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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OSHA Update

Alliance Renewed: OSHA and the National Safety Council renewed their alliance to continue efforts aimed at construction hazards, injury and illness prevention, and motor vehicle safety. Demolition and Underground Construction: A direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking applies an existing standard on cranes and derricks in construction to demolition work and underground construction […]

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