California Supreme Court decision considered victory for injured workers

The California Supreme Court yesterday upheld a lower court decision allowing an injured worker to submit findings from a doctor she retained outside of her employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN) in a case involving a disability determination. The ruling in the case of Valdez vs. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Warehouse Demo Services is considered […]

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Nature of relationships on clinic teams affects patient satisfaction, study shows

One of the first studies to quantify the impact relationships among clinic colleagues have on patient satisfaction may have applications for occupational health providers. In the study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, 437 clinicians and staff in 17 Veterans Administration primary care clinics completed a survey using a 15-item work relationship scale (WRS) […]

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National Transportation Safety Board calls for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration audit

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended audits of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oversight processes in response to four recent commercial vehicle accidents. Combined, the accidents resulted in 25 deaths and 83 injuries. In each accident, investigators identified safety deficiencies and noted red flags were present prior to the crashes.

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NIOSH issues recommendations on worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued new recommendations today for controlling worker exposures to engineered nanomaterials. The recommendations are contained in a new document, Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling Processes. Engineering controls are favored over administrative controls and personal protective equipment for reducing exposures because […]

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OSHA proposes electronic submission requirements as part of recordkeeping rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday introduced proposed changes in recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for quarterly electronic submissions of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under existing standards, Part 1904. The announcement coincides with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, […]

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National Diabetes Month time to focus on early detection, productivity loss prevention

November is National Diabetes Month and employers are encouraged to educate workers about health risks and costs associated with this chronic condition. Testing for diabetes is recommended for adults with certain risk factors, including age (45+ years), being overweight or obese, family history and physical inactivity. People with diabetes can take steps to control the […]

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