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Jul 21

Keep Your Vessels Moving: The Benefits of a Port Health Safety Program

Since 2020, Americans have had to think about the way in which all of the things that are usually found in local stores make their way to those store ...
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Jul 21
Jul 12

Workplace Harassment: Training Isn't Always Enough

A recent claim of harassment was revived by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals. In the case of Stamey v. Forest River, Inc., No. 21-1539, a ...
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Jul 12
Jul 7

Occupational Health: Your Businesses Ace-In-The-Hole

Preventable chronic conditions are a major contributor to the costs of health insurance premiums and employee medical claims, which are at an ...
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Jul 7
Jun 30

Keeping Business Alive When COVID-19 Refuses to Leave

"The pandemic continues and we're going to continue working on fighting the pandemic and getting it under much better control,"  White House COVID-19 ...
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Jun 30
Jun 21

Staying Ahead of All Federal Safety Regulations

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed these changes to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs in April ...
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Jun 21
Jun 16

The When, Why, & How of Safety Training - Part 3

Workplace Safety Screenings is wrapping up a three-part series on workplace safety. We have discussed the when and the why, but we would be remiss if ...
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Jun 16
Jun 3

The When, Why, & How of Safety Training - Part 1

Workplace Safety may be such an old hat in your industry that you rarely give it much thought, other than making sure that your HR department knows ...
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Jun 3
May 19

Solutions for the Workplace: Cutting through COVID-19 Debates

“Compared to the early days of the pandemic, COVID-19 is now preventable, treatable, and controllable. But just as we adapted before, we need to ...
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May 19
May 16

The Workplace & Marijuana: What to Think When the Rules Keep Changing

We cannot get away from the subject of marijuana. Every day is another development in how lawmakers are reacting to an old drug gaining new ...
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May 16
May 12

Losing Out: Is Your Application Process Costing You Good Candidates?

If you’ve been around a while, you know we write extensively on the importance of prescreening job seekers. We make sure the people who apply are who ...
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May 12
May 9

Costly to Ignore: Mental Health & the Workplace

“Excessive workplace stress causes a staggering 120,000 deaths and results in nearly $190 billion in health care costs each year.” -Center for ...
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May 9
Apr 21

Money Isn't Everything: The Less Tangible Benefits of Background Checks

We’ve written extensively on the financial benefits of background checks, or conversely the cost of having to replace an employee you did not ...
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Apr 21
Apr 18

Where the Boys Are: Alcohol Abuse in Male-Dominated Industries

Research shows that male dominated industries, particularly the construction industry, have an above the national average rate of alcohol abuse. ...
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Apr 18
Apr 14

A Prevention Perspective: Where a Healthy Worksite Starts

“The best cure is prevention.” That statement, most often used in relation to personal health, is simple but profound. It can find application well ...
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Apr 14
Mar 22

Is There Such a Thing as Working Too Hard? Don't underestimate the dangers of overexertion.

When it comes to workplace injuries, the common assumption is that they are the result of negligence or carelessness, but one of the most common ...
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Mar 22
Mar 17

Keep the Shiny Side Up: Keeping your drivers Safe, your profits high, and your liability low

The last two years have emphasized to the masses just how critical the trucking industry is to our economy and our way of life. More than just being ...
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Mar 17
Mar 11

Check the Label: Confusing results aren't the only risk with At-home COVID-19 tests

When will the negative news about Covid come to an end? While we are now seeing less severe Covid-related health threats, the not-so-good news keeps ...
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Mar 11
Mar 9

"I Called Dibs!": Competing for the Best Job Candidates during a National Labor Shortage.

When a national labor shortage has you and your competitors vying for the same workers, how do you make sure that you attract the best candidates out ...
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Mar 9
Feb 28

School is in Session:  Training and Development can increase Job Retention and Productivity

Employers recruit individuals who have a specific skill set, experience, and ability to perform the responsibilities of a vacant position. Employees ...
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Feb 28
Feb 25

Bait the Hook: Why Workplace Wellness Programs are Here to Stay

What is the difference between government regulated safety standards and additional wellness programs that make your company’s benefits package more ...
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Feb 25
Feb 22

Stay Compliant: Do You Know Your State's Drug Laws?

