We've got a roundup of the best safety articles online this month. From marijuana legalization to the handy IoT, overdose reversal medicine to mental health, this month's articles are hard-hitting and don't shy away from the deep and important topics the safety industry must tackle today.
1. As New York Heads Toward Marijuana Legalization, Employers Grapple With Workplace Safety
by Janita Kan for The Epoch Times
There is currently no agreed-upon standard for measuring marijuana impairment, so predicting marijuana's effects on safety in the workplace will be difficult. And what happens when safety infractions from the result of a legalized drug affect a company's income? The bottom line is marijuana legalization presents a number of hurdles to overcome in safety, legality and economics.
2. How The Internet Of Things Is Keeping Us Safe
by the Insights Team at Forbes
The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized how we interact with the world around us, injecting digital technology into everyday tasks and experiences. This is certainly true when it comes to our overall safety. IoT now allows us to stay safer in airports, safer and more secure in buildings and safe in cities.
3. NIOSH Publishes Fact Sheet on Workplace Naloxone Programs
by Occupational Health & Safety
In a complex time where much of the country is battling drug epidemics, there is legitimate cause for concern how they may bleed over in to the workplace. A new NIOSH document provides a series of steps for employers to consider when deciding whether their workplace should make the overdose reversal medication Naloxone available on site in the event of an overdose.
4. Manufacturing Day - October 5
Equipment Manufacturers Salute Their Workers on Manufacturing Day
by IndustryWeek Staff
Happy Manufacturing Day! Now Get to Work.
by Matthew B. Elliott for IndustryWeek
On Manufacturing Day, manufacturers around the nation opened their doors to students to spread a new message about manufacturing with investment in training programs and real outreach to schools and underserved populations. Organizations also highlighted technology to entice new generation of workers.
5. ‘It’s not an easy conversation’: Mental health in the workplace
by Susan Vargas for Safety + Health
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Week (October 7-13, 2018) this article examined how mental health affects worker productivity and the bottom line. Workplace stress also contributes to poor physical and mental outcomes and can exacerbate existing conditions. Mental health conditions can also affect worker safety. Given all this, what is the role of safety professionals when it comes to workers' mental health?