More healthcare personnel getting flu shots

Flu vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel (HCP) has improved nationally compared to previous years, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, the 2012 HCP flu vaccination rate is highest among pharmacists (88.7%), physicians (83.8%), nurses (81.5%), nurse practitioners/physician assistants (73.3%) and other clinical professionals (76.7%). The rate […]

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Flight attendants subject of injury reporting plan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has proposed a new policy that would allow flight attendants to report injuries and illnesses directly to OSHA for response and investigation. While the FAA’s aviation safety regulations would take precedence, it is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain […]

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Enrollment open for medical examiner test

Under new Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, physicians who perform commercial driver physical exams must complete training and take a test to become qualified medical examiners. On-line scheduling for the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certification test begins today with the FMCSA’s first approved test delivery organization. The first date […]

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State hospital fined for patient assaults

In the latest reminder of the risk of violence in healthcare settings, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) last week cited and fined another governmental entity, Atascadero State Hospital, $27,675. The fine includes $27,000 for ongoing patient assaults and $450 for incomplete records from which inspectors said injured employees’ names had been […]

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National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 2-8

During National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies will be conducting educational and promotional activities to highlight the importance vaccination. Posters, educational materials and online tools are available at www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources and www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw/index.htm. Information specifically for healthcare personnel and […]

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Alternative Flu Vaccine Approved

For the first time, a seasonal influenza vaccine using cultured mammal cells rather than fertilized chicken eggs has been approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine, Flucelvax, is approved for adults. Cell culture technology has already been in use for several decades to produce other U.S.-licensed […]

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In memorium: Hunter Giroux

Hunter K. Giroux, 54, a longtime occupational health professional, died unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was CEO of Connecticut Occupational Health Partners, an affiliate of St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, and MedWorks, LLC. In the industry, he was known for insightful and innovative business practices. A dedicated family man, he also was involved in youth […]

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Executive Pleads Guilty in Mine Probe

A former Massey division president agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to two conspiracy charges and cooperate with investigators in connection with the West Virginia Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster of 2010 that killed 29 workers. David Hughart was charged with conspiring to thwart inspections and violate mine health and safety laws. Neither count is […]

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