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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

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

NIOSH Director John Howard to present UL webinar on infectious disease, prevention and control

July 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, risk management, employees

Drug-free workplace programs speak volumes about health and safety

February 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Drug-free workplace programs are considered by many to be an effective way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.

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Topics: occupational health, transportation, risk management, employees, human resources

Fireworks and oil

July 05, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and plenty of hamburgers. One of the displays telecast live from above reminded me of what I was doing exactly two years ago that night.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, loss control, utilities, risk management

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

Integrating occupational health & safety - taking the message to city hall

April 23, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

While attending the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) annual national conference last week in Philadelphia, I was reminded that local government is the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to introducing an integrated approach to workforce health and safety management.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, risk management, safety culture

ROI in workforce health & safety: here we go again!

April 20, 2012 - Posted by Eric Glass

“Why is getting budget approval so difficult for our health and safety efforts?” That's a question asked by workforce health and safety professionals time and time again.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, ROI, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, absenteeism, workforce, risk management, safety culture, workplace

Emergency management for hospitals

April 02, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

SYSTOC_Blog_ImageThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the “common language” for all federal, state and local responders. Healthcare must learn to speak that language and function as part of a coordinated multi-agency response. The goal is to strengthen medical surge capacity, and it is not optional. HHS requires hospitals to implement 11 specific NIMS objectives ranging from formal adoption to updated EOPs to mutual aid agreements, training and exercises.

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Topics: training, occupational health, healthcare, hospital, risk management