country. NAES-operated facilities that have achieved VPP recognition are the best of the best, seeking safety and health excellence by implementing additional measures that go above and beyond the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA. These facilities are the safest, the most innovative, and employ the most passionate ambassadors for the safety programs across the NAES fleet of facilities. 

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Staying focused is easier said than done. With distractions coming from left and right, often time, one ends up doing four or five things at once. While some of us are better multitaskers than others, the majority of hard workers reach the point where they’re unable to clearly focus and successfully carry out the task at hand. Enlightened business and company owners understand the importance of a safe and healthy work environment, but what can be done to improve attention span and brainhealth in employees during such busy times?

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Chances are - as you read this - you’ve heard of asbestos, or maybe even have seen a television commercial talking about it. While “asbestos” and “mesothelioma” can serve as buzzwords in certain circles, in many cases, their true risks and hazards aren’t commonly well-known. Asbestos was commonly used in industry and construction, and its detriment to health was discovered by doctors in those with substantial exposure. Although the practice of asbestos utilization is all but dead in the United States, there still exists risks and dangers with exposure.

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You’ve made your lists and you’ve checked them twice. Now it’s off to shop for the naughty (maybe) and nice. With the last week of holiday shopping upon us, here are tips for keeping yourself, your identity and your carefully picked gifts safe and the holiday season enjoyable, whether shopping online or at the mall.

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Does the thought of artificial intelligence startle you? Do these modernized mechanisms lead you to fear radical change in day-to-day business? As technology continues to evolve so do both manufacturing and material handling operations. In these settings, new technologies are rolled out on a daily basis. As many businesses continue to go out with the old and in with the new, artificial intelligence continues to charge to the forefront and cement itself in the very fabric of the workplace. Nevertheless, there are many benefits of artificial intelligence as they can revamp your daily operations.

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Every year millions of people are injured at work, from construction workers to office workers. It doesn’t matter if you work in a comfortable office or an outdoor site; either way there are lots of safety hazards to be aware of – although it is worth noting that people who work outdoors tend to face more hazards on a daily basis.

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When most of us think of workplace safety, we envisage fire drills and OSHA compliant machinery. However, there are dangers in the office that often go unnoticed but which have a direct impact on employees of every level. Everything from molding food to a coworker’s germs can pose a potential hazard to the health and safety of everyone around. There are a couple of common fixtures that can be a cause for concern among office workers.

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Continuous improvement is a way of life for any business and is accepted as a standard approach in improving quality, productivity and processes. At the core of continuous improvement is defining root causes, planning and executing preventative action to eliminate the potential issue and deploying technology and practices that minimize the impact of any issue or hazard.

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On Friday, Aug. 25, the city of Houston, TX, experienced unprecedented flooding as Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Originally a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey’s shift to tropical storm unleashed rainfall of up to over two feet in some parts of the city and its surrounding areas. With more rain on the way, Texas cities near Houston and southwestern Louisiana braced for additional floodwaters. On Sept. 9, all eyes were glued to the news as Hurricane Irma made her three-day trek through Florida, again bringing flooding and destruction in her path.

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You may think that being inside the office protects you from the air pollution of the busy streets outside, but the truth is the air inside is likely to be significantly worse. The products used to clean your place of work contain chemicals that are harmful when inhaled causing some serious health and safety issues. If you work in a small, enclosed space, there is nowhere for these chemicals to escape. 

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Maintaining environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance in colleges and universities can pose some challenges. Construction and a consistent pass-through of students and visitors combined with budget pressures and limitations create an environment where health and safety are occasionally overlooked. How can you keep your students safe this upcoming school year? The answer is simple, invest in EHS and chemical management software.

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Precise ergonomics are fundamental to the success of any business because staff health, safety and morale are paramount. If employees aren’t happy, if they aren’t properly cared for and if they wrestle with work-related injuries, the tasks we need them to complete don’t get done and the company suffers as a result.

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Reducing job-site injuries and safety hazards is the ultimate goal for many health and safety professionals. Unlike comfy office jobs, field operators and field service technicians face safety hazards on a daily basis. Whether it’s the risks of being on the road or the very real perils of working with wind turbines or oil rigs, their jobs come with more than their fair share of safety concerns.

