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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

While U.S. government slumbers, President signs a commercial driver sleep disorder bill

October 21, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Transportation companies, commercial drivers and the medical professionals who certify them as physically fit for duty may be in for another long ride – legislatively speaking, that is.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, transportation, risk management

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

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

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

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

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

Help your employees prevent a flu epidemic

January 11, 2013 - Posted by Todd Hohn

Lately, everywhere you turn, you hear another news report that this season’s flu virus appears to be more severe and widespread than in years past.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, workplace wellness

Act 2 for workforce wellness programs

December 04, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

With the election behind us, the Obama administration has introduced Affordable Care Act provisions intended to motivate employers and employees to partake in workplace wellness programs.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, energy, illness prevention, absenteeism, human resources, workplace wellness

Managing marijuana in the workplace

November 27, 2012 - Posted by Bill Judge

The November election brought yet another twist in our nation’s roller-coaster ride with marijuana.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, employee health, employees, human resources, workplace wellness