The WorkSAFE Podcast

Interviews, stories and strategies for safer workplaces.

The WorkSAFE Podcast features interviews with safety professionals, business owners, independent agents and our own experts. Started in 2017, the podcast covers topics like workplace safety best practices, work comp, claims management and safety success stories.

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Ep. 25: How to Host Safety Week in Your Workplace

Refresh your employees’ commitment to workplace safety by holding Safety Week – a week of activities dedicated to safety. Tisha Greco and Caitlin Way share what they’ve learned planning MEM’s WorkSAFE Week event over the years. Show notes. >

Ep. 24: Return to Work Programs

An effective return to work program creates flexible work options for an employee while they are recovering and helps you save on your claims costs. Steve Summers discusses. Show notes. >

Ep. 23: Traumatic Injury Rehabilitation: Rebuilding Injured Employees’ Lives

Shawn Wills shares Madonna Rehabilitation’s approach to traumatic injury rehabilitation and work re-entry for patients with severe workplace injuries. Show notes. >

Ep. 22: Unbelievable Safety Stories

Injuries happen to people who don’t expect them. EMT Mark Woodward shares his safety stories and offers advice to prevent serious incidents in your workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 21: Workers Compensation for Small Business Owners

Workers compensation provides your small business with essential protection and support if a workplace injury occurs. Scott Costello, president of Tri-County Agency, shares what small business owners need to know about their work comp policy. Show notes. >

Ep. 20: Identify and Prevent Injuries with Workplace Ergonomics

Overexertion is the source of 35% of all work-related injuries. Dr. Matt Jeffs explains how workplace ergonomics can help prevent these injuries in your workplace with a plan that fits your business’s unique needs. Show notes. >

Ep. 19: Prevent and Prepare for Workplace Violence

Workplace violence affects more than 2 million workers every year. Vaugh Baker, president at Strategos International, discusses how to prepare your employees to spot the red flags and react properly if violence occurs. Show notes. >

Ep. 18: Leadership in Fleet Safety Management

Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous activities you can do on the job. Employees behind the wheel are a safety risk for companies of all sizes. Col. Mark Trostel of Encana Corporation shares what he’s learned in decades of experience helping thousands of drivers stay safe on the road. Show notes. >

Ep. 17: Trucking Safety: On and Off the Road

For trucking companies, building a safety culture is crucial to keeping everyone safe on the road. But when drivers are on the road for weeks at a time, it can be hard to maintain a cohesive safety program. We talk with Potterfield Trucking about the industry’s unique safety challenges and how to address them. Show notes. >

Ep. 16: Are Your Safety Documents Working – or Worthless?

From training to policies to equipment maintenance, documenting your safety-related activities is crucial to their effectiveness. Documentation can add structure to your programs, as well as protect your business from OSHA citations and litigation. Show notes. >

Ep. 15: Managing Work Comp Claims

The best way to minimize work comp claims’ impact on your business is to prevent injuries in the first place. If an injury does occur, here are some work comp claims management strategies that can reduce costs and help the employee return to work safely and quickly. Case study with Meek’s Lumber. Show notes. >

Ep. 14: Fatigue at Work

Fatigue leads to 1.2 million lost work days and costs businesses billions of dollars every year. Pamala Bobbitt of Cority is back on the podcast to discuss how a lack of sleep impacts workers’ professional lives, and how technology can both worsen the problem and provide some solutions. Show notes. >

Ep. 13: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Part 2 (Drug Testing and Managing Claims)

Ep. 12: Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Part 1 (State of the Problem)

One in four adults binge drinks, and one in ten adults uses illicit drugs. They’re not out on the street, though: research shows that most of these adults are working at jobs. We explore the risks that safety professionals need to know about, and best practices for mitigating them. This topic spans a two-part series on drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 11: Safer Driving with Telematics

Business owners are turning to GPS vehicle tracking (telematics) to identify problem driving patterns and prevent crashes. Col. Mark Trostel of Encana Corporation and Dan O’Neil of StriveSafe by Cartasite discuss their experience with telematics programs and what the future holds for driving safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 10: Return on Safety with EHS on Tap [Bonus Episode]

In this bonus episode, Mark Woodward, Senior Safety Trainer and frequent WorkSAFE Podcast guest, talks to Justin Scace of EHS on Tap about return on safety – the true benefits of prioritizing safety in the workplace. Show notes. >

Ep. 9: Work-Life Balance and Safety

Taking time off to reset benefits employees, but does it benefit the company? Pamala Bobbitt, Director of Product Marketing and Channels at Cority and former EHS manager, explains how work-life balance and holistic, behavior-based safety improve productivity and lead to long-term organizational sustainability. Show notes. >

Ep. 8: New Hire Safety Training Tips

One in three work comp claims involves a new hire. How can business owners ensure their new employees have the training they need to stay safe on the job? Josh Reynolds of Meek’s Lumber shares his experience and tips for keeping new hires safe. Show notes. >

Ep. 7: Put Safety Technology to Work

Investing in safety technology is a smart move for large companies with budgets to match. But is it realistic for small, family-owned businesses? In this interview, Simon Rabjohns explains that it’s not only an option for small businesses – for some, it’s absolutely essential. Show notes. >

Ep. 6: Safety Myths Debunked!

Do workplace injuries happen because people just aren’t paying attention? Is safety common sense? According to Senior Safety Trainer Mark Woodward, paying attention is only half the battle. He discusses this and other safety myths standing in the way of safer workplaces. Show notes. >

Ep. 5: Home Safe and Sound: Finck Supported Living Services

Finck Supported Living Services is dedicated to helping clients with special needs live fulfilling lives. Safety manager Michelle Karhoff shares how the organization also stays dedicated to keeping its employees safe on the job. Show notes. >

Ep. 4: Safety Leadership: More than a Checklist

How do you create a true safety culture in the workplace? Senior Safety Trainer Mark Woodward explains how business owners and managers can lead their employees to see safety as more than a check in an OSHA box, and truly believe in safety. Show notes. >

Ep. 3: Winter Weather Driving Tips with MoDOT

We sat down with Chris Engelbrecht, Emergency Management Liaison for MoDOT, and Mark Woodward, Senior Safety Trainer at MEM, to learn about driving in extreme winter weather and how business owners can reduce their employees’ risk. Show notes. >

Ep. 2: Dig Rite: No Shortcuts to Safety

Derek Leffert of Missouri One Call (better known as Dig Rite) talks trench safety, underground facility safety trainings, the Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit, and – of course – how calling before you dig protects you and the people around you. Show notes. >

Ep. 1: How the Saint Louis Zoo Keeps Employees Safe

Addressing slip hazards in their Sumatran Orangutan habitat was a unique challenge for the Saint Louis Zoo. Safety Coordinator Domini Montgomery discusses balancing animal and zookeeper needs in workplace safety. Show notes. >