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Occupational Health

Successful Return to Work Programs Focus on Positive Recovery Expectations

May 02, 2014 - Posted by Susan Isernhagen

An injured employee’s attitude that they will return to work safely has a lot more to do with expectations than the nature of the injury. People who are empowered by their caregivers to get better are much more likely to return to full function.

The longer a case takes to resolve, the greater the likelihood of “doctor shopping,” litigation, extended treatment duration and needless disability.

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Topics: return to work, employee health, absenteeism, workplace wellness

NIOSH urges collaboration to capitalize on elusive workers’ compensation claims data

January 21, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A new primer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies explains how insurance claims data could be used more effectively to help prevent occupational injuries and illness.

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, EHS, absenteeism, human resources, OSHA recordkeeping

Workers’ compensation case trackers – your guides to return to work

December 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The way workers’ compensation cases are tracked from admission to discharge can be a differentiator when an employer is selecting an occupational medicine provider to become its partner in the management of workforce health and well-being.

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Topics: occupational health, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, absenteeism, human resources

Industries grapple with business necessity of employee flu vaccination

November 19, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In a recent post, I discussed the rights of healthcare organizations to mandate flu vaccinations and for employees to decline them. Other types of industries are also wrestling with this issue. Many employers have business needs, worker protection and public health concerns that may justify a flu vaccine policy.

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

Recruiting the next generation of occupational safety and health workers

November 07, 2013 - Posted by Katherine Kirkland

In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report assessing the nation’s need for occupational safety and health services. The report found the “future national demand for occupational safety and health services will significantly outstrip the number of professionals with the necessary training, education and experience to provide such services.”

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, occupational safety, absenteeism, utilities

Controlling the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace

September 23, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Infectious disease risks often pose a serious problem in the workplace. From the seasonal flu to respiratory diseases, a plethora of infectious diseases is responsible for worker illnesses, and in worse-case scenarios, death.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, Featured, employee health, OHS, illness prevention, worker fatigue, bloodborne pathogens, absenteeism, workplace wellness, OSHA recordkeeping

MERS-CoV: The growing importance of employee infection control programs

August 07, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

As more companies send employees on global travel, it's important for safety and health managers to have a proper infection control system. If an employee contracts an infectious disease, the possibility of spreading it throughout the company could develop into a serious problem for the employer.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, bloodborne pathogens, absenteeism, human resources, 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

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

Workforce health management a top cost-control strategy

January 23, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In my previous post, I brought you up to date on the first of five predictions I made a year ago on trends in occupational health and safety.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, return to work, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness