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Occupational Health Nurse Receives 2014 UL Stewardship Award

May 07, 2014 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Our 2014 Stewardship Award goes to a nurse who is dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of healthcare workers.

Annette Calvert, RN, COHN/CM, CHSP, is this year’s recipient of the AAOHN-UL Workplace Health & Safety Stewardship Award. Tom Neville, vice president, Healthcare, presented the award today in Dallas during the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ annual awards breakfast.

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Successful Return to Work Programs Focus on Positive Recovery Expectations

May 02, 2014 - Posted by Susan Isernhagen

An injured employee’s attitude that they will return to work safely has a lot more to do with expectations than the nature of the injury. People who are empowered by their caregivers to get better are much more likely to return to full function.

The longer a case takes to resolve, the greater the likelihood of “doctor shopping,” litigation, extended treatment duration and needless disability.

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Topics: return to work, employee health, absenteeism, workplace wellness

A salute to nurses, UL celebrates Occupational Health Nurses Week

April 22, 2014 - Posted by Bill Grana

Occupational and environmental health nurses (OEHNs), stand up for a round of applause. This is YOUR week to be recognized.

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Do your homework when selecting an occupational health information management solution

April 17, 2014 - Posted by Juanita Kantner

As a consultant on the development and operation of onsite occupational health clinics, I’m often asked how to go about selecting a cost-effective yet comprehensive information management solution.

Here are some action steps I recommend taking during the selection process: 

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Global economy creates new roles, training opportunities for occupational and environmental health nurses

April 09, 2014 - Posted by Jean M. Bey

The global economy significantly influences the roles and functions of nurses who specialize in occupational and environmental health (OEHNs).

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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

Examiner bulk reporting capability will help expedite commercial driver certificates

February 12, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The countdown to enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new commercial driver medical examiner program continues. The day of reckoning is May 21.

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, industrial, driver safety, employee health, transportation

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

NIOSH urges collaboration to capitalize on elusive workers’ compensation claims data

January 21, 2014 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A new primer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies explains how insurance claims data could be used more effectively to help prevent occupational injuries and illness.

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Topics: occupational health, industrial, EHS, absenteeism, human resources, OSHA recordkeeping

Workers’ compensation case trackers – your guides to return to work

December 06, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

The way workers’ compensation cases are tracked from admission to discharge can be a differentiator when an employer is selecting an occupational medicine provider to become its partner in the management of workforce health and well-being.

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Topics: occupational health, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, absenteeism, human resources