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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Supply Chain Safety Programs Promoted

DES PLAINES, IL (Nov. 29, 2012) – With workplace tragedies such as the recent factory fires in Bangladesh killing more than 100 people last weekend and in Pakistan killing more than 300 workers in September, the American Society of Safety Engineers(ASSE) and the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability urge corporations to implement effective safety […]

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Hypertension, Other Conditions Increase Workers’ Comp Medical Costs

Medical costs in workers’ compensation cases with a comorbidity diagnosis are about double that of otherwise comparable claims, according to a new report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Comorbidity is the presence of a disease or medical condition in addition to a worked-related injury or illness. Among 24 conditions studied (including pregnancy), hypertension […]

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Rep. Nadler Calls for OSHA Oversight During Clean-up Efforts

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, who represents Brooklyn and Manhattan communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, issued a statement demanding that workers involved in clean-up and recovery efforts be given proper protective equipment, and that all federal laws governing worker safety be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). […]

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Safe Patient Handling Comment Period Open

The American Nurses Association (ANA) Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards Working Group is accepting public comments on Draft Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards. The working group seeks recommendations for refining the standards, and comments regarding their scope, applicability to foreseeable safe patient handling and mobility concerns for all healthcare recipients, and […]

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