Managing Health: Ergonomics – Is It the Answer to Productivity Challenges?

The most important and the truly unique contribution of management in the 20th century was a 50-fold increase in the productivity of manufacturing workers, said author and management consultant Peter Drucker, and “the most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is to similarly increase the productivity of knowledge workers.” What Drucker describes is the greatest challenge facing management today. It is astounding that most employers have no idea how much productivity they are losing or why. This raises the obvious questions: How can you measure productivity loss in an office environment and how do you prevent it? The answer lies in ergonomics. It is the primary […]

New Application for EHS Today America’s Safest Companies Recognition Now Available Online

EHS Today is accepting applications for corporations wishing to be considered for recognition as one of America’s Safest Companies. The award is corporate-based, not facility-based, and honors world-class safety efforts. Corporations wishing to apply for America’s Safest Companies must demonstrate support from management and employee involvement; provide innovative solutions to safety challenges; report injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industries; support comprehensive training programs; believe that that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; have integrated safety into their corporate culture and communicate the value of safety to employees and customers; and substantiate the benefits of the safety process. “We believe that […]

Targets of Bully Bosses Aren’t the Only Victims

Bosses who are not only negatively impact the work environment for the workers they are bullying, but also for the coworkers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision. Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they negatively impact the work environment for the coworkers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire. In the first-ever study to investigate vicarious supervisory abuse, Paul Harvey, associate professor of organizational behavior at UNH, and his research […]

Stressed Employees Should Completely Disconnect from Work in Off Hours

New research indicates that while many busy and stressed employees stay connected to the job through smartphones, laptops or tablets during their personal time, they’d be better off unplugging and regaining work-life balance during their off hours.  YoungAh Park, assistant professor of psychology at Kansas State University and former businesswoman in the competitive South Korean work force, said that detaching from work mentally, physically and electronically will help stressed employees relax and recover. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done for some workers. “Competition in the workplace is getting fierce,” Park said. “People may worry about job security, want to increase their salary or advance in their career, so they feel […]

New Challenge Rewards Innovative EHS Programs, Solutions

Organizations of all sizes and industries are eligible to compete in the 2013 Innovation Challenge, which will recognize achievement in planning and implementing innovative programs that address critical EHS topics. The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council (NSC) and Stewardship Action Council (SAC) launched this new challenge to acknowledge organizations that demonstrate creative thinking, strategic implementation and/or significant impact in their programs. “The challenge highlights an area of interest to many leading organizations and provides them with a format and opportunity to offer an approach and receive recognition. Innovative efforts can truly move things forward in EHS improvements,” said Laura Fiffick, senior director of the Campbell Institute. The two […]

Act F.A.S.T. to Learn the Language of Stroke

“Body language: Without saying a word, it can say so much … like someone is having a stroke. Know the sudden signs.” So begins a new public service announcement that encourages Americans to recognize the signs of stroke by using the acronym F.A.S.T. – face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call 9-1-1. According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs in the United States every 40 seconds, […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Have More than just the Winter Blues

During the darker days of winter, more people report feeling depressed and tired. For many, it’s a normal response to less sunlight, but for others, it can be a clinical form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). To help understand the difference between the winter blues and SAD, the American Psychological Association asked psychologist and SAD expert Kelly Rohan, PhD, to explain the signs of the disorder and potential treatments. APA: What is seasonal affective disorder and how is it different from winter blues or other types of depression?? Dr. Kelly Rohan: Seasonal affective disorder is a regular seasonal pattern of major depressive episodes during the fall and winter […]

Kettle Falls Woman Caught Stealing Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Washington

An investigation by the state of Washington’s Department of Labor & Industry has resulted in a four-and- a-half month jail sentence for a Kettle Falls woman who admitted to stealing more than $30,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Heather L. Payne, 22, was sentenced in Thurston County Superior Court on Jan. 31. Paine used forged signatures to receive $30,945 in workers’ compensation benefits. As part of the sentencing she agreed to reimburse L&I for the stolen funds. Until his death in 2001, Payne’s father received an L&I pension due to a workplace injury that left him permanently disabled. Because she was a minor at the time, Payne was awarded survivor benefits. […]

America’s Safest Companies Application

Please download our 2013 America’s Safest Companies application here and type your answers directly into the writable PDF. You may submit your application as an emailed PDF or print and mail it. The receive-by deadline for all applications is July 15, 2013. If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the form, please email or and put “America’s Safest Companies” in the subject line. America’s Safest Companies Application Today