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It’s the beginning of August, and many of us continue to take advantage of summer travel before the fall begins—along with the semester, or that big third quarter business project. But nothing is worse than having your trip to the beach interrupted by the perils of travel: Lost luggage, stolen credit cards, misplaced reservations or confirmations…the list goes on. Yet, while some aspects of travel are beyond your control—your flight lands in Los Angeles, but your bags land in New York City—others are more easily navigable. With a few tips and tools, you can avoid becoming a victim of travel by staying prepared, knowledgeable and safe.

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We often assign names, titles to actions that otherwise are nothing more than risk-based decisions. Distracted driving unfortunately is one of them.

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Keeping your employees and customers safe is a vital part of running a successful business. Guardrails play a significant role in every organizational safety plan and like most commercial facilities, you probably have them in various locations around your workplace. Being familiar with the differences between varying guardrails and their appropriate applications may seem like unimportant trivia. However, staying well versed with OSHA’s expectations and the encompassing needs in your own workplace can be the barrier that stands between you and a nasty violation and potential fine. We’ve put together a quick crash course on the major guardrail variations and industry applications to help you make an informed decision.

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Have myths about the AED machine swayed you against including one in your workplace preparedness plan? Here are the facts about this life-saving device. An AED machine, or automated external defibrillator, is an essential component in first aid and safety. Somehow, though, there remains a knowledge gap that includes many misconceptions.

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Can you call it safety “training” when the information provided is not being retained? The definition of training is the act of teaching a particular skill or type of behavior, and for those that tend to sleep or zone out during the presentation, the chances of them recalling what was covered during the session is low. Even for those who do pay attention during the training, the Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve demonstrates how information is lost over time unless something is done to retain it.

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Out of the 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry during 2014, 899 or 20.5 percent were related to construction, OSHA reports. This means one in five worker deaths in 2014 occurred in construction. More than one worker dies on the job every two hours — across the industries. What’s more visceral: more than 13 workers per day never return home to their loved ones after they report for work in the U.S.

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As providers of safety eyewear, we are often asked about eye health problems of individuals related to computer or tablet usage.  In today’s industry, computer use and use of digital devices is not limited to the office worker, but occurs in every shop floor, laboratory and other production facility.  Manufacturing and industrial operations have computers or other digital screen devices in almost all aspects of their operations.  Workers and employers now have to be concerned with the eye injuries traditionally associated with production and also with the effects of computers which cause Computer Vision Syndrome.

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We know behavior is the result of a risk assessment. What we choose to do, how we do it and why is determined by our perception of the potential outcome of our actions. A risk assessment conclusion is further based on a point of view. Your point of view has a significant impact on how and why you draw conclusions. The issue arises when expected outcomes are dependent upon employees making the right choices at the right times. Any process that depends on employee behavior for success is subject to varying degrees of predictable and unpredictable results.

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Visit any household or worksite in the United States and you will, more often than not, spot a ladder. A common and easy-to-use tool, the ladder is applicable in most everyday life situations that require the ability to make contact with objects that are out of reach – from changing light bulbs to window washing, from painting to fixing rooftops, and from cleaning gutters to performing maintenance work.   

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“It’s a busy shop” one worker says to another. “We’re on such a time-crunch to get equipment serviced and back on the road that often there are two to three mechanics working on each piece of equipment.” This scenario is all too common across the industry. When this happens, confusion can take over.  

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It's no secret that roof work is dangerous. As of 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks roofing as the 4th most dangerous civilian occupation based on the rate of fatalities per 100,000 full-time workers. Despite the guidelines laid out and updated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) every year, it's clear that more work is needed to improve safety in roofing projects.

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It may not be obvious, but stress is a strain on employees; regardless of whether the stress is work related, or brought to work from personal problems outside of the workplace. Some stress is normal, but when excessive, it can lead to more serious problems.

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Investing in business safety precautions is an essential step to finding the right tools for success. To position your company as a leader in your field, you must pay careful attention to best practices in preventing workplace accidents. One of the best strategies to help keep your business from experiencing safety problems is to incorporate industrial safety gates throughout your location. Here are nine reasons why safety gates are so vital to every industry.

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New safety initiatives can take a lot of time and energy, but sometimes the most effective initiatives are some of the simplest. If you’re looking for ways to improve workplace safety in the coming year, visual communication is a good place to start. Having effective visuals can make people more comfortable doing their jobs, and as an added bonus, well-made visuals often make a facility look more professional.

