The High Cost of Musculoskeletal Disorders – And How to Lessen Them

A single workplace musculoskeletal injury can cost a company between $18,000 and $60,000, according to Mike Kim, CTO and co-founder of StrongArm Technologies, a safety data solution provider.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, discs, etc. Aside from the compensation costs paid to injured workers, a company can also incur indirect costs, including lost productivity, the cost of replacing affected employees, and the price tag that comes with training their replacements.

“Because of these indirect factors, OSHA believes the cost might be doubled,” said Kim, speaking during a recent Intelex EHSQ community webinar. “Then we’re looking at $36,000 to $120,000 for one injury. And that’s not to mention the personal toll it takes on the workers and their families, and their livelihood.”

To help prevent MSDs, it’s important to know what causes them. The main factor, according to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Read more...

FDA’s New FSMA Rules Mean Hard Times for Old Compliance Tracking

Food and beverage companies would be well-served by moving away from paper-based compliance systems and replacing them with modern, automated solutions.

Regulations contained in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food and Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have made the food industry safer, improved product quality, and reduced food recalls. They have helped businesses focus on quality and manage suppliers in a more efficient and proactive way. This has minimized their costs of incidents associated with noncompliance, such as reinspections, food recalls, and even brand and reputation damages.

For most companies, FSMA has meant:

  • An increase in the frequency of inspections. Implementation of a prevention-based food management solution and a food safety plan is now a requirement for compliance.
  • Supplier verification. Companies that import foods internationally must ensure their suppliers are verified and their food products are safe.
  • More intensive sampling and testing of food. This requirement has placed an enormous
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The Power of IT and EHS – It’s only the beginning

The innovative power of information technology (IT) will turn the EHS industry on its ear!

It’s still somewhat early days for the integration of IT and EHS workflow process, and the road being travelled by many organizations is to simply take the first step of moving beyond traditional methods of paper-based recording and tracking, and replacing these with electronic processes. But the way forward for businesses is a path to huge transformation.

As the saying goes – “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” So much more is looming.

Technology and innovation in EHS will be the topic of what should be a lively discussion during a forward-looking session at this week’s NAEM EHS Sustainability and Management Forum in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. on the topic of – Drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS. I’ll facilitate a discussion on the exciting potential and possibilities with … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Musculoskeletal Disorders

Community member Kamran Akhavan Attari discusses the importance of Organizations moving from the traditional “compliance” focus, to taking actions to help management and workers think about safety first when carrying out their responsibilities.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Understanding how thought processes impact safety with member Kamran Akhavan Attari
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is Your Workforce Protected? by Michael Kim and Matthew Marino
  • What are good leading safety indicators?  asks member Jerry Mathis
  • Are you sure your Workforce is protected from Musculoskeletal Disorders? by Tamara Parris

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Mitigating Risk in Global Food Sourcing Begins with Integrated Supplier Management

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Increasing public concern for food quality and global sourcing of food products is moving the entire food and beverage industry towards creating better ways and means of ensuring the safety of what we eat.

It’s also driving the creation of an interconnected global system for the production and distribution of food. During the last decade, many public and private standards for food safety and quality have been developed around the world and today there are more worldwide standards than ever before. The trend is clear – food safety is top of mind concern on a global scale.

With the finalization of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and compliance Preventive Controls rules for large companies already announced, the increased need for integrated supply chain management has become paramount.

What are the most important trends impacting food and beverage companies today?

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Source: LNS Research Food and Beverage industry survey data

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Smart EHSQ Powered by Business Intelligence

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonThe puzzle pieces of raw data come together to become a transformative picture for business when advanced analytics are applied.

History shows advanced analytical capabilities used in business are a foundation for improved decision-making and performance. Data gathered through various activities and processes becomes insight and intelligence when analysis workflows and methodologies are applied. And the more analysis scrubbing of data, the greater the potential for yielding knowledge and actionable awareness to accelerate improvement.

An exceptional analyst or analytics team can be a starting point for analytics. Going above and beyond in getting the most intelligence out of data collected requires something much deeper, through the scale of many people and analytical processes. An organization should be considering how to foster a data-centered culture of share and share alike in order to extract as much intelligence as it can from data gathered.

That happens in two ways:

a) Through embedded … Read more...

EHSQ Community | OSHA and ISO 45001 Updates

Community Expert member Eric J Conn shares an update on the OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Data Submission and Anti-Retaliation Rule with member Eric J Conn
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Is Your Workforce Protected? by Michael Kim and Matthew Marino
  • Next steps for ISO 45001 September 2017 by member Chris J Ward
  • Ask you ISO 45001 questions in our ISO 45001 OHSMS group

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Elevate Toronto Showcases Innovative Ideation

Mark Jaine, CEO of software-as-a-service maker Intelex Technologies, has a whole lot to say about building a highly successful Canadian technology startup that competes globally.

Jaine and other leading Canadian innovators, founders and executives, will be sharing their unique experiences and the lessons they’ve learned while creating some of Canada’s best startup successes at Elevate Toronto – a three-day festival celebrating tech innovation, that begins on Sept. 12.

The Intelex CEO and others will participate in a panel discussion on Sept. 13, talking about the mindset required for entrepreneurial success. They’ll discuss, among other things, the experience of dealing with adversity while continuing to move organizations forward, leadership in a fast-changing world, as well as giving tips and advice for start-ups and fast-growing companies.

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Elevate Toronto is technology festival, described by it’s founders as a “passion and joy project.” It’s bringing together the city’s technology leaders for a showcase of … Read more...

OSHA’s New Rule a Recordkeeping Mountain for Employers to Climb

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonAn already vast ocean of incident and illness electronic recordkeeping for American business has become a whole lot deeper and wider, as a result of OSHA’s “new rule” that came into effect this year.

In 2017, more organizations must gather more data and provide more reporting of accident and illness incidents to the U.S. Department of Labor agency.  The so-called “new rule” from OSHA will turn a molehill into a mountain as the number of those employers who will be expected to report this data is set to quadruple. Currently about 35,000 large employers submit data annually to OSHA and that number is expected to jump to 130,000. Approximately 150,000 smaller employers who currently submit summary data now includes 500,000 organizations.

Other significant requirements of the new rule include:

  • Directing employers to conduct refresher training on recordkeeping requirements.
  • The auditing of injury and illness recordkeeping forms.
  • Providing training on new
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EHSQ Community | Organizational Behavior

Our EHSQ members Dr. Judith Erickson, Jim Loud and Dave Rebbitt share their insights on how Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture impact safety management and practices. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture: The impact on Safety Management and Practices member by Dr. Judith EricksonJim Loud and Dave Rebbitt
  • DIS 45001 2 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems by member Zulfiqar Dhakan
  • Ask you ISO 45001 questions in our ISO 45001 OHSMS group with member Chris Ward
  • Trump Admin. Pumps the Brakes on New OSHA Rules in its First Regulatory Agenda member Eric J Conn

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