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OSHA publishes guidance on spirometry testing

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has issued a new guidance document: Spirometry Testing in Occupational Health Programs: Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals. Spirometry is used to evaluate respiratory health and screen workers for their ability to perform certain tasks and/or use personal protective equipment. The guidance is intended for medical personnel who oversee worker […]

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Remediation of mold, dampness likely to reduce health complaints

Persistent dampness and mold damage in the non-industrial workplace, including schools and housing, requires prevention, management and effective remediation, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) says in a new Position Statement on Mold and Dampness in the Built Environment. If visible mold is present, it should be remediated, regardless of what species are present. Such […]

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Employers confirm plans to offer employee health benefits, wellness incentives

A majority of employers are committed to providing employee healthcare benefits in the near future, according to findings from the annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care. The survey found average total healthcare costs are expected to reach $12,136 per employee this year, up 5 percent […]

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Hospital receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace award for safe patient handling program

St. Luke’s, Duluth, Minn., will receive Best Practice Honors for its safe patient handling program at the American Psychological Association’s eighth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Best Practice Honors recognize a single program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the […]

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FDA recommends change in natural rubber latex labeling to prevent allergic reactions

To avoid giving a false sense of security to healthcare workers and others who are allergic to natural rubber latex (NRL), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that manufacturers of FDA-regulated medical products stop using statements on labels such as “latex-free” or “does not contain latex.” A draft guidance document published today in […]

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Stakeholder collaboration holds promise for healthcare cost management

Innovative healthcare organizations recognize the dual role they play as both providers and employers. Meanwhile, providers need to engage in collaborative conversations with other employers in their communities, third-party administrators and health plans. For their part, employers are encouraged to ask certain critical questions, according to Healthy Employees, Lower Premiums and Costs, a new report […]

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