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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

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

Recruiting the next generation of occupational safety and health workers

November 07, 2013 - Posted by Katherine Kirkland

In 2011, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report assessing the nation’s need for occupational safety and health services. The report found the “future national demand for occupational safety and health services will significantly outstrip the number of professionals with the necessary training, education and experience to provide such services.”

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, occupational safety, absenteeism, utilities

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

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

Making the case for worker responsibility

November 05, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

A few weeks ago I wrote about how my experience working in the concession stand at a high school football game inspired me to encourage employers to first seriously consider general conditions and physical and mental stresses to which the workforce is subjected before they blame workers for accidents and injuries.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, industrial, energy, occupational safety

Applying Lean principles to create a healthier and safer workplace

July 31, 2012 - Posted by Juan.Amador

When I first heard the word “Lean,” I thought about it in the context of physical fitness – a perfect balance between fat and muscle.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, industrial, occupational safety, EHS, workplace

Calculating employee injury, illness costs? Just add zeros

June 27, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, absenteeism, loss control, employees, ergonomics

Making the business case for OHS

June 08, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Deirdre McCaughey

A few weeks ago I was speaking with a CEO, trying to convince him to let me conduct an occupational health and safety (OHS) study at his hospital. He told me he couldn’t afford to spend money on research studies – too “discretionary.”

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, safety culture

DART rates and nursing homes

May 17, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses who, along with other staff, provide nursing and continuous personal care services.”

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, workforce, employees, ergonomics, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor