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OSHA Updates

OSHA spent 2022 flexing its regulatory muscles, preparing for 2023 and beyond Safety Metrics and Insights Guide to OSHA Inspections

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Measuring the Value

Measuring the Value of your Occupational Health Program

“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It.”

Management thinker, Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Drucker means that you can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked.

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Medicine Programs

Occupational Medicine Programs – A Benefit for Many Employers Now More than Ever

Today’s employers are tasked more than ever with keeping expenses at a minimum while meeting their responsibilities to customers, employees, and their own business. When company leaders consider “health care” and “cutting expenditures,” human resource managers and executives often think traditional employee insurance benefits are the only medical expenses that will affect a company’s bottom line.

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Medical Training

NIOSH Spirometry Training

The course goal is to train technicians to produce valid spirometry test results. Spirometry testing can be fraught with equipment, technique, and data entry errors. NIOSH training addresses each area and incrementally builds attendee knowledge, skills, and ability to recognize and correct errors.

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Medical Workplace

Approaches to Behavioral Health in the Workplace

Mental wellness can affect an individual’s participation, safety, and productivity in the workplace. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, mental health is defined as “…a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”

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Employees working from home

Employees Working From Home and OSHA Work Injuries

My Employees are Teleworking – Do I Need to Worry About OSHA Work Injuries at Home?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused lots of changes in society (social distancing, wearing masks, singing the “Happy Birthday” song while washing your hands, etc.). One undeniable change has been the substantial increase in the number of employees teleworking (i.e., working remotely from home). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just under 33% of workers worked from home in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, there appears to be a growing belief that teleworking may become the new normal for many employees even after COVID-19.

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Consulting

The Impact of a Dedicated Sales Position to Your Occupational Health Business

A dedicated salesperson(s) is one of the most important and crucial positions to an occupational health program. No matter how good your business is, if you are not continuously selling/promoting your program, then there will be no in-flow of cash, and this could lead to a loss of revenue with potential downsizing or closing of your business. And – what really drives the business and brings in cash-flow is the level of expertise of the salespersons or sales team. A lot of businesses take hiring of salespersons more casually than hiring other employees like managers, clinical professionals, technicians, etc.

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Firefighter

Firefighter Medical Evaluation – The Basics

Occupational health programs involved in firefighter (FF) medical evaluations must understand the physiological, psychological, and environmental demands associated with firefighting. NFPA 1582 (Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments 2018) provides guidance for physicians and healthcare providers responsible for fire department occupational medical programs.

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Silica

Crystalline silica (quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite) causes adverse effects on the health of our lungs. Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is the respirable dust fraction of crystalline silica, which enters the body by inhalation (<10 microns in aerodynamic diameter).

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