Sunday, August 1, 2010
Ergonomics & Workplace Safety,
Participate in Orion's Transition Corner,
Free Checking: A Thing of the Past?,
Congratulations to This Month's Winner,
10 Ways to Save Money Now,
Connect with Orion
Ergonomics & Workplace Safety
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration website, ergonomics is defined as, “the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.” Simply stated, ergonomics is what safety professionals use to determine what work-related factors or duties could pose a risk to the body of an employee.
Some employees might question “ergonomic” policies, but the truth is they save companies millions of dollars by ensuring high productivity, lowering injury reports, and improving the overall health of a company. There are many ergonomic risk factors. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration website:
“Common examples of ergonomic risk factors are found in jobs requiring repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects; and prolonged awkward postures. Vibration and cold may add risk to these work conditions. Jobs or working conditions presenting multiple risk factors will have a higher probability of causing a musculoskeletal problem. The level of risk depends on the intensity, frequency, and duration of the exposure to these conditions and the individual's capacity to meet the force of other job demands that might be involved.”
As an employee, there are easy ways to determine if your work environment is the safest it can be from an ergonomic perspective.
• Review records (OSHA logs & Workers Compensation claims) to determine a pattern of work-related injury where you are stationed. If a pattern arises, the company should put forth measures to prevent further accidents.
• Be aware of industry conditions and common accidents related to your occupation. Be sure the company you work for is doing its best to protect you from the most prevalent industry injuries.
• If you are a supervisor, seek input from your employees and determine what they see as risk factors. If there is a recurring theme among their responses, it generally warrants some attention.
For more information, please see the Occupational Health and Safety Administration website at www.osha.gov. Here, employers and employees can find current ergonomic guidelines to ensure that workplace injuries are kept to a minimum.
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Account Executives are responsible for creating relationships with America’s leading companies through development of leads lists, business development calls, and client presentations. The work of an Account Executive helps fellow veterans transition into the civilian workforce.
Account Executives must have prior military experience and a bachelors degree. Previous sales experience is preferred and a desire to succeed in sales is a must. Click here to learn more about joining the Orion team. Feel free to forward this opportunity on to your friends that may be interested.
Free Checking: A Thing of the Past?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bank of America Corporation and fellow banks are looking to add new fees for basic banking services in order to substitute lost revenue due to the new federal regulations. Today, most banks offer at least one option for free checking on their interest-free accounts. Tomorrow, however, free checking will likely be a thing of the past.
Traditionally free checking has driven new customers, especially young and low-income, to the banking industry. It allowed them to participate and helped the bank earn additional revenue. The middle class has often enjoyed this benefit, as well, to keep costs down on living expenses.
Banks, having just come out of a major financial windfall and added federal regulations, are looking to bounce back. An easy way to do that is by charging customers who don’t make that much money for them. This would include customers paying monthly maintenance fees on accounts that don’t generate a lot of activity. The account will also require a minimum balance or use of other banking services or face a monthly charge.
An article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “End Is Seen To Free Checking” by Robin Sidel and Dan Fitzpatrick states, “More than half of all checking accounts are currently unprofitable, according to a report issued last month by Celent, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos. It costs most banks between $250 and $300 a year to maintain one of the roughly 200 million checking accounts, according to industry estimates.”
Most banks will likely use a tiered structure with those having higher balances or utilizing other bank services at the top and those with lower balances at the bottom. Those at the top will pay less or nothing for services and those at the bottom will pay more for these services.
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10 Ways to Save Money Now
1. Major appliances are something we can’t live without. Every so often one needs to be upgraded or replaced. In this case, visit www.appliancerebate.com where you can locate cash back offers from area retailers. You can find hundreds of dollars in savings by recycling an old appliance or buying an energy efficient model.
2. Websites like www.pricegrabber.com and www.shop.com offer the ability to search multiple websites at one time. If you are looking for a new pair of shoes, type in what you are looking for, hit search, and many options will arrive at your fingertips. You can filter by price too.
3. Generic items from food to computers offer the same product at a lesser price. Make sure to check reviews on major purchases to ensure they are quality products.
4. High tech gadgets generally have a significant reduction in price right before the release of a newer model. In addition, salespeople bundle in extras like software or a printer/scanner before a new product launch.
5. Consignment shopping is no longer something to hide. People are on the “green” bandwagon now, and there are even storeowners specializing in high-end items for a fraction of the cost.
6. Use shopping sites like www.renttherunway.com where fashionistas can “rent” the latest runway looks for only 10% of their value.
7. Buy a new car by calling dealerships and speaking with their Internet sales department. The cars listed on dealerships’ websites (not out of the showroom) can have thousands taken off the asking price.
8. Visit www.restaurant.com before you venture out to eat. Their website offers gift cards at restaurants in your area for significantly less than their value. Eat up!
9. Airfare is almost always the cheapest if purchased at 12:01 AM on Wednesday. Frequent travelers know this trick. Never buy on weekends when airfare is most expensive.
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