Spotting Chemical Dangers in the Workplace

By Stephanie Steinberger
Senior Loss Control Consultant
CopperPoint

It sounds like a mouthful, but the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is an important initiative to help keep employees safe.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, GHS is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. To promote this effort, OSHA, in conjunction with the United Nations, developed a system of labels and safety data sheets to offer guidelines and Continue reading

Safety Plans are Smart Business

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By Scott Hullinger
Director of Loss Control & Risk Management
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

If a disaster strikes your company, affects your employees and impacts the bottom line, will you be prepared?

Although workplace disasters are usually few and far between, they can range from minor to catastrophic, oftentimes with significant consequences. Today, some of the most common workplace disasters include:

  • Smoke or fire
  • Flood
  • Electrical outage
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Earthquakes or other natural disasters
  • Workplace violence

Employers would be wise to be prepared for these types of disasters by having a written safety plan in place. Safety plans, also known as disaster recovery plans or emergency Continue reading

The Art of Ergonomics

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By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
CopperPoint

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading