Respirators are crucial pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), necessary whenever airborne particulate matter might be inhaled into the lungs. Across a variety of industries—healthcare, construction, manufacturing, emergency response—respirators are used to keep workers safe. There are two basic types of respirators. The first type removes contaminants out of the air. These include particulate respirators […]
Books, articles and commentaries abound on the value of empowering people to take a more active role in managing their own health.
The way employers enable learning and information-sharing plays an influential role in whether new employees will become safety leaders or safety liabilities.
The term surveillance generally refers to “keeping a watchful eye over someone or something.” In the workplace, surveillance programs have been used to screen individuals for potential over-exposures (such as to lead) or disease development (such as asbestosis). In a more broad sense, programs can be used to observe the health of populations for the […]
March 24, 2014 is World Tuberculosis Day. The slogan this year is “Reach the 3 million.” Every year, approximately 9 million people are afflicted by this infectious disease. Of those, 3 million are “missed” by health systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450,000 people were infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012.
The American comedian Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid!” However, in the workplace you can prevent some of the stupidity caused by mental fatigue.
The major league baseball success story, Moneyball, describes “sabermetrics” – the quest for objective knowledge about the game.
In a recent post, I discussed the rights of healthcare organizations to mandate flu vaccinations and for employees to decline them. Other types of industries are also wrestling with this issue. Many employers have business needs, worker protection and public health concerns that may justify a flu vaccine policy.
Chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, solvents and pesticides have been shown to impact the reproductive health of men and women who are exposed to them at work.