Health en Workplace Change Contributes to Distrust of Employers and Chronic Stress <div class="field-deck"> U.S. workers who have been impacted by workplace or business changes are more likely to report chronic stress and are less likely to trust their employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The good news is, 78 percent of U.S. workers report average or better levels of work engagement, as characterized by high levels of energy, being strongly involved in their work and feeling happily engrossed in what they do, with the largest group (47 percent) having an average level of work engagement. Employees experienced higher engagement when they had more positive perceptions of their employer&rsquo;s involvement, growth and development and health and safety practices.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:00 +0000 55191 at <p>American adults who have been impacted by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employer and more likely to say they plan to leave the organization within the next year compared with those who haven&rsquo;t been affected by organizational change.</p> Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James Sincerely Stefanie: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches <div class="field-deck"> When it comes to resolving worker conflicts, poor decisions or productivity issues, proper nutrition could play a role. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>During a brunch in April, I discussed safety with a close friend who happens to own his own business.</p> <p>He built his company from the ground up, and in an effort to provide opportunities to those in need, he employs some workers who would not be able to gain employment elsewhere. With this comes a set of challenges. For the most part, his workers&#39; experiences vastly are different from those who had a grounded upbringing and who didn&#39;t have to worry about their next meal.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Health Thu, 11 May 2017 17:57:00 +0000 55011 at The Importance of Hearing Health at Work <div class="field-byline"> Barry Downes </div> <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss not only impacts the quality of life of your workers, it impacts profits and productivity for your company as well. It's time to make a sound investment in hearing health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hearing health in the workplace is an important health and safety issue, and it is easy to overlook the impact that everyday sounds can have. A ringing phone, the chatter of colleagues or more obvious noise such as factory machinery or loud music can all have an effect on your employees.</p> <p>Spending a little time and effort considering your workplace and its current practices will be a &quot;sound investment&quot; in your business and employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Thu, 11 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 55001 at Connecting the Worker to Hearing Protection <div class="field-byline"> Brad Witt, MA, CCC-A </div> <div class="field-deck"> In a connected workplace, employees and supervisors accurately would know how much protection each worker achieves with a particular earplug or earmuff. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the inception of hearing conservation regulations hatched in the 1970&#39;s, efforts to stop noise-induced hearing loss always have been tied to a lagging indicator &ndash; namely, audiometric testing. If repeated audiometric testing indicates a progression of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers, then we know something is amiss in the hearing conservation program.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Wed, 10 May 2017 17:01:00 +0000 54971 at Distracted Driving, Falls, Opioids Cause Spike in Unintentional Death Rate <div class="field-deck"> Unintentional deaths are at an all-time high, according to the National Safety Council’s annual Injury Facts publication. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The preventable death rate in the United States is increasing despite an overall improving fatality rate, according to the National Safety Council&rsquo;s 2017 Injury Facts publication.</p> <p>NSC&rsquo;s latest Injury Fact report, which has been published annually for a century, &nbsp;examines unintentional injury data from 2015 and analyzes the causes and factors that play a role in the 7.7&nbsp;percent increase in deaths from 2014.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 10 May 2017 16:40:00 +0000 54981 at Thinkstock Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sudden Retirement from NASCAR and What It Tells Employers About the Value of Workplace Safety <div class="field-byline"> Travis Vance </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dale Earnhardt Jr. shocked the racing world in April when he abruptly announced his retirement from NASCAR at the end of the 2017 season. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the prime of his career and a 26-time race winner on NASCAR&rsquo;s top circuit, including two Daytona 500 victories. Many drivers have raced well into their 50s, but few have matched the overall career success of the 42-year-old Dale Jr.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health News Wed, 03 May 2017 16:26:00 +0000 54771 at <p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a statement announcing his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25 in Charlotte, N.C.</p> Mike Comer/Getty Images Five Steps to Women's Eye Health [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The numbers don&#39;t lie.</p> <p>According to the&nbsp;<a data-include="300443529" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Academy of Ophthalmology</a>&nbsp;(AAO), women&nbsp;make up 65 percent of age-related macular degeneration cases, &nbsp;61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women&nbsp;and 66 percent of blind patients are women.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:36:00 +0000 54601 at British Safety Council: Let’s Make Time for Conversations about Mental Health <div class="field-deck"> The British Safety Council is contributing to a new campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association called “Stop. Make a Change.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and its members in the construction and civil engineering industries, the British Safety Council, a founding partner of the mental health program Mates in Mind, is supporting the safety campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) called <a href=";d=DwMCAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=nOuiXhX8l9UoscacvdMqCA11TNQ1mV4RPOpW-BasGQI&amp;s=fV4NYaalToTlwe4wurgn9DlDc6C42a</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health News Wellness Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:06:00 +0000 54481 at <p>Providing help for construction workers suffering from mental health issues is a multi-faceted challenge in the UK, with the British Safety Council and others stepping up to help.</p> Thinkstock Can You Score 100% on this Dog Safety Quiz? (Your Mail Carrier Wants to Know!) [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The U.S. Postal Service is concerned about dog safety in general and specifically, dog bites to its letter carriers and delivery personnel.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Watch this video from the U.S.P.S. for dog bite prevention tips.</a></p> </div> Health Safety Galleries Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:06:00 +0000 54411 at <p>Friendly dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. So do aggressive and fearful dogs. The tips offered in this dog bite quiz from the U.S. Postal Service can keep relations between your mail carrier and your family pets cordial.</p>