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Fewer Than 20% of Employers are Prepared for Opioid Abuse

Even though 75% of companies have experienced the effects of the opioid epidemic, only 17% say they are “extremely well prepared” to handle it, according to a new survey from the National Safety Council (NSC). The results of the survey were released in recognition of Poison Prevention Week. “The opioid crisis is truly encompassing nearly every...

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Four Ways to Crowdsource Innovation

Having an organization adopt open innovation is a challenge in itself, but having the manufacturing area do it is even harder. The challenge of connecting with external people becomes even bigger when internal people do not have the time to take care of it. However, an open approach can be of great help for manufacturing...

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Nemak USA Inc. Workers Diagnosed with Lung Disease

Three workers at Sheboygan, Wisc.-based Nemak USA were diagnosed with occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a debilitating lung disease. After a medical referral, OSHA inspected the automotive aluminum castings manufacturing facility in August 2018 and found the company failed to protect its employees. “Employers using these materials in their production must ensure that good hygiene practices are followed,...

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The interrelations between product and project management

18 March 2019 / 9:00 This series continues with the interrelations between product and project management. Products are created through projects. It may start with a sketch or design of the product, continue with a prototype of the product to the delivery of a ready to go product. Whilst products of a project could be...

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Why Reporting All Incidents Matters

The concept of incident reporting has been around for quite some time now. Though it was designed to improve safety in the workplace, there are still a number of reasons employees refuse to comply avoid this. Management and frontline workers need to understand why reporting an incident makes a big difference in the safety, efficiency and overall...

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How Gathering Machine Data Can Improve Workplace Efficiencies

Since the industrial revolution, manufacturers have been churning out goods which have bettered the livelihoods of billions of people. Machines have been fed raw material and transformed them into finished goods hundreds or thousands of times more valuable. The engine of society has hummed along; manufacturing powered the transformation of mankind’s way of living the...

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P’elfies (project selfies): Can they be useful for project management?

15 March 2019 / 9:00 Selfie-storm has gripped the world in recent times. From nobles to nomads, from officials to ordinary folks; everyone seems to be lovin’ the idea to capture and share the life moments on-the-go. Even the robotic rovers have caught-up with the trend, regularly sharing ‘mars moments‘ and ‘moon moments‘ of their...

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OSHA: U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. Exposed Workers to Lead

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co. is facing $115,594 after an OSHA investigation completed under the Regional Emphasis Program on Lead. The company exposed workers to lead, unguarded machinery and other safety hazards at its facility in Augusta, Ga.  “Elevated lead levels can cause debilitating and permanent health issues,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “OSHA’s lead standard...

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Women in Safety: Women More Likely to Encounter Workplace Assault

The number of women who experience workplace violence greatly outweighs men who sustain nonfatal assault injuries, the National Safety Council (NSC) reported. Seventy percent of all assault-related injuries that required missed work days involved females.  “Our workplaces should be safe havens for everyone, and these data show us we can do more to protect women in the...

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Back to Basics: Why Workplace Violence Programs Matter

Emad “Al” Shenouda has conducted over 300 active shooter training sessions and has conducted train-the-trainer programs for over 3,000 law enforcement officers. A former federal protective security advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he has seen the proliferation of active shooting incidents across the United States. He now provides consulting services as...

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