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EEOC Guidelines for the Use of Medical Examinations with Existing Employees

Published Aug 28, 2018 12:06:02 PM posted in Safety, Post-Offer Employment Testing

The Technical Assistance Manual on the Employment Provisions (Title 1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990, provides clear guidelines to employers regarding the use of medical examinations and non-discriminatory hiring practices of new employees. But what do the EEOC and ADA say about the use of medical examinations with current, existing employees?

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The Foundational Piece of EEOC—Compliant Post-Offer Employment Testing

Published Aug 14, 2018 1:27:56 PM posted in Safety, Post-Offer Employment Testing

Post-offer employment testing, also known as physical abilities testing, gives employers the ability to ensure candidates are physically capable of performing the essential functions of a job. This is not a new concept, but some organizations avoid this type of testing due to the fear of being sued for discrimination. Case in point, just last month an organization paid $3.2 million as part of a lawsuit settlement as a result of a discrimination lawsuit filed against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This can easily be avoided, though.

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What is "Disparate Impact?"

Published Aug 7, 2018 1:45:15 PM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

When physical ability testing is challenged by the EEOC, it’s often on the grounds of the tests’ “disparate impact” on women.

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Ergonomics and the Human Result

Published Jul 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

One of the simplest definitions of ergonomics is “fitting the job to the worker”. But how do you achieve good ergonomics if neither the job nor the worker is understood? Attention to physical risk factors, psychosocial risk factors, and work organization risk factors is required if a successful ergonomics program is to be achieved.

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The Dangers of Repetitive Tasks in Non-Manufacturing Environments

Published Jul 24, 2018 11:39:00 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

Repetitive tasks are often associated with manufacturing environments. However, it is important that repetition, as an ergonomic risk factor, is not overlooked in the non-manufacturing environment. Repetitive tasks can be seen in all walks of work (i.e., warehousing, retail, public utilities, construction, etc.)  

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Infographic: Ergonomics Everywhere

Published Jul 19, 2018 2:34:37 PM posted in Safety

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An Ergonomic Success Story in the Health Insurance Industry: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Published Jul 17, 2018 12:19:37 PM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

As the new millennium approached, employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island (BCBSRI)
tasked with providing health insurance for others were undergoing the physical stresses of their own office work—mainly carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries.

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The Stress of Standing Still: Static Loading as an Ergonomic Issue

Published Jul 12, 2018 10:36:48 AM posted in Safety, Ergonomics

It’s easy to understand that jobs requiring major bodily movement can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and injury. Pushing, pulling, lifting, and other active tasks put obvious strain on muscles.

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A Primer on Pre-Task Planning

Published Jun 26, 2018 1:20:46 PM posted in Safety

Contractor Management Process
There are many risk management steps that should be completed by “host employers” prior to allowing any contractor to start any project on site. But where does “pre-task planning” fit in to the overall process? What are your responsibilities for assurance that they are being completed? Where does the “pre-task plan” fall in the overall contractor management process? These are all good questions that have been vetted out in both OSHA inspections and liability cases both past and presently under review. 

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Top Tools for Pre-Task Planning

Published Jun 19, 2018 12:25:51 PM posted in Safety

Human performance improvement initiatives can systematically reduce human error rates inherent in any project. Considering both general industry and construction industry projects, some performance tools often include “pre-task planning”, post-task safety briefings, using peer and self-checking methods.

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