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Occupational Health

While U.S. government slumbers, President signs a commercial driver sleep disorder bill

October 21, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Transportation companies, commercial drivers and the medical professionals who certify them as physically fit for duty may be in for another long ride – legislatively speaking, that is.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, transportation, risk management

Protecting employees and the next generation from toxic exposures

October 16, 2013 - Posted by VeronicaTinney

Chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, solvents and pesticides have been shown to impact the reproductive health of men and women who are exposed to them at work.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, industrial, employee health, illness prevention, HAZMAT, GHS

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

Occupational health nursing beyond nursing – why strategic thinking is so important

August 19, 2013 - Posted by Cathy Loiselle

The workplace presents an opportunity for nurses to use strategic thinking and apply critical reasoning in support of clinical excellence and business objectives. I call this opportunity “nursing beyond nursing.”

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Topics: occupational health, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, workplace wellness

Turning employee health and safety record keeping to your advantage

August 12, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Employers can perceive mandatory record keeping as either a burden or an opportunity.

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Topics: occupational health, Featured, industrial, OSHA 300, occupational safety, injury prevention, EHS, 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

Empowered employees are happier, healthier

July 09, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, illness prevention, employees, workplace wellness

NIOSH Director John Howard to present UL webinar on infectious disease, prevention and control

July 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, risk management, employees

New workplace wellness rules are all about rewards

June 04, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

Kudos to employers who offer employees health promotion programs, even when they are preaching to the choir or their message is falling on deaf ears. They believe in the value of prevention.

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Topics: occupational health, employee health, employees, workplace wellness