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Safety Committee Best Practice Guidelines

Emelia McEwen, Senior Loss Control Specialist, MACo JPIA/JPA

The Safety Committee is comprised of a group of employees who value the safety and well-being of their peers and the continuous success of the organization. It’s an effective way to improve safety behavior and performance in the workplace and to encourage workers to support the organization’s safety program.

Independent Stretching Program: Living in Balance

This is a document outlining the benefits of implementing a stretching program and how to do it.

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Bloodborne Pathogens

Any employee who is employed in an occupation that increases their risk of exposure to Bloodborne pathogens is considered high risk.

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Ergonomic Mousing Risks

People who use a computer mouse for much of their workday have a higher risk of developing hand and wrist problems, according to a new study by Danish researchers.

Nursing Home Ergonomics

The Wyandot County Nursing Home in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, is a 100-bed, county-run home which employs 90 workers, 45 of whom are nursing assistants.  The Wyandot facility crafted a program that is similar to voluntary guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nursing homes.

Ergonomic Risks from Laptop Computers

35,000,000 laptop computers are to be produced in 2003!  Dependency on the laptop as a primary workstation has been established in all types of office work.  Some large companies are planning complete shifts from desk-top to laptop models.  However, this convenience of portability has lead to a wide range of ergonomic situations.

Ergonomics for Road Crews, Law Enforcement & Firefighters

Ergonomics is not just for office and computer stations.  Service departments can also design safe and comfortable work areas and work habits.

Workstation Ergonomic Solutions

How can employees be sure they are implementing the right solution the first time?

“A simple, systematic process can be used to find the best solution for addressing stressors found in the office work station,” said David Brodie, Director of Training and Education at Ergonomics Center of North Carolina.  Brodie outlines two areas where employers can cut costs and obtain the correct safety solution the first time around.

Summer Hazards

Though warm summer months usually lead to thoughts of merriment and outdoor activity, employees who work outdoors must be well informed about possible injuries and illnesses related to outdoor exposure.  The risks of Heat-Related Illnesses, Lightning Strikes, and Insect-Borne Diseases such as Lyme Disease and the West Nile Virus all reach their peak during the summer. 

Safety Smart - Fighting Fatigue in the Workplace

At 4:00 a.m. on a frigid February morning, county employee Jim rolled out of bed got into his snowplow, and down the county roads in Eastern Montana.  As is often the case with snowplow drivers, winter days begin early and end late.