May 5, 2021Top 10 blog posts of all time
SFM's most viewed blog posts cover important safety and workers' compensation claims topics.
May 5, 2021Top 10 blog posts of all time
SFM's most viewed blog posts cover important safety and workers' compensation claims topics.
April 29, 2021Increasing blue light exposure has a dark side
Relatively short exposure to blue light can temporarily stimulate the brain and improve mood. Prolonged exposure, however, is likely to damage retinal cells over time.
January 26, 2021Reporting injuries to OSHA and your workers' comp insurer — what's the difference?
You must report all workplace injuries to your workers’ compensation insurer, but in some cases you must also report injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
January 20, 2021Four quick tips for safe snow shoveling this winter
Follow these four tips to reduce the risk of injuries while shoveling snow, so you can get back inside safely.
January 14, 2021One easy way to avoid winter falls: Step down, not out.
Using the “Step down, not out” method when getting out of a vehicle or stepping off a curb forces you to stand up or step flat footed, eliminating the chances of slipping.
December 31, 2020Four steps toward building a successful safety program
Creating an organizational culture where everyone is dedicated to building and maintaining a safe work environment requires commitment to safety from the top down. It’s everyone’s job to set an example and make safety part of the foundation of your organization.
December 29, 2020De-escalation tactics can prevent violence in the workplace
Employees in a variety of occupations can find themselves in situations with the potential to become violent at work. De-escalation tactics can be used to defuse volatile situations so they don’t reach the point of violence.
November 16, 2020Chemical safety tips for your employees
Keep employees safe by providing them training and personal protective equipment tailored to the specific chemicals they’re using.
September 8, 2020Keeping employees safe and engaged while working from home
Amid the frenzied transition for many people to work from home, some important aspects of a healthy workplace may have taken a backseat, such as mental health considerations, communication practices, ergonomic adjustments and general safety preparations.
July 29, 2020Ladder safety resources
Falls from ladders continue to be a top cause of workplace injuries. Remind yourself and your employees about proper ladder safety with resources from SFM.
July 8, 2020Safe lifting techniques for preventing injury
Methods for safe lifting include: keep your head up, keep the load close, use a staggered stance, and remember "nose follows toes" to avoid twisting.
May 29, 2020OSHA increasing inspections, enforcing COVID-19 recordkeeping requirements
As more businesses reopen, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is increasing its enforcement efforts, according to a news release.
May 22, 2020Laptop and tablet ergonomics
Mobile devices like laptops, tablets and cell phones all pose ergonomic challenges, but here are ways to minimize the risk.
May 12, 2020How to safely resume business after COVID-19
There are many things to consider when it comes time to reopen a business that's been closed due to COVID-19. Learn about safety guidelines, cleaning and disinfecting recommendations and how to bring your employees back into the workplace.
April 7, 2020Combat the dangers of sitting: Add movement to your workday
Here are six ideas for cutting back on sitting time and adding movement to your day.
March 19, 2020Ergonomic and safety tips when working from home
Follow these guidelines to avoid pain and strain while working from home.
March 11, 2020Standing desks and other alternative workstations come with both risks and benefits
Standing desks or sit/stand workstations are becoming an increasingly common option, but they come with their own risks and benefits for worker health and safety.
February 25, 2020Our most popular safety videos
We have many safety-related videos on our YouTube Channel that you can watch and share with your staff.
February 5, 2020How to hire the right people
The Supremes famously recounted a mother’s sage advice in the song “You can’t hurry love.” Here's why “You can’t hurry hiring” is equally true.
January 22, 2020What employers should know about marijuana safety and impairment policies
An employer's legal marijuana safety and impairment policy options may depend on the level of operations the company has with the federal government.
November 20, 2019Safety tips for manufacturing
Workers in manufacturing are exposed to a variety of dangers in the workplace. Although manufacturing can be a fast-paced environment, it's important to slow down and focus on worker safety.