“Under Texas and federal laws, there is almost no limitation at all on the right of private employers to adopt drug and alcohol testing policies for ...
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Feb 22
Feb 15

What's Up with Mary Jane: Keeping Up with Evolving Marijuana Laws

Right now the marijuanna laws vary between states. These state laws will continue to shift as favor for legalization expands among the general ...
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Feb 15
Feb 11

Is That Yours: The Rise of Employee Theft

Three out of four employees admit to stealing from their employer at least once. Employee fraud occurs for two years, on average, prior to being ...
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Feb 11
Feb 9

The High Cost of common Safety Mishaps

Workplace Safety is imperative for reducing accidents and injuries, but many of your skilled managers and staff often ignore the common safety ...
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Feb 9
Jan 31

Improved Safety & Higher Profits: A Drug-Free Policy for the New Year

As you begin a new year, increased safety and higher profits are most likely on your business agenda. That means implementing a drug-free work ...
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Jan 31
Jan 25

Not Just Statistics: Real World Worker Injuries

Workplace Safety Screenings is in the business of helping employers understand the risks of workplace injury and death. As much as we offer ...
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Jan 25
Jan 20

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

The age diversity in the current workforce is the widest ever. It is now common for organizations to have employees working side-by-side with those ...
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Jan 20
Dec 1

How Random is Your Company's Random Drug Tests?

A friend of mine tells a story about being selected for a so-called random drug test at a Houston company within a day or two of having had an ...
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Dec 1
Nov 23

It's Gett'n Cold Outside: Weather Proofing your Workplace Safety Program

In February of 2021, Texas experienced a winter weather storm that residents lovingly refer to as “Snow-mageddon” or “Snowpocalypse.” To put it ...
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Nov 23
Nov 17

Why Post Accident Drug Testing Matters

Now that your company has determined the need for a drug and alcohol policy, it is important to assess key components impacting the effectiveness of ...
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Nov 17
Nov 8

Hey Guys, Remember Me: The return of the common Flu

Mask wearing, social distancing, and the myriad of other precautions, put in place to fight the COVID pandemic, made the influenza virus, what we ...
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Nov 8
Oct 21

Prescription Drug Use in the Workplace

You probably already know the answer to the question, "How do I pass a drug or alcohol test?" First Lady Nancy Reagan had it right in the 1980's when ...
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Oct 21
Oct 4

"Look Out Below!" -The Rise of Workplace Injuries

You’ve probably seen the iconic image of the 1932 New York City construction workers seated above Rockefeller Center during the height of The Great ...
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Oct 4
Sep 9

The Rise of Drug Abuse & Your Business

Drug use is on the rise. In almost every measurable category, we see a surge in substance abuse. In light of these increasing numbers, the question ...
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Sep 9
Sep 1

Leagalized Weed vs. Your own Drug Testing Program

You may have heard about the Gallup poll released last week showing for the first time since 1969, a majority of Americans favors legalizing ...
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Sep 1
Mar 16

PART 2 - Employment & Background Checks: What Do They Want To Know?

Why Is My Employer Asking For A Background Check?  Last week, we discussed the basic info about employee background checks--- what they are, the wait ...
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Mar 16
Mar 9

PART 1 - Employment & Background Checks: What Should I Know About The Process?

Why Is My Employer Asking For A Background Check?  Background checks are often a prerequisite to employment and volunteering in order to confirm any ...
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Mar 9
Feb 16

Medical Surveillance and Occupational Health Management

What is Medical Surveillance? When you say the words “medical surveillance,” it sounds almost ominous, doesn’t it? This term may not be used in ...
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Feb 16
Feb 9

What does the future of work look like?

These trends, recently published by the National Safety Council,  reveal the future of business--it's a business centered on your employees and the ...
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Feb 9
Dec 15

2021 focus for occupational health: behavioral health

In 2020, employers were swept up in the whirlwind of COVID-19 precaution, prevention, and preparedness. In 2021, it’s unlikely that the COVID-19 ...
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Dec 15
Oct 20

Hair testing: An effective option for drug testing

In September, the Department of Health and Human Services began seeking public commentary on the use of hair testing for federal employees and ...
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Oct 20
Oct 13

Calculating ROI of Safety Programs in 2021: Machine-based physical assessment

Safety programs that include drug testing, background checks, and occupational medicine are not new, and, for many businesses, are an essential part ...
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Oct 13
Sep 29

Calculating ROI of Safety Programs in 2021: Flu & COVID-19 Vaccines

Safety programs that include drug testing, background checks, and occupational medicine are not new, and, for many businesses, are an essential part ...
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Sep 29
Sep 22

