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TOPIC: Culture-of-safety

Time Management Tips to Reduce Workplace Stress

Whatever the cause, and however it manifests, workplace stress continues to be a problem—one that can cause reduced productivity, increase in accidents, and a spike in costs. As managers and supervisors you need to look out for workers exhibiting signs of stress but since no 2 employees will exhibit identical signs and symptoms – your job isn’t an easy one.  This is a great Blog to share with your workers so that working together you can reduce stress in the workplace and save money at the same time. 

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The Overwhelming Cost of Stress in the Workplace

According to a telephone survey conducted by Harris Interactive showed that the vast majority of American workers say they are stressed with more than one-third saying that their job is harming their physical or emotional well-being.  42% said that job pressures are interfering with their family or personal lives, and half reported more demanding workloads than they had the previous year.

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How to calculate the true cost of an injury

In a recent post we talked about the high costs of workplace injuries for the employer. In fact, we quoted a study that found that workplace injuries and illnesses cost the nation $250 billion every year.  How are these costs calculated and how do they affect you the employer? 

Direct Costs

  • Medical Cost
    • Doctor’s visits, treatments, surgery, etc.
  • Indemnity Cost
    • 2/3 wages up to a set amount weekly
  • Medical
    • 100% of the medical – doctor, office visit/hospital, X-ray/MRI, prescription drugs, physical therapy, home nurse, etc.
  • Indemnity
    • Percentage of weekly wage (varies by state)
    • Permanent and partial disability
    • Death benefits
  • Expenses
    • Legal
    • Claim processing/handling charges

Indirect Costs

  • Pain and suffering of employee         
  •  Loss of production                                          
  • Customer “quality” issues & loss of business   
  •  Overtime costs
  • Equipment or product damage
  •  Recruiting and retraining
  • Time
  •  Damage to equipment
  • Interruptions in productivity
  •  Injured employee
  • Employee morale
  •  Customer service
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Arbill reminds employers to post OSHA injury/illness summaries

Arbill is reminding employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012 and were logged on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

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What’s the Price of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

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Top 10 Causes of Injury in the Workplace

According to the 2012 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace inju­ries and illnesses in 2010 amounted to $51.1 billion in direct US workers com­pensation costs.

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National Safety Council Announces 2013 CEOs Who ‘Get It’

Last week The National Safety Council announced the 2013 CEOs Who “Get It,” its annual recognition of business leaders who demonstrate world-class safety. Each of these leaders understands that safety is not only the right thing to do, but that creating a culture of safety also is a business imperative. 

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Do you have a "culture of safety" in your organization?

Is there a “culture of safety” in your organization?  A “culture of safety” is defined as “an organizational atmosphere where safety and health is understood to be, and is accepted as a high priority.

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The Anatomy of a Safety Shoe

Each year there are approximately 1.2 million foot and ankle injuries in the U.S.  These injuries cost our businesses an average of five lost work days and a combined $600 million paid in workers compensation and lost production.

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Safety Footwear Trends – What to look for?

Employers are not required to purchase shoes that are considered acceptable for personal use. However, if specific shoes are required that cannot be reasonably worn in everyday-life, it is the employer’s responsibility to purchase them.

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