November 13, 2019An easy way to prevent falls: Use handrails
Serious injuries can result from falling down stairs. Using a handrail and staying free from distractions can prevent you from slips and falls when going up or down stairs.
November 6, 2019Safety video: Avoid slipping this winter
Watch this video to learn how to avoid slipping and sliding this winter.
October 16, 2019Health care worker and patient safety
Equipment designed to help health care workers lift and move patients safely doesn’t just benefit the workers. It can also improve patients’ quality of life.
October 10, 2019Forward-looking safety
If you’re like many employers, you spend considerable time and money making sure your organization adheres to OSHA requirements. It may be tempting to view this as the finish line for preventing injuries, but in reality, maintaining a truly safe workplace means going well beyond compliance.
October 2, 2019Why chasing shoplifters is an unsafe choice for retail employees
You might see retailers chasing shoplifters in the movies, but in the real world it’s not a great idea. An employee could fall, get hit by a car or worse.
September 4, 2019Welding and cutting torches: Protect yourself from ear damage caused by hot slag
Ear injuries can occur anytime someone is welding without ear protection, and the risk is especially high when a welder is working at an odd angle.
August 7, 2019Preventing and responding to burns in kitchen environments
Use these tips to avoid burns while working in a kitchen.
July 24, 2019Creating a policy for employee cell phone use while driving
If you have employees who drive as part of their jobs, your driving policy should address cell phone use. Use our sample cell phone policy as a guide to create your own.
July 17, 201915 ways to be your own SAFETY HERO, like Skip
Defend yourself against workplace accidents by being aware of hazards. Be a good example. Practice safety in every aspect of your job.
July 10, 2019Nine best practices to make your safety committee more effective
Having a safety committee with the goal of preventing injuries and accidents is worth the time and resources, especially if yours follows these best practices.
June 19, 2019Tips to prevent re-injury after return-to-work
When an employee returns to work after an injury, make sure the employee understands the importance of working within medical restrictions and take these steps to prevent re-injury.
June 6, 2019Cut down the risk of injury for your new employees
Make sure prospective hires understand the job and that new employees are properly trained to cut down the risk of injury.
May 22, 2019Outdoor hazards to watch for during warm weather months
Warm weather is not without its own risks, especially for people who work outdoors. Watch out for tripping hazards, heat stress, severe weather and insects.
April 3, 2019Slip-resistant shoes prevent falls in kitchen environments
Lessen the risk of a slip-and-fall injury by encouraging or requiring your employees to wear slip-resistant shoes, and providing a stipend to make compliance more likely.
March 7, 2019Prevent late-winter slips and falls at the workplace
Thawing and freezing in late winter can cause dangerous slips and falls. Keep an eye on weather conditions and use caution to prevent injuries.
February 27, 2019How to prevent eye injuries in the workplace
An estimated 2,000 eye injuries happen every day in the workplace. You can reduce the risk by knowing the hazards and wearing proper protective eyewear.
February 20, 2019Workplace ergonomics: Tips to create a neutral posture
Read our ergonomics in the workplace tips to learn how to adjust your work space to allow for neutral posture at work; both in and out of the office.
February 6, 2019Expert tips and best practices to make your safety committee thrive
Are you looking for ideas to start or re-invigorate your safety committee?
January 23, 2019Managing hazardous chemical risks in the workplace
Keeping workers safe from dangerous materials is vital, yet compliance standards for proper management of hazardous chemicals can present challenges.
January 11, 2019The health care workers at greatest risk for on-the-job injuries
It’s more dangerous to work in a hospital than to construct one. That’s based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data on non-fatal injuries by occupation.
January 9, 2019What safety pros keep in their winter emergency kits
We asked SFM’s loss prevention representatives what we’d find in the safety kits they keep in their cars in case of roadside emergencies. Here's what they said.
November 28, 2018Preventing injuries among aging workers
Why older workers are more at risk for workers’ comp injuries, and four tips for preventing injuries among older workers
November 16, 2018Inexpensive safety solution: Replace old utility knives
Consider replacing old manually retractable and fixed-blade utility knives with a concealed blade version for a safer option.
