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 […]
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!
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 […]
What is occupational medicine? According to Wikipedia, occupational medicine specialists work to ensure that the highest standards of occupational health and safety can be achieved and maintained. While it may involve a wide number of disciplines, it centers on the preventive medicine and management of illness, injury or disability that is related to the workplace. […]
Moving Beyond Outcome Metrics The proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), spurred by the healthcare industry shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, has focused healthcare executives’ attention towards clinical outcome metrics. Yet the greatest barriers–individual clinician practices– remain difficult to manage within the population health clinical delivery value chain. The solution: leveraging software as a service […]
Pregnancy can be a period of great excitement and expectation. For some workers and their families, however, it can be a time for grave concern. A recent study by NIOSH has found that flight attendants might be at higher risk of miscarriage due to sleep disruption, physical job demands, and exposure to cosmic radiation. Birth […]
Work-related stress can kill. Sometimes it kills quickly with a stress-induced heart attack. This technically categorizes work-related stress with other types of fatal exposures to notoriously hazardous substances such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsine gas. Stress can also have a slow and insidious adverse affect on health – causing or exacerbating depression, muscle […]
The weather might be hot and hazy outside, but it’s already time to start thinking about the upcoming flu season. In March, the FDA recommended trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines for the 2016-17 flu season. Recently, studies have shown that the nasal spray version of the live attenuated influenza vaccine is not effective and the CDC […]