Calculating ROI of Safety Programs in 2021: COVID-19 testing

Safety programs that include drug testing, background checks, and occupational medicine are not new, and, for many businesses, are an essential part ...
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Sep 22
Sep 15

Calculating ROI of Safety Programs in 2021: New variables for consideration

This is the first in a five-part series by WSS on maximizing the ROI of your safety program in 2021.
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Sep 15
Sep 1

Increase workplace mental health by mitigating anxiety

2020 has been a stressful year. For many, it has not only been stressful at home, but also at work. Employers have always been responsible for ...
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Sep 1
Aug 3

Tobacco in the Workplace

New technology brings tobacco back in house For the past five decades, tobacco use in the United States has been on the decline. Over the past 60 ...
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Aug 3
May 6

Abbott's Open Texas plan & what it means for you

Read the Open Texas report Many Americans are ready to get back to work, and on April 27, Governor Abbott released his plan to Open Texas with ...
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May 6
Apr 28

Hiring during and after COVID-19

In 2020, hiring is more complex than it has ever been before. We have the tools you need to hire successfully:
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Apr 28
Apr 23

On-site drug testing safely during COVID-19

Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise. We know that both anecdotally and through statistical analysis of post-traumatic events and current marijuana ...
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Apr 23
Apr 14

Employers required to use updated I-9 May 1, 2020

The I-9 form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States, and it is ...
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Apr 14
Apr 1

Injury Facts: Poisoning is #1 in middle age

Accidental death in the United States for working age adults is primarily caused by poisoning, more specifically drug overdose. Accidental death is ...
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Apr 1
Sep 12

6 Ways Scheduled Breaks Increase Employee Productivity

Many employees find it impossible to get away from their desk or find the time to take breaks during the workday. A survey conducted by a human ...
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Sep 12
Sep 10

7 Reasons A Drug Free Workplace Policy Protects Your Company

Drugs have become very prevalent in society with 60% of illegal world drug production being consumed in the United States. Due to the increase in ...
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Sep 10
Jul 11

Legalized Pot vs. Your Houston Drug Testing Program

You may have heard about the Gallup poll released last week showing for the first time since 1969, a majority of Americans favors legalizing ...
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Jul 11
Jun 20

Do I need Occupational Health Management for my Business?

The short answer, yes. Regardless of your business type, you need an occupational health management program. The specifics may change; for example, ...
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Jun 20
Jun 18

Should I use Social Media Screening when Hiring?

Hiring is still on the rise, but the pool of applicants continues to become smaller and smaller as the unemployment rate dips. As you seek to find ...
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Jun 18
May 14

3 Drug Testing Methodologies

When a company implements or reviews their Drug Free Workplace Program there is a lot to consider, one important factor is the testing method that ...
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May 14
May 14

Protecting Your Employees in the Houston Heat

It's summer in Houston, and that means heat and humidity are very real factors in many businesses in this part of Texas. At Workplace Safety ...
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May 14
May 9

How to Screen Youth for Work

The standard protocol for hiring, a background check, a drug screen, and a reference check, will not necessarily work for your youngest hires. ...
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May 9
Apr 30

5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Seek Treatment

Developing a drug free workplace is essential for employers. However, it can be difficult to encourage employees suffering from drug or alcohol abuse ...
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Apr 30
Apr 27

5 Signs an Employee Aliment Has Turned into a Substance Abuse Problem

In today’s society, prescription drug abuse has become a growing problem within the workplace. According to the National Institute on Drug ...
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Apr 27
Mar 26

What is the role of an MRO?

The MRO is a key person in the drug testing process. He or she ensures that the drug tests are administered properly, that the correct drug panel was ...
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Mar 26
Feb 26

The ROI of Occupational Health Management

What do you offer as perks for your employees that create a better quality of life? Some companies go over the top, and we’ve got a few examples for ...
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Feb 26
Dec 12

Is Your Company Holiday Party Like an Episode of "The Office?"

In a classic episode of NBC's hit TV series, "The Office," Steve Carrell's character, Michael Scott, the boss at the fictional Scranton branch of ...
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Dec 12
Sep 11

Notes from the CEO: Hire securely this holiday season

School is back in session, and many employers are looking to their holiday hiring plans. Holiday hiring is always difficult, but never more so than ...
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Sep 11
Aug 20

Have you adapted your HR policies to accommodate the 2018 trends?

2018 has been a challenging year for Human Resources employees and business owners. Two of the top issues, cannibis and employee well-being, are also ...
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Aug 20
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