Safety and Health Assistance for Small Businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Office of Small Business Assistance to help small business employers understand their safety and health obligations, access compliance information, provide guidance on regulatory standards and to educate them about cost-effective means for ensuring the safety and health of...

Respiratory Protection and Safety

It may seem like a hassle to wear respiratory protection, but particles and contaminants—no matter how small—can cause both short-term and long-term health problems. Respirators protect employees from...

How to Protect a Business from Inside & Outside Theft

Chicago businesses lose millions of dollars every year due to theft. Losses from theft can occur in several different forms, and the following paragraphs outline some of the ways theft...

Use your Head!

There really is no excuse for not wearing a hard hat on jobs where it is required. Hard hat manufacturers have designed head protection to fit every need and pretty much every preference. From falling...

How to Report Workers' Comp Claims

Workers’ compensation laws are often misunderstood because they can vary significantly between states. If your employee reports an injury and you are unsure of what steps to take, you are not...

On-the-Job Injury Claims By Temporary Workers

If you use workers from staffing or leasing agencies to supplement your workforce, how adequately do your current insurance policies protect your company in the event that one of these individuals...

Auto Body Repair – Welding in the Shop

Auto Body Repair –Welding in the Shop Car repair often requires welding, which also means you need to consider a number of extra safety measures when preparing to weld. No matter how quick the job,...

Your Multicultural Workforce

Your Multicultural Workforce Diverse employee populations are becoming increasingly commonplace in today’s workforce. Though such diversity is positive in many ways, it can also create...

Illinois Drug and Alcohol Testing Laws

Illinois does not have a statute or regulation generally addressing drug testing of employees and applicants by private employers. However, Illinois law requires that employers working under a public...

How to Handle Batteries Safely in the Workplace

Tractors, trucks, cars and construction equipment require batteries to operate properly. There are several different types of batteries for these mobile machines. Almost all batteries contain lead...

Workers' Comp: The Basics

Workers’ compensation coverage pays benefits to workers injured on the job, including medical care, part of lost wages and permanent disability. It also provides death benefits to dependents...

How to Collect When the Customer Won't Pay

Having trouble collecting from your customers? Wondering how to deal with customers who won't pay or are slow to pay? These suggestions will help you collect from past due accounts. Chances are most...

OSHA Update: Monitor Workers Clothing, Jewelry

One morning at a Nebraska meat-packing facility, a worker was operating a conveyor belt as part of his ordinary routine. But the worker got some loose clothing caught in some moving parts....

The Power of Communicating Risk

Chemical safety on the job site is very important to us. Although we work with potentially hazardous materials on a regular basis, we can maintain a safe working environment if we use chemicals as...

Climb the Ladder of Success Safely

Falls from elevated surfaces are frequently listed as one of the top 10 causes of accidents in the workplace. Most of these accidents occur due to failure to follow basic ladder safety. To help...

Auto Lift Safety

Auto Lift Safety No matter how many years of experience you have working in the shop, auto lifts always present a chance for injury. Given the size and weight of the average vehicle, improper...

Potential Environmental and Regulatory Liabilities at Auto Garages

Potential Environmental and Regulatory Liabilities at Auto Garages The most common environmental and regulatory exposures encountered at car dealerships, gasoline/service stations and garages...

Protect Your Business When Using Social Media

By the beginning of 2013, the social networking Web site Facebook had more than one billion users, and an estimated 500 million people use micro-blogging service Twitter. The business networking site...

The Customer is Always Right (and Safe!)

Auto body shops present a variety of hazards, including the use of dangerous chemicals, exposure to paint fumes, exposure to sanding dust, metal fumes from welding and cutting, hearing damage...

What is PPE and Why is it important?

No matter what your job is, engineering controls are the first line of defense against occupational injury and fatalities. However, these methods do not always offer the maximum protection...
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