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Doctor Urges Need for National Registry of Occupational Deaths in Health Care Workers

Dr. Pauline W. Chen's article in The New York Times explains the occupational dangers for health care workers, particularly with contagious diseases, and why a national registry of occupational deaths in health care workers is needed because only then can appropriate action be taken to find better...

Think Tank Says Businesses Should Protect Human Capital by Dealing With "Extreme" Productivity Dilemna

Business Insurance reports that a think tank has released a study on overexertion at work - people working long hours to avoid lay offs - and has urged that employers recognize the detrimental effect of stress on insurance costs, lost productivity, absenteeism, and more.

Study Finds Employers Severely Underestimate Prevalence and Lost Productivity Costs of Depression

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Employees disabled by depression are away from work significantly longer than other employees on disability leave according to new research by the non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute. The true lost-time costs of these cases -- including disability payments and lost productivity...

National Safety Council Launches June National Safety Month

ITASCA, IL - The National Safety Council will launch its 2009 June National Safety Month with free enrollment in two popular online training courses, June 1-7 only: "Alive at 25(R) Parent Program," for parents of teen drivers, and "First Aid and CPR with AED," basic training...

Global Study Says Corrected Vision Impairment Could Prevent Billions of Dollars in Lost Productivity Each Year

In the first study of its kind published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization , researchers have found that corrected vision impairment could prevent billions of dollars in lost productivity each year. The study estimates that nearly 158 million people on a global scale suffer from vision...

Calif. Nurses Hold Protest on Inadequate Swine Flu Training and Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The San Jose Mercury News reports that nurses at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center protested what they claim as unsafe practices in the handling of swine flu patients. The nurses claim that they are concerned about being improperly exposed to the H1N1 virus...

Senate Version of Health Care Reform Bill Pushes Employers to Adopt Wellness Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C - A provision in the Senate version of the health-care reform bill would push private employers to create a “culture of health” for employees in the workplace. Source: CNS News

Calif. Division of Workers’ Comp Reports Success Story for Return-to-Work Program

OAKLAND , CA – The California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that San Diego ’s Sloan Productions kept its employee on the job with the help of this state-sponsored program for return to work. The DWC stated: To hear Jeff Landie modestly tell his small business story...

Employers Concerned With Rise in Workplace Suicides

According to recent U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics, there has been a 28 percent increase in workplace suicides last year. Some observers say that stress from workload, lack of job security, dwindling retirement savings, and relationship problems exacerbated during a financial crisis may be causing the...

Collaborative Research Study Aims to Prevent Firefighter Injury

GULF BREEZE, FL - A call comes in to the local Pensacola Fire Department to be first on the scene of a local house fire. These brave men and women respond without a second thought; only thinking about the safety of the people they are about to encounter and the danger they are facing. These first responders...

CA: Nurses Association Issues Policy on H1N1 Flu Vaccination: Encourage, Don’t Mandate

OAKLAND , CA - As the national H1N1 pandemic arrives, with the vaccine following shortly, the nation’s largest professional association and union of registered nurses has issued new nursing practice guidelines to structure its use. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee...

Panel Explores Role of State Agencies in Disabiity Management

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - At the recent International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) 95th Annual Convention, Sept. 21-24, 2009, a panel of experts explored the role of state workers' compensation agencies in disability management. Read the summary Source: IAIABC

NIOSH Report Suggests Ways to Keep Aging Workers Healthy and Productive

Atlanta, GA (CompNewsNetwork) - A report of conference presentations and discussions among participants from the National Academies of Science, universities and research institutions, and representatives of professional associations, industry and labor, recommends attention to workplace environments...

CHSWC Releases 2009 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report

OAKLAND – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) has released the 2009 WOSHTEP Advisory Board Annual Report. WOSHTEP, the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program, is a statewide effort aimed at reducing job-related injuries and illnesses...

"Morning After" Study Shows Men Twice More Likely Than Women to Call in Sick After Holiday Office Party

LONDON - A study conducted by Aviva says two million workers will take "sickies" or sick days after a Christmas Office Party, with men being twice more likely than women to call in sick, this due to overindulgence with alcohol or accidents at the party. Read more at the Director of Finance

OR Notifies Employers Of Incentives

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The Oregon Division of Workers' Compensation published a new section in their website called Employer Incentives News which notifies employers that they may qualify to receive financial incentives for re-hiring injured workers. Employer Incentives News provides an...

ASSE Offers Tips Aimed at Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls at Work

Des Plaines, IL – Slips, trips and falls in the workplace continue to be the cause of many workplace injuries and illnesses. With winter weather creating more possibilities for slippery surfaces, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers tips on how to prevent slips, trips and falls...

CA: State Recall Of 3M 8000 Respirator Issued From Stockpile

Sacramento, CA (CompNewsNetwork) - When 2009 H1N1 Influenza A virus (H1N1) was first recognized in March-April 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommended a system of controls to protect health care workers from infection...

US: Mining Fatalities Fall To All-Time Low In 2009

Arlington, VA (CompNewsNetwork) - Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released today indicate that mine fatalities in 2009 fell to an all-time low for the second straight year. Coal mines recorded 18 mining deaths, and metal/nonmetal mines...

OR OSHA Publish Guide To Prevent Aggression Where You Work

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - Between 2004 and 2008, assaults and other violent acts injured 1,627 Oregon workers where they work. (That’s about 325 incidents each year in which workers are unable to do their jobs when they become victims of workplace violence.) Many people think of workplace...

NIOSH Publishes Reducing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - NIOSH evaluated reinforcing ironworkers’ (rodbusters) exposures to risk factors for developing low-back and hand disorders when tying together reinforcing steel bars (rebar) on a freeway bridge. Rodbusters used three techniques …[ read more ]

OR OSHA Proposed Changes Federal Amendments to Consensus Standards

Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - Federal OSHA revised the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards concerning requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, and head and foot protection. Federal OSHA...

NIOSH Reviews Occupational Hazards In Home Healthcare

Washington, DC (CompNewsNetwork) - An aging population and rising hospital costs have created new and increasing demand for innovative healthcare delivery systems in the United States. Home healthcare provides vital medical assistance to ill, elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons who live in their...

NIOSH Describes Challenges in Addressing Occupational Health Disparities

Washington , DC (CompNewsNetwork) - Low-wage, low-skilled, and immigrant workers face disproportionately high risks for work-related injuries and illnesses in comparison with the workforce in general. They also encounter significant barriers in accessing training and education programs, health care systems...

TN: New Volkswagen Plant Employees Required to Do Physical Workouts

CHATTANOOGA, TN - To prevent workplace injuries, Volkswagen management at the new automotive plant in Chattanooga are requiring employees to undergo "on the clock" physical workouts. Read more at WDEF .