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Occupational Health

Loss leaders: Incidence rates for workforce safety and health

November 09, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In their recent report on 2011 incidence rates for the U.S. workforce, BLS noted that “The rate reported for 2011 was unchanged for the first time in a decade during which the total recordable cases (TRC) injury and illness incidence rate among private industry employers declined significantly each year since 2002.” Translation: rates had gone down each year since 2002, but in 2011 they stayed the same as 2010. So with no improvement last year, what went wrong? Maybe nothing.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, Featured, industrial, occupational safety, injury prevention, illness prevention

Making the case for worker responsibility

November 05, 2012 - Posted by Bill Grana

A few weeks ago I wrote about how my experience working in the concession stand at a high school football game inspired me to encourage employers to first seriously consider general conditions and physical and mental stresses to which the workforce is subjected before they blame workers for accidents and injuries.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, industrial, energy, occupational safety

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

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

Applying Lean principles to create a healthier and safer workplace

July 31, 2012 - Posted by Juan.Amador

When I first heard the word “Lean,” I thought about it in the context of physical fitness – a perfect balance between fat and muscle.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, industrial, occupational safety, EHS, workplace

Occupational health nursing trends and opportunities

July 13, 2012 - Posted by Joyce Hood

Workplace health and safety is not just about being compliant with regulatory agencies. Although health care organizations are highly regulated and the hazards are diverse, caring for employees requires a “whole-person’ approach.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, employee health, injury prevention, illness prevention, hospital, human resources, workplace

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

Calculating employee injury, illness costs? Just add zeros

June 27, 2012 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, return to work, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, illness prevention, absenteeism, loss control, employees, ergonomics