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How Can Employees Be Motivated to Participate in Wellness Programs?

How Can Employees Be Motivated to Participate in Wellness Programs?

Wellness programs are great tools to promote employees’ health and welfare, and cut companies’ costs related to medical leaves, decreased productivity and early retirement. Nevertheless, what good can corporate wellness programs do if no one wants to participate? Many managers…

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Absenteeism in the Workplace – How Much Does It Cost?

Absenteeism in the Workplace – How Much Does It Cost?

Absenteeism in the workplace produces some of the most damaging effects on a company’s productivity and results, yet it is hardly monitored as it should be. Many supervisors do not bother with this area of employee discipline, as they simply…

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Back Pain, Workplace Injury and Productivity

Back Pain, Workplace Injury and Productivity

If the right steps are taken, back injuries can be prevented. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) the chief workplace risk factors for low back injuries are: 1) heavy physical work, 2) lifting and forceful movements, 3)…

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Workplace Safety and Worker Wellness: What’s the Relationship?

Workplace Safety and Worker Wellness: What’s the Relationship?

If your company is like most, your employee wellness program is independent of your workplace safety and health program. Yet both programs focus on maximizing the well-being of workers for the benefit of the workers and the business. Ample evidence…

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OSHA Addresses Heat-Related Hazards for Outdoor Workers

OSHA Addresses Heat-Related Hazards for Outdoor Workers

While the warmth of summer may be a balm to most of us, for people who work outside it can present serious health hazards. Contrary to popular thinking, it was the heat, not exposure to oil, that caused the majority…

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Make Sure That Teen Workers Are Safe This Summer

Make Sure That Teen Workers Are Safe This Summer

It’s summer and millions of teenagers are looking for summer jobs. According to federal OSHA, 328 young workers did not return home at the end of the day in 2010 due to injuries on the job. Another 110,000 were injured…

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Risk Management, Public Health and Disease Prevention

Risk Management, Public Health and Disease Prevention

In an employment setting, illnesses can quickly spread, and cause an unnecessarily high use of “sick-time” and lost productivity. While new employee orientations often emphasize the importance of proper hygiene, these public health measures are not reinforced frequently. With proper…

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A Look at the Hazards of Non-Routine Work

A Look at the Hazards of Non-Routine Work

A Look at the Hazards of Non-Routine Work I took my kayak out for the first time this season. I mounted the boat on the hydraulic lift I installed on my car last year to make the process easier. I…

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Public Health and Workplace Health and Safety

Public Health and Workplace Health and Safety

One of the focus areas of the Environmental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)—the largest United States association of public health professionals—is workforce development.  Additionally, one of the goals of the Labor Caucus of APHA is to…

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Older Workers: Safe and Productive in Today’s Workforce

Older Workers: Safe and Productive in Today’s Workforce

  With limited resources for personnel, employers often have to decide between hiring young workers or retaining veteran employees.  Young minds and bodies are attractive hires, but older workers have a lifetime of skills and institutional knowledge.  In fact, research…

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