Health records are all the same, right? Not if you’re talking about occupational health (e.g., workers’ compensation injury treatment and management, screening exams, medical surveillance, wellness/health promotion, and outpatient rehabilitation). OSHA mandates that occupational health records, which are controlled by employers, are kept separate and independent from non-occupational health records, which are controlled by patients. […]
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Every year, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries burden companies with approximately $60 billion in workers compensation costs. For these businesses, it’s important to gain a deeper understanding of the risks to prevent future incidents from occurring. The annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index lists the top 10 most common injury causes; this information can be a […]
Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide and are responsible for more deaths annually than cancer. They can be transmitted by a number of routes (e.g. direct/indirect contact, airborne, droplet) and have the potential to affect large populations, as we saw during the Ebola and Zika epidemics of recent years. Fortunately, vaccines have […]
Each year on March 8, the global community marks International Women’s Day to highlight the challenges women face around the world, reflect on progress and celebrate successes. Since the 1950s, the percentage of women in the U.S. labor force has increased from 34% to 60% today. Women face different health risks at work than men, […]
The likelihood of an employee being absent from work for one or more days over the past year due to work-related injuries is 2.6 times greater for employers who don’t offer health benefits than for those who do. Similarly, the probability of employees being absent for work one or more days over the past year […]
Now that winter has arrived in the northern hemisphere, workers are at risk for health emergencies. Cold weather can lead to danger for workers outside or in poorly insulated or unheated areas, particularly in fields such as sanitation, construction, emergency response, delivery, or transportation. Weather-related conditions can also pose a risk for drivers on slippery […]
If you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with an extra piece of pumpkin pie, you might need to eat a salad and run an extra mile or two next week. If you’re one of the 29 million U.S. adults who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, however, your challenges are more serious. Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder […]
Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.
It’s Health IT week! IT, and specifically electronic health records, has become a crucial component of modern healthcare. Good use of technology can make an occupational health office more efficient and patient-focused. It can free up valuable office space with the removal of paper-based filing cabinets and allow quicker access to patient records. A good […]
Uniting the traditionally separate functions of occupational safety and health, health promotion, and even health benefits management has always made good sense for employee and employer alike, but now there is an even greater sense of urgency than ever before. A unique confluence of social, economic and demographic forces is acting on the working population […]