Longer Opioid Use Increases Days Away from Work

Because of prolonged opioid use, employees with “work-related low back injuries” spent more time away from the job, according to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

In a WCRI press release, John Ruser, WCRI president and CEO notes that “medical practice guidelines advise against routine use of opioids for the treatment of nonsurgical low back injuries.” He adds that “policies addressing inappropriate longer-term opioid prescribing will result in faster return to work.”

The data came from 28 states between 2008 and 2013, and involved workers ‘who had more than seven days of lost work time.’

Read the press release or watch a video on the study.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Save on Driving Safety DVDs during our April Driving Safety Special. Get any driving safety DVD for $250. Plus, save 20% on any Annual Gold License on CoastalFlix℠. Just use code Apr18! at checkout.

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Calculate the Cost of Vehicular Crashes

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched a web page that lets the general public calculate the cost of ‘on-the-job’ and ‘off-the-job’ crashes

The tool empowers management to understand their costs associated with crashes and develop a business case that supports an investment in fleet safety.

To calculate the costs of on-the-job car crashes, you’ll need to know:

  • Number of employees
  • Industry
  • Number of million miles of on-the-job travel
  • Number of property damage only crashes
  • Number of fatalities or injuries resulting from crashes

For off-the-job crashes, amongst other things, you’ll need to know:

  • Number of employees
  • Industry
  • Whether dependents are covered by health care plan

The tool is open to the general public. Visit the NETS tool.

OSHA Warns that Some Chemicals Can Cause Hearing Loss

Chemicals are known to burn skin, affect lungs, and the like, but some substances can also cause hearing loss, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Known as ototoxicants, these chemicals can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. The likelihood of hearing loss increases with higher noise exposure.

Some symptoms include:

  • Compressed loudness (sound distortion)
  • Frequency resolution: the inability to differentiate two sounds with similar frequency
  • Temporal resolution: the inability to detect time gaps between sounds
  • Spatial resolution: the inability to localize a sound

The list of substances with ototoxicants — which includes solvents, asphyxiants, nitriles, metals and compounds, and pharmaceuticals — is found on a dedicated OSHA web page. The page also includes a list of industries that are more likely to use ototoxicants.

A Look Inside STOP®

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP® program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture – thus preventing injuries and incidents.

See for yourself how DuPont helps to provide people with the safest workplace possible with A Look Inside STOP®. During this one-day workshop, a certified STOP® trainer - who has hands-on experience implementing STOP® - will outline why the STOP® principles work, how the programs are structured and how it can be rolled out in your workplace.

Who Should Attend?

  • Safety personnel, safety committee members and operations managers who are new to the STOP® offering and would like to understand how the STOP® principles can revolutionize how employees look at safety.
  • Those who want to understand how improving employee observation and communication skills can not only reduce injuries, but also improve quality and productivity.
  • Those who haven't looked at STOP® for a few years. Come and see what's new!

This complimentary workshop includes lunch and refreshments. It runs from 8:30am-2:00pm. View the full agenda.

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The ‘2018 Workplace Distraction’ Report

A report and survey from Udemy, an online learning company, examines an emerging, yet relatively neglected issue —workplace distraction— analyzing its types and causes and suggesting measures to help employees manage such distractions.

“While we’ve let devices and technologies become fixtures,” the report says, “we haven’t reckoned with how they’re undermining our ability to focus and work smart.”

Highlights of the survey include:

  • Seventy-five percent say that “I get more done and I’m more productive” and 57 percent “are motivated to do my best” when workplace distractions are reduced.
  • Overall across three different generations, Facebook was the top online distractor.
  • Prime time for distraction hits at midday, with 46 percent answering that 12-3 pm is their most distracted period.
  • Thirty-six percent of millennials/Gen Z spend 2 or more hours per work day looking at their phones for personal activities.

The survey also asked employees “what their employer could do to reduce workplace distraction.”

  • Forty percent said allow flexible schedules, remote options.
  • Thirty-eight percent wanted to establish designated spaces for quiet vs. noisy work.
  • Thirty-seven percent seek training on time management, effective meeting skills.
  • Seventy percent believe training can help them manage distractions.

Read a summary or download a PDF of the report.

Survey Shows Why Workers Are Losing Sleep

Forty-four percent of workers “say they often lose sleep over work,” according to a survey of over 2,800 workers conducted by Accountemps. The five most common reasons why workers are not sleeping are:

  • Overwhelmed with work volume/hours
  • Can’t get a business problem out of my head
  • Strained coworker relationships
  • Worries I may lose my job
  • My boss is a nightmare

The commission is co-chaired by the presidents of Uruguay and Sri Lanka, by Russia’s healthcare minister, and a former Federal Minister of Pakistan.

Miami had the highest rate of sleeplessness, followed by Nashville, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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