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AMA Supports Mandatory Flu Shots for Long-Term Care Workers

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 […]

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Study Examines Capacity for Worksite Health Promotion

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 […]

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Arthritis Impacts Aging Workforce

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 […]

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Coal Dust Meter Wins People’s Choice Award

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 […]

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Emergency Preparedness Encouraged

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging employers to join the National Preparedness Coalition and commit to year-round disaster planning. Useful features on the coalition’s website include a business impact analysis worksheet to help employers track costs associated with lack of preparedness and disruptions.

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Flu Vaccination Rate 67% for Healthcare Personnel

Nearly 67 percent of healthcare personnel (HCP) reported receiving an influenza vaccination for the 2011-12 season. Vaccination coverage was highest among physicians (85 percent), compared to 79 percent of nurses and 62 percent in other job categories. Findings from the April 2012 survey of 2,348 HCP were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report […]

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Work-Related Fatality Rate Declines

A preliminary total of 4,609 work-related fatalities, or 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, were recorded in the United States in 2011, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2010 there were 4,690 fatalities, a rate of 3.6 per 100,000 workers.

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Intermittent Time Off Tied to Disability Claims

Employees who take intermittent time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act are nearly three times more likely to file a subsequent short-term disability claim than those who do not take leave, according to a study by Reed Group, a national firm specializing in leave, disability and return-to-work management. The most common reasons for […]

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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Under Investigation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis and related fatalities among patients who received a steroid injection of a potentially contaminated product. This form of meningitis is not contagious.

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