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The Necessity of Safety Orientations During New Employee Onboard

It is essential for employers in all industries to take steps to make the workplace a safe environment. Conducting safety orientations during onboarding for new employees can help accomplish this. After all, according to research, employees who are new to their jobs may be more at risk
of occupational injuries. There are several reasons why this may be the case, such as:

  • Lack of experience and knowledge—New employees may not have adequate experience or knowledge to safely complete the tasks required
    in their new roles or may have come from companies that do not prioritize safety.
  • Inadequate prior training—Employers may falsely assume that new workers have had previous safety training to address industry hazards or that certain safety aspects of the job are “common sense” and fail to address these knowledge gaps.
  • Unfamiliar environment—A new job comes with a new environment and related hazards. For example, new employees may not know how to handle dangerous materials or use personal protective equipment properly. They also may not know where to report safety concerns or how to respond to workplace accidents or emergencies.
  • Desire to make a good first impression—New workers may be eager to make their new employer happy, so they may take on more tasks or tasks that are beyond their expertise. They may also be hesitant to ask questions or seek guidance for fear of appearing to lack competence.

Safety orientations during new employee onboarding can address these issues and provide several key benefits, including:

  • Improved safety—A comprehensive safety orientation can prevent injuries to new employees. It can also bolster their safety awareness and provide them with vital safety knowledge and resources.
  • Reduced expenses—Fewer injuries mean fewer workers’ compensation claims and related expenses and fewer workdays missed.
  • Improved morale and retention—Safety education during onboarding can demonstrate employers care about workers’ well-being. This can lead to improved morale, which can increase productivity and retention.

Although the specifics of orientations may vary, there are certain aspects that can make them effective across industries and positions. These include ensuring the information is relevant, incorporating helpful resources (e.g., safety manuals and injury reporting protocols) and keeping the presentation engaging (e.g., using visuals and hands-on training). Following up and gauging comprehension of the information is also essential.

By holding effective safety orientations during onboarding, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to safety and prevent injuries. Contact us for
more information.

Mitigating the Risk of Formjacking

Formjacking is a cyberattack in which a threat actor injects malicious JavaScript into a website, often one that contains an online payment form. Once the targeted page has been compromised, the added code permits the hacker to collect sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, addresses and phone numbers. Malicious actors can use the stolen data in identity theft schemes, payment card fraud and other scams.

Formjacking attacks can have significant financial consequences, including costly regulatory penalties and expenses related to remediation. Moreover, formjacking attacks can significantly damage an organization’s reputation.

Formjacking is challenging to detect because the malicious code frequently changes, making it difficult for external scanners and firewalls to catch it. Additionally, there are no apparent signs of formjacking, and the intended transaction is not affected, making it hard to identify and stop the scam. However, businesses can still take several measures to identify potential issues and reduce the risk of formjacking. Consider the following strategies:

Practice good cyber hygiene. Establishing a content security policy and using firewalls and subresource integrity tags can prevent the injection of malicious data onto business websites and protect data. Additionally,
employers must keep software, patches and extensions up to date and educate IT staff on the threats of formjacking.

Utilize cyber defence techniques. Employers should leverage defensive techniques, such as obfuscating JavaScript, which can make code harder for cyberattackers to understand. Additionally, implementing network
segmentation can limit network exposures and malicious actors’ lateral movement capabilities. An intrusion detection and prevention system can also help monitor potential threats and identify cyber intruders.

Scan and audit website code regularly to check its integrity. Monitoring and analyzing web logs and JavaScript behaviour can allow organizations to detect malicious activity and examine where a browser is sending data to
help stop formjacking attacks.

Implement ongoing cybersecurity measures. Employers should thoroughly test websites before they are publicly launched and execute penetration testing to discover weaknesses.

Formjacking can significantly impact a business’s finances, operations and reputation. It’s imperative that organizations take steps to prevent it.

For more risk management guidance, contact us today.