Businesses Face Cyber Security Concerns

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Cyber-securityBusiness of all sizes are now facing “social engineering attacks,” a new epidemic that uses human interaction (social skills) to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems.  An attacker may seem unassuming and respectable, possibly claiming to be a new employee, repair person, or researcher, and even offering credentials to support that identity. However, by asking questions, he or she may be able to piece together enough information to infiltrate an organization’s network. If an attacker is not able to gather enough information from one source, he or she may contact another source within the same organization and rely on the information from the first source to add to his or her credibility. Continue reading “Businesses Face Cyber Security Concerns”

WCW: Don’t Wrestle with Workers’ Comp Woes!

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arm wrestlingFor many Americans, particularly in the Southeast, WCW stands for . It brings to mind sweaty wrestlers, grappling against the odds, and seeking victory while facing overwhelming adversity. The WCW I want to discuss stands for “workers’ comp woes,” and oddly enough, it also conjures images of grappling against overwhelming adversity. Continue reading “WCW: Don’t Wrestle with Workers’ Comp Woes!”

How to Evaluate Hazards in Your Workplace

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personal-protective-equipmentHazards exist in every workplace in many different forms. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “The employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).” Continue reading “How to Evaluate Hazards in Your Workplace”

Risk Management Services: More Than Just a Good Idea!

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risk-managementEvery good employer spends time evaluating, analyzing and determining the best solution for the problems, or risks, in business. This process is called mitigating risk or more simply, risk management. In today’s fast-paced and highly litigious society, no savvy business owner will operate without General Liability (GL) insurance coverage to protect his or her business operations, as well as workers’ compensation insurance to cover work-related injuries or illnesses. Continue reading “Risk Management Services: More Than Just a Good Idea!”

Why Do You Need a Risk Assessment Survey?

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Risk-assessment-surveyInvesting in safety and loss prevention is one of the best things an employer can do for his or her employees and company. Providing a safe workplace for employees is not only required by law, it’s also what every good employer strives to do. What business owner wouldn’t like to have a fresh set of eyes on his or her workplace, seeking out potential hazards so those risks can be eliminated? Continue reading “Why Do You Need a Risk Assessment Survey?”

OSHA Compliance Can Boost Productivity and Profitability

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compliance-regulationsCompliance has become a dreaded buzzword for business owners, for everything from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to recordkeeping requirements.  However, achieving and maintaining compliance with workers’ compensation regulations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can help you keep employees safe and even boost your bottom line. Continue reading “OSHA Compliance Can Boost Productivity and Profitability”

OSHA Requirements: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

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OSHA-complianceDo you know if your company is required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)? Part of the United States Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to maintain a workplace free from recognized hazards, and establishes safety and health standards for workplace operations. The OSH Act covers any employer that is engaged in a business affecting interstate commerce. Continue reading “OSHA Requirements: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”

What to Do After a Workplace Accident

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accident-investigationAccidents happen, but there are important measures to take afterward that can help minimize the probability of the same type of incident happening again. Conducting a thorough accident investigation is essential in preventing a similar accident or injury in the future.

Identifying the contributing factors of an accident can greatly reduce the possibility of another loss. By finding the root cause of an accident, you can identify the steps needed to eliminate the hazard(s) contributing to the loss. Continue reading “What to Do After a Workplace Accident”