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Examiner bulk reporting capability will help expedite commercial driver certificates

February 12, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The countdown to enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new commercial driver medical examiner program continues. The day of reckoning is May 21.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, industrial, driver safety, employee health, transportation

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

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

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

Protecting employees and the next generation from toxic exposures

October 16, 2013 - Posted by VeronicaTinney

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.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, industrial, employee health, illness prevention, HAZMAT, GHS

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

Prevention starts with caring about the cause of an injury or illness

April 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A young chemical plant worker walks into an occupational medicine clinic and says to the physician, “I feel dizzy. I think I am being exposed to something at work.”

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, employee health, injury prevention

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

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