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How to Prevent the Top 10 OSHA Violations

By | Safety and Security

Safety is the first priority for any company that seeks to protect employees and customers. Knowing the hazards that exist in workplace offices, equipment, and machinery is the first step toward preventing injury or even death.

The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) publishes a list of its most frequently cited violations in the workplace. By examining this list, employers can analyze the dangers inherent in their workplaces and plan to avoid them. Read More

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How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

No business owner wants to think about a violent event happening at their workplace, but each year, more than 2 million American employees report having been a victim of various types of workplace violence. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 409 workers were fatally injured in work-related attacks in 2014. To put that into perspective, that’s about 16 percent of the 4,821 workplace fatalities from the same year. Read More

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5 Tips for Improved Productivity This Winter

By | Safety and Security

We like to think of the winter scenes we may see on a holiday card–peaceful, joyful, beautiful, and full of cheer. While this may be partly true, it’s more likely to be chaotic, with a few Grinches sprinkled in for good measure. And when it comes to work productivity during the winter months, it can be an even bleaker scene. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to improve your productivity this winter season.

Winter storms have a history of wreaking havoc on the economy. After a 2015 New England winter storm, economists calculated the hit to the economic output was a staggering $1.25 billion. Most of that productivity loss if from workers simply not being able to get to work due to poor road conditions. Of course, they’ll eventually make up the work. But if you don’t have the right plan in place, it can take much longer to get your feet back under you. Read More

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Addressing the Dangers Faced by Caregivers in the Field

By | Safety and Security

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health care employment will skyrocket through 2026, with hundreds of thousands of new jobs being added. The primary reason for this explosive growth: an aging population.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people in the United States over the age of 65 will nearly double from 2012 to 2050. While a big portion of this aging population will reside in senior care facilities, many will elect to live out the remainder of their lives in the comfort of their homes, thus needing critical services, such as home health care. Read More

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Why A Panic Button App Isn’t Enough

By | Safety and Security

Protecting workers is the most important thing a business can do—especially lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, and home healthcare providers who may face unknown clients and dangerous situations on the job each day. That’s why using a panic button app for workers who may need extra support checks a lot of boxes for employers. These apps are convenient, inexpensive and low-tech. Read More

Is Your Business Prepared for Winter? [Webinar Recap]

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Last week AlertMedia, in coordination with Continuity Insights, sponsored a webinar on the winter hazards that businesses face and the things businesses should do to prepare and respond. AlertMedia’s VP of Sales, Peter Steinfeld, a 15-year industry veteran, joined Paul Yura, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service. Each contributed their insights and experience to educate a packed audience on how to improve their business readiness for the coming winter. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights: Read More

inclement weather policy

How to Create an Inclement Weather Policy for Your Business

By | Safety and Security

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

These infamous words about postal carriers are etched in granite over the entrance to the New York City Post Office on 8th Avenue. While this noble sentiment might have worked for postal carriers in the days of yore, today’s workers have other guidance. Today, most organizations rely on an inclement weather policy to let employees know if they should come into work or stay home when bad weather strikes. Read More

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How to Protect Your Lone Workers In 5 Steps

By | Safety and Security

You worry about how to protect your lone workers and employees who don’t always work in the office. It’s understandable – bad things can happen to them, and sometimes they do. Lone workers all over the world face dangers that those in the office probably don’t even think about. As such, if you’re going to have employees in the field or working by themselves, then lone worker safety must be a priority for your organization. Read More

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Four Steps To Prepare Your Business For Winter

By | Safety and Security

Winter may conjure up imagery suitable for a Norman Rockwell painting: sitting by the fire with a hot drink in hand, enjoying the twinkling lights and decorations, and watching through the window as snowflakes drift lazily through the air. But the reality is that the business impact of winter weather is anything but idyllic.

The economic impact of a simple snowstorm can be upwards of $1 billion. And it’s not just companies in the path of those epic nor’easters that need to take heed. Last winter, unusually cold weather as far south as Florida even caused several theme parks to close. Read More