Workplace Safety

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Managing Face Covering Requirements and Overheating

Employers have had to scramble to comply with several new federal, state, and local health directives intended to help combat the spread of COVID-19. In Washington and Oregon, employers must implement and enforce a variety of new rules such as enforcing six-foot physical distance between employees or customers when feasible,… 

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June is National Safety Month

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, workplace safety is more critical than ever. June is National Safety Month. Although the annual event may look different from previous years, employers are encouraged to evaluate workplace safety programs, identify any training that employees are behind on, and establish a plan to bring workers… 

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Preparing for Workplace Safety and Health Inspections During COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers face difficult decisions regarding business operations. Decreased product demand, staff shortages, and ever-changing regulations are just some of the challenges employers are facing. Do employers also need to be worried about a surprise state safety inspection? Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington Labor… 

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Archbright’s Manufacturing Retro Program: A Nice Piece of the Pie

In 1981 L&I started offering a voluntary Retrospective Rating program, also known as “retro.” Retro programs are safety incentive programs providing the opportunity for employers to earn refunds on L&I insurance premiums as a reward for creating safe work environments. Archbright began sponsoring its first retro program in 1985 and… 

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Face Coverings, Masks, and Respirators: What You Need to Know

At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending the use of face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers may be wondering what this means for the workplace –… 

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Benefits of Ergonomics

Proper ergonomics is critical in today’s manufacturing industry. The result of continually exerting the same muscles or ligaments repeatedly over time can lead to long and drawn out claims. However, the number and severity of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) resulting from workplace overexertion, and their associated costs, can be substantially reduced…