The longer a workers’ compensation claim remains open and the more that painkillers are involved, the more expensive it gets – yet another reason why it is so important to keep employees healthy and intervene early when injuries and illnesses occur.
Workplace health and safety is not just about being compliant with regulatory agencies. Although health care organizations are highly regulated and the hazards are diverse, caring for employees requires a “whole-person’ approach.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), I wrote “You Be the Judge: Predicting the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act.” My analysis included an exercise for readers to learn more about this controversial case by reviewing the fundamental issues and reaching their own conclusions […]
Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and […]
The Affordable Care Act debate reminds me of arguments in favor of and opposed to the coordination of occupational health and safety (OH&S) protections with worksite health promotion programs.
It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have […]
When a dollar sign is followed by a slew of zeros, it can be hard to grasp the implications in economic and human terms.
The longer we live, the more important quality of life becomes to us.
Employees who don’t get enough sleep are at an increased risk for injury and illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently analyzed data from a National Health Interview Survey and found 30 percent of U.S. civilian workers (approximately 40.6 million people) get six or less hours of sleep per day. The National […]
In my last blog, I discussed the background and main issues regarding The Affordable Care Act, which may be the most significant event in the history of employee health since the creation of OSHA.