To maintain a positive and productive workplace, business owners may need help adjusting to new work environments, accommodating an injured employee or simply making the office more accessible for all. Great American offers a broad range of articles that can help companies prepare for the unexpected while keeping their employees’ well-being top of mind.

Apply Ergonomic Best Practices When Working from Home or on the Road

Employees should apply sound ergonomic principles, even when they are not in a traditional office environment. Whether working at home or while traveling, musculoskeletal injury risk from working at a computer can be reduced with proper posture, good work habits and appropriately adjusted equipment.

Should Your Organization Install Surveillance Cameras?

Whether or not to install surveillance cameras is a question many organizations face, but the answer can sometimes be confusing. Although there are many benefits to installing a surveillance camera system, there are also many legal liabilities and pitfalls that should be considered.

Understand the Concerning Trend of Inmate Suicide in Local Jails

Understanding the data, such as demographics and characteristics of local jail suicides can help identify those at risk.

Work from Home Safety – Are Businesses Responsible?

Is an employer responsible for the health and safety of an employee working from home? Learn how to help protect your business and most importantly, your employees.

Help Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Workplace sexual harassment often begins privately, and it can take different forms, so it can be difficult to recognize. As a result, there is increased complexity around an organizational response when workplace harassment is reported or witnessed.

Help Prevent Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries

Your organization could have a legal responsibility to visitors on their premises. Visitors can include customers, vendors and members of the public and a higher degree of care should be paid when they are on your premises.

Safely Use Pressurized Gas Cylinders

Gas cylinders present a unique risk for organizations. When gas leaks from cylinders, it is often impossible to see or hear.

Use Safety Committees to Help Reduce Losses and Costs

Safety committees can play an effective role in any organizational risk management effort.

Help Detect and Prevent Burglary

As technology improves, the ability for burglars to infiltrate buildings is becoming more advanced and harder to detect.

Stay Safe While Cooking

Commercial cooking can pose significant risks, which can cause fires that could burn entire buildings.

Help Your Organization Assess Its Security

This assessment is a tool that can help your institution identify areas of strength in your overall security and areas that may need some improvement.

Help Employees Stay Safe With a Drug-Free Workplace Program

Every employee should receive a copy of the company-wide substance abuse policy and sign a consent form to test. Retain the form in the employee’s personnel file. At least a 30-day notice should be given to employees prior to adopting drug testing.

Help Control Noise in Your Workplace

As industrial and infrastructure needs increase, employees will be expected to work around more heavy machinery and construction zones in large cities, which will result in higher noise pollution. Employers should review the ‘Hierarchy of Controls’ established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce employees' exposure to harmful noise.

Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

During the winter months, your vehicle should be routinely inspected due to the dangerous driving conditions, and you should be sure to follow all state and local weather warnings when in effect.

Help Prevent Vehicle Theft in Your Organization

Many organizations rely on vehicles each day to carry out their operations. Unfortunately, vehicle theft and vandalism have become increasingly common.

Stay Safe While Performing Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work

Hot work, such as welding, cutting, brazing and/or grinding can present a significant opportunity for fire and/or injury. The purpose of this guide is to help ensure a safe and healthy environment exists whenever hot work is conducted.

Help Your Organization Prevent Cyberbullying

Bullying and harassment can be traumatic for people of all ages. In recent years, cyberbullying has become especially concerning. Cyberbullying can be defined in two different manners

Is Deploying a Body-Worn Camera Program a Good Decision?

Perhaps the question to ask is not whether the rapid development has positive benefits, but rather if the use of a specific type of technology is a good fit for your agency?

Help Protect Your Organization With a Risk Management System

Ask anyone in your organization and likely everyone would tell you that they did not show up to have an accident. So, if no one wants to have an accident, why do they still happen?

Help Minimize Risk Through Third-Party Risk Transfer

There is risk associated with any operation. Some levels of risk are acceptable while others are not. Adequately identifying and determining the level of risk associated with an activity is a key factor in the transfer of risk.

Safe Drone Use for Public Safety and Government Agencies

As a law enforcement and public safety professional, you should consider the following information and resources to help understand drone safety practices and regulations.

Manage Your Risk in Online Learning Environments

You should manage the risks associated with online learning to help your organization stay on course toward fulfilling your mission and serving others.

Why You Should Be Listening To Your Safety Manager

If your organizational safety manager is not actively involved, then you are missing out on a great opportunity to help protect your assets and control your insurance expenses.

Hiring, Onboarding And Engaging

Staff and volunteers are the face of your organization. It’s crucial they’re informed of potential risks, curating a culture of safety and trained to handle sensitive circumstances appropriately.

Selecting and Qualifying Professional Drivers

All companies are responsible for hiring competent and qualified employees. If a company has no formal hiring policy, the legal theory of negligent entrustment suggests that the company could be exposed to serious liability for acts of its employees.

Negligent Entrustment: What It Is and Why You Should Be Concerned

All companies are responsible for hiring competent and qualified employees. If a company has no formal hiring policy, the legal theory of negligent entrustment suggests that the company could be exposed to serious liability for acts of its employees.

Understanding Federal Regulations: Is Your Vehicle Regulated and What Does That Mean?

Based on the characteristics of your organizational vehicles and their use, your organization may be subject to regulations at both the state and federal levels.

Protect Your Business with a Violence Prevention Program

Different types of violence can occur in many workplaces. To help prevent workplace violence, management must provide visible support for a violence prevention program and communicate that there is zero tolerance for violence.

Stay Safe When Using Portable Heaters

When using a portable heater, carefully follow these guidelines to help prevent a fire.

Supervising Workplace Accident Investigations

When an accident occurs in your department, it is an indication that something has gone wrong. Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused.

Ergonomic Hand Tools – Help Prevent Workplace Injuries with Proper Equipment

Each year, hand tools are a significant source of compensable injuries in the workplace. Many of these injuries can be prevented through the use of proper technique and equipment.

Operational Change Management Checklist

Resiliency and adaptability are necessities in today’s quickly evolving world.

Workstation Ergonomics

Anyone who spends much of their time sitting at a computer can feel better and work smarter by following the guidelines of a structured Ergonomic Program.

Ergonomic Control Measures - Standing Work

To reduce physical stress from prolonged standing on the job, ergonomic control measures should be implemented.

Providing a Safe Work From Home Environment

Safety concerns from an office in the home can be addressed through adjustments to lighting, equipment and procedures.

Ergonomic Control Measures - Seated Work

The principle advantage of sitting over standing while at a task is the reduced static loading on postural muscles.

Distracted Driving Kills

Distracted driving accidents are on the rise. While overall vehicle accidents are decreasing, 20% of all injury crashes are related to distracted driving.

Hurricane Cleanup and Recovery

Avoiding Dangers Associated with Cleanup and Recovery from Hurricanes is accomplished by adhering to appropriate safety measures.

Get Familiar with Electric Shock Drowning

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of electric shock drowning and common boat electrical hazards.

Active Shooter Events Continue to Rise – Are You Prepared?

In recent years, organizations have evolved their active shooting response from the popular “Run, Hide, Fight” to ALICE.

Don't Get Frozen

This winter, our loss prevention consultants have seen increased damage due to frozen pipes.

Thwart Injuries and Property Damage this Winter by Taking Preventative Measures

Protect your employees, clients, volunteers and property this winter by taking precautionary measures to reduce the likelihood of damage caused by common winter hazards such as freezing pipes or icy parking lots.

Stay Safe During the Holidays

The hectic holiday shopping season means parking lots and stores full of people, which can also bring the increased possibility of theft. Thieves are not just looking to steal newly bought Christmas gifts; they may be out to steal your identity. Consider following these 9 helpful holiday shopping safety tips.

Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers

Mosquitoes spread many types of viruses and parasites that can cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and malaria. If you are traveling to an area where malaria is found, talk to your healthcare provider about malaria prevention medication that may be available.

Tire Safety for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks

Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes, improved vehicle handling, better fuel economy, and increased tire life – these are just a few of the reasons to take five minutes every month to check a vehicle’s tires. Simply follow the procedures outlined below to check a vehicle’s tires.

Robot Safety

A robot is a mechanism, guided by automatic controls, which performs repetitive work such as moving portable tooling into position, moving workpieces from one location to another, and/or assembling one or more workpieces.

At Great American, not only do we take loss control seriously, we try to make it easier for our customers to operate in a safer environment. From thermal imaging, various training sessions, and educational information such as our Safety Topics, we provide specialized services to reduce loss potential, loss costs, and control unsafe acts and conditions.

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