Workplace Safety Article Roundup - December 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of news about workplace safety.

Keeping Contractors Safe

Summary: Are you responsible when contractors don't follow your safety instructions?

Countries have different rules and regulations when it comes to safety and training for contracted companies and lone workers. In the United States, OSHA offers safety and health regulations for construction. According to the regulations for construction, “in no case shall the prime contractor be relieved of overall responsibility for compliance with the requirements of this part for all work to be performed under the contract.”

New Workplace Bullying Books Deserves Close Attention

Summary: A new book about workplace bullying uses psychology to help seek resolution.

The book, "Workplace Bullying" by Joseph Catanzariti and Keryl Egan balances information about the prevention of workplace bullying, the cultural and psychological underpinnings of workplace bullying, and the potential processes through the Fair Work Commission to seek resolution.

Preventing Common Winter Injuries

Summary: Winter brings some unique injury opportunities as we spend more time away from work during the holidays.

This slideshow details common winter injuries, like sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures, and how to avoid and treat them.

The Danger of Sleep Deprivation at Work

Summary: With 63 percent of Americans reporting that their sleep needs aren’t met during the week, sleep deprivation is a societal epidemic that exists across all economic statuses, industries and seniority levels.

Sleep deprivation is an issue that is often ignored, yet frequently the root cause of decreased productivity, accidents, incidents and mistakes which cost companies billions of dollars each year, reports Circadian, a global leader in providing 24/7 workforce performance and safety solutions for businesses that operate around the clock.

The Danger of Risk Aversion

Summary: Risk aversion is life and learning denying.

Risk version robs people of dignity and independence according to new research. The more we speak in the nonsense language of absolutes and low order goals of perfection, the more we promote risk aversion.