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Chemical Exposure: A Surprising Factor in Hearing Loss

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Many chemicals can cause hearing loss, especially in loud work environments where chemicals can exacerbate the effects of noise. These chemicals are called ototoxic, which translates to “ear poison.” Ototoxic chemicals can enter the body in several ways, including skin absorption or inhalation. 

“This startling piece of safety information is not new,” EMC Senior Industrial Hygienist Kelsie Boorn says. “But it’s flown under the radar, and some details are still not fully understood.”

To learn more about chemical exposure and hearing loss, check out the EMC Loss Control Insights article.

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Winter Weather: 8 Tips to Prep Your Employees

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The freezing temperatures and bitter-cold wind chills of winter weather pose safety issues similar to those faced during the summer heat.

Surprisingly, research shows that winter cold kills more Americans than heat. Of the 2,000 deaths that occur due to inclement weather each year, 63% are caused by cold and only 31% by heat. For eight tips to help you manage the challenges and dangers of hypothermia and frostbite, check out the EMC Loss Control Insights article.

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Smart Phone Use and Distracted Driving

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Distracted driving causes vehicle accidents and deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 3,166 traffic fatalities, or 8.5% of traffic deaths, in the United States in 2017 were linked to driver distraction. However, there is some disagreement on how much distracted driving can be attributed to cell phone use.

A 2018 study by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that between 2014 and 2018, cell phone use while driving rose 57%. On the other hand, NHTSA estimates that the prevalence of drivers using hand-held or hands-free cell phones decreased from 9% of drivers in 2012 to 5.3% in 2017. To learn more about smart phone use and distracted driving, check out EMC Insurance’s Loss Control Insights article.

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Arc Flash Q&A

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Each day in the United States, there are between five and 10 arc flash explosions severe enough to send victims to burn centers. This statistic might leave you wondering about the safety level of your company’s electrical distribution systems. To learn more about arch flash safety, check out the article in EMC’s Loss Control Insights.

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10 Ways to Improve Ladder Safety in Your Workplace

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ladders lead to injuries, perhaps because they appear to be such a simple tool. Just open it or lean it against a wall, then climb up to extend your reach. It’s easy to forget that climbing above the floor, especially if you are carrying tools and heavy items, is dangerous. And because they are ever-present and shared among many employees, it’s also easy to neglect them, and not notice when they are damaged or unsteady.

If your company relies on traditional ladders, you must ensure employees are following your ladder safety program in their use and maintenance. For more on ladder safety, check out the the EMC Insurance Loss Control Insights article.

Tags:  EMC  Insights  Ladder Safety  Safety 

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