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ANSI Adopting ISO 45001

The national adoption of the ISO 45001 Standard (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) has been approved as an American National Standard. Stay tuned for more details!

Don’t Be Fooled By “Well-Washing”

Many organizations are expanding wellness program offerings that move beyond the physical dimension of health (biometric screenings, BMI, health risks), such as building resiliency, managing stress, and practicing meditation. While admirable and potentially...

Workers’ Memorial Day

April 28 was designated as Workers’ Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. OSHA first began operating on this very day – April 28 – in 1971. Workplaces are certainly safer in the nearly 50 years since....

Social Impact 360

On April 21st, 2018, Social Impact 360 (SI360), the only youth-led movement in the business sector dedicated to solving social issues, today announced it is creating the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good. Social Impact 360 (SI360) is the first and largest...

The Happiness Factor and Why It Matters

According to one finding within a recent global wellness report (2018 Global Wellness Trends), happiness in the USA is plummeting. Of interest is that this has more to do with a lack of social connections and sense of community than with physical health or money. We...

Really? The 5th Leading Cause of Death

A new book, “Dying for a Paycheck” was published in March. The author argues that today’s work culture exacts a harmful toll on the health of employees. He sites an example given by a CEO: “I look out at the workplace and I see stress, layoffs, longer hours,...

Confused About Submitting Electronic Records?

We understand that there has been some initial confusion regarding what companies are required to submit the 300A summary electronically to OSHA. Companies with 250 or more employees that currently are required to maintain OSHA recordkeeping must submit...

ISO 45001 Has Been Published!

The bar has been raised! According to the announcement, “the world’s much anticipated International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) has just been published, and is set to transform workplace practices globally.” ISO 45001, Occupational health...

Surprising? Or Not So Much?

A recent Willis Towers Watson survey paints a not so stellar report on employee views of workplace health and well-being programs; however, it may not be all that surprising to many. Only 1/3 of employees globally responded that their employers’ programs have helped...

ISO 45001 Update: Publication Likely To Be Soon

The first occupational health and safety international standard is set for publication release March 2018. ISO 45001 will help organizations provide a safe and healthy workplace and continually improve occupational health and safety performance, as well as prevent...

Educate Employees on Recycling!

Did you know that the U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling – and nearly half goes to China? China has used recyclables from around the world to supply its manufacturing boom. But now China has declared it will no longer accept recycled materials due to...

Another Reason Organizations Lose Talent

Recent research by Gallop revealed that highly talented employees who are not engaged were among those who had the highest turnover in organizations surveyed — on par with low talent, disengaged employees. This piggybacks on our previous blog, Why People Quit...

Is Raising The Pay Scale Enough?

Several large employers, such as Wal-Mart, are admirably raising the minimum wage paid to employees. This is an important decision, but is it enough? – a question raised in a recent HBR blog. It was interesting to read the perspective and what more could be done to...

Peacefully Ending The Weight Loss Struggle

As the New Year begins, so do the “new” resolutions to lose weight. Many well-meaning companies offer support by scheduling onsite weight loss programs and even challenges as part of their wellness program. Employees and companies resolve that this time they will be...

Why People Quit Their Jobs

An interesting case study presented in a recent article noted, yes, employees leave a job due to a toxic boss or work environment; HOWEVER, the case demonstrated that employees also leave when their job isn’t enjoyable, their strengths aren’t being used, and they...

How About A Different Approach?

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions continues despite the fact that by February most have already ‘broken’ theirs. This isn’t due to failings, weakness, or lack of will power, but instead based on many other factors including the power of habits,...

300A Recordkeeping Summary

It’s that time of year again! Just a brief reminder that it’s time to summarize your OSHA 300 Log by January 31st using the 300A recordkeeping summary form. The completed and signed 300A form is to be posted in a location easily accessible to employees. The posting...

2018 Labor Law Posters

It may be time to update your workplace labor law poster. There have been changes to the labor laws in 19 states, requiring labor law poster revisions effective January 2018. The posters can be purchased from vendors; however, the same posters are also available at no...

How to Foster Employee Engagement and Create Great Places to Work It’s easier than you think – no gimmicks required! Here are a few quick tips: Ensure managers care about employees as individuals, and communicate in ways that demonstrate this. Clearly articulate the...

Gender Bias Found in Bystander CPR

Findings from a new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania indicate that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent...

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Approximately 60 percent of a person’s life expectancy is driven by factors outside of the doctor’s office – our individual behaviors, as well as social and environmental factors[1]. As part of its continued effort to address social determinants of health, the Aetna...

The Pay Off for Enhancing Trust and Engagement?!

Companies with highly engaged workforces realize: SAFETY:48% fewer incidents QUALITY: 41% fewer defects RETENTION: 25-65% less turnover PRODUCTIVITY: 37% less absenteeism PROFITABILITY: 147% earnings per share performance in relation to their peers...

New Target Date For Electronic Recordkeeping

OSHA’s proposed changes to the E-Recordkeeping rule are still being revised; however, the target date for electronic injury submissions is now December 1, 2017. It’s possible that the date will be delayed again, but many businesses impacted by the rule are...

Honor National Kindness Day

It’s the little things that matter, and the acts that matter the most are often free! Kindness Day came about when a collection of humanitarian groups met on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. What will be your declaration of kindness – at work...

October 2017 Safety Update

First, Haz Com Changes Coming Soon: OSHA is planning to submit a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with version 7 of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is updated every two years,...

An ‘Internal’ View of Wellness Programs

Karen recently moderated a panel discussion at a breakout session for CAIs recent 2-day conference. Three very different businesses showcased their workplace wellness programs and each had a unique focus. They openly shared their initiatives and successes as well as...

Target Raising Minimum Wage

A people centered approach — doing what is best for employees and their families, is what is best for businesses and their customers. A first step is paying a living wage. Target became the first low-wage chain to announce it will raise pay to $15 an hour by...

It’s More Than Winning Versus Losing

A recent article on the need for psychological safety to ensure high performing teams caused a bit of pause. Not that the overall concept was a problem – psychological safety is essential for high performing teams as well as for employee well-being. In fact, for us,...

On the Horizon: OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standard Update

Since the 1989 LOTO Standard was adopted, technology has changed the methods for controlling hazardous energy. Therefore OSHA plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2018 regarding potential updates to the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard. Apparently...

Dimensions Makes the 2017 Best for the World list!

Inc. 500/5000 tells us who’s growing the fastest. This list, the Best for the World list, tells us who’s the best. Best for workers, best for communities, best for the environment. Fast growth is one measure of a business’s success, but it is no longer enough. The...

Health Plan Increases And A Changing Landscape

The individual health insurance market is a bit jittery based on instability related to all the uncertainty. Unfortunately, this is expected to cause a significant increase in pricing. Not good news to those who must purchase their own insurance policies. However, the...

What’s New: GRI OHS Draft

Are you familiar with GRI? Founded in the U.S. in 1997, GRI – Global Reporting Initiative – is an international non-profit organization helping businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical...

Honing Our Inner Compass For Change

There has been an incredible amount of research on the power of habits and what keeps habits glued in place. Science has proven that neural pathways in the brain are formed and strengthened when we practice something over and over again, becoming habits. These ‘habit...

Honing Our Inner Compass For Change

There has been an incredible amount of research on the power of habits and what keeps habits glued in place. Science has proven that neural pathways in the brain are formed and strengthened when we practice something over and over again, becoming habits. These ‘habit pathways’ have powerful control on our daily interactions, activities, behaviors and reactions. Whether it’s angry reactions, impatience, jealousy, a negative mind, eating – or not eating – certain foods at certain times, emotional eating, not exercising, smoking – okay, you get it – whatever the emotional, physical, or cognitive habits that we have developed are wired in our brain to become a packaged response.

Are Your Employees Aligned with Your Purpose?

In collaboration with fellow B-Corp, Imperative and Ascendant Global Leadership (AGL), SHERPA Sustainability Institute expands its 2017 Research Study on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The focus is on understanding how to better align frontline workers with the values and purpose of the company.

Are You Throwing Money to the Wind?

A recent HBR Blog mentioned that employee engagement scores remain low even though organizations are spending millions – 100s of millions – of dollars to improve engagement. Why such poor results? The reason given is that most engagement initiatives are nothing more than ‘an adrenaline shot’ rather than seeking sustainable solutions and experiences that create a place where people want to work. Such sustainable experiences change working and being productive to “want to’s,” not “need or have to’s.”

The Organization & Individual Consequences of Distress

For quite a while now it’s been demonstrated that stress increases health risks such as heart disease, weakened immune system, cancers, and even the common cold. In addition, stress affects learning and decision making abilities. Increased perception of stress also increases the risk of premature death in humans as well as other social mammals.

Genuine CSR Requires An External AND Internal Focus: 10 Strategies to Consider

Start With A Purpose. That’s the advice given to startup companies - start with a purpose. Although written for startups, the points made should be considered by all organizations, especially those wanting to attract and retain the best talent. Employees want purpose & meaning, and to work for a company that is not only making a difference, but is one where the employees feel they are contributing towards that difference. This requires not just an external focus on corporate social responsibility as outlined in the blog, but an internal focus as well.

DIMENSIONS Honored as Best for Workers

On September 8, 2016, Dimensions was recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform, bthechange.com. They were also honored at the first-annual Best for the World Celebration & Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School.

Linking Purpose, Health & Meditation

Many dimensions of wellness inform our overall well-being and physical health. Each dimension is interconnected with and influenced by the others. They include social, spiritual, emotional, psychological, environmental, professional and, of course, physical wellness. Most workplace wellness programs primarily–and often exclusively–focus on physical wellness. Doing so is not only shortsighted but also greatly limits the benefits for both individual and organizational well-being.

Discontinuous Productivity

At our last professional networking meeting we discussed the need for taking mini breaks at least every 90 minutes during the workday. Christine Carter coined the term ‘discontinuous productivity’ which is very appropriate since these “breaks” make a great contribution to productivity.

Is Worksite Wellness ‘Stuck’?

Or is there merely a gap between research and practice? Or, is there just a huge groundswell to maintain the status quo? Or perhaps a little of both? There certainly seems to be a ‘stuckness’, at least with certain worksite wellness program elements.

What Happens When Safety is ONLY a Priority

There were 4,679 Work Related Fatalities in the USA in 2014. 4,679. Here’s a powerful quote from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, "No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people."

Is Your Workplace Psychologically Safe?

Innovation and engagement are highly sought in today’s workplace. These are the modern organization’s equivalent to the alchemist “philosopher’s stone” that could turn base metal to gold. But innovation and engagement require learning behaviors.

Moving Beyond Physical Safety – Changing the Work Climate

Only when employees believe that the environment in which they work is “safe” will they risk fully engaging with their work. That may sound like common sense, but its less common than many companies believe. Management has to realize that employees hearing it is safe and believing it is safe are not necessarily the same. If managements’ actions do not support their words, signs, or posters then no amount of telling is going to make employees believe. And although you may have a physically safe workplace, subtle incivility and animosity might make it an emotionally and psychologically unsafe environment thus inhibiting full engagement.