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Occupational Health

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

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

Employee injury/illness rates in nursing and residential care 3X national average

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Nursing and Residential Care Employee Health and Safety at a Glance

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, safety culture, 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

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

Loss leaders: Incidence rates for workforce safety and health

November 09, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In their recent report on 2011 incidence rates for the U.S. workforce, BLS noted that “The rate reported for 2011 was unchanged for the first time in a decade during which the total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers declined significantly each year since 2002.” Translation: rates had gone down each year since 2002, but in 2011 they stayed the same as 2010. So with no improvement last year, what went wrong? Maybe nothing.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, Featured, industrial, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention

Population health management puts workplace front and center

August 07, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Heinz 57. Thirty-one flavors. Eleven herbs and spices. Formula 409. Onsite clinics.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, worker fatigue, absenteeism, workforce, employees, workplace wellness, workplace

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

It’s a whole worker. Why not use a holistic approach?

July 05, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The Affordable Care Act debate reminds me of arguments in favor of and opposed to the coordination of occupational health and safety (OH&S) protections with worksite health promotion programs.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, workforce, employees, workplace wellness, workplace

Remembering a chlorine derailment

June 28, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, transportation, risk management