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“What I do on my time doesn’t have any impact on my job.” At first glance, it may seem like what one does outside of the workplace doesn’t have any affect on their job or ability to be a good employee, and isn’t any of their employer’s business. However, every area of our lives has a domino effect on other areas, and there are beneficial, simple changes we can make that will improve our lifestyle, which in turn can improve our work life.

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8:50 am, Monday morning – Your phone rings. You pick up. A lead supervisor reports: “One of our employees is injured. Apparently, he was not wearing his safety glasses during a crate assembly operation and something struck him in the left eye. We have called emergency management services and the ambulance is on the way.”

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Some say leaders are born and not made. Others say leaders are those that serve. In material handling capacities, good leadership is instrumental in tackling the toughest assignments in the most difficult circumstances. Are your Area Supervisors, safety conscience? If you find workplace incidents on the rise, there is no reason to be discouraged.

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Compared to most people, construction workers are more vulnerable to hazards. For example, falls account for 48.9% of fatal injuries in the private construction sector, according to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Falls can also cost as much as $106,000 per employee, based on numbers crunched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Consequently, it's important to implement fall prevention measures in construction sites. You’ll reassure your workers that their lives aren’t at risk, and you can be assured you won’t have to deal with troublesome legal issues.

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Have you ever wondered if going back to the future is a possibility if the past and the present are referenced time measurements? What about the concept of time and its relationship with each…the past, the present and the future?

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Defying OSHA standards is a nightmare for every construction company. Yet safety and health violations do happen – regularly and at large scale. In fact, the agency releases a detailed report of the most cited OSHA violations each year.

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Generally, respirators are either categorized as loose-fitting or tight-fitting. Because tight-fitting respirators can’t protect you unless they fit, they're held to tougher standards. OSHA demands respirator fit testing only on tight-fitting respirators, and those respirators that don’t rely on a tight seal around a person’s face do not require testing. 
But just because you know what one is, do you know which one your employees will need?

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In 2015 there were over 37,000 violations in the top 10 alone, meaning too many workers in the United States still risk their lives unnecessarily. More than 20% of those violations involved not meeting fall protection requirements. Not only for employees working on roofs, but also those working on scaffolds. In fact, falls from height were a leading cause of death for construction workers. Last year 381 fatal fall accidents were reported to OSHA, 29 of which involved scaffolding. All those deaths could have been prevented.

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Falls, slips and accidents on the ground can cause enough damage on their own; in the air, these types of hazards are much greater. These 6 tips will help you stay in compliance with OSHA as well as reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries when working in the air.

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When it comes to workplace safety, it’s critical for construction companies to look at what could happen instead of what is (or isn’t) currently happening. Incidents can take place at any time and can happen to anyone. You must not take signs of potential danger lightly. A small crack on the wall or a rusty handle bar might be all it takes to cause a major workplace hazard.

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You have just been offered a position as a welder. The company offers a career that will provide a secure retirement, a competitive wage and training. The only catch is that you may become chronically ill and suffer the golden years in agony, would you take it? According to OSHA, an estimated 5 million workers wear a respirator in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators are truly our last line of defense. They protect workers from oxygen deficient environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases vapors and sprays.

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July 21, 2016

For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will increase, and then continue to increase, its fine structure to match inflation. Until now, OSHA was specifically exempted from the bill that required federal agencies to raise their fines along with inflation. Fortunately for employers, this meant that as inflation made everything from wages, cost of business and revenue rise, fines didn’t keep up. It would be similar to still paying five bucks to go out to see a movie at the theater. Pretty affordable right? Well as of August 1, that all changes. 

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In the hustle and bustle of getting more done with less, we often tend to concentrate on tasks rather than the individuals doing those tasks. Many companies have a core value of treating people with respect, but this can fall short with the “What have you done for me lately?” mentality that often occurs when meeting goals and objectives, especially on a lean budget. What can we do to change this?

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I was recently contacted by a colleague in the Health and Safety field who posed a very interesting question regarding blame versus culpability. Many organizations have the propensity to blame, to finger point, to find fault in the worker without taking a hard look at the contextual factors surrounding the event.

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A young man, 23 years old woke up and left his home, his fiancée and their three children for work, never to return again.

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Although very small (2.7mm), ticks are a major cause of the most rapidly spreading vector-borne disease in the world, Lyme Disease.

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Water, a crucial part in living a healthy lifestyle, is often taken for granted. That is, until we lose access to it. Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Residents of Flint, MI, found that out the hard way earlier this year when thousands of the city’s residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water supply.

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