November 14, 2018Safety video: Moves you can use to avoid winter slips and falls
Use this lighthearted video to remind and train your employees to avoid winter slips and falls, a common cause of workplace injuries.
November 7, 2018Snow days aren’t just for schools: How to develop a workplace severe weather policy
When winter weather turns dangerous and it’s unsafe to travel, do you have a plan – for yourself and your employees?
November 5, 2018The dangers of drowsy driving
Driving while drowsy can cause drivers to pay less attention to the road, slows their reaction time and affects the ability to make good decisions.
October 31, 2018Watch out for these top 10 OSHA violations
List of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations of 2018, with training resources for each
October 15, 2018School bus drivers can be safety heroes
This year’s theme for National School Bus Safety Week, “My Driver – My Safety Hero,” reminds us of bus drivers’ important roles in getting people where they’re going safely.
October 10, 2018Safe driving isn’t an accident
While technology and safe driving don't always go together, technology can help increase safe driving behaviors with in-vehicle monitoring systems.
October 3, 2018Winter-proof your workplace to stop slips and falls
Follow these steps to get your employees ready for the risks of winter weather and cut down on slips and falls in the workplace.
September 26, 2018Minnesota manufacturer invests in safety
SFM policyholder Jones Metal takes full advantage of SFM’s safety resources, including help applying for a MN OSHA safety grant.
September 12, 2018Safety tips for home health care workers
Home health care workers face many unique safety risks. Hazards include getting to and from work, transferring clients, slips and falls and more.
August 29, 2018Optimizing safety programs for all generations
Employers must tailor safety and health programs for four distinct generations in the workforce.
August 8, 2018Second annual Safe + Sound Week approaching
The second annual Safe + Sound Week raises awareness about the value of safety and health programs.
June 27, 2018Your safety committee can play an important role in loss prevention
Your safety committee can be a powerful tool for injury prevention. Whether you have a safety committee already or are thinking of starting one, you can use these ideas as a guide.
June 18, 2018Teach your employees about trench and excavation safety
Trench and excavation hazards cause more than 100 deaths and 1,000 injuries every year. Knowing the proper safety procedures and what hazards to watch for will reduce risk of injury.
May 23, 2018Protect your workers from the threats of extreme heat
Prevent heat-related illness among your employees with these tips and tools for working in extreme heat.
May 7, 2018Fall prevention focus of Safety Stand-Down week
May 7-11, 2018 is the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Take the time to educate your workers on the importance of fall prevention.
May 2, 2018Watch out for everyday electrical safety hazards
It’s easy to forget that everyday activities like using extension cords and outlets can pose a risk for fires, shock and even electrocution if done improperly.
April 11, 2018How loss prevention visits target business safety risks
What to expect during a loss prevention visit from one of SFM’s trained occupational health and safety professionals
April 4, 2018Checklist helps keep employees safe during school construction projects
SFM’s loss prevention staff created a checklist to help schools keep employees safe throughout construction projects.
March 12, 2018Health care worker safety closely tied to patient safety
In healthcare, patient and caregiver safety go hand-in-hand. Based on independent research and SFM's claims data, moving patients manually puts healthcare workers at risk for severe injuries.
February 21, 2018Hand and power tool safety
When using hand and power tools, it's important to use a tool that fits the job and is in good condition. Most injuries result from misuse and improper maintenance.
February 7, 2018Safety tips to protect warehouse workers
The rate of fatal injuries in the warehouse industry is higher than the average for all other injuries. Here's how to keep your employees safe.
January 24, 2018Be on your guard for slips and falls all winter long
Snow and ice can cause severe injuries at any time throughout the winter season.
January 3, 2018Eight tips for defensive driving
Learn how to keep safe on the road by following these tips for defensive driving
November 29, 2017Three apps to make your workplace safer
Mobile safety apps can help you identify heat-related risks, use ladders safely and encourage better ergonomics.
