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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means you’ll be seeing a lot of information about detecting breast cancer, who is at risk, the stages and types, as well as treatment.

You’ll also see a number of fundraising events like the 2019 Komen Race for the Cure which was held in Toledo on Sept. 29. That event raised approximately $800,000!

Fortunately, over the years, early detection and improved treatments mean that when breast cancer is detected early at the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent.

Women should perform self-exams at least once a month.

John Hopkins Medical center says that “40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump.”

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Topics: Safety

Burn-out: an 'occupational phenomenon'

Have you ever felt so tired of a job that you feel you just can’t take it anymore?

Burn-out is an ‘occupational phenomenon’ officially recognized by World Health Organization

We all get stressed in our jobs, but if this is happening every day, you may be experiencing the occupational phenomenon known as “burn-out.”

You’re not alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in May that it was including burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases.

WHO emphasizes that it is not an actual medical condition, but it could be a reason that people contact health providers.

They say that burn-out results from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

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Topics: Being a Great Employee, Safety, Managing Stress

Just 2 hours a week in nature can work wonders

A new study says that spending two hours a week out in nature can work wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in Scientific Reports, found that “people who spend at least 120 minutes each week out in nature are more likely to say they have good health and a higher psychological wellbeing that those who don’t visit nature at all.”

And it didn’t matter if the 120 minutes was in one visit or in multiple shorter visits, it found.

“The current results also suggested that it did not matter how the 'threshold' was achieved. This may be because individuals selected exposures to fit their personal preferences and circumstances. For instance, some may prefer long walks on the weekend in locations further from home; while others may prefer regular shorter visits to parks in the local area,” the study says.

Other factors – such as gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, wealth, illness and disabilities – also did not matter. The 120 minutes applied to everyone in the study.

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Topics: Volunteering, Being a Great Employee, Safety, Managing Stress

How to Handle Stress as a Temporary Employee

Stress is often defined as the reaction a person has when a situation exceeds a person’s ability to handle it.

Mindy Shoss, an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, says work-related stress “occurs when the demands on employees are greater than the resources the employees have to meet these demands.”

Basically, people become stressed when they think they don’t have control over a situation. Temporary employees, placed in a job only until a specific project is completed or only for a specific length of time, have even less control over their work environment and their work situations than other employees.

Plus, the nature of being a temporary employee with a temporary job could result in high job insecurity, one of the causes of work-related stress.

Not all stress is bad. Wanting to do a good job when you are first hired or working to meet a deadline or production target can be stressful, but the impact of that stress is driving you to perform better. It’s when the stress you’re experiencing is negatively impacting your work, health or home life that you need to worry.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Safety, Managing Stress

What is MSDS and what is the importance?

At some point in your orientation for a new job, you’ll probably be told where to find the MSDS forms or book. It’s usually assumed that you know what the MSDS is and why you need to know where to find it. However, not everyone understands what the letters stand for and why it’s important to know where to find them. Of course, if you don’t know and it seems like everyone else does, you usually don’t want to ask.

So here is an explanation of what it is and why you should care.

MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. Sometimes, it’s just SDS for Safety Data Sheet or PSDS for Product Safety Data Sheet.

The Material Safety Data Sheet is a form that gives you all the information for handling or safely working with a particular substance – usually a chemical, chemical compound or a chemical mixture. It generally gives you all the information you would need to know if you’re going to use a particular item, product or material in your job tasks.

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Topics: MSDS, Safety, Training

Top 4 Reasons To Keep A Clean Work Space

It finally feels like spring when the birds begin chirping, flowers blooming and the sun is out so our temperatures climb to appropriate levels.

It’s been pretty dreary with all the rain and wind, but now our thoughts are turning to that annual ritual known as Spring Cleaning. Did you know that spring cleaning isn’t just for the home? Your work space can benefit from it too!

There are a ton of reasons why it’s important to keep your work space clean and tidy, but here are the top four:

  1. Health:

    According to research, the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. That’s why cleaning your desk on a regular basis, not just in the spring, is a good idea if you and your co-workers want to stay healthy.

    Don’t have a desk? Non-office work-spaces can harbor germs as well, whether on the tools, the work space or in common eating areas. Even door handles or push plates can host a colony of germs just waiting to infect the next person who touches them.

    Regular daily cleaning and periodic deep cleaning will keep those germs at bay.

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Topics: Preparing for an Interview, Safety, Managing Stress

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