CIS onsite Safety Conference Tour 2023!

CIS onsite will be exhibiting at these Safety Conferences in 2023. Come visit our booth for information on how to protect your most valuable assets, Your Employees!!
  • Kirkwood Safety Conference, February 23, 2023, Cedar Rapids, IA


  • Indiana 2023 Safety & Health Conference, February 27-March 1, 2023. Indianapolis, IN


  • Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 8-10, 2023, Columbus, OH


  • Wisconsin Safety Council Annual Conference, April 17-19, 2023 – Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


  • Iowa-Illinois Safety Council’s 70th Annual Conference & Expo, April 25-27, 2023, Dubuque, IA


  • Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, May 2-3, 2023, Prior Lake, MN


  • National ASSP Safety Conference & Expo, June 5-7, 2023, San Antonio, TX


  • 10th Annual Hawkeye on Safety Conference, September 7, 2023, Coralville, IA


  • Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference, September 18-21, 2023, Naperville, IL


  • Women in Safety Conference, October 2023, Hiawatha, IA  Exact dates to be posted


  • 52nd Annual Iowa Governor’s Safety & Health Conference, October 24-25, 2023, Altoona, IA

6 Steps to Avoiding Work Injuries

The average person will spend one-third of their life at work. With this in mind, not to mention the potentially hazardous nature of certain occupations (like construction, for example), it’s fairly easy to see why work injuries happen with such frequency.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.65 million recorded work injuries in 2020. Of these, 1.17 million resulted in days away from work, with an average of 12 days missed. Sprains, strains, and tears were the most common type of occupational injury, with 266,530 recorded cases.

Some on-the-job injuries are so severe that they claim workers’ lives. In 2020, the BLS reported 4,764 fatal injuries across all industries and occupations. 469 of those fatalities occurred in Texas. In fact, Texas has had the highest number of occupational fatalities every year since 2009.

These injuries and losses are preventable. By taking a few key steps, employers in Texas and across the country can dramatically reduce the likelihood of occupational accidents and injuries.

  1. Identify & Reduce Hazards

The first step in preventing work injuries is to identify hazards. These may be present at any workplace in any industry, from a warehouse to an administrative office, and may include:

  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Heavy machinery
  • Motor vehicles
  • Electrical hazards
  • Repetitive motions
  • Loud noises
  • Working at heights

Once these hazards are identified, warn employees of their presence, and take steps to reduce the risks they present. This might include placing a prominent warning sign near a piece of heavy machinery, applying non-skid material to a walkway, or installing a railing on a stairway. Like Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  1. Create Safe, Orderly Work Areas

When workplaces are cluttered and disorganized, this can interfere with production and increase the likelihood of an accident. Maintain orderly work areas by ensuring they are neat and tidy, encouraging employees to keep their spaces organized, and conducting routine inspections to make sure the layout of the workplace makes sense and that the area is debris-free. This principle applies to motor vehicles, machinery, or equipment used at the workplace as well. These should be inspected before and after each use and properly maintained according to manufacturer standards.

  1. Teach Safe Lifting & Body Positioning

Body positioning and lifting techniques are two powerful tools that can be used to prevent serious work injuries. Whether an employee must lift heavy objects, sit at a computer most of the day, perform a repetitive motion, or work in an awkward position, there are ways to prevent muscle strain and neck or back injuries. Teach workers how to properly lift heavy objects and make sure they have access to equipment (that includes chairs or even ergonomic keyboards!) that allows them to position their bodies the right way while working.

American workers suffered 394,751 sprains, strains, tears, and back injuries in 2020. Proper lifting techniques and ergonomics should be primary concerns for all employers.

  1. Utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will often be a worker’s first line of defense against occupational hazards. They can prevent workers from severe burns, eye injuries, foot injuries, falls from heights, extreme temperatures, wet weather, and so much more. The following are examples of PPE:

  • Earplugs
  • Hard hats
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Respirators
  • Boots
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Coveralls
  • Full body suits

The type of PPE a worker needs will depend on their job and the environment in which they are doing it. A welder on an offshore rig, for example, would need flame-resistant gloves and clothing, boots, and a face shield. A construction worker may need a hard hat, reflective vest, and steel-toed boots. A construction worker on scaffolding may also need appropriate fall protection.

  1. Commit to Education, Training & Communication

The final piece of the puzzle in preventing work injuries involves education, training, and communication. PPE is of no use if a worker does not know when to wear it or how to put it on. Hazards may never be reduced if employees feel they will be penalized for reporting them. Each employer must, according to the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, “furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”

Employers must educate and train employees on workplace safety, so they know what to do to avoid injury, how to respond to an emergency, and how to report an accident or hazard without fear of retaliation. Encouraging and even rewarding compliance with safety measures can make a significant and positive impact.

  1. Implement a Prevention Program

Implementing a comprehensive injury prevention program will be the most effective way for an employer to reduce work injuries. This program would include all of the first five of the measures included above, as well as a commitment to thoroughly investigate all accidents, injuries, and near misses to see why they occurred and how they can be prevented in the future.

Then, and only then, can we create workplaces where safety truly comes first.


6 Tips to Stay Active This Winter

Whether indoors or outdoors, be as active as you can—and have fun!

The winter season can be a challenging time to stay active, with colder temperatures, slippery conditions, and fewer daylight hours. But staying physically active is one of the best ways to improve your mental and physical health and keep yourself on track to reach your fitness goals. Physical activity can help you sleep better and reduce anxiety. Regular physical activity also helps you feel better, improve your balance, lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and many kinds of cancer, strengthen bones and muscles, lower blood pressure, maintain or lose weight, and keep your mind sharp as you get older. Emerging research also suggests physical activity may help boost your immune function.

Experts recommend adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical activity. Many activities count, such as walking, running, or wheelchair rolling. You can break that up into smaller chunks of time or spread your activity out during the week. Try 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. It all counts. Get started today with our 6 tips to stay active all winter long.

  1. Take nature walks.

Weather permitting, schedule time during the day to enjoy nature. Take a stroll around a safe neighborhood or park.

  1. Monitor the weather and plan ahead.

Weather forecasts give several days’ notice to prepare your week. Be sure to monitor the weather, dress appropriately, and plan your winter activity accordingly.

  1. Wear layers.

Wear several layers of comfortable clothing so that items can be removed easily as you become warmer. Layers will help you guard against overheating, sweating, and eventually becoming colder.

  1. Workout online.

Consider tuning into a TV, online, live Zoom, or Instagram workout class. Find free or low-cost exercise videos online to help you do aerobics, dance, stretch, and build strength.

  1. Do some chores.

When bad weather keeps you from going outside, look for ways to be physically active indoors. Housework such as vacuuming, sweeping, and cleaning all count towards your physical activity goals. And you’ll knock out some items on your to-do list while gaining health benefits. Walking or running up and down stairs in your home can be a great workout, too.

  1. Volunteer in active ways while maintaining social distance.

Help others while helping yourself. Look for volunteer opportunities that involve physical activity such as walking dogs for elderly neighbors or shoveling snow. When volunteering, remember to follow social distancing recommendations to keep yourself and others safe.