In a bi-annual survey, American Industrial Hygiene Association members identified the following industry-related issues as the most important overall priorities for the next two years:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners will conduct random checks of drivers’ medical examiner certificates (MECs) during enforcement activities. Officials said the intent is to discourage the use of fraudulent certificates by obtaining verbal confirmation that a medical examination was conducted and information on the MEC is accurate, not to […]
The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution today in support of mandatory annual influenza vaccinations for all long-term healthcare workers who have direct patient contact unless a medical contraindication or religious objection exists. The resolution recommends that medical directors and other practitioners encourage professional and family caregivers to obtain vaccinations, and that […]
Midsize employers (100 to 4,999 employees) in low-wage industries are not inclined to implement workplace health promotion programs, according to a survey that asked about their readiness and capacity to implement such programs. While respondents believe health promotion would benefit their employees and their companies, they were less likely to believe such programs were a […]
The prevalence of arthritis in the U.S. is projected to increase to nearly 67 million (25 percent of the adult population) by the year 2030, including 25 million people with physical limitations. Working-age adults (45-64 years) will account for almost one-third of arthritis cases. Workplace programs in the areas of safety, ergonomics, wellness and disability […]
Twice a year, the Department of Health and Human Services invites its employees to submit and vote on innovative ideas as part of its HHSinnovates program. This year, for the first time, the public also was invited to vote. The winning People’s Choice entry is the Coal Dust Explosibility Meter, a tool developed by the […]
The compliance date for implementation of ICD-10 has been postponed from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICD-9 will be replaced by the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. ICD-10 significantly expands the coding system.
The impact of the recession, legislative and regulatory reforms, and rising medical costs on workers’ compensation system performance in 16 states are addressed in the newly released CompScope™ Benchmarks, 13th Edition, by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. The benchmarks provide a baseline for policy development and performance evaluation. Metrics include time from injury to payer […]
Law enforcement agents should wear protective equipment when investigating houses and other buildings used to grow marijuana because they may contain high levels of mold, according to a study funded by the U.S. Justice Department.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) announced availability of the recently approved ANSI/AIHA Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard, which features management principles and systems to help organizations continuously improve their occupational health and safety performance.