Drug-free workplace programs are considered by many to be an effective way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.
When a disaster strikes, occupational health and safety professionals deployed in healthcare organizations often are what stands between a bad outcome and a good one for victims.
With the election behind us, the Obama administration has introduced Affordable Care Act provisions intended to motivate employers and employees to partake in workplace wellness programs.
The November election brought yet another twist in our nation’s roller-coaster ride with marijuana.
I used to give weekly depositions on the status of patients who were referred to me for the resolution of contested workers’ compensation cases.
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.
In the past 3 years, we’ve seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.
As an industry observer who has interviewed hundreds of human resource professionals in focus group sessions across the country, it seems to me the contributions made by HR folks often go unrecognized, especially in smaller organizations where they are required to wear a pile of hats.
The use of oral fluids as an alternative to urine for workplace drug testing was discussed at the federal level as far back as 10 years ago but it was never approved. Meanwhile, the use of oral fluids for drug testing has continued in the non-regulated workplace.
It’s the time of year when prognosticators hold forth. I might as well add my voice to the chorus.