Infographic: Runner Safety

Eighty-seven percent of U.S. women between the ages of 18 and 64 have been harassed by a male stranger on the street. A new infographic from React Mobile offers a host of runner safety tips ranging from how to deal with harassment to preventing common running injuries. If you face street harassment while going for a run, the infographic advises: Try to ignore the harassment if possible. Use strong body language. Do not respond to diversions, threats, blame or guilt trips. Project confidence and remain calm. Do not apologize or make excuses. Try not to lose your temper. Be calm. To learn more about street harassment and to access additional […]

Sleep Disorders Spell Safety, Productivity Concerns at Work

Workers who suffer from sleep disorders may experience fatigue that can harm their productivity or even result in serious safety concerns. As part of its Healthy Workforce Now initiative, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is working to raise awareness surrounding sleep disorders and their impacts on worker health and productivity. Acute or chronic insomnia is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders. According to a recent study, insomnia affects approximately 23 percent of all U.S. workers, resulting in 367 million lost work days per year, and the cost to employers is nearly $63.2 billion per year in medical expenses and lost productivity, according to ACOEM. In […]

More Guns for a Safer World?

In my recent Break Room column, “Broken Glass,” I wrote about a 2007 fatal workplace shooting that occurred in a McDonald’s near my home. McDonald’s employee Robert Joslin was inside the fast food restaurant when his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Nathaniel Williams Jr., walked in and shot and killed him. After my column appeared in EHS Today magazine, a reader reached out to me with this comment: “My heart goes out to all victims of violence. I’d carry a firearm with me 24/7 if it was allowed. Without a firearm, my ability to protect myself and coworkers is limited … If Robert Joslin had been carrying a firearm and knew how […]

AIHce 2013: Is There Too Much Emphasis Placed on Reducing Workplace Injuries?

Six times the number of workers die from occupational-related diseases than die from workplace injuries. Globally, 2.3 million people die each year due to workplace hazards. While 318,000 of these deaths are due to occupational injuries, most – 2.02 million – are due to work-related illness. Although the greatest emphasis in most industries and workplaces is focused on reducing workplace injuries, the biggest killers of workers are cancers and work-related circulatory diseases, which between them account for 55 percent of all worker deaths. Injuries account for 18 percent. “There are 37,000-61,000 deaths per year in the United States from occupational cancer,” noted Dr. Jukka Takala, PhD, BSc, MSc, […]

Turn Safety Confrontations into Win-Win Situations

Early in my adulthood, I was taught by a personal mentor that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. I quickly learned that this advice was not only applicable in the social realm but also an effective value to implement professionally. The vast majority of employees under our care as EHS professionals could care less about the initials behind our names, be they PE, CSP, CIH, CHST, OHST, STS, COSS or anything else. To most employees, these designations are equivalent to ABC and XYZ. What most do care about and respect is our genuine and sincere desire to protect their health and safety. […]

Karolinska University Hospital fits Polycom VC to mentor surgeons across Sweden

Experienced endoscopists at the Karolinska University Hospital perform more than 800 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures annually. The Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden.   The Innovation Centre at Karolinska University has established a telemedicine development unit which designed the program as a way to help improve the skills and confidence of the surgeons in the regional hospitals throughout Sweden, while providing the highest quality patient care via access to scarce expertise. The project is currently conducted by clinical staff based at two centres in Sweden, with plans to develop this further to other regional district hospitals. Polycom HDX-6000 media centre […]

Atlantic City’s new Revel Hotel chooses array of Harman pro-audio kit

Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City The hotel is the tallest structure in the city and boasts a 150,000-square-foot casino, 13 restaurants, four nightclubs, 1,900 hotel rooms. AV integrator KMK Technologies, worked closely with Revel’s prime AV contractor and Harman dealer for the project, Total Video Products. Cerami & Associates of New York served as the systems design firm and overall technology consultant to the project architect and Revel ownership. Tom Knauss, owner, KMK Technologies said: “The project scope included a 25-room conference center, approximately 28 meeting rooms, four nightclubs, multiple swimming pools and spas, 13 restaurants, hotel suites, an extensive broadcast tie-line system, facility-wide signage systems and background […]

New build Kettering Buccleuch Academy installs digital signage, IPTV and VoD portal

Kettering Buccleuch Academy With a new start in a new building at Kettering Buccleuch Academy,  it was vital the IT infrastructure and services were fully modernised and matched the environment. To provide this IT overhaul United Learning, the Academy’s sponsor, partnered with ICT supplier European Electronique. European Electronique implemented a full IT infrastructure and AV equipment system across the Northamptonshire site. European Electronique recommended the use of a digital signage, IPTV and Video on Demand portal system from Tripleplay. In addition, with 10 screens installed over three wings and three floors it was vital to have a system which could be centrally managed, and also have the ability to remotely […]

AIHce 2013: Employers Must Address Total Worker Health

The impact to employers of worker health doesn’t stop when employees leave the workplace, says L. Casey Chosewood, the senior medical officer for Total Worker Health at NIOSH. L. Casey Chosewood, the senior medical officer for Total Worker Health at NIOSH, told attendees at the May 22 general session at AIHce 2013 that the practice of occupational health must encompass more than just workplace risks if America is to reverse several disturbing trends. Chosewood told the audience that this challenge is an opportunity to have an even greater influence on improving workers’ lives than what is afforded by traditional industrial hygiene and occupational safety and health interventions, which […]

Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms Save Lives When Tornados, Hurricanes Strike

In Moore, Okla., there have been dramatic examples of survivors who lived through the killer tornado because the home or other building they were in had a safe room or fortified basement. The EF5 tornado with 200 mph winds that caused death and destruction in Oklahoma serves as a stark reminder that storm shelters, also called safe rooms, save lives. After almost every tornado in recent years, there have been dramatic examples of survivors who lived through killer storms because the home or other building they were in had a safe room. 
 May is Building Safety Month, an educational public safety campaign developed by the International Code […]