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Empowered employees are happier, healthier

July 09, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, illness prevention, employees, workplace wellness

NIOSH Director John Howard to present UL webinar on infectious disease, prevention and control

July 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, risk management, employees

New workplace wellness rules are all about rewards

June 04, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Kudos to employers who offer employees health promotion programs, even when they are preaching to the choir or their message is falling on deaf ears. They believe in the value of prevention.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, employees, workplace wellness

Employers need to be on board as employees navigate healthcare choices

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The word navigator conjures up an image of an expert guide who ensures our safety on stormy seas.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, workplace wellness

Cathy Loiselle receives UL-AAOHN Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award

April 17, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

We are thrilled to report that Cathy Loiselle, MSN, RN, COHN-S, is this year’s recipient of the UL-AAOHN Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award. Cathy accepted the award this morning at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ annual national conference in Las Vegas.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace wellness, safety culture

Prevention starts with caring about the cause of an injury or illness

April 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A young chemical plant worker walks into an occupational medicine clinic and says to the physician, “I feel dizzy. I think I am being exposed to something at work.”

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, employee health, injury prevention

Day dedicated to companies that care – does your organization qualify?

March 21, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employer engagement exists when the values and practices of a company support the needs of society as well as the profitability of the business.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, employee health, presenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

Workforce health on a global scale starts in our own back yard

March 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

This post wraps up a five-part series in which I update my workplace health and safety industry trend forecast for 2012.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism

Need a primary care doctor? Visit your employer's on-site occupational health clinic

February 20, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

This is my fourth post in a five-part series on workplace health and safety trends for 2013, taking off on my forecast for 2012.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, energy, employee health, illness prevention, employees, workplace wellness

Employees need mental health support

February 14, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

This is the third post of five in which I discuss trends for 2013, bringing you up to date on my predictions from last year.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

Karen O'Hara

Karen O’Hara is Director of Marketing and Communications for WorkCare, a national, physician-owned company specializing in medical surveillance, work injury care management and onsite clinics. Her former positions include Managing Editor at UL, where she served as a writer/editor, subject matter expect and curriculum planner for workplace health and safety initiatives. She also served as Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief with RYAN Associates and the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals and reporter at a daily newspaper specializing in healthcare, education and local government coverage. She has 23 years of experience in occupational health and safety.
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