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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

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

Wellness interventions needed for sleep-deprived employees

September 26, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Sleep was added as a new topic to Healthy People 2020, the federal government’s third-generation treatise on improving the health of all Americans. Why? As a society, we simply don’t get enough of it.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, Featured, employee health, illness prevention, worker fatigue, employees, workplace wellness

A prescription for the workaholic workplace

September 25, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

Work-related stress can kill.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, Featured, employee health, illness prevention, worker fatigue, absenteeism, employees, workplace wellness

Workers' Compensation: De-stressing depositions in contested cases

August 27, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Bill Newkirk

I used to give weekly depositions on the status of patients who were referred to me for the resolution of contested workers’ compensation cases.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, worker fatigue, workforce, employees, human resources, workplace, OSHA recordkeeping

Population health management puts workplace front and center

August 07, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Heinz 57. Thirty-one flavors. Eleven herbs and spices. Formula 409. Onsite clinics.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, worker fatigue, absenteeism, workforce, employees, workplace wellness, workplace

Sleep-deprived employees more likely to suffer injuries

May 29, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employees who don't get enough sleep are at an increased risk for injury and illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently analyzed data from a National Health Interview Survey and found 30 percent of U.S. civilian workers (approximately 40.6 million people) get six or less hours of sleep per day. The National Sleep Foundation says healthy adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep per day to be fully functional. 

Other statistics from the report:

  • Inadequate sleep rates were highest among manufacturing workers;
  • Night-shift workers had much higher rates of short sleep duration than day-shift workers;
  • 70 percent of night-shift workers in transportation and warehousing are sleep deprived and 52 percent of night-shift workers in healthcare and social assistance are sleep deprived; and
  • 37 percent of workers with two jobs are sleep deprived
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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, worker fatigue, employees

Staying in the "can do" zone

April 27, 2012 - Posted by Linda Hawes Clever

When Admiral Hyman Rickover was establishing the first U.S. nuclear submarine fleet, risks and rewards were high, unknowns were plentiful and he knew he could make no mistakes.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, employee health, worker fatigue, eduneering, workplace wellness

April showers bring… heat & ticks?

April 13, 2012 - Posted by MichaelLowery

With spring and summer around the corner, employers and workers will soon cope with heat-related work hazards – including heat, direct sun exposure as well as Lyme Disease and other bloodborne diseases from tick bites. Employers should be aware of the potential hazards that are a part of working in an outdoor environment in the summer.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, illness prevention, worker fatigue

Sleepiness at the switch, a transportation worker poll

March 12, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

As safety firsts go, this is hardly one to brag about…It turns out Steady Eddy, my quintessential pilot, may actually be Sleepy Eddy.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, workplace safety, driver safety, occupational safety, injury prevention, worker fatigue, workforce, employees, workplace