State commission pushes workplace safety culture

The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation “strongly recommends that the state move toward developing an overall culture of safety in the workplace.” In its newly released 2012 annual report, commissioners say injury and illness prevention is the best way to preserve workers’ earnings and limit increases in employers’ workers’ compensation costs. […]

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Washington seeks occupational health and education center sponsors

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is requesting proposals from healthcare organizations interested in sponsoring Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs). The centers work with medical providers, employers and injured workers to improve treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses. Four centers already provide education and financial incentives to more than 2,000 healthcare […]

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Transportation secretary Ray LaHood resigns

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today that he has submitted his resignation to President Obama after serving for four years. He said he would stay on the job until his successor is confirmed. In a statement, he referred to accomplishments during his tenure including a distracted driving initiative, a rule to combat pilot fatigue, […]

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Workplace health promotion has potential to reduce annual medical costs 18%, study shows

Workplace health promotion programs have the potential to reduce average worker health costs by 18 percent, and even more for older workers, according to a study published in the January edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Jonathan Dugas, Ph.D., and colleagues with The Vitality Group, Chicago, combined data from two major studies […]

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OSHA reports violations at Hoover Dam plant

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) found 50 alleged serious and eight repeat safety and health violations during a comprehensive investigation at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the agency announced in a press release. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which maintains and […]

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