NFPA and ESPN’s Hannah Storm release PSAs on grilling safety

NFPA and ESPN’s Hannah Storm release PSAs on grilling safetySports anchor calls on Super Bowl grillers to play it safe January 30, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is collaborating with ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Hannah Storm on a series of home fire safety PSAs. As the Super Bowl approaches, these messages encourage the public to take care when using their grills. For PSAs and safety information visit, www.nfpa.org/hannah. In December 2012, Storm was badly burned while preparing to cook dinner for her children. After wind blew out the flame, propane gas pooled on her grill and became an explosive fireball when Storm attempted to re-ignite it. Only the […]

Can Worker Safety Impact Customer Satisfaction?

A satisfied customer is a loyal customer, and a company supported by loyal, satisfied customers reaps a multitude of benefits. A recent study of employees at an electric utility company found that workplace safety may influence customer satisfaction, “suggesting that there are likely spillover effects between the safety environment and the service environment.” The study, which was conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) and published in the Journal of Safety Research, studied 821 employees at a Midwestern electric utility company’s power delivery and customer care groups to consider how a company’s safety climate and workplace injury statistics might impact customer satisfaction. The study examined work groups at the utility […]

Federal Judge Accepts BP Plea Agreement in Deepwater Horizon Case

A federal judge today accepted the plea agreement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP Exploration and Production Inc. in which BP agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress for the role the company played in the Deepwater Horizon explosion. U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Vance has approved a $4 billion dollar settlement between BP Exploration and Production Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice related to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and its cleanup, in which the company will plead guilty to 11 felony counts of Misconduct or Neglect of Ships Officers relating to the loss of 11 lives; one […]

Internal Social Media Sites May Improve Worker Morale, Retention

Encouraging employees to merge their work lives with their social lives by using an internal social networking site at work can reduce turnover and improve morale, engagement and organizational commitment among workers, according to a new study from Baylor University. “For millennials, mixing their work life and their social life via an online social networking created positive emotions for the employees who use the system,” said Hope Koch, Ph.D., Baylor University associate professor of information systems in the Hankamer School of Business and study co-author. “These emotions led to more social networking and ultimately helped the employees build personal resources like social capital and organizational learning.” Koch suggested that such […]