What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2016? Lose weight? Quit smoking? Get healthier? You might have some help from your employer, depending on your workplace wellness program. Employee wellness programs have become an important tool for many companies interested in improving their employees’ health. It’s good for the employees—improved health, better job satisfaction, and sometimes […]
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!
The United States is facing a demographic shift that will place a huge burden on the health care system. Over the next 20 years, approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each day. Many of these individuals are healthy and well, and will not need medical assistance for some time. Many others, however, are not. […]
Take a look at the way you’re doing your job right now. Are you standing in an awkward posture or required to lift an excessive amount of weight? Maybe your job is more sedentary, but you are prone to resting your wrist on the edge of a table or doing the same task repetitively? It […]
December 1 marks World AIDS Day, when the medical community looks at the status of the fight against HIV and AIDS. The view from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) looks grim. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and AIDS Prevention Chief Dr. Jonathan Mermin published an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In the scheme of human history, it wasn’t so long ago that we believed that the mechanism of disease was result of imbalanced humors and chloroform was a cutting edge anesthetic. Today, we are able to use robots to perform microsurgery, pinpoint the genetic sequence of a cancer cell, and transplant nearly anything. There is […]
Has your employee been struck by an orca? Burned by flaming water skis? Has he or she suffered a knitting-related injury? ICD-10 has you covered. As this more complex coding goes into effect, NPR takes a look at some of the more unusual entries here.
Cardiovascular disease remains stubbornly at the top of the mortality list in the United States. One big reason? Cholesterol. According to the CDC, about 30% of U.S. adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol). Fewer than half are on a treatment plan to lower those levels. More than 30 million Americans […]