How Alzheimer’s Caregiving Impacts U.S. Work Force

A new poll reveals that 15 percent of American workers are current or former caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a number that can have wide-reaching effects on work force retention and productivity. The new poll, commissioned by Workplace Options in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, showed that only 47 percent of these caregivers were able to maintain their employment while providing care for the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient. This figure, among other findings, led Workplace Options CEO Dean Debnam to call the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the American work force “simply astounding.” “Caring for a loved one with dementia is an incredible responsibility, and that responsibility […]

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2012

It hasn’t happened since 2005: Motor vehicle fatalities increased in 2012 compared to the previous year. In 2012, approximately 36,200 traffic deaths occurred in the United States, a roughly 5-percent increase from the 2011 fatalities, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Prior to the 2012 numbers, annual traffic deaths had followed a downward trend. For example, the 2011 fatality count was 2 percent lower than 2010, which had been 2 percent lower than 2009. The decline in U.S. traffic fatalities stretched back to 2005, the last time an increase was recorded. “NSC is greatly concerned with the upswing in traffic fatalities on our nation’s roads,” said Janet Froetscher, president […]

Survey Says: Average Salary of CSP Is $98,000

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has released information from a salary survey conducted in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The survey was sent to nearly 33,000 recipients, and the response rate was close to 25 percent. Certified safety professionals (CSPs), associate safety professionals (ASPs), occupational health and safety technologists (OHSTs) and construction health and safety technicians (CHSTs) participated in the survey. “The results of the 2012 BCSP Salary Survey confirm once again one of the many values of holding a certification,” says BCSP CEO Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, CET. “It shows that certificants’ hard work, and proving their knowledge and dedication through achieving a […]

Eliminate, Ventilate and Isolate: Improving Winter IAQ

Indoor air pollution invariably becomes a much bigger problem during the cold winter months, according to Jennifer Meek, manager of customer service for Enviro-Solutions.    “This is because we close windows to keep cold air outside,” says Meek.  “Complicating matters, we stay inside so much more this time of year.” Because of this, Enviro-Solutions, which manufactures “green” cleaning chemicals and products, suggests three ways facility managers can help improve and protect indoor air quality during the cold winter months:   Eliminate: Remove or reduce the amount of chemicals, especially products that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other potential pollutants stored or used in a facility. Ventilate: Open doors and windows […]

The 3 Worker Needs Your Training Program Must Meet

On more than one occasion, I have endured training classes that failed to meet my basic needs. I had thoughts such as, “When will this be over?” and “This would have been so much better if…” and “I hope I don’t have to do this again.” No one wants to sit through – or provide – this type of training. It is critical that the students’ needs are the primary consideration during the development phase of an organization’s training program. Integrating something called ERG theory into the development phase of your training program will go a long way in accomplishing this goal. What is ERG Theory? ERG theory stands for […]