Prepare for emergency: Keep AEDs maintained

Over 424,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each year, according to the Sudden Cardiac Foundation. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when a person becomes unconscious with no pulse and no breathing. This can happen to anyone, anywhere. This person is clinically dead.

But according to the American Heart Association, rescuers who know cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can increase the chance of survival to 50 to 74 percent.


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Keep your office party on the nice list

It’s the holidays! Time for festivities, visions of sugarplums, good cheer…and workplace holiday parties.

While employers want to recognize and thank employees for their hard work during the year, workplace holiday parties can become a liability concern. While you don’t want to be a Grinch, you also don’t want to host a holiday party that causes your employees discomfort or leads to sexual harassment or other complaints.


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Monitor buildings as cold weather moves in

Now that winter weather has arrived in northern states and cold temperatures are creeping south, it is time to review and address the emergency plans your business put in place earlier in the fall. Initiate your snow removal contract, if needed. Work with your staff to check building conditions at all locations and monitor temperature.


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Employers prepare for new OSHA reporting rule

Beginning January 1, 2015, employers will have new requirements for reporting workplace fatalities and serious injuries to the federal government. A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule also revises how records are kept and updates the list of employers partially exempt from recordkeeping requirements. Even an employer partially exempt from recordkeeping must still adhere to the new reporting requirements.


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