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Public health group calls for OSHA standard on workplace injury, illness prevention programs

At its annual meeting in November, the American Public Health Association adopted 17 new policy statements, including one aimed at preventing workplace injury and illness. Citing an absence of federal requirements that employers enact illness and injury prevention programs, the policy calls on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop a standard to […]

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OSHA issues citation in connection with heat stress-related death on worker’s first day on the job

An electrical company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a serious safety violation in connection with the June 25 death of a 36-year-old worker who developed heat stroke his first day on the job. The worker was carrying heavy electrical conduit piping in non-shaded conditions when he collapsed while working […]

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FAA announces medical policy to detect obstructive sleep apnea using body mass index as an indicator

Pilots with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be qualified to fly if they are under the care of a physician and their aviation medical examiner (AME). On Nov. 20, Fred Tilton, M.D., the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) chief surgeon, announced plans to introduce a policy requiring examiners to use a formula to calculate body mass […]

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Study identifies attributes of successful joint health and safety committees

A newly published study offers findings on attributes that make joint health and safety committees most effective when spanning various sectors including employers, government and organized labor. They include: • adequate information, education and training • appropriate committee composition • senior management commitment • a clear mandate with a broad scope and corresponding empowerment through […]

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Hospitals, health systems pursuing population health management, value-based payment initiatives

Hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pursuing the development of value-based payment and population health management initiatives, according to the Governance Institute’s 2013 biennial survey. The survey findings, contained in Governing the Value Journey: A Profile of Structure, Culture and Practices of Boards in Transition, were released today. Among the 541 responding hospitals […]

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President signs law allowing FDA to regulate drug compounding facilities

President Obama last week signed H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate specialty compounded (altered) drugs. It creates a voluntary program for the FDA to regulate entities engaged in batch compounding and establishes authority for the agency to develop a national track-and-trace […]

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University of Wisconsin Hospital receives prevention award for reducing healthcare-associated infections

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) received the 2013 Partnership in Prevention Award today for successfully reducing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates. The prestigious award is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The […]

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OSHA rule change designed to ease employers’ mechanical power press paperwork burden

The U.S. Department of Labor introduced four rules this week to update or rescind obsolete regulations and requirements. One of the rules eliminates an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for employers to document mandatory weekly inspections of mechanical power presses and clarifies their inspection responsibilities. Removing weekly power press inspection and test certifications […]

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Joplin tornado report contains recommendations to improve response, save lives, reduce property damage

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths, property damage and costs caused by tornadoes, according to findings from a two-year technical investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck […]

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