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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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 […]
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 […]
Imagine this: You’re engaged in pleasant conversation during your hospital’s yearly flu vaccination drive. All of a sudden—ouch! You’ve accidentally stuck your thumb with a used needle. Do you know what to do next? For too many hospital employees, the answer is “no,” and that’s a huge oversight. A needlestick is no small matter that a […]
This month marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. We all remember harrowing images of people at the New Orleans Superdome, on roofs and overpasses, and in the fetid waters. We saw the devastation in the Lower 9th Ward and throughout the Gulf Coast. Firsthand accounts of the trauma brought […]
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), […]