Wellness Matters: More than 130 Million American Adults Suffer Chronic Health Conditions

A new frontier of employee health and safety awareness is rising. It’s the idea of wellness and a practice that’s good for people, plus there’s clear business value in the efforts made by workers to maintain and improve their good health and in the support employers provide to employees in helping them achieve that end.

An unhealthy workforce is one that’s less productive than it could be. This may be most obvious during times when there’s something “going around,” and many employees are out sick during the flu season. Productivity suffers. Workers who are sick either don’t come to work (absenteeism), or they come to work (presenteeism), but don’t get much done. Absenteeism and presenteeism are well-recognized drains on productivity, not just for individual employees but for an entire organization. A single absent employee can affect the productivity of an entire unit.

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National Farm Safety Health Week, OSHA Announces Top 10 FY2014 Violations, Study Shows the Cost of Regulations, and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • National Farm Safety Health Week highlights electrical safety
  • OSHA announces the top ten FY2014 violations
  • Revised OSHA rule tightens reporting requirements for serious injuries
  • Study shows safety regulations cost employers billions
  • Canadian companies prepare for Healthy Workplace Month

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Energy Education Council’s Safe Electricity program. View it here.
  • Frequently cited OSHA standards for your industry. Find the tool here.
  • OSHA’s Top 10 Violations from FY2014 blog post. Read it here
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