OSHA violations in the last 3 years could eliminate companies from consideration. The federal government just got a lot stricter about who it does business with – especially contractors that have had serious labor law offenses over the last few years.
Work hard, make sacrifices now and then and you’ll be eventually rewarded with a great lifestyle. That’s what many of us tell ourselves and there’s nothing wrong with the desire to excel. But just how hard are you pushing yourself? Are you finding that you’re not spending enough quality time with your spouse, children, friends and other family?
This month represents a time of year when the temperature will skyrocket to sweltering levels, meaning it’s vital that you pay close attention to employees who may be more susceptible to heat-related disorders such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat rash. These individuals include employees who are regularly working outside, overweight, over 65 years old or have heart disease or high blood pressure, for example.
Dust. Secondhand smoke. Constant noise. Stress. If you find yourself around them on a constant basis in your work environment, these factors and others like them could contribute to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s the finding of officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s not enough to say yours is a healthy culture by positive attitudes and behaviors alone. While it’s nice to say everyone “gets along” and the environment is “team-oriented,” a true culture of health offers much more.
How much can it cost you if you aren’t properly investing in foot protection for warehouse employees? Just ask the warehousing and distribution firm that’s looking at a $300,000 penalty from OSHA for that very violation.