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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

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

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

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

Drug-free workplace programs speak volumes about health and safety

February 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Drug-free workplace programs are considered by many to be an effective way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.

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Topics: occupational health, transportation, risk management, employees, human resources

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

Workers' Compensation: De-stressing depositions in contested cases

August 27, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

I used to give weekly depositions on the status of patients who were referred to me for the resolution of contested workers’ compensation cases.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, worker fatigue, workforce, employees, human resources, workplace, OSHA recordkeeping

Occupational health nursing trends and opportunities

July 13, 2012 - Posted by Joyce Hood

Workplace health and safety is not just about being compliant with regulatory agencies. Although health care organizations are highly regulated and the hazards are diverse, caring for employees requires a “whole-person’ approach.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, human resources, workplace