COVID-19 and Mental Health: Are Employers Prepared for Increased Employee Substance Misuse?

Employers should prepare for a surge in substance misuse issues and employee mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Safety Council (NSC) is warning employers to prepare for a surge in addiction issues and is offering guidance to handle employee mental health issues related to the pandemic.

At least 30 states are reporting spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and ongoing concern about mental illness or substance use disorders, all in connection with COVID-19, according to the American Medical Association. To help employers address these interconnected issues, the NSC is calling on employers to prioritize employee stress, including emotional and mental health, both now and as they return employees to traditional work environments.

Prepare for an Increase in Substance Misuse

Additionally, NSC warns employers that they must prepare for an increase in substance misuse – one that could be a serious threat to worker safety. Substance misuse … Read more...

Safety Smart Employees: Driving Safely at Work

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In the last week of National Safety Month, the National Safety Council brings attention to driving safely at work. Last week we gave you “Three Workplace Hazard Observation Tips.” With this week’s theme of “Share Roads Safely,” we thought we’d move from hazard identification to hazard prevention by discussing how to promote safe driving in and outside of the workplace.

Distracted driving is defined as driving while anything else is drawing away your attention. This includes talking and texting, putting on makeup, and eating or drinking. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving is responsible for 5,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. This represents 16% of all fatal crashes.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that distractions can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), or cognitive (taking your mind off driving). In … Read more...

Safety Smart Companies: Three Workplace Hazard Observation Tips

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This week we continue to explore the themes being highlighted in 2016’s National Safety Month. Every June the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages us to raise health and safety awareness throughout our lives. Last week we talked about how “Safety Smart” employers can promote workplace wellness. In honor of this week’s theme, “Watch Out For Danger,” we’ve gathered some top tips for ensuring the success of workplace hazard observation programs.

 Make Proactive Hazard Identification a Priority

The safety industry typically identifies hazards by looking at history. We can understand what hazards are high risk by looking at injury statistics, for example. Similarly, standards, legislation and regulation are based on lessons that have been learned historically.

Proactive HazardsBut identifying a hazard after it has led to an incident is easy – after all, hindsight is 20/20. Anticipating a hazard with the potential to lead to an incident that has never … Read more...

Safety Smart Employers Promote Workplace Wellness

June is National Safety Month and an opportunity for all of us to raise health and safety awareness. This can be at work, at home, and in our lives in general. Last week we talked about employers encouraging their workplaces to “Stand Ready to Respond” in case of a workplace incident. This week, the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages us to “Be Healthy.” In our workplaces, this can be interpreted in many different ways, and employers have many different options for how they can choose to support the health of their workforce. Here are a couple ideas we’ve rounded up.

Help Your Employees Avoid Fatigue

Being tired doesn’t feel good. But in the workplace, being tired can also be very dangerous. The symptoms of fatigue include memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, errors in judgment, and slower reaction times. All of these symptoms can increase the risk of injuries and other … Read more...

Safety Smart Workplaces Stand Ready to Respond


Every year in June we observe National Safety Month. It’s an opportunity for the National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of other organizations to raise awareness about the importance of reducing injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. Each week has a theme, and this week’s was “Stand Ready to Respond,” highlighting the importance of first aid and CPR training.

Here at Intelex we’re especially interested in promoting workplace safety, which is why we’ve pulled together some critical information for companies who want to be “safety smart,” to help them stand ready to respond and ensure the safety of their employees on the job.… Read more...