A Framework to Address Workforce Challenges: Engage, Involve, Evolve

June 6, 2022

 
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Safety Tip: How to Read a Safety Data Sheet
This detailed lesson on how to read a safety data sheet (SDS), including a short instructional video, comes from HSI, a provider of environmental health and safety and workforce-development software, training, and compliance solutions. SDSs cover the physical and environmental hazards of a chemical, and precautions for safe handling, storage and transportation of the chemical.  The HSI article and video explain the 16 sections of an SDS, including:
  • Identifying the ingredient(s) of the chemical product, including impurities and stabilizing additives.
  • The initial treatment protocol for untrained responders to incidents of chemical exposure.
 
 
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A Lot of Unfounded Negativity
“I’m not sure what’s driving all the talk of recession.  There’s a lot of negativity out there that’s not well founded.”

So says Doug Johnson, president of metal former Marion Mfg., and 2022 Chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association, in a June 4 Washington Post article titled, “Economy Shows Resilience Despite Mounting Recession.”  

“There’s so much pent-up demand,” Johnson adds, “and everybody I talk to—our suppliers and our customers—say the same. We’re up 40 percent over last year and climbing. This month, we were up 100 percent over last year. It’s incredible.”

So, are we slipping into a recession, or experiencing what economists refer to as “moderation?” “Our business as a whole has never been as robust as it is now,” Johnson says. “We’re pretty bullish.”
 
 
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Webinar: Marijuana and the Workplace
According to a study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, employees who test positive for marijuana, compared to those who don’t, have a 55-percent greater chance of causing an industrial accident, experience 85 percent more injuries, and are 75 percent more likely to miss work. Yet, new marijuana laws enacted in many states now make it increasingly difficult to find workers that meet strict drug-testing criteria.

In the fast-changing landscape regarding marijuana in the workplace, it can be tricky to keep up. Help comes via a webinar offered by Federated Insurance, scheduled for June 21 at 12 p.m. CT, that promises to demystify the complex intersection of marijuana legal reform and safe, productive workplaces
 
 
 
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Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 – What You Need to Know
If you’re already on the Industry 4.0 journey or looking to start one soon, heed the advice offered in this timely blog post from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) cybersecurity expert Pat Toth.  She writes:

“The number of interconnected devices in use today provides an opportunity to collect information and allows for advanced decision-making in management and technology, which will greatly improve production. Industry 4.0 can help make data actionable. The availability of information across a system or systems can become a powerful tool if used properly.

“These new technologies will serve to advance manufacturing, but they also introduce risk,” Toth continues. “Company-sensitive data may be streamed across a network of small, power-sensitive and deeply embedded devices, which is a completely different threat landscape than the PC-based approach most SMMs use today.”
 
 
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