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Even small steps can start you on the path toward a safer and healthier workforce. The following resources provide examples of simple ways you can begin integrating safety, health, and well-being.

Employees can be the eyes & ears for safety, health, well-being

  1. Dedicate a portion of time at meetings to Share experiences regularly and have routine two-way communications
  2. Hold joint meetings between health protection, health promotion, human resources, workers’ compensation, and other departments with a stake in worker safety, health, and well-being.
  3. Discuss plans for the future so that leaders from different departments can coordinate strategies
  4. Ask employees what factors are getting in the way of their safety, health, work-life balance, or productivity
  5. Sponsor brief lunch-and-learns
    • Share introductory materials on occupational safety and health with other staff and vice versa
  6. Invite staff to share their expertise to address shared goals
    • Invite health protection staff to review health risk assessment (HRA) survey instruments to help make the connection with occupational risk factors. Invite health education staff for an occupational risk assessment walk-through to see how improving health risks can reduce occupational risks
  7. Incorporate new information into trainings
    • For example, a stress management workshop could include information on how organizational policies can reduce workplace stressors
  8. Consider sharing physical resources and space: anything from adjoining cubicles, to a break room, to an office, to the floor of a building
  9. Give workers more flexibility and control over their working conditions and schedules whenever possible. Ask employees how their working conditions and schedules can better support their safety, health, and well-being
  10. Ensure that your built environment, policies, and work schedules enhance safety, health, and well-being
    • Make sure workspaces and job tasks are safe and healthy
    • Provide paid time and free onsite access to healthier food, physical activity, health screenings, stress reduction resources, and health education

How do Field Case Managers help you?

CO-ATTEND medical appointments with employees

COMPLETE task assignments by working closely with insurance carriers, TPA's and self-insureds customized to their procedures and protocol.

COMMUNICATE on a personal level, with the injured worker and the medical provider.

COORDINATE a goal-directed, timely, cost efficient plan, geared towards a full recovery and return to work for the injured worker and their individual requests.

Sargent and Associates brings over 50 years of combined experience in Case Management.

We are highly experienced case managers with CCM credentials and provide both telephonic and field case management services throughout New England.

For more information, please contact our office 978-256-7459 or email Joanne Sargent

How to stay safe this summer & reduce skin damage

Heat related illnesses claim the lives of hundreds of people each year, so it is important to take these precautions when working or playing outside during the hot summer months.

Do you work outdoors? Read these tips for sun safety at work! CLICK HERE

* Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages

* Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing light in color

* Reduce strenuous activities or do them during the cooler parts of the day.

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.


You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.


When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor. If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.

Hat & Sunglasses

For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.


How sunscreen works. Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.

SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Cosmetics. Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If they do not have at least SPF 15, don't use them by themselves.

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