November-December 2016

Case Study: Early Intervention Program Effectiveness

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Our Early Intervention Program (EIP) assists you in reducing OSHA recordables and worker’s compensation costs.  We offer prompt attention to your workers complaining of aches and pains and provide them with prevention measures – both individually and within their work station – to expedite the recovery process, all while working within the OSHA first aid guidelines.

With 2016 quickly coming to a close, we performed a case study to determine the overall effectiveness of the Early Intervention Program (EIP). The statistics have been broken down into the following categories:

  1. Total number of EIP clients for each company and overall.
  2. Total number of EIP visits for each company and overall.
  3. Total number of EIP clients discharged from the program WITHOUT an MD referral for each company and overall.
  4. Total number of EIP clients who were referred to an MD for each company and overall.

 

Lastly, you will also see a pie chart that is broken down into the top complaints, or types of injuries, that we worked with in EIP. These are the most commonly seen injuries in our experience

  • 842 EIP Clients

  • 2569 EIP visits = 3.05 EIP visits per client (average)

  • 53 out of 842 EIP clients were referred to MD by EIP specialist

  • 94% of EIP Clients NOT Referred to MD

Company

EIP Clients   

   EIP       Visits

EIP D/C Without MD      Referral

    EIP D/C With MD Referral

Company 1

123

407

115

8

Company 2

296

712

284

12

Company 3

249

928

903

25

Company 4

108

310

107

1

Company 5

35

107

31

4

Company 6

31

105

28

 3

TOTAL

842

2569

1468

53

 

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After analyzing our data, we found that we had 842 total EIP clients and 2569 total EIP visits which average out at 3.05 visits per client. Of the 842 employees that we saw within EIP, 789 of them were completely discharged without an MD referral. That is 789 potential OSHA recordable injuries that were avoided by working with our EIP Specialists.

The most common injuries that we worked with were to the back, shoulders, and wrists. This is not surprising considering the nature of the jobs that these employees do. There is a lot of repetition, heavy lifting, and awkward postures involved in these positions.

Our 94% success rate can be attributed to all of the many services we provide in addition to the EIP program. Each service has a specific role in preventing injuries. Some of the services we provided in these companies include set walk-through times, ergonomic team trainings/involvement, ergonomic job position evaluations, visual work instructions, job analyses, proper lift training, new hire trainings, new hire training follow-ups, wellness programs, booths at safety fairs, case management, on-site physical therapy, and post-offer screens. Every service that we provide can be used independently with good success, but a combination of these services creates a perfect storm of injury prevention.

CIS onsite, despite being a nationwide provider, offers a personal touch, constant and thorough communication, a comprehensive list of services to choose from, flexibility to custom fit a program to your company’s needs, and excellent customer service that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

For more information, call CIS onsite at 866-298-1312, or visit our website at www.cisonsite.com.

Workplace Noise- Office

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“Noise” can be defined very simply as unwanted sound. Office workers are subjected to many noise sources including video display terminals, high-speed printers, telephones, fax machines, and human voices.

Noise can produce tension and stress as well as damage to hearing at high noise levels. For noise levels in offices, the most common effects are interference with speech communication, annoyance, and distraction from mental activities. The annoying effect of noise can decrease performance or increase errors in some task situations. If the tasks require a great deal of mental concentration, noise can be detrimental to performance. Government standards have set limits for exposure to noise to prevent hearing loss in employees. The level of noise one can safely be exposed to is dependent on the intensity of the noise as well as the duration of exposure. In an office setting OSHA noise standards are rarely approached or exceeded. However, problems could arise in areas with a high concentration of noisy machines, such as high-speed printers or Xerox machines.

When employees are subjected to sound levels exceeding OSHA standards, feasible administrative or engineering controls must be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce sound levels, personal protective equipment must be provided and used to reduce sound levels.

For many of the annoying sounds in the office environment, the following measures are useful for reducing the level of noise or its effects:

  1. Select the quietest equipment if possible. When there is a choice between two or more products, sound levels should be included as a consideration for purchase and use.
  2. Provide for proper maintenance of equipment, such as lubrication and tightening of loose parts that can cause noise.
  3. Locate loud equipment in areas where its effects are less detrimental. For example, place impact printers away from areas where people must use the phone.
  4. Use barrier walls or dividers to isolate noise sources. Use of buffers or acoustically-treated materials can absorb noise that might otherwise travel further. Rubber pads to insulate vibrating equipment can also help to reduce noise.
  5. Enclose equipment, such as printers, with acoustical covers or housings.
  6. Schedule noisy tasks at times when it will have less of an effect on the other tasks in the office.

Source: http://www.backbenimble.com/articles/noisearticle.htm

Thanksgiving Home and Travel Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country, Americans are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year.  Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together to share good food, conversation, and laughter. In the midst of all this festive activity, it’s important to remember that there are health hazards associated with the holiday, including an increased chance of food poisoning, kitchen fires, and travel incidents.

Taking just a few minutes to read these Thanksgiving safety tips could mean the difference between enjoying the holiday and having a turkey dinner end in disaster.


Food Poisoning

Following these food safety tips can keep any Thanksgiving meal safe from bacteria and keep your family and friends from getting sick:

  • Safely cooking a turkey starts with correctly defrosting it; place your bird on a tray or pan to catch any juices and keep it refrigerated until it’s ready to cook.
  • A 20-pound frozen turkey can take up to five days to thaw out so plan ahead.
  • Turkeys need to be cooked to an internal temperate of 165 °F.
  • Leftovers need to be refrigerated within two hours after serving.

Fire Safety

The average number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is triple that of a normal day. Here a few simple ways to avoid fires:

  • “Stand by your pan” when cooking. Never leave food, grease, or oils cooking on the stovetop unattended.
  • Pot holders, oven mitts, food wrappers, and other things that can catch fire should be kept away from the stove.
  • Children should also be kept away from hot stoves and paid particular attention to when they are in the kitchen.
  • Facing pot handles towards the rear of the stove can save them from being knocked over and scalding people nearby.
  • Long sleeves and loose clothing should be avoided while cooking as it can easily catch fire.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and with all the excitement travelers can become more focused on celebrations than getting to their destination as safely as possible. Following these travel tips will keep everyone safe on the road and in the air:

  • An emergency road kit is important to have in case of a breakdown or accident.
  • Ideally, travel outside of the heaviest days to avoid congestion – which are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward.
  • Get your car road-ready and start your trip with a full tank of gas.
  • Don’t be distracted. It’s illegal to text and drive in many states and drivers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a crash than those who don’t.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • At airports, remember the 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons.
  • Food items in your carry-on luggage must be in clear plastic bags and less than 3.4 ounces.
  • Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year at airports; packing smartly will help security lines move along quickly.

Source: https://blog.mass.gov/blog/safety/thanksgiving-home-travel-safety-tips/

 

 

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