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Occupational Health

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

Cathy Loiselle receives UL-AAOHN Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award

April 17, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

We are thrilled to report that Cathy Loiselle, MSN, RN, COHN-S, is this year’s recipient of the UL-AAOHN Workplace Health and Safety Stewardship Award. Cathy accepted the award this morning at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ annual national conference in Las Vegas.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace wellness, safety culture

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

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

Total quality management - was Deming right?

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Hal Morgan

Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, safety culture

Workplace health & safety by the numbers - infographic

April 30, 2012 - Posted by Craig Frailey

In the past 3 years, we've seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, hospital, human resources, workplace wellness, safety culture, department of labor

Workers Memorial Day & World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2012

April 28, 2012 - Posted by Eric Glass

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, recognizing victims of workplace illnesses or injuries. Today also marks World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012, promoting the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, safety culture

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

Injury and illness prevention programs - a look at OSHA's recent whitepaper

March 27, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

In the summer of 2010, OSHA held the first in a series of stakeholder meetings on its ambitious proposal to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program standard.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention, employees, human resources, safety culture, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor