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World Tuberculosis Day calls attention to threat of workplace contagion

March 23, 2014 - Posted by Langdon Dement

March 24, 2014 is World Tuberculosis Day. The slogan this year is “Reach the 3 million.”

Every year, approximately 9 million people are afflicted by this infectious disease. Of those, 3 million are “missed” by health systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450,000 people were infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, employee health, illness prevention

Protecting employees and the next generation from toxic exposures

October 16, 2013 - Posted by VeronicaTinney

Chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, solvents and pesticides have been shown to impact the reproductive health of men and women who are exposed to them at work.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, industrial, employee health, illness prevention, HAZMAT, GHS

Controlling the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace

September 23, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Infectious disease risks often pose a serious problem in the workplace. From the seasonal flu to respiratory diseases, a plethora of infectious diseases is responsible for worker illnesses, and in worse-case scenarios, death.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, Featured, employee health, OHS, illness prevention, worker fatigue, bloodborne pathogens, absenteeism, workplace wellness, OSHA recordkeeping

MERS-CoV: The growing importance of employee infection control programs

August 07, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

As more companies send employees on global travel, it's important for safety and health managers to have a proper infection control system. If an employee contracts an infectious disease, the possibility of spreading it throughout the company could develop into a serious problem for the employer.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, bloodborne pathogens, absenteeism, human resources, workplace wellness

Employers need to be on board as employees navigate healthcare choices

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The word navigator conjures up an image of an expert guide who ensures our safety on stormy seas.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, workplace wellness

Day dedicated to companies that care – does your organization qualify?

March 21, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employer engagement exists when the values and practices of a company support the needs of society as well as the profitability of the business.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, employee health, presenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

Need a primary care doctor? Visit your employer's on-site occupational health clinic

February 20, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

This is my fourth post in a five-part series on workplace health and safety trends for 2013, taking off on my forecast for 2012.

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

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

Rhode Island healthcare workers given choice: flu shots or masks

October 25, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Rhode Island may be diminutive geographically speaking, but it is mighty when it comes to trying to protect healthcare workers and patients from the flu.

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

Managing your time: keys to a safe & healthy workforce

October 17, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Part 2 of the Keys to a safe & healthy workforce blog series

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, Featured, healthcare, employee health, absenteeism, workforce, workplace