Hammer home safety rules to new hires before they start; don't expect "on the job" experience to teach them the safety ropes. Reason: New employees have a greater likelihood of being injured at work, according to a new study by the Institute for Work and Health, a Canadian research group. Injury rates among all age groups were five to seven times higher in the first month of employment than in the second. Good resource: OSHA's small business site, www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness, which offers online training tools and information on OSHA's consultation program.
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