SAFETY BLOG

Not Everyone Working at Home Worked in an Office All Day

Many people working from home went from a “regular” office to a home office. But the pandemic-inspired move to working at home has affected another important group of people, who are starting to have real problems. A recent survey found that about 67 percent of people new to working at home are having “major ergonomics…

Proper Design Keeps Employees Safer & Makes Companies More Successful!

Design fascinates me. Companies open new, beautiful hotels, install multi-million dollar production lines, or spend millions on office furniture and accessories, yet do not engage Ergonomists like me in the design phase. Then they wonder why the rooms aren’t properly cleaned, production and maintenance employees are getting hurt, and office employees don’t use the full…

It’s International Housekeepers Week–Let’s Manage Risks & Get Back to Work!

I miss “my” housekeepers.  Many hospitality companies have stopped spending on just about everything, including Cal/OSHA MIPP Compliance, until occupancy rates rise to a more sustainable level.  But that cannot happen until people start traveling more for both business and personal reasons. A year ago the unemployment rate in Leisure & Hospitality was 5%, in…

Why is Premises Liability Important During COVID-19?

Last week as part of our monthly virtual Society of Casualty Safety Engineers’ meeting, I had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Margaret Hackbarth, Of Counsel, from Washington, DC, regarding Premises Liability During COVID-19.  Her talk provided things to be aware of, and key steps that  companies should be taking to limit their…

What’s the Latest from NIOSH Regarding COVID-19?

I had the opportunity today to join a webinar hosted by CPWR (Center for Construction Research and Training) and NIOSH regarding “What We’ve Learned: Health Risks and Preventiion.”  The panelists provided an enormous amount of information, with the following key takeaways: COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and other corona viruses are “waiting for…

Risks Know No Borders

Someone recently asked me what industry I specialize in.  I don’t. The principles of ergonomics transcend industries, as while people may look different on the outside, on the inside they are the same, and their bodies experience the same hurt no matter where in the world they may live and work. I have been in…

Is Your Hotel Getting All it Can from the MIPP?

Is your hotel getting all it can from its Cal/OSHA MIPP work?  Hotel Housekeepers in California have the highest DART rate for soft tissue/ergonomics injuries and illnesses of any occupation in the state.  In response to these numbers, the Cal/OSHA Hotel Housekeeper Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) Standard went into effect two years ago. The…

Teslas Aren’t Built With Just Screwdrivers. What Do Your Work at Home Employees Use?

Google has said its employees can expect to continue working at home until the end of July 2021.  Facebook says it expects 50% (if not more) of its employees to work at home on a long-term basis. Apple plans to hold off returning to its offices until January 2021. Twitter has told its employees they…

Ergonomics for Essential Transportation Workers

We hear a lot about our essential workers in healthcare, but there’s another group of essential workers for whom we need to pay close attention.  Truck, Trailer and Package Delivery Drivers–Essential workers in the Transportation Industry–are at a higher risk for various ergonomics-related illnesses and injuries. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),…

Addressing Job Demands–and Injuries, via Effective Ergonomics and PtD

Do you know what PtD is? A lot of people who should know, don’t know.  PtD is “Prevention through Design,” and the hallmark of ISO 45001. A few years ago I attended an Ergonomics conference where one of the presenters showed a picture of a person at a workstation that was not correctly designed, and…

Self-inflicted Risk Factors

When to Sit/Stand

Stretching

Right Tools

Keep it Simple

Extreme Reaches

Baby Steps