November 21, 2017The risks of multitasking: Why single-tasking is more productive — and safer
Multitasking has infiltrated our work and home lives. Distracted driving and walking both pose dangers.
October 26, 2017Video highlights danger of falls in parking lots
As the weather brings colder and more slippery conditions, it’s a good time to remind your employees to walk carefully when outdoors.
October 18, 2017Forklift safety tips for drivers and pedestrians
Forklift-related injuries most often result from inattention, distraction, excessive speed, poor driving habits and lack of training. See our forklift safety tips infographic.
October 11, 2017In harm’s way: Workplace violence in health care
Injuries from workplace violence are much greater for health care workers than the average.
October 4, 2017OSHA updates walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards
OSHA’s final rule for general industry walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards was updated in 2017.
September 27, 2017Reduce workplace injuries with job hazard recognition
Using job hazard recognition is a great way to review a work area in order to identify, eliminate or control work-related risks that could cause injury.
August 23, 2017Q & A with researcher Katie Schofield, Ph.D.
Research has quantified the connection between contact by loss prevention representatives and reduced lost-time injuries in the construction industry.
August 18, 2017Survey: U.S. working conditions taxing, but also friendly
A Rand Corporation survey released this week sheds light on working conditions in the United States, and results are mixed.
August 17, 2017Four housekeeping tips for a safer construction site
Accidents such as trips and falls, being struck by falling objects and cutting or puncturing the skin can often be avoided by keeping a construction site neat and organized.
June 30, 2017The danger of distracted walking
Walking while distracted can cause you to miss a potential hazard like ice, snow or a change in the walking surface, putting you at risk for a fall.
June 28, 2017Four signs you genuinely value workplace safety
It’s easy to say “safety first.” It’s tougher to truly carry it out. Does your organization practice what you preach when it comes to employee safety?
June 8, 2017Top 7 workplace safety tips
These seven essential safety tips, identified by SFM's loss prevention staff, will earn your company a gold star in workplace safety.
June 7, 2017How three school districts reduced their workers’ comp losses
Safety improvements and early return-to-work have carried many school districts insured by SFM to the head of the class.
May 26, 2017Ladder inspections: What to look for
A fall from a ladder can be devastating, so take the time to make sure your ladder is in good shape with these ladder inspection safety tips.
May 19, 2017Top seven safety tips for office workers
While office jobs are generally considered safer than others, they do have their own unique hazards. Here are seven tips for office workers to prevent workplace injuries.
May 17, 2017New equipment and culture change cut hospital’s lifting injuries
As a side benefit of a patient-first mentality and focus on employee safety, St. Luke’s Hospital has kept workers’ compensation costs in check.
January 16, 2017How floors can help prevent slips and falls
Slips and falls can happen to anyone. Doing what you can to make your floors more slip resistant is one way you can prevent workplace injuries.
January 11, 201711 common sense tips for safe winter weather driving
Follow these tips to keep safe while driving in snowy and icy winter weather.
December 13, 2016Iowa manufacturer builds machine to prevent lifting injuries
In an effort to prevent lifting injuries, Iowa-based manufacturer Katecho built a machine that would do the lifting for them.
September 13, 2016CEO Q&A: Planning for safety helps projects run more efficiently
Our interview with U.S. SiteWork CEO Bart Anderson on why safety is his company’s mission.
August 12, 2016Hospital staff trains for a frightening possibility
The Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa, held an active shooter drill. This allowed staff to practice sheltering in place or escaping during such an event.
October 8, 2015Study breaks down specifics of school employee injuries
SFM conducted an in-depth study of school employees in Minnesota to learn which employees were most likely to be injured, and how. What they learned might surprise you.
January 29, 2015How one school district is preventing falls among staff
The Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools decreased falls by making stepladders easily accessible throughout its buildings.
October 9, 2014CEO Q&A: Company's emphasis on safety starts at the top
ADO Products CEO Jim Andrews talks about his company’s emphasis on employee safety.