Category: Human Resources

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What’s the Tobacco Policy at Your Facility?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says that approximately 20% of working adults use some sort of tobacco products, with almost 5% of these folks using two or more tobacco products “every day” or “some days.”

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Marijuana and Facility Safety: What You Need to Know

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Illinois became the 11th state (plus Washington D.C.) to legalize recreational marijuana, while 33 states have now legalized medical marijuana. And as many states become more lenient with their marijuana laws and regulations, organizations should seek out everything there is to know about marijuana and workplace safety and wellness.

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Holiday Hazards: Stress

The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the annual StressPulse Survey conducted by employee assistance program (EAP) provider ComPsych Corporation, stress and personal relationship issues are the most common reasons for employee absence, accounting for nearly half (47%) of employee absences—handily beating out medical issues. Given […]

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The Impacts of Hearing Loss on Safety

Hearing loss is a common disability, affecting about 48 million people in the United States. The impacts of hearing loss on the workforce are far-reaching, and can result in lost productivity, lower wages, and increased safety risks.

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Opioid Toolkit for Employers Released by NSC

The National Safety Council (NSC) released an “Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit” that employers can use to address workplace impacts of the ongoing opioid crisis. The NSC encouraged employers to implement robust drug-free workplace policies and called on employers to equip their workplaces with first-aid kits containing naloxone (an overdose reversal drug), provide supervisor education […]

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Construction Industry Faces Recruitment Challenges

The American job market has been seeing historically low unemployment levels for some time now, meaning it’s harder for employers to find qualified job applicants to fill key positions. But some industries are feeling the sting of the tight labor market more painfully than others.

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Marijuana in the Workplace: Legalization, Testing Laws, and More

With more than 2,000 estimated growing facilities in the U.S., and with 5 times more employees than the coal industry, the cannabis (Marijuana) business is booming. Thirty-four states, along with the District of Columbia (D.C.), have medical marijuana statutes on the books. In addition, 10 states and D.C. have also approved it for recreational use, […]

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6 Strategies for Addressing Vaping at Your Facility

In case you haven’t noticed the large clouds forming outside building entrances, the use of e-cigarettes—also called vaping—is on the rise. As a result, many facility managers and their organization’s HR teams are playing catch-up to answer questions from employees, colleagues, and executives.

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The Facts on Accommodating Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals at Your Facility

Service and emotional support animal accommodations have become an issue for facilities, especially public ones like shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, medical offices, and recreational facilities. Even private facilities may have to address the issue with tenants. With that in mind, we’re providing facilities managers an analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) public […]