Work Smart

Keeping workers healthy and on the job – from occupational health issues to legislation. Select from the many informative articles below.


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Case Managers Can Save You Time and Money

Case managers understand occupational health and safety, return-to-work issues, healthcare delivery systems, payer systems, and laws and regulations. They are able to develop cost-containment strategies to offset the skyrocketing costs of basic healthcare premiums and workers’ compensation.

Do Back Belts Prevent Injury?

Back injuries account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace. In response to the increasing human and economic costs of back injury, companies are trying a number of preventive approaches.

Transitional WorkGRANT$ Make $ense

Last year, employers lost more than 2.7 million production days due to injuries, sacrificed $220 million in lost productivity, and spent $1.7 billion in direct workers’ compensation costs–leading to the development of a transitional work program. Transitional WorkGRANT$, a new strategy in the war on injuries by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Substance Abusers Most Likely to be Injured

A new study has found that people who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs are more likely to sustain injuries.

Workplace Mammography

Preventing serious illness among your workforce can help reduce your company’s operating costs. Breast cancer screening through mammography is a great example.

FAA Physicals

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all pilots to obtain an airman medical certificate. There are over 5,000 designated private physicians around the United States to take applications for, give exams for, and issue FAA medical certificates.

Food and Water Precautions for the International Traveler

Many countries around the world still have problems maintaining safe food and water supplies. People traveling to developing countries can face health risks by consuming contaminated food and water.

Depression Screening

The cost of untreated depression in the workplace approximates $24 billion annually. Individuals with depression are difficult to reach despite the finest of medical benefits and resources available to them.

Allergies in the Workplace

Every year 10,000 workdays are lost due to employees suffering from allergies. And, lack of sleep caused by allergies can lead to general fatigue, listlessness, weakness, and exhaustion, which in turn impair employees’ abilities to perform normal work and social functions.

Workplace Safety

An estimated 60,000 people die each year from job-related illnesses. The workplace cost of these tragic job related injuries exceeds $127 billion a year, which is more than the combined profits of the 17 most profitable U.S. corporations.

OSHA Enacts New Workplace Standards

Yearly, 1.8 million U.S. workers experience a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, costing $15 – 20 billion in Workers’ Compensation costs.

Graveyard Shift is Hard on the Heart

The human body seems to run on a 24-hour pattern, regardless of the changes in sleep habits. People do not adapt easily to shift work, because it is difficult for the body’s “internal clock” to change with varied work schedules.

Workplace Stress

Job stress is a serious health hazard, often taking its toll on workers in the form of headaches, loss of appetite, depression, irritability, back and stomach problems, high blood pressure and heart attacks.

Smoking and the Workplace

Cigarette smoking in the workplace can be more harmful than you can imagine. Cigarette smoke can combine with other chemicals to produce greater health hazards than a worker would receive from either one of the substances alone.

Time for Flu Shots

The optimal time to get a flu shot is in October or November, according to the CDC. But complications in the production and distribution of the vaccine are expected to delay flu shots by four to six weeks.

Establishing an Employee Assistance Program

J. Y., Director of EAP Systems of the Health Alliance, says, “EAPs help employers maintain a safe, healthy and productive workforce. Because of the low cost of these programs you have to ask yourself, ‘Why would I not do this?’ It makes so much sense and is such a great resource.”

Protective Equipment for Workers

Ask your employees to help select the correct equipment for the job. And make sure your visitors are provided with the right protective equipment as well.

Drug Testing: Keeping It Legal

Make sure you understand the ADA if you’re going to use drug testing. An employee with alcoholism or alcohol abuse has a disability that is protected under the law.

Violence in the Workplace

Anyone can become the victim of a workplace assault, but the risks vary by occupation. Homicide is the second leading cause of death on the job, and is the leading cause among females and workers under 18 years of age.

Establishing a Workplace Substance Abuse Program

Drugs in the workplace cost employers billions of dollars. Establish a Drug Free Workplace program to increase productivity and decrease your health care costs.

Air Travel Woes

Traveling by air can cause or worsen a variety of medical conditions. Follow these suggestions for a more comfortable trip.

Drug Testing: Adulteration of Specimens

Urine samples are adulterated in order to attempt to produce a negative result from a sample that contains drugs or drug metabolites.

Occupational Lung Diseases

If your body is not able to fight off harmful inhaled particles, disease can develop.

Taking a Stand

People who need to walk or stand much of the day should wear decent quality, flat shoes with built-in arch support.

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer glasses can cut down eye strain and neckstrain.

Drug Testing in the Workplace

Ten percent of the work force uses illicit drugs while on the job, costing employers $60 billion a year. What are you doing about it?

Handling Electrical Emergencies

The person sustaining an electrical injury should immediately be separated from the current’s source.

Older Workers and Falls

Older workers are less likely than younger workers to be injured seriously enough to lose time from work!

Basic First-Aid Kits Often Inadequate

Knowing what to do in the first minutes of an emergency—and having the right supplies on hand–can make a big difference in the outcome of many workplace accidents.

Eye Injuries

Everyone is at risk for some type of eye injury. Help protect yourself and your workers.

Back and Neck Care for Computer Users

More than half of American workers sits at a desk in an office. And more than 75% of people who work at a computer terminal experience back strain, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) .

Back Pain: Not Only Common, But Preventable

Back pain is second only to headaches as the most common pain complaint.

Work-Site Health Services Gaining Favor

On-Site occupational health services can save employers money by decreasing workers’ compensation costs and aggressively managing injuries.

Alternative Keyboards May Not Be The Answer

Concern that keyboard design may cause computer users to develop pain in the hands, wrists and arms–a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome–has led to the marketing of a new generation of keyboards.

OccNet Meeting Employer Needs

OccNet has created one of the strongest occupational health networks in the Tristate, featuring virtually every service today’s employers need in order to manage the health and safety of their workforce.

Easing Repetitive Strains

Whether your employees lift 30-pound boxes or perform computer data entry for hours at a time, performing the same motions over and over again can lead to repetitive strain syndrome and, possibly, to time lost from the job.

Flu Shot (also known as influenza vaccinations)

Influenza, a common winter disease, is responsible for millions of lost work days each year.

Drug-free Workplace Program Reduce Workers’ Compensation Premiums

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is offering an incentive program designed to help employers establish a safer and more cost-effective workplace.

Occupational Eye Health

Eye hazards are everywhere, even in the workplace.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) provides preventative and restorative programs to help you if you’ve been hurt or have a physical limitation that interferes with your ability to perform daily activities such as bathing and dressing or housework.

Burns

From minor irritations to life threatening emergencies, burns are a common problem in the workplace.

Medical-Legal Update

Several important court decisions and regulatory changes affecting medical issues around the workplace have recently been announced.

TB Standards in the Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a draft of a new proposed standard for employees exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

Returning To Work After A Disability

In days of old, when a person incurred an injury or disease which caused them to be unable to perform their job, they were sent home until cleared by their treating doctor.

Workers Comp Costs

It comes as no surprise to occupational health professionals that these annual costs exceed the comparable costs for the care of AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease, and even rivals the costs for heart disease and cancer.

Cumulative Trauma Disorder

Cumulative traumas are the result of a combination of stresses applied over a period of time from which adequate recovery does not occur.


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