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October 2014

Volume: 190
Edition: 4

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Returning to work

Successful programs can help lower employer costs, including workers' compensation
Workers' compensation costs are increasing nationwide, but experts say those costs – as well as fears on the part of injured workers – can be reduced with a well-designed return-to-work program.
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Inherently Safer Design

The concept gains attention as chemical facility incidents continue to occur
After investigating a series of recent fires, explosions and toxic leaks at chemical plants, the Chemical Safety Board has emphasized the need for Inherently Safer Design. What does the term mean, and how can employers use the principles of ISD to create safer workplaces?
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Workplace violence in health care

Experts say 'part of the job' mindset needs to change
Violence from patients, families and visitors is a common hazard for nurses and other health care workers. Although several states have recently strengthened penalties for assaults on health care personnel, worker advocates are calling for additional action.
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Editor's Note: Hoping for a ‘win-win’

A few years ago, when Safety+Health published an article about what some employers are doing to accommodate aging workers, I shared in this column the story of a relative by marriage who has worked most of his adult life in a manufacturing plant, and the toll the physical labor has taken on his body.

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Washington Update: Safe contracting

Employees working under federal contractors may find their workplaces getting safer, if a new Executive Order pans out the way some worker safety advocates hope.
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State Spotlight: OSHA Region 9

A region-by-region look at injury statistics

Safety+Health takes a region-by-region look at injury statistics, this month with OSHA Region 9. Read a listing of the region's emphasis programs and fatality and injury counts by state.

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Safety Leadership: Removing cognitive bias from safety decisions: Three steps

Why do good leaders sometimes make bad decisions?
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All About You: Learning from mistakes

This month, veteran safety pro turned professional speaker Richard Hawk discusses how, although you cannot completely prevent mistakes in life, you can learn from them.
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