The term surveillance generally refers to “keeping a watchful eye over someone or something.” In the workplace, surveillance programs have been used to screen individuals for potential over-exposures (such as to lead) or disease development (such as asbestosis). In a more broad sense, programs can be used to observe the health of populations for the development of work-related problems such as hearing loss from noise exposure or allergic reactions from dusts or dander. The keys to success and effectiveness of these types of programs are to identify problems early and take appropriate corrective actions.
March 24, 2014 is World Tuberculosis Day. The slogan this year is “Reach the 3 million.”
Every year, approximately 9 million people are afflicted by this infectious disease. Of those, 3 million are “missed” by health systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450,000 people were infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012.
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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The major league baseball success story, Moneyball, describes “sabermetrics” – the quest for objective knowledge about the game.
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.
Chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, solvents and pesticides have been shown to impact the reproductive health of men and women who are exposed to them at work.
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.
The workplace presents an opportunity for nurses to use strategic thinking and apply critical reasoning in support of clinical excellence and business objectives. I call this opportunity “nursing beyond nursing.”
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.