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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

Turning employee health and safety record keeping to your advantage

August 12, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employers can perceive mandatory record keeping as either a burden or an opportunity.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, OSHA 300, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, OSHA recordkeeping

Applying Lean principles to create a healthier and safer workplace

July 31, 2012 - Posted by Juan.Amador

When I first heard the word “Lean,” I thought about it in the context of physical fitness – a perfect balance between fat and muscle.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, industrial, occupational safety, EHS, workplace

Remembering a chlorine derailment

June 28, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, transportation, risk management

Calculating employee injury, illness costs? Just add zeros

June 27, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, absenteeism, loss control, employees, ergonomics

Workplace health & safety by the numbers - infographic

April 30, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In the past 3 years, we've seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, hospital, human resources, workplace wellness, safety culture, department of labor

Oil, the Florida Keys and area contingency plans

March 15, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In 2010, I spent my summer in the Florida Keys working with the Coast Guard to develop tactical plans for response should Deepwater Horizon oil hit the islands, which the models gave a 60-80% chance of happening. It didn't, but the intensive planning plugged a lot of gaps and raised a lot of issues.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, EHS, risk management

Super Bowl lessons for occupational health & safety programs

February 06, 2012 - Posted by Eric Glass

With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, what better time to tackle my favorite topics. Sports? Occupational Health and Safety? Game on.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, OHS, EHS, workforce, risk management, safety culture

United by best practice and lots of acronyms

June 10, 2011 - Posted by Jonathan Jacobi

An affinity for acronyms may not be a prerequisite for a career as a safety and health professional — but it helps. Our day-to-day responsibilities require us to know dozens of abbreviations. And though we share the same fundamental mission — keeping employees safe, healthy and on the job — we use a surprising range of different phrases and acronyms to describe our job titles, departments, programs, and even the industry itself.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, EHS