Workplace Safety Article Roundup - January 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of news about workplace safety.

The Way Employees Slack Off At Work

Summary: A nationwide survey of more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees shows how employees are spending their time at work, not working.

Although the internet and social media are commonly thought of a time-sucking activities that distract us from our workplace activities, the survey showed that more traditional distractions are what most employees spend time on. This included things like taking breaks in the break room, and participating in office gossip and small talk.

3 Common Workplace Safety Dangers of Winter

Summary: Winter brings its own set of safety concerns to the workplace, thanks to weather-related safety concerns, along with a higher concentration of customers around the holidays.

The winter workplace brings a whole new set of safety concerns when compared to summer workplace concerns. Three workplace dangers to look out for during winter include being over capacity, slips, trip, and falls, and the cold weather.

Protect Your Eyes this Winter

Summary: Along with the three safety concerns listed above, vision injuries are also a common safety concern during winter.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are nearly 800,000 work-related eye injuries each year. Every day, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers receive medical treatment for eye injuries related to or sustained at work. This article tells you how you can protect your eyes this winter.

Preventing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Webpage Launched

Summary: OSHA has launched a new webpage dedicated to preventing workplace violence in healthcare.

The new webpage launched by OSHA contains several new tools and resources to help healthcare facilities combat workplace violence. It further highlights OSHA’s continued focus on the need to reduce workplace violence in healthcare facilities.

A "Need to Know Basis" Doesn't Promote Workplace Safety

Summary: Withholding information and operating on a "need to know basis" isn't good leadership and it doesn't promote workplace safety.

Withholding information keeps others in the dark and, at best, is irritating to them. Intentionally withholding information has a negative impact on others, while simultaneously giving the person withholding that information power. The person who determines who needs to know has the power; the person who wants to know has a feeling of being annoyed. This is not good leadership.