Monthly Archives: August 2013

WORKERS COMP PRESCRIPTION NARCOTICS ABUSE: FIGHT BACK!

The use of narcotics in treating injured workers faces heavy scrutiny today – and for good reason. The latest National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) Annual Issues Symposium found that: The average cost of narcotics per Workers Comp claim rose from $39 in 2003 to $59 in 2011. This is a rate of 0.79… Read more »

PLANNING AND EVALUATION: THE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE FIRE DRILLS

If you held your last fire or emergency evacuation drill more than six months ago, it’s time to think about staging another. Careful planning and evaluation can help you get the most out of these exercises, enhancing your employee’s chances of a safe evacuation. Bear in mind that unannounced drills give you an idea of… Read more »

WEED AND WORKERS COMP

In the 18 states that permit using marijuana for medical purposes, more and more injured employees are obtaining legal prescriptions for the drug to treat symptoms and conditions covered under Workers Compensation – which raises a number of issues: For starters, the federal prohibition against using medical marijuana (MMJ) creates a clear conflict with state… Read more »

USE NEAR MISSES TO CREATE A SAFER WORKPLACE

A study commissioned by the British government found that for every lost-time injury of more than three days, there were 189 non-injury cases. No business can afford to ignore these near misses, which provide invaluable opportunities to identify and correct safety hazards on the job before they lead to accidents or injuries. However, according to… Read more »

FUNGI CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR WORKERS’ HEALTH

Studies have shown that most Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors – an environment that’s significantly more contaminated than the outdoors. Maintaining a pollutant-free indoor environment can help raise productivity, reduce potential legal liability for building owners and managers, and improve the health of workers. Fungi, a biological contaminant that flourishes in… Read more »

NIOSH OFFERS TIPS ON PREVENTING WORK-RELATED HIGHWAY CRASHES

Employment-related accidents behind the wheel are the leading cause of death from traumatic injuries in the workplace, killing some 2,200 people a year and accounting for 22% of job-related fatalities. Deaths and injuries from these accidents increase costs and reduce productivity for employers – while bringing pain and suffering to family, friends, and coworkers. Preventing… Read more »

OSHA OFFERS TEEN WORKERS ONLINE SAFETY TOOLS

If you have teenagers, you’re well aware that they’re all too prone to take risks. Four in five U.S. teen (80%) have part-time jobs. Of these, more than half (52%) are in the retail sector, which includes restaurants and fast food establishments. To help keep themselves safe on the job – and thus reduce their… Read more »

SEVEN STEPS TO A SAFER WORKPLACE

If you think of your business as a safe place, think again. Security experts recommend taking these precautions: Parking Lot Security/Lighting. Because crime flourishes in the dark, implement a “buddy system” to ferry workers to and from cars. Limit parking lot access and keep the lots – and your entire facility, inside and out –… Read more »

NEW WELLNESS PROGRAM RULES CREATE HURDLES FOR EMPLOYERS

A recent expansion of nondiscrimination rules for workplace wellness programs could curb the ability of businesses to use incentives for improving employee health care outcomes. Last May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set final regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act that broaden protections for employees who are medically or… Read more »

HEALTH CARE EDUCATION CAN HELP KEEP YOU KEEP EMPLOYEES

Businesses need to inform their workers about health plan changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That’s the word from Paul S. Amos, II, president of Aflac, Inc., a major health insurance provider. Says Amos, “If you believe in your employees and want to retain them so can grow your company and corporate… Read more »