Keeping workers healthy and on the job – from occupational health issues to legislation. Select from the many informative articles below.
- 1 Case Managers Can Save You Time and Money
- 2 Do Back Belts Prevent Injury?
- 3 Transitional WorkGRANT$ Make $ense
- 4 Substance Abusers Most Likely to be Injured
- 5 Workplace Mammography
- 6 FAA Physicals
- 7 Food and Water Precautions for the International Traveler
- 8 Depression Screening
- 9 Allergies in the Workplace
- 10 Workplace Safety
- 11 OSHA Enacts New Workplace Standards
- 12 Graveyard Shift is Hard on the Heart
- 13 Workplace Stress
- 14 Smoking and the Workplace
- 15 Time for Flu Shots
- 16 Establishing an Employee Assistance Program
- 17 Protective Equipment for Workers
- 18 Drug Testing: Keeping It Legal
- 19 Violence in the Workplace
- 20 Establishing a Workplace Substance Abuse Program
- 21 Air Travel Woes
- 22 Drug Testing: Adulteration of Specimens
- 23 Occupational Lung Diseases
- 24 Taking a Stand
- 25 Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome
- 26 Drug Testing in the Workplace
- 27 Handling Electrical Emergencies
- 28 Older Workers and Falls
- 29 Basic First-Aid Kits Often Inadequate
- 30 Eye Injuries
- 31 Back and Neck Care for Computer Users
- 32 Back Pain: Not Only Common, But Preventable
- 33 Work-Site Health Services Gaining Favor
- 34 Alternative Keyboards May Not Be The Answer
- 35 OccNet Meeting Employer Needs
- 36 Easing Repetitive Strains
- 37 Flu Shot (also known as influenza vaccinations)
- 38 Drug-free Workplace Program Reduce Workers’ Compensation Premiums
- 39 Occupational Eye Health
- 40 Occupational Therapy
- 41 Burns
- 42 Medical-Legal Update
- 43 TB Standards in the Workplace
- 44 Returning To Work After A Disability
- 45 Workers Comp Costs
- 46 Cumulative Trauma Disorder
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.
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.
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.
A new study has found that people who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs are more likely to sustain injuries.
Preventing serious illness among your workforce can help reduce your company’s operating costs. Breast cancer screening through mammography is a great example.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yearly, 1.8 million U.S. workers experience a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, costing $15 – 20 billion in Workers’ Compensation costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Drugs in the workplace cost employers billions of dollars. Establish a Drug Free Workplace program to increase productivity and decrease your health care costs.
Traveling by air can cause or worsen a variety of medical conditions. Follow these suggestions for a more comfortable trip.
Urine samples are adulterated in order to attempt to produce a negative result from a sample that contains drugs or drug metabolites.
If your body is not able to fight off harmful inhaled particles, disease can develop.
People who need to walk or stand much of the day should wear decent quality, flat shoes with built-in arch support.
Computer glasses can cut down eye strain and neckstrain.
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?
The person sustaining an electrical injury should immediately be separated from the current’s source.
Older workers are less likely than younger workers to be injured seriously enough to lose time from work!
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.
Everyone is at risk for some type of eye injury. Help protect yourself and your workers.
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 is second only to headaches as the most common pain complaint.
On-Site occupational health services can save employers money by decreasing workers’ compensation costs and aggressively managing injuries.
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 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.
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.
Influenza, a common winter disease, is responsible for millions of lost work days each year.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is offering an incentive program designed to help employers establish a safer and more cost-effective workplace.
Eye hazards are everywhere, even in the workplace.
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.
From minor irritations to life threatening emergencies, burns are a common problem in the workplace.
Several important court decisions and regulatory changes affecting medical issues around the workplace have recently been announced.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a draft of a new proposed standard for employees exposed to tuberculosis (TB).
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.
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 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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