The advent of modern technology has made businesses increasingly dependent on computers and the internet. From storing confidential data to making sales pitches - your business requires computer systems for almost every task. Moreover, you likely use internet-based communication systems to communicate with your employees, clients, and other stakeholders. Unfortunately, the growing dependence on technology also puts you at the risk of cyberattacks.
Employees are the most important asset of any company. Therefore, it is the responsibility of business owners and employers to safeguard their employees in the workplace. Workplace safety isn’t just about protecting employees in emergencies such as natural disasters or violence-related incidents. Instead, employers should strive to create a workplace that ensures the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees.
Just like all the other professionals out there, the Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS) profession changes with time too. If you wish to remain at the top of your industry, you must keep up with the latest trends. This allows you to implement the industry best practices ensuring you're always seen as an asset, not a liability, by your company. In addition, you’ll always be a pioneer when it comes to the safety of your employees.
Cyber attacks have become commonplace, so much so that there’s an attack every 39 seconds effecting 1 in 3 Americans every year. However, individuals aren’t the only targets of hackers. Businesses lose millions of dollars every year due to cyber attacks. In fact, the NotPetya ransomware attack cost Merck over $300 million every quarter.
Emergencies require you to be prepared at all times. Regardless of your industry, calamities can strike without any warning, and you need to be ready to deal with them. If you’re left off guard, it can lead to a significant loss of life and property.
Fires can destroy homes, forests, and even businesses. Every 63 seconds, there’s a structural fire in the USA. While they lead to the loss of life, fires across the U.S. have led to an estimated loss of $25.6 billion in 2018 alone. To avoid such losses, you need to be prepared to deal with workplace fires.
Whether you’ve got your services hosted on a local or cloud server, IT outages can occur at anytime. While cloud servers are safer bets as they usually encounter little downtime incidents, they may falter still go down when you least expect it. For all you know, a massive DDoS attack can cripple multiple cloud servers at a time and lead to significant downtimes. The February 2017 outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 was one such incident.
It’s every organization’s duty to keep their workplace safe for their employees. However, there are lots of regulations that you need to follow to accomplish this especially from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which is the regulatory body that looks into these compliances.
November is already here, and soon, it’ll officially be winter. While it’s still warm and sunny right now in some parts of the U.S., the snow shall quickly replace these conditions. Winter can be a challenging time for everyone. The weather is unpredictable, and snowstorms can strike quickly in areas not used to these occurrences.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,147 workers died from work-related injuries in the U.S. in 2017. This brought the fatal injury rate to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Additionally, a worker is injured on their job every 7 seconds. This equals to 104 million production days lost due to work-related injuries in 2017.