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How Can the Same Injury Have Two Very Different Outcomes?

Published Dec 10, 2018 4:31:38 PM posted in Workplace Injuries, Pain

 

As a Safety or Risk Manager, have you ever wondered how two separate workers who seemingly have the same injury end up with drastically different outcomes? One is willing to work through it while the other has a surgery and ends up on disability. How is that possible?

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eBook: Pain at Work: Why the Best Safety Professionals Address Pain Perceptions to Lower Injury Rates

Published Dec 4, 2018 4:33:17 PM posted in ebook, Safety

New developments in neuroscience and the biology of pain are showing us that tissues inform the brain of threat, not pain. World renowned pain researcher and educator Dr. Adriaan Louw puts it this way: “Pain is 100% produced by the brain based on the perception of threat. What a worker thinks and believes contributes to their pain experience considerably. Altering what a patient thinks or believes can alter the patient’s pain experience”.

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Which Jobs to Prioritize in a Job Safety Analysis

Published Nov 26, 2018 4:29:30 PM posted in Safety, Workplace Injuries

Here are 6 recommendations to consider when identifying job/tasks for review via a JSA or JHA.

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How JSAs/JHAs Help You Meet Your Responsibilities 
Under OSHA

Published Nov 19, 2018 4:31:46 PM posted in Safety, Workplace Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Act lays out a set of clear responsibilities that employers need to meet. Here’s how OSHA summarizes these responsibilities:

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Infographic: Safety First: Stay Ahead of the Curve with Job Safety Analyses

Published Nov 14, 2018 4:31:11 PM posted in Infographic, Safety, Workplace Hazards

Compliance with OSHA rules about workplace safety requires employers to know exactly what potential hazards their hourly workers may be exposed to—at every stage of every task they perform. OSHA requires employers to identify hazards, prevent them if they can, and control them if they can’t.

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Just What Are Job Hazards?

Published Nov 12, 2018 4:30:54 PM posted in Safety, Workplace Hazards

A Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) helps identify workplace hazards before they occur. But what does OSHA consider a workplace hazard, and what kinds of jobs are most hazardous under that definition?

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4 Key Steps of a Job Safety Analysis

Published Nov 8, 2018 5:01:18 PM posted in Safety, Workplace Injuries

  1. A Job Safety Analysis (JSA), also known as a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment. After you identify uncontrolled hazards, you should take these four steps to eliminate or reduce them to an acceptable risk level.
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eBook: The Job Safety Analysis: A Responsibility with Hidden Benefits

Published Nov 2, 2018 3:49:40 PM posted in ebook, Safety

Compliance with OSHA rules about workplace safety requires employers to know exactly what potential hazards their hourly workers may be exposed to—at every stage of every task they perform. OSHA requires employers to identify hazards, prevent them if they can, and control them if they can't.

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When to Record Employee Injuries or Illnesses That 
Progress Over Time

Published Oct 2, 2018 11:51:30 AM posted in Safety, Workplace Injuries

If an employee injury or illness is not recordable, but later becomes recordable, when should it be recorded? If you can’t identify a single event or exposure, the injury should be recorded on the date it becomes recordable, or on the date it is diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional (PLHCP).

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Prompt Reporting of Injury and Illness: A Win-Win Formula

Published Sep 25, 2018 10:56:56 AM posted in Safety, Workplace Injuries

 

OSHA requires rapid reporting of the most severe work-related incidents, injuries, and illnesses. A fatality, for example, needs to be communicated to the agency within 8 hours, while inpatient hospitalizations, eye losses, and amputations must be reported within 24 hours.

But that doesn’t mean employees or employers should procrastinate recording and reporting less extreme injuries and illnesses. Most worker compensation plans allow for a 30-day window in reporting, and in some quarters, this grace period is seen as employee-friendly, since it allows employees to gauge the severity of their own situation and decide for themselves when to seek treatment.

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