Occupational Health

Knowledge at Work highlights important occupational health & safety topics and occupational health issues in this category. Experts across the industry cover health hazards in the workplace, occupational health standards, occupational health risk, industry news, and more!

Industrial Hygiene Worksite Analysis Crucial for Health

Industrial Hygiene Worksite Analysis Crucial for Health

Every day, millions of people work in environments with hazards that can cause illness or, even worse, death. Many of these hazards—which can include a range of issues like chemical vapors, extreme temperatures, and poor ergonomic design–might not cause immediate adverse health effects but can cause life-altering problems over time. Furthermore, many workers are not […]

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Drugs, Health & Safety at Work: What Employers Can Do

Drugs, Health & Safety at Work: What Employers Can Do

The United States is a highly pharmacological society. It seems like everyone is taking a pill for one thing or another—pain relief, hypertension, depression, infection. Some people are managing chronic conditions like mental health issues, migraines, diabetes, COPD, or high cholesterol, while others are fighting cancer or acute infection. Still others are abusing opioids or […]

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Making the Case for Integrated Health and Safety

Making the Case for Integrated Health and Safety

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 […]

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8 Tips from World-Class Wellness Programs

8 Tips from World-Class Wellness Programs

There’s nothing like a generous, corporate wellness program to get bright, talented techies flocking to your company’s door. Perks might range from a discounted gym membership, onsite health center to volunteering incentives and family-centered policies. But the general idea is that such schemes attract and retain talent, and act as a competitive differentiator. According to […]

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Get to Know Your Respiratory PPE

Get to Know Your Respiratory PPE

Respirators are crucial pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), necessary whenever airborne particulate matter might be inhaled into the lungs. Across a variety of industries—healthcare, construction, manufacturing, emergency response—respirators are used to keep workers safe. There are two basic types of respirators. The first type removes contaminants out of the air. These include particulate respirators […]

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Improving Ergonomics is Good for the Bottom Line

Improving Ergonomics is Good for the Bottom Line

Ergonomics, defined as ‘the study of work’, is gaining traction with more and more businesses as they look at design their needs to fit their workers, rather than forcing their worker’s bodies to fit the jobs that need doing. Of course, changing business-as-usual practices and operations can often require additional investment, whether through the modification […]

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