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Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining Older Workers

Published Feb 20, 2019 12:34:58 PM posted in Workplace Injuries, Employee Retention, Early Intervention, Training, Safety, Aging Workforce

The fact that our workforce is aging1 has been viewed with alarm in some quarters—but a realistic assessment accentuates the positive. On the Society for Human Resource Management web site, Dana Wilkie points out that older workers, blue-collar and white-collar, tend to bring to the table experience, professionalism, a strong work ethic, lower turnover, and solid knowledge of the job.2
So to get and hold these valuable workers, these strategies are helpful:

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eBook: Injury Prevention and the Older Worker

Published Feb 18, 2019 4:05:17 PM posted in ebook, Safety

As America’s workforce ages, concerns about reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other injuries among this growing segment are increasing. Employers value these experienced workers—and with good reason.

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The Aging Workforce: A Silver Lining For Employers

Published Feb 13, 2019 10:22:46 AM posted in Workplace Injuries, Employee Retention, Early Intervention, Training, Safety, Aging Workforce

It’s no secret the workforce is aging at a rapid pace. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, 1 in 4 of the 164 million labor force will be 55 and older by 2024. There are many reasons for this changing demographic including lower birth rates and the financial and emotional need for workers to stay in the workforce well past traditional retirement age. We are not here to solve the global issue
but rather offer some proactive measures to assist employers in keeping their workforce safe
and productive.

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Early Intervention to Boost Retention

Published Jan 22, 2019 4:32:53 PM posted in Workplace Injuries, Employee Retention, Early Intervention, Training, Safety

Every employer wants a healthy, injury-free work force to get the job done. Safety is crucial here.

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Infographic: Ready, Set, Retain

Published Jan 14, 2019 4:30:36 PM posted in Infographic, Safety, Employee Retention

Employee retention—making sure you hold on to good employees—is one of the most significant but most easily overlooked ways to make, and keep, your organization profitable. When the replacement cost of a blue collar employee is an average of 20% of their annual compensation, it makes sense to look for ways to improve your retention rates.

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eBook: The Impact of Training and Safety Programs on Employee Retention

Published Jan 3, 2019 4:38:46 PM posted in ebook, Safety

Employee retention—making sure you hold on to good employees—is one of the most significant but most easily overlooked ways to make, and keep, your organization profitable. When the replacement cost of a blue collar employee is an average of 20% of their annual compensation, it makes sense to look for ways to improve your retention rates.

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Infographic: A Tale of Two Injuries

Published Dec 18, 2018 4:32:12 PM posted in Infographic, Safety, Early Intervention, Perception Matters

It might surprise you to know that the way pain actually works is not widely understood and that the worker’s perception of a threat is what dictates the intensity of their pain experience. 

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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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