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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

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

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

It’s a whole worker. Why not use a holistic approach?

July 05, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The Affordable Care Act debate reminds me of arguments in favor of and opposed to the coordination of occupational health and safety (OH&S) protections with worksite health promotion programs.

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

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

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

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

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

Workplace drug testing, a change in the wind

March 07, 2012 - Posted by David Kuntz

The use of oral fluids as an alternative to urine for workplace drug testing was discussed at the federal level as far back as 10 years ago but it was never approved. Meanwhile, the use of oral fluids for drug testing has continued in the non-regulated workplace.

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Topics: wellness, occupational health, healthcare, workforce, employees, human resources, workplace