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Violence in the Workplace
Additional Resources:
ALICE Training for the Workplace
Door-blocking security device from locally-owned Fighting Chance Solutions
DOL Workplace Violence Program
Here's a FREE educational opportunity provided by the
Iowa-Illinois Safety Council:


Monday, June 25, 2018       8:00 AM-4:00 PM
IISC Office
1501 42nd St STE 100
West Des Moines , IA 50266

"From weather-related issues to active shooters in the workplace and more it’s critical that your employees know the correct action to take before, during and after an emergency. This 1 day course is critical to your organization’s bottom line and to the health and well-being of your employees. Designed for all employees – onsite, remote, contractors, temporary or mobile – this course is a must-have for the safety of your organization."

Topics include:
Weather and Natural Disasters
Shelter in Place Emergencies
Medical Emergencies
Workplace Violence
Active Shooter
Terrorism Emergencies
Communication Before and After Emergencies
Tool Time: Safety Pays
OSHA’s “$afety Pay$” program is a tool for small businesses that helps you measure the impact of occupational injuries and illnesses on the profit. It is an online calculator to provide general awareness on the impact of injuries and illnesses to the company rather than a detailed measure of costs. It uses data on workplace injury costs compiled by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc., to calculate the direct and indirect costs to a business.

The tool allows you to pick injury and illness type from a drop-down list in order to calculate the associated cost. You can set the worker’s compensation cost for your business, enter profit margin and enter the number of injuries. The tool also estimates the additional revenue needed by your business to cover the loss by injuries and illnesses.

The tool can be used to test the effectiveness of a health and safety program. Calculation of the cost before and after the implementation of a health and safety program will let you appreciate the value of the program to reduce injuries and illness, and promote the health and well-being of workers. Details on the tool are available at
Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium
Employers, researchers, safety and wellness experts, and health professionals gathered in Bethesda, Maryland earlier this month for the 2nd International Symposium on Total Worker Health. The Healthier Workforce Center served an integral role in sharing best practices for the research and dissemination of Total Worker Health (TWH) approaches. Along with partners from Washington University, the Nebraska Safety Council/WorkWell, the Center presented workshops, posters, and presentations on topics including health behaviors of construction apprentices, TWH to improve population health, precarious work from the stone age to the gig economy, participatory methods, online training for young workers, and approaches to examine TWH in small enterprises.

The International Symposium made it clear that Total Worker Health is spreading across the globe, as 15 countries were represented at this year's event. In particular, our friends in Europe are making significant strides to advance worker well-being through their own research and interventions. We look forward to working together as a research community to improve the health, safety, and well-being of the global workforce. Stay tuned!
Nebraska Update
Wellness and Safety in the 21st Century:
How to incorporate active transportation in the workplace

Getting employees to participate in safe behaviors and to be more physically active has benefits for both the company and the individual - but how do we move beyond traditional wellness and safety programs and get employees at all ability levels to get active and be safe throughout the workday?

Earlier this month, Mark Fenton conducted a workshop to help employers; evaluate physical environments, rearrange the layout to encourage active and safe behaviors, guide employees to incorporate these activities as a part of the daily routine, and l
eave the workshop with a plan on how to incorporate intuitive safety and wellness behaviors at the workplace.
Mark Fenton is a nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, adjunct associate professor at Tufts University, advocate for active transportation, and former host of “America’s Walking” on PBS television. His focus is creating safe, functional, and inviting environments and policies to encourage routine physical activity, especially walking, bicycling, and transit use. In the US much of this work is as a technical assistance provider to communities and organizations funded through Centers for Disease Control and other healthy community grant programs.
2018 Legacy Award Recipients
Recognizing safety and wellness in the community
On May 3, the Nebraska Safety Council recognized several award recipients at the Annual Safety and Wellness Legacy Awards. This year was the first year that a Lifetime Safety Ambassador Award was given in addition to the previous Lifetime Wellness Ambassador Award. These awards honor exemplary leaders that have made a significant impact not just at work, but within the community for their safety or wellness efforts.

John Grimes, EHS/Security Manager of Associated Wholesale Grocers received the Lifetime Safety Ambassador Award. John is well recognized for his commitment to safety since he began his work in 1979. John oversaw safety within the Midwest Region for Affiliated Foods as well as its affiliated members. John is a devoted community leader who shows passion for safety in his job as well as within the many community groups that he serves. Tonya Ngotel, Director of Exercise Programs for the Center for Prepared Education, stated “He would go above and beyond what the regulations required by engaging the community and first responders in regular trainings and open houses.”

John Skretta, of the Norris School District, received the Lifetime Wellness Ambassador Award. Dr. Skretta is well recognized for his leadership and personal commitment to wellness and making it part of the educational world.  Through his work, his words, and his actions, the Norris School District has reaped the benefits of Dr. Skretta. Jane Hansmeyer, a teacher at Norris High School, said this about Dr. Skretta “His talents, his personality, and his belief in knowing anything is possible, has opened doors and opened minds. This cannot be etched on a trophy or on a plaque: it is what Dr. Skretta has afforded the staff and community at Norris School District.” 

Several individuals received awards at the event for either personal health achievements or for promoting safety or wellness to others. The award recipients were:
  • John Skretta, Norris School District – Lifetime Wellness Ambassador Award
  • John Grimes, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. – Lifetime Safety Ambassador Award
  • Sherla Post, Cornhusker Bank – Professional Leadership Award
  • Jeannie Sands, Lincoln Surgical Hospital – Professional Leadership Award
  • Andrea Thieman, NIRMA – Professional Leadership Award
  • Will Tolliver, Lincoln Industries – Catalyst Award 
  • Travis Lucas, Sampson Construction – Catalyst Award
  • Desiree Irish, MP Global Products, LLC – Catalyst Award
  • Troy Marker, Hexagon – Champion Award
Congratulations to this year's winners!

Pictured above left to right: John Grimes, Travis Lucas, Desiree Irish, Jeannie Sands, Sherla Post, Will Tolliver, Troy Marker, Andrea Thieman, John Skretta.

Event Planner

June 7-8 Kansas Health Symposium
June 11-15 Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course
June 24-27 ISASH Annual Conference
July 10-12 OHP Summer Institute: Translation of Workplace Interventions
July 10-13 Agricultural Health & Safety Course (UNMC)
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