Zika and the Workplace

Lydia Baugh


What Employers Must Know, from Akerman LLP

With 413 Zika virus cases confirmed in 34 of Florida’s 67 counties as of August 15, it’s clear that it is spreading. Employers should take steps now to prepare for the impact.

The virus can implicate several workplace laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. If an employee contracts the virus and becomes disabled as that term is defined in the ADA, then the employer must enter into an interactive dialog with the employee and determine whether the employee can perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation. If a Zika-stricken employee suffers a serious health condition or needs time-off to care for a family member suffering from such a condition, that employee may be entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave as with any other qualifying event under the FMLA.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak and have issued a seven–page Fact Sheet designed to educate the public about the virus and provide information on how to prevent its spread.

How To Respond When An Active Shooter Is In Your Vicinity

Lydia Baugh


Active shooter

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers an online course in surviving active shooter situations, and the Department of Homeland Security offer workshops and a number of online resources on the topic. Their method is called Evacuate, Hide Out, Take Action, while the FBI’s is called Run, Hide, Fight, which are both variations on the ADD method. Here’s the Department of Homeland Security’s tips on what to do in an active shooter situation.

• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Leave your belongings behind
• Keep your hands visible

• Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
• Silence your cell phone and/or pager

• As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
• Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

How To Respond When Law Enforcement Arrives

• Remain calm and follow instructions
• Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
• Raise hands and spread fingers
• Keep hands visible at all times
• Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
• Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
• Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

Information You Should Provide to Law Enforcement or 911 Operator

• Location of the active shooter
• Number of shooters
• Physical description of shooters
• Number and type of weapons held by shooters
• Number of potential victims at the location

PPE Manufacturers Talk Innovation, Challenges

Lydia Baugh


Personal protective equipment is designed to keep employees safe every day at work, and is often the last line of defense against injury or death.Safety+Health, with the help of the International Safety Equipment Association, recently asked PPE manufacturers three questions: What PPE trends are happening now, what challenges are your customers reaching out to you with, and what technological innovations are here or on the horizon? Here are their responses. Published in Safety+Health Magazine:


Call Goes Out for New Generation of Safety and Health Professionals

Lydia Baugh


David Michaels, assistant secretary of Labor for occupational safety and health, has tasked the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health with coming up with specific recommendations on how OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health can encourage young people to enter the field.

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Music Industry Takes a Stand Against Hearing Loss

Lydia Baugh


If you like your music loud, you may not be doing your ears a favor. In fact, you may be setting yourself up for a lifetime of background noise that can lead to eventual hearing loss.

But it can be prevented. And it’s simple.

Medical effects of loud noise are cumulative, say the experts. Music fans can now easily prevent “concert ears,” the ringing effect that can last for days following a loud stage show, or even permanent hearing loss, by wearing simple earplugs during the concert or specific hearing protection while performing. They will not distort the sound or lessen the enjoyment, but can help save their hearing.

MusiCares®, and The Recording Academy®, have recently launched an extensive GRAMMY® Hearing Health Initiative, offering over 60 hearing clinics at various major music festivals and events around the country.  Individuals participating in MusiCares hearing clinics can receive a wide arrangement of services from hearing screening, ear impressions for custom ear plugs, education and expert advice from audiologists familiar with hearing issues and hearing health.

Upcoming summer plans include clinics hosted at; Bonnaroo, Newport Jazz Festival, Lockn’ Music Festival, Summer Fest and Van’s Warped Tour to name a few.  Thousands of music people are served during these backstage events.

MusiCares has also teamed up with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the leading safety equipment association for manufacturers, distributors and test labs, to spread the word that protecting hearing is equally as important as feeling the beat. Read More.

Is This Person Sabotaging Your Sales Success?

Lydia Baugh


Another great sales success tip from Jill Konrath!

At a recent conference, a sales rep was telling me about a deal he should have won. After hearing his story—I couldn’t help, but agree. He should have made the sale.

Even worse, it was clear that someone was ruining his chances. And I knew exactly who it was. (This same person has sunk my own deals too.)

Excerpt from Jill Konrath’s Blog, read her blog post.

The 5 C’s of Content Creation for your Brand

Lydia Baugh


Consumers engage with content more than online ads. As a result, more brands are creating content to meet consumers’ expectations.

Now brands are attempting to cut through the clutter by producing content that fosters better relationships with audiences.

This article from Juntae DeLane of Digital Branding Institute, will provide you with the 5 C’s of content creation for your brand. Read more!

National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Lydia Baugh


The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction took place across the country on May 2-6.

The purpose of the stand-down is to raise awareness of preventing falls in the construction industry.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers.

OSHA’s website featured an interactive map of events across 10 regions with a list of  national events.

Find a list of no-cost events at the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

Share ISEA’s Fall Protection Use and Selection guide in English or Spanish below:

Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide
Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide (Spanish) 

Visit the ISEA website at for additional resources and to view a list of Fall Protection manufacturers in the Buyers Guide.