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OSHA Will Be Putting Workplace Hospitalized Injuries Online

OSHA Will Be Putting Workplace Hospitalized Injuries Online

OSHA Putting Hospitalized Workplace Injuries Online for All to See Beginning January 1, 2015, employers will be required to report workplace injuries requiring hospitalization to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within 24 hours. Workplace fatalities still need to…

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Annual Cost of Job-Related Illnesses and Injuries Estimated at $250 Billion

Annual Cost of Job-Related Illnesses and Injuries Estimated at $250 Billion

It’s a study that appears to be done every 15 years with the estimated price tag including direct and indirect costs and counting all externalities to society. It has only been analyzed twice by J. Paul Leigh, a professor of…

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Are Myofascial Trigger Points a Major Cause of MSDs? Part I

Are Myofascial Trigger Points a Major Cause of MSDs? Part I

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) continue to cost U.S. employers billions of dollars annually to diagnose and treat, but there doesn’t appear to be a noticeable reduction in the incidence of MSDs in the workplace. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has…