Archive | March, 2014

Safety Attitudes – A Great Book for Your Employees

25 Mar

Safety Attitudes: Improving your workplace’s safety culture begins with you
by Carl Potter, CSP Safety Attitudes: Improving your workplace’s safety culture begins with you
A positive safety attitude is key to improving a company’s safety culture, therefore the most important safety attitude is yours. Companies across the globe spend thousands of dollars each year to try and improve the company safety culture. It is seldom understood that each employee’s attitude toward safety is what makes up the safety culture.
You have the ability to help your company improve the safety culture by providing this new book, by a well known safety trainer, to your workforce.
A Safety Training Tool
Safety Attitudes is designed to be read by the employees of any employer that wishing to improve its safety culture.
The book is a 52 page safety training tool with 7 chapters and designed as an easy read safety tool to challenge the safety attitude of each individual in the organization.
You can order a copy for every person in your organization and make it a part of your safety training curriculum for the coming 12 months at
Costs are: $14.95 each, plus S&H; 10 or more $7.95 each, plus S&H
About the author:
Carl Potter is a board certified safety professional, certified management consultant, and certified speaking professional who works with organizations that want to put safety first on the minds of their employees, so that everyone can go home every day without injury.
Email him at: for information.

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Why should an employer take care of a worker injured on the job? Because doing so saves money, and the data proves it!

15 Mar

Hard cold numbers prove the value of taking care of an employee injured on the job.  For California, if a work injury can be treated by workers’ compensation medical care only, the average cost of a claim is $1,156. (Data is based on the latest report for complete year statistics of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.)

However, if the employee can’t return to work the next day, and receives “temporary disability” payments, the average cost per claim jumps to $15,041. This increase in costs clearly shows the value of an aggressive return to work program, and a “day of injury” protocol in taking care of the physical and emotional needs of an injured employee.

If an injured employee experiences any, even minor, permanent disability, the average cost per claim triples to $41,313.  Major permanent disability claims average $140,021 per claim and permanent total disability claim costs soar to an average of $109,922,270 per claim – yes that is $109 million per claim on average.  Death claims only average a cost of $43 million each.  

Contact Don Dressler Consulting and CalWorkSafety for help in keeping injured workers on the job.  Our Nurse Consultant is doing great work in this area and our experience consulting staff can help with safety programs to prevent the injuries in the first place.

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Can Employers Use Electronic Posters to Comply With the Law?

1 Mar

The Federal Government and every state require all employers (even with one employee) to conspicuously display various government labor law posters in the workplace. The purpose of these labor law posters is to inform employees of their rights under applicable laws and provide information on how to report discrimination, wage and hour violations and other rights infringements to the government.
These posters must be permanently displayed and posted in a centrally located place accessible to all employees. Government regulations specifically require that the information be displayed in an area frequented by employees during the normal course of the workday.
With a diverse and mobile workforce, I was recently asked by an employer:
“All of our employees, both the office staff and the field staff, must sign in each day on our web portal to log hours worked. Is it acceptable to use the sign in page as the location for the mandatory employment posters? For our situation it would actually put the posters in a more prominent place, and we can provide a large link button so that they can be accessed freely and updated regularly.”
My answer is: yes you can use modern technology, however take care to inform employees on a regular basis of the location of the required notices and how to access them, and even better, give them an option to request a “hard” or written copy of any notice at any time.