Employers must make sure that their workplace’s health and safety meet the legal requirements.

Workplace safety refers to the working environment of a business and covers all the individual factors that impact employees’ health, wellbeing, and safety.

This may include:

  • Unsafe working processes or conditions
  • Environmental hazards
  • On-site violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • The appropriate use of tools
  • Making crisis exits easily accessible
  • The use of mechanical assistance
  • Reducing job-related stress

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Google Travel Shows Covid-Related Health, Safety Precautions

Google today announced it’s adding more COVID-related health and safety information to its Google Travel booking service. On Google Travel, you can see trends for flight and hotel availability over the past six months, as well as links to local resources, like the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.

If you’re planning to visit a new city, you can use the COVID layer in Google Maps to quickly get information about COVID-19 cases in the area, so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do.

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New University Health and Safety Guidance

As you likely know, we are seeing a rise in the spread of COVID-19 in the New Haven community and across the state.  Consistent with local and national trends, we are also experiencing increased levels of infection on our campus among students, faculty and staff.  We have observed, as has the State, that the sources of viral spread in our community are quite frequently associated with social gatherings, often with extended family or friends, where facemasks are removed; with dining indoors at a restaurant; or during travel to campus from out-of-the-area locations.
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Empire State Building to Achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating

The Empire State Building has made the pathway to return to NYC clear. People are eager to explore the city again and the Empire State Building’s safety protocols and WELL certification reinsures guests that they will be safe while having a fun experience.

The Empire State Building’s decade-long commitment to Indoor Environmental Quality led the way with science-based measures to make the Observatory, and the entire building, as safe and healthy as possible for visitors to return. It is due to that commitment, and measurable policies and strategies to verify compliance, that on September 21, the Empire State Building was the first building to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating. The iconic Empire State Building Observatory safely reopened on July 20, with all of the WELL Health-Safety measures in place.

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Target Announces New Health Safety Measures

(CNN) – Target says it is putting in place new safety measures for the holiday season.

The retailer announced some of the new steps Thursday.

They include adding contactless self-checkout to locations; along with technology that allows guests to skip waiting in line and more parking spaces for its contactless drive up service.

Target also plan to enhance its contactless same-day services.

The store says the new measures are on top of the current ones it already has in place to keep guests and team members safe.

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LA County Board of Supervisors To Investigate COVID-19 Safety of Fast-Food Workers

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Responding to allegations by union leaders that workers at a Boyle Heights McDonald’s were fired for raising COVID-19 safety concerns, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to investigate and examine working conditions across the fast-food industry.

Supervisor Hilda Solis authored a motion calling for public health workers to look into complaints by alleged whistleblowers.

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Twenty-One Riviera Nayarit Hotels Awarded Health Safety Badges

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) awarded 21 Riviera Nayarit hotels with health safety badges, which “guarantees a healthy return to the workplace in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Riviera Nayarit tourism officials said.

Hotels that received the health safety badges include Mayan Palace, Grand Mayan, Ocean Breeze, The Grand Bliss and Grand Luxxe from the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta development; Riu Jalisco, Riu Vallarta, and Riu Palace; Paradise Village; Occidental Grand; Hard Rock Vallarta; Marival Emotions, Marival Distinct and Marival Armony; Dreams Villamagna; Samba Vallarta; Krystal Reflect Nuevo Vallarta; Las Palomas Nuevo Vallarta; Vallarta Gardens; Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.

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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick: Health, Safety of Team Come First

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday morning that the team’s facility will remain closed through at least the rest of the day, as “it’s the health and safety of the team first and football second.”

Belichick added that the Patriots are still preparing to play Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS) until told otherwise by those making medical decisions for the team and NFL.

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How Contractors Are Managing Health And Safety Regulations

Contractors are moving forward with ongoing projects—in many cases—but have had the challenge of adapting to new health and safety protocols during the pandemic. This includes social distancing, using new technologies and creating new site plans. Water feature design and construction company OTL, which is known for installing interactive water fountains in commercial properties, says that these new adjustments were among the challenges of operating during the pandemic.

“As the health and safety of our team members and the public is always our top priority, we are experienced in keeping the public out of construction areas for projects like Graham Garden, where we were required to keep active construction areas clear while maintaining passage through the courtyard to the office buildings and on-site restaurants,” J. Wickham Zimmerman, CEO of OTL, tells “With the new challenge of COVID-19, we developed ways to work effectively while maintaining social distancing between our crewmembers. Since this is not always possible, engineering controls are required in some cases.”

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Gearing Up for Slip, Trip and Fall Season

In the era of COVID-19, threats brought on by the virus are on everyone’s mind. And while critical, it isn’t the only threat guests and employees face when entering your facility. According to the National Safety Council, more than 25,000 slips, trips, and falls happen every day in the United States—one every 17 minutes. While some accidents are unavoidable, each season poses unique challenges when it comes to preventing trips, slips, and falls. There are, however, solutions designed with seasonal implications in mind.

Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to increase floor safety in your facility. The best place to start is by getting to know your building inside and out and by starting as your employees would, in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, at the front door, and eventually the lobby. These are the spots where first impressions of your building are made and are, unfortunately, high traffic areas where accidents happen.

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