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Occupational Health

Successful Return to Work Programs Focus on Positive Recovery Expectations

May 02, 2014 - Posted by Susan Isernhagen

An injured employee’s attitude that they will return to work safely has a lot more to do with expectations than the nature of the injury. People who are empowered by their caregivers to get better are much more likely to return to full function.

The longer a case takes to resolve, the greater the likelihood of “doctor shopping,” litigation, extended treatment duration and needless disability.

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Topics: return to work, employee health, absenteeism, workplace wellness

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

Workforce health management a top cost-control strategy

January 23, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In my previous post, I brought you up to date on the first of five predictions I made a year ago on trends in occupational health and safety.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, return to work, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

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

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

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

Healthcare employee illness & injury rates - infographic

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In last week's blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous -- such as mining or construction.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, infographic, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, workplace wellness

Targeted for an OSHA inspection this year?

May 03, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.

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

An injury prevention solution

April 09, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Here is something to add to the list of preventable injuries in healthcare settings.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, injury prevention, absenteeism, employees

Occupational medicine physicians have a chance to be heard

February 01, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Occupational medicine physicians who are willing to step into the spotlight have a window of opportunity to play an influential role in the way workers and their families will access healthcare services in the U.S. for years to come. Those who linger in the shadows are likely to regret missing this chance to demonstrate the value of their under-appreciated specialty.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, return to work, employee health, illness prevention, workforce, employees, workplace wellness, workplace