Have you ever hired a subcontractor to perform a service for your business? If so, risk transfer is important to protect your business.Read More
Hackers and thieves are on the hunt for your personal information every day. Because our business requires the transfer of personal information, we need to be prepared to protect our clients' personal information, as well as our own. Information security is an important part of best business practices in the insurance industry.Read More
It’s that time of year when sneezes and coughs fill the air. I turned on my essential oil diffuser a few weeks ago as one way to combat falling ill. Catching the flu or a cold is only one reason for absenteeism at work. Other mental and physical ailments can affect your employees and your bottom line. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee.Read More
When it comes to safety and compliance, knowing where to begin is often the biggest obstacle employers face. Between OSHA compliance, state laws, and various insurance rules and regulations, it can be a daunting task. When I visit a manufacturing shop, I want to make sure there are several key safety plans in place. If you don’t have these safety plans in place, this could be a good place for you to start.
Tough winters like this one can be very hard on private passenger and light truck vehicles. Everything from batteries to coolant systems, gas lines to tires can take a beating from the extreme weather conditions. If you own an auto parts store or auto service business, you’ve probably seen an increase in the number of customers purchasing parts or having work done on their vehicles.
Recently a plastic extruder moved to a new location in an attempt to consolidate operations and save money. However, they neglected to consider three key points. They did not consider the design capacity of the sprinkler system, they did not consider the building construction and they did not consider the protection class – location of the building. The sprinkler system was significantly under capacity for the commodity exposure, the frame building could not meet the necessary construction design requirements for the storage of their raw materials and finished products and the property was in a protection class 7.
It occurred to me recently that, as safety professionals, we often focus our attention only on workplace-related risks, hazards, and controls. While we certainly need to focus our attention on workplace safety, we must also remember that employees have lives outside of work. I’ve seen a number of employers who, with the help of safety professionals, provide their employees with information, presented both at meetings and in print, about safety at home.
Carpal tunnel syndrome. Lower back pain. Neck soreness or tightness. These, and other injuries, can all be caused simply by working at a computer. If your employees have ever experienced work-related injuries like these, you probably appreciate the benefits of ergonomics. What many employers may not realize, however, is that proper ergonomics is relatively easy to achieve ... and can result in huge savings in workers’ compensation costs and insurance premiums.