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Safety & Health in the Workplace: Pandemic Planning

With increased media coverage about the Ebola outbreak, employers may wonder what workplace action should be taken. This is also a good time to discuss keeping your workplace germ free as the flu season gets into full force. Keep in mind that the likelihood of Ebola affecting your workplace may be small, so consider this a good time to revisit pandemic protocols. Chances are you will have a much better chance of flu and cold germs around and the protocols are virtually the same.

Workplace Evacuation Plans: How Prepared is Your Organization

Many organizations dedicate minimal time, if any, to evacuation and workplace safety, unless they are engaged in a high risk industry. The mindset of “it will never happen to me”, or “that could never possibly happen here!” is a common reason for inadequate disaster and evacuation plans. Employees and employers who are convinced that extreme weather, threats of violence, workplace violence events or other disasters will not impact them are possibly in for an unpleasant surprise.

Eight Steps in a Company Injury and Illness Prevention Program

While the new rules and enforcement efforts are expected in terms of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements and regulations, each employer should find ways to stay one step ahead to help their business create and maintain a safe and healthy workforce and workplace environment. One way is to establish a comprehensive and useful Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

At a minimum, an IIPP should acknowledge:

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