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Occupational Health

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

World Hepatitis Day calls attention to serious health threat for employees

July 26, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

On July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, employees

Home healthcare industry loses $684 million to employee injuries

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Home healthcare employee health and safety at a glance:

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, OHS, hospital, workers' compensation, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, OSHA recordkeeping

Employee injury/illness rates in nursing and residential care 3X national average

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Lost-time employee injuries cost healthcare billions

January 14, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides healthcare (NAICS 62) into three sectors: Ambulatory Health (NAICS 621); Hospitals (NAICS 622); and Nursing and Residential Care (NAICS 623).

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping

Healthcare employee illness & injury rates - infographic

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In last week's blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous -- such as mining or construction.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, infographic, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, workplace wellness

Bloodborne pathogens and TASER darts

March 01, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Over the last several weeks while leading various OSHA 30-hour classes, an unexpected issue came up inside the bloodborne pathogens piece. We all know that bloodborne pathogens are a major issue for healthcare workers, right? All sorts of creative exposure routes and mechanisms not limited to the estimated 800,000 needle-sticks each year.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, illness prevention, bloodborne pathogens