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Avoiding Heat Stress At Work During Warm Weather

June 23rd, 2014


This blog is part four of a 4 part series in recognition of National Safety Month.

Keeping you safe at work is a priority. Factory and manufacturing workers are those especially at risk of heat stress. Heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most serious heat illness is heat stroke.

There are precautions you and the workplace in which you are working should take any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work. The CDC and National Ag Safety Database provides the following tips on how to keep yourself (and co-workers) safe in hot conditions:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep body fluid levels up. However, OSHA states you should not drink more than 12 quarts of fluid in 24 hours as drinking extreme amounts of water can be harmful.
  • Avoid drinks with large amounts of caffeine or sugar.
  • Wear light-colored, breathable clothing such as cotton.
  • Avoid synthetic (non-breathable) clothing as it can increase your body temperature.
  • Take more breaks when doing heavier work, and in high heat and humidity.
  • If you feel ill, don’t try to ‘keep up’ with the rest of your co-workers; stop working and notify your supervisor right away.

Be alert to the warning signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke both in yourself and in your co-workers:

  • Heat cramps; painful cramps in arms, lets or stomach. Seek medical care if the cramps are severe or do not go away
  • Heat exhaustion; heavy sweating, cool, moist skin, weak pulse, tiredness, weakness, clumsiness, confusion, acting upset, rapid breathing, panting, blurred vision. Get medical help immediately!
  • Heat stroke; hot, red skin, headache, dizziness, rapid pulse, weakness, confusion or strange behavior, in later stages of heat stroke, a victim may pass out and have convulsions. Call 911 immediately!

For more information about avoiding heat stress and other heat related illness, please contact your ABR Representative or workplace supervisor.

Resuscitate Your Job Search; Best Interview Question Webinars

June 16th, 2014



What do you do when it feels like your job search is dead? Register today for our free webinars on ABR JobConnect.

Your Resume is DOA: When Your Job Search is On Life Support

Date: Tuesday, June 17th

Time: 11:00 am EST (8:00 am PST, 9:00 am MST, 10:00 am CST)

Description: This resume webinar will help professionals across all experience levels inject new life into their job search by offering the most up-to-date resume writing principles that hiring managers are looking for and Applicant Tracking Systems demand.

Registration Link:

Have you ever wondered what you could have done to turn an interview around?

Best Questions to Ask During an Interview

Date: Thursday, June 26th

Time: 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST, 1:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm CST)

Description: When another person is asking you questions, they are in charge of the outcome of the conversation. When you ask questions, you are in control and can turn a mediocre job interview into a job offer. During this session we will address:

  • How to effectively ask questions during your job search
  • Best questions to ask
  • How to turn even the most disastrous interview around

Registration Link:


Keeping Workers Safe: It’s A Dual Responsibility

June 16th, 2014

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June is National Safety Month. In part three of our blog series on safety, we look at training responsibilities and OSHA injury log documentation under the Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin

The Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin, released in late April 2013,  called attention to the protection of temporary workers.

In more recent months, OSHA received a series of reports about temporary workers suffering fatal injuries. Many of those injuries occurred during their first days on a job. OSHA has since issued citations when the employer failed to provide adequate protections, including safety training according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor also said that OSHA has begun working with the American Staffing Association (ASA) and employers that use staffing agencies, to promote safe job practices to ensure that temporary workers are protected from job hazards.

Basic Safety Training

When temporary workers are employed under the joint (or dual) employment of a staffing agency and a host employer,  each are responsible for employee safety. According to, coordinating safety responsibilities is a dual effort. states,

 Generally, staffing agencies can provide workers with basic safety and health training and information about their rights and responsibilities under the OSHA Act, while host employers should train temporary workers on specific hazards they will encounter at the worksite and procedures for working safely. However, every situation is different, and OSHA recommends that the two employers coordinate their efforts and agree on safety responsibilities in a contract.”

ABR provides general safety tips and rules during employee orientation.  In addition,according to OSHA and Department of Labor, it is also the client company’s responsibility to make sure a temporary worker receives the same training as one of their own full-time employees.

Calvin, a former ABR employee and now permanent employee at one of our client companies, talks about why on-the-job-safety is crucial.

Injury and Illness Recordkeeping

If a temporary worker does get injured on the job, the client company where the person is working must enter the injury on their OSHA log. states,

“For injury and illness recordkeeping, the agency’s guidance is more specific. OSHA notes in its new resource that injuries and illnesses should be recorded on only one employer’s OSHA 300 log. In most cases, the host employer is responsible for recording these incidents.

Recordkeeping responsibility is generally determined by supervision. Employers must record the injuries and illnesses of temporary workers if they supervise them on a day-to-day basis, which OSHA defines as supervising “the details, means, methods, and processes by which the work is to be accomplished.”

Essentially, an employer is considered to be performing day-to-day supervision when that employer controls the conditions presenting potential hazards and directs the worker’s activities around those hazards. Because the host employer usually fills this role, it is usually the host employer that is responsible for recording injuries and illnesses on its OSHA 300 log.

While the staffing agency may have a representative at the host employer worksite, the presence of that person does not necessarily transfer recordkeeping responsibilities to the staffing agency.

Now Hiring! ABR Schofield Jobs Week of June 9, 2014

June 11th, 2014


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ABR Supports Healthy Hearts In Our Community

June 9th, 2014

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Sponsoring community food drives, volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank and donating to  local organizations that make a difference in our community are the hallmark of ABR’s Community Involvement Initiative.

To support healthier hearts in our community, ABR recently made a donation to the American Heart Association and the Madison Go Red for Women. Did you know that one out of every three deaths in women in the U.S. is caused by heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, this makes heart disease the number one cause of death in women in the U.S.

Brittany Lee, the Corporate Event Director in Madison and Kristen Schmidt the Madison Go Red Silent Auction Chair said in a thank-you letter to ABR:

“Thank you so much for your generous support of the American Heart Association and the Madison Go Red for Women on May 9, 2014. With your donation of a Target Gift Card, valued at $100, our silent auction was able to raise over $8,400.”

Learn more about ABR’s involvement in the community.

Free Webinar – June 11 at 11 AM – Building Your Self-Confidence for a Successful Job Search

June 5th, 2014




Are you experiencing a job search ‘funk’ plagued by self-doubt? Don’t despair. Register today for our free job seeker webinar on  Building Your Self-Confidence for a Successful Job Search on June 11th at 11:00 a.m. 

During this webinar you will learn how the feeling of “not being enough” is an illusion that impacts millions of people. The internal drive to “want to be enough” often requires things being perfect before proceeding. This is all part of a trap based on our pattern of thinking. If you are waiting for things to be perfect…you have a long wait before you’ll ever be satisfied.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the keys to building your self-confidence for success in your job search
  • Receive tools to make lasting changes in your pattern of thinking.
  • Shift from “not enough” to truly having self-worth!
  • Stop comparing yourself to others!
  • Discover how easy you can go from invisible to VISIBLE
  • Build and strengthen your attitude – Be a Yes to YOU!

Register now at :

ABR Employee General Safety Tips And Rules

June 4th, 2014


This blog is part two of a four part series in recognition of National Safety Month.

What can you do as an employee to stay safe on the job? Your safety is of the utmost importance to ABR.

ABR has developed these safety rules designed after the federal OSHA requirements:

  • Report all accidents, injuries, property damage, or first aid cases to ABR and your on-site supervisor immediately.
  • Report any observed unsafe conditions to ABR and your on-site supervisor.
  • Horseplay is prohibited at all times.
  • The drinking of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the job. Any employee discovered under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be subject to termination.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn on the job at all times.
  • Do not wear jewelry or loose clothing that may get caught in a machine.
  • All employees with hair longer than shoulder length must tie it back or use a hair net to keep it secure while at work.
  • You may be assigned certain personal protective equipment. This equipment should be available for use on the job, be maintained in good condition and worn when required.
  • Contact your supervisor for instruction and proper training prior to starting a new task.
  • Never remove or bypass safety devices.
  • Do not approach operating machinery from the blind side; let the operator see you. When walking behind someone always state, “Behind you.”
  • Learn where fire extinguishers, eyewash stations and first aid kits are located.
  • Be alert to hazards that could affect you and your fellow employees.
  • Jumping from elevated surfaces is prohibited-including, but not limited to- docks, while descending ladders, off of equipment or platforms, etc.
  • If machines or tools are not properly guarded, report the condition to a manager immediately.
  • Your full attention is required to work safely. Therefore, food and beverage may only be consumed in designated areas.
  • Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas only.
  • Always follow safe lifting practices.

Safe Lifting Techniques

Safe lifting means keeping your back aligned while you lift, maintaining your center of balance and letting the strong muscles in your legs do the actual lifting. By using the following techniques you can learn how to lift safely and save your back from accidental strain and injury:

  • Bend your knees: Bend your knees, not your waist. This helps you keep your center of balance and lets the strong muscles in your legs do the actual lifting.
  • “Hug” the load: Try to hold the object as close to your body as possible, as you gradually straighten your legs to a standing position.
  • Avoid twisting: Twisting an overload your spine and lead to serious injury. Make sure your feet, knees and torso are pointed in the same direction when you are lifting.
  • The safe way to lift: Before you lift anything, think about it. Ask yourself: “Can I lift it alone?” “Do I need mechanical help?” “Is it too awkward for one person to handle?” “Should I ask a co-worker for help?” If the load is manageable, follow the steps to lift safely.

If you have additional questions or concern about workplace safety, please contact your ABR Representative or workplace supervisor. Be sure to check back the week of June 23 for a blog on heat safety.

How to Stop Slips, Trips and Falls

June 4th, 2014


This blog is part three of a four part series in recognition of National Safety Month. The following content is brought to you courtesy of the Wisconsin Safety Council and OSHA.


While it may seem like winter is the time of year to be most concerned with slips, trips and falls, this is actually a serious problem year round.

How can you prevent slips, trips and falls? Any time you aren’t completely sure of the condition of your surroundings, it is important to slow down. Walk slowly on any surfaces that might be slippery. Ask yourself – am I rushing? Once you recognize you are in a state of rushing, you will automatically slow your pace.

When you stop thinking you could be injured, that’s when the injury happens. You become complacent as you go through your work routine. Don’t assume that just because you’ve done the job before, or have been to the location before, that everything will go smoothly. These two states can easily lead to critical errors.

While any of the four critical errors can occur in these situations, the most likely one that you’ll encounter is a problem with balance, traction and grip.

  • Be sure you’re wearing sturdy work shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Hold on to any handrails that might be available.
  • Always wipe your shoes on a mat when you come inside, especially in rainy weather. This not only increases your traction, but will also help keep the floors clean and dry so others don’t slip.

This all may seem like basic common sense, but just taking time to focus on potential hazards can make a big difference in keeping you and your co-workers injury-free.



OSHA indicates some very good floor safety recommendations for slips, trips and fall prevention, some of which include:

  • Keep floor surfaces clean and dry
  • Ensure wet-floor warning signs are posted in and around wet floor locations as well as providing and maintaining adequate drainage
  • Maintain clear aisles and passageways and prevent obstructions
  • Ensure walkway surfaces are in good repair
  • Provide floor plugs for power equipment to ensure power cords are not run across walkway paths
  • Report and clean up spills immediately
  • Provide non-slip coatings or surfaces in slippery locations
  • Minimize carpet and matting trip hazards
  • Use prudent housekeeping procedures and provide adequate lighting in poorly lit areas such as halls and stairwells
  • Maintain and eliminate uneven floor surfaces

For additional information on preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace, please contact your ABR Representative or workplace supervisor.


ABR Welcomes The Following Team Members

June 3rd, 2014


ABR Employment Services is pleased to welcome the following team members to our Oshkosh, Schofield, La Crosse, Green Bay and Sparta branches.

ABR welcomes Jenny Lor who will be serving as our Staffing Coordinator in Oshkosh. Jenny comes to ABR from Block Iron & Supply Co.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree Master’s of Science in Management-Emphasizing in Human Resources from Kaplan University.

Jennifer Helminiak will be working with ABR as a Staffing Coordinator in Schofield. Jennifer joins us from QPS Employment Group where she was a recruiter. Jennifer has been working in employment services and HR for two years and is excited to bring those skills to ABR.

Dana Jones will be joining ABR as a Staffing Coordinator in La Crosse. Dana comes to ABR from the St. Rose Covent for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration where she served as a Human Resources Intern. Dana received her Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Western Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Viterbo University in La Crosse. Dana also hopes to grow an excellent relationship with ABR’s current and future clients in the La Crosse area.

Ashley Thimis will be serving as ABR’s as Staffing Coordinator in La Crosse. Ashley joins the ABR team from a distribution company based out of California, where she traveled around the US hiring Independent Contractors.  Ashley plans to utilize her skill sets and drive and grow the company.

ABR is excited to welcome our new branch managers: Scott Swanson, Branch Manager in Green Bay and Kristy Van Schyndel, Branch Manager in Sparta.

Scott comes to ABR from Air Wisconsin  where he was a Recruiter. Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from UW-Stevens Point. Scott would love to utilize his performance management and team building skills to improve the Green Bay Branch.

Kristy comes to ABR from Live54218 where she was a Farm to School Specialist. Kristy received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from UW-Green Bay. Kristy plans to use her project management and recruiting skills to grow our Sparta Branch.

About ABR

Founded in 1987, ABR Employment Services ( provides administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to companies throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN.  ABR is a Best of Staffing Talent and Best of Staffing Client company.