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Coping with mental fatigue myths and realities in the workplace

January 30, 2014 - Posted by Dr. James C. Miller

The American comedian Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid!" However, in the workplace you can prevent some of the stupidity caused by mental fatigue.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, worker fatigue, workforce, risk management, employees, human resources, workplace wellness, construction

Follow California’s training lead to prevent workplace sexual harassment claims

December 05, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In my home town in California, workplace sexual harassment allegations that came to light in November have shaken the sheriff’s department and rattled the community. The lurid “he said/she said” claims being publicly aired are familiar to many employers who have dealt with sexual harassment lawsuits.

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Topics: training, occupational health, industrial, risk management, employees, 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

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

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

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

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