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!

Asbestos Remains a Serious Issue for UK Workers

Asbestos Remains a Serious Issue for UK Workers

Occupational disease places a heavy burden on workers and the workplace. Some workers may experience temporary life-changing illness, while others develop life-ending illness. There are many types of occupational disease such as respiratory disease, skin diseases, cancers, asbestos-related disease, musculoskeletal disease, and work-related stress to name a few. Asbestos, specifically, is one hazard that has […]

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Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence Assaults

Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence Assaults

It’s hard to imagine a seemingly passive elderly relative assaulting a well-meaning caregiver, but it’s actually a relatively common occurrence. Information on work-related assaults and homicides featured in a National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) research brief on Violence in the Workplace further substantiates the need for interventions to protect vulnerable healthcare workers while they […]

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Occupational Disease in the UK – a Growing Epidemic

Occupational Disease in the UK – a Growing Epidemic

Every day, some workers in the United Kingdom bring home something extra with them—their workplace exposure to potential health hazards. Many workplace hazards–like chemical spills and motorized vehicle accidents–are easily recognized while some are not even acknowledged. It’s these seemingly, non-serious hazards that have the potential to cause long-lasting adverse health effects. For example, many […]

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Celebrate Safety with N95 Day

Celebrate Safety with N95 Day

Today marks the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) 4th annual N95 Day, usually held on September 5. The focus this year, according to NIOSH, is to “equip you with the necessary tools to provide and/or practice proper respiratory protection when the use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators is necessary.” Respirators are crucial […]

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Oh, My Aching Back (Wrist, Shoulder, and Everything Else)

Oh, My Aching Back (Wrist, Shoulder, and Everything Else)

Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as “a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.” It is a fairly simple description of a fairly complicated issue. All work involves some movement, even if the task is sedentary. Common examples in the workplace include material handling (lifting, pulling, pushing), […]

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