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Safety in the Workplace: A Resource Center for Employers

we have collected many resource articles on promoting safety in the workplace that might provide insight on how to reduce the possibility of employee injuries.


Aging Workforce: Along with the population as a whole, the labor force is aging. Even without a concerted effort on the part of policymakers or employers to promote longer work lives, the number of middle-aged and older persons in the labor force will grow as the 76 million baby boomers move into and through their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Learn more from this issue brief from AARP on some of the health and safety issues that might confront businesses employing growing numbers of older workers. Read more

Automated External Defibrillators (AED): The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) endorses the widespread availability of AEDs and the implementation of early defibrillation programs. Workwell sells AEDs and provides the training for your employees to be able to use them. Read more

Bloodborne Pathogens/Exposures: Exposures to blood and other body fluids occur across a wide variety of occupations. Health care workers, emergency response and public safety personnel, and other workers can be exposed to blood through needlestick and other sharps injuries, mucous membranes, and skin exposures. The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). We urge workers and employers to take advantage of available engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids. Read more

Chemical Exposure Hazards: OSHA regulates exposure to about 400 substances and provides information relevant to handling many of these hazardous and toxic substances. Read more

Chemical Safety: The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The information found in the NPG should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. Read more

Computer Ergonomics: This checklist from OSHA can help you create a safe and comfortable computer workstation. Read more

Construction Worker Safety: Hazards and solutions related to construction worker safety. Read more

Electrical Safety: Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, linemen, electricians, and others work with electricity directly, including overhead lines, cable harnesses, and circuit assemblies. Office workers and salespeople work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards. Read more

Emergencies and Evacuations: A workplace emergency is any unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, your customers, or the public; disrupts or stops your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Fire, flood, or civil unrest can all cause a workplace emergency, and the best way to handle one is to be prepared. Read more

Emergency Preparedness: A comprehensive plan for handling emergencies in the workplace should include specific instructions to building occupants, actions to be taken by facility management, and first responder notification procedures. These documents can help you create such a plan:

Critical Incident Protocol – A Public and Private Partnership (Michigan State University)

Disaster Planning Toolkit for the Small to Mid-Sized Business Owner

Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry (FEMA)

Employee Fire and Life Safety Preparedness Plan

Job Hazard Analysis (OSHA)

Ergonomics: The ergonomic process should include reviewing injury and illness logs, as well as being proactive in identifying potential ergonomic issues before they result in musculoskeletal disorders. Read more

Hearing Conservation: There are eight components of a successful hearing loss prevention program. These publications from the CDC will help you include all eight in a program for your business. Read more

Heat Stress: Learn how to protect your workers from the effects of working in heat. Read more

Landscaping Safety: Landscaping and horticultural service workers are at risk of injury from a wide variety of potential hazards in this industry. This page helps identify potential hazards and possible solutions to specific activities within the landscape and horticultural services industry. Read more

Personal Protective Equipment: When your employees are required to use personal protective equipment (PPE), you should have a program in place to address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and the monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness. Read more

Respiratory Protection: Get information on OSHA standards for respiratory protection for your employees and how to develop an effective protection plan. Read more

Restaurant Injuries: The most common injuries suffered by restaurant workers? Sprains and strains, followed by cuts, bruises, and burns. Learn how to eliminate hazards and prevent these injuries. Read more

Slips, Trips, & Falls: Most general industry accidents happen because of slips, trips, and falls. This resource from OSHA provides information on proper surfaces, hazards, and industry-specific tips on fall prevention. Read more

Vaccine Safety: Learn about available vaccines that may be valuable for your workers and related safety concerns. Read more

Winter Safety: Winter storms can affect the health and safety of your employees, especially those who may be required to work during a storm or in extremely cold weather. OSHA’s Winter Storms page can help you provide a safe and healthful workplace for your workers, even in inclement weather. Read more

Workplace Violence: Although workplace violence may appear to be random, many incidents can be anticipated and avoided. Learn more from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read more

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