As the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States increases, the workforce will continue to see a rise in Spanish-speaking employees. Studies show that these workers are more likely to be killed in work-related accidents than their non-Spanish speaking colleagues―often due to training, safety and communication materials presented only in English.
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For roles requiring a significant amount of manual labor, you might find your body takes a certain amount of time to acclimate to the new physical demands. Muscles that weren’t used before — or were used rather infrequently — might undergo a certain amount of soreness for a brief period of time. “Green” muscles refer to the transitioning of infrequently used muscles into working ones.
(Spanish Version - A Minute for Safety: "Green" Muscles") Para las funciones que requieren una gran cantidad de mano de obra, puede encontrarse con que su cuerpo necesita una cierta cantidad de tiempo para aclimatarse a las nuevas exigencias físicas. Los músculos que no se utilizaron antes — o se utilizaban con poca frecuencia — podrían experimentar una cierta cantidad de dolor por un breve período de tiempo. Músculos "verdes" hacen referencia a la transición de los músculos que se usan con poca frecuencia en los que trabajan.
Fox and Lawson’s COMPDOCTOR article outlines the differences between market and cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) pay increases. The culture in most public sector organizations provides employees annual pay increases for longevity and changes in the cost of living. (HR News magazine, 10/2013)
Nanny cams can't capture all of your potential risks. These days, hiring a nanny requires more than interviews. You become a household employer with all of the issues that come with that role, including the liabilities. (The New York Times, 10/11/13)
Accidents happen every day and for many reasons. Usually, they're the result of people, equipment or surroundings failing to perform as expected. A thorough accident investigation procedure is an important part of any safety program. It helps an employer understand what caused the accident and what can be done to prevent a recurrence.
Cross-contamination occurs when workers spread contaminants around the worksite and into their homes through soiled clothing, shoes or skin contact. However, if a worker does not properly wash, remove or decontaminate soiled personal protective equipment (PPE) after work, they can spread the contaminants further when they leave.
Emergencies are never planned, but you can take steps to increase your disaster preparedness at work and at home. Identify your risks at work such as hazards and even the potential for natural disasters in your area and make a comprehensive emergency plan based on those issues.
The social media revolution has affected every industry, yet it poses unique challenges for the healthcare sector. Given the presence of social media in the workplace, this can make protecting patient information and other confidential data extremely difficult for healthcare providers.
The risks and issues associated with sports-related concussions have reached a heightened level of public awareness―particularly for young athletes. It’s now understood that a concussion has the potential to result in short- and long-term changes in brain function or even death. Guidelines on identifying and treating this are critical.