Wellness programs may impact workers’ digestive health

Many employees may not be aware of their digestive health, and may be unwilling to speak to their physicians when they are having gastrointestinal (GI) problems. According to a new study, 56% of people who experience GI discomfort do not seek medical attention. Wellness programs centering on digestive health or nutritious eating may educate employees about GI symptoms, and may motivate workers to communicate with their primary care providers when they experienced GI pain. Continue reading

Demystifying PPE misconceptions: N95 respirators

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a safety standard in many industries, but there tend to be many misconceptions among employees about how to properly wear and use PPE. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests employers create a PPE program to train workers, bad habits, such as not maintaining the equipment, still may emerge and put employees at risk of inhaling chemicals or airborne particles. The N95 respirator is one of the most common types of PPE, and OSHA estimates 5 million employees wear respirators in the workplace. In certain industries, properly wearing and maintaining respiratory PPE may be the difference between receiving many workers compensation claims and not. Continue reading

The link between safety and employee happiness

Many employers see focusing on safety as an obligation, but there may be more benefits to creating a safe workplace than companies may realize. In an article for Inc. magazine, Drew Greenblatt, president of Marlin Steel, suggested employers rethink how they value safety. When workers understand their employer isn’t risking their safety to improve profit margins, employees may be more satisfied in their jobs. According to Greenblatt, following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Continue reading