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HeLP America Act would support comprehensive workplace wellness programs

The Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America Act (HeLP America) introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, includes wellness provisions in a broad range of areas including tax incentives for companies that offer comprehensive workplace wellness programs to their employees. As proposed, it would allow employers to deduct the cost of athletic facility memberships for their employees […]

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New study finds troublesome gaps in occupational health & safety sustainability reporting

A study released this week by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) reveals troublesome gaps and a lack of transparency in sustainability reporting. The study, Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting, also raises concerns about ranking methodology. Some highly rated corporations reported more than 10 work‐related fatalities in a year […]

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Stress in America survey a wake-up call for employers

Many Americans face potential physical and emotional health challenges because they are not getting the support they need to manage their stress, according to findings from Stress in America™: Missing the Health Care Connection, a report released Feb. 7 by the American Psychological Association (APA). If untreated, consistently high stress contributes to chronic medical conditions […]

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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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New toolkit for preventing hospital patient falls

Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focuses on reducing falls that occur during a patient’s hospital stay. Nearly one million patients fall in U.S. hospitals each year. The toolkit features six major categories: hospital readiness, program management, choosing fall prevention practices, […]

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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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