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!

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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World Hepatitis Day Calls Attention to Serious Health Threat

World Hepatitis Day Calls Attention to Serious Health Threat

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) made July 28th one of four official disease-specific world health days to be recognized each year. World Hepatitis Day was created to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is “Prevent hepatitis. Act now”. Hepatitis […]

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OSHA Increases Focus on Healthcare. Is Your Facility Ready?

OSHA Increases Focus on Healthcare. Is Your Facility Ready?

An April 2 memorandum issued by OSHA has notified Regional Directors that the agency is extending its National Emphasis Program on Nursing and Residential Care Facilities until it provides updated guidance or ends the program. Thomas Galassi, Director of the Directorate of Enforcement for OSHA, stated that the agency will continue to focus on enforcement […]

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National Nurses Week: Celebrate by Keeping Nurses Safe

National Nurses Week: Celebrate by Keeping Nurses Safe

It’s National Nurses Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Nurses Association to celebrate the crucial role nurses play in delivery quality patient care. This year’s theme, “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”, recognizes the importance of high ethical standards in nursing. But, are nurses themselves treated as well as they treat their patients? Nurses face […]

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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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How to Better Protect Home Healthcare Workers from Hazards

How to Better Protect Home Healthcare Workers from Hazards

Home healthcare workers provide critical in-home care to older adults, those convalescing from serious illness or medical procedures, and people with disabilities. The home healthcare worker can provide patients with personal care, offer household services, and even monitor patients or administer medications under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.  For many patients, the availability of […]

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