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Infectious Disease Impact Showcased by Ebola Crisis

July 31, 2014 - Posted by Langdon Dement

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been the worst since it first appeared more than 30 years ago. As of July 31, 2014, the current outbreak of Ebola has infected more than 1,300 people and has killed 729 people across Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria. It is highly contagious and the outbreak is not yet contained. In its early stages, the virus mimics the common cold, making it difficult to diagnose. But within a few days, the virus progresses quickly and serious complications, even death, can arise.

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Healthcare Medical Surveillance Programs Impacted by Nanotechnology

July 17, 2014 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Throughout a plethora of industries, nanotechnology is becoming more prevalent and being utilized more often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. Nanotechnology embarks on understanding matter at the nanoscale; dimensions approximately between 1 and 100 nanometers. Specifically, nanotechnology shows progression in sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy, materials, and manufacturing.

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Two Cases of MERS-CoV Discovered in the United States

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Since 2012, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has infected more than 600 individuals and has resulted in over 190 deaths. To date, it has been reported in a total of 18 countries, and the numbers continue to grow. Within the past month, the disease has made it to the Netherlands and the United States of America.

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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

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

World Hepatitis Day calls attention to serious health threat for employees

July 26, 2013 - Posted by Langdon Dement

On July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark the World Hepatitis Day to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, hospital, bloodborne pathogens, employees

Patient lifting

May 14, 2012 - Posted by Langdon Dement

Hospitals had the highest number of injuries and illnesses of any industry at 258,000 in 2010. These are facilities that we expect to be among the safest, yet they are the most dangerous. What causes this? From my observations it comes down to short-staffing and lack of time.

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Topics: occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, hospital

Langdon Dement

Langdon Dement, MS, AEP (Associate Ergonomics Professional), GSP (Graduate Safety Practitioner), is an EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety, focusing on industrial hygiene, ergonomics, patient handling and Job Hazard Analysis. He holds a degree in Occupational Safety and Health (M.S.) with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene from Murray State University and a degree in Biology from Harding University (B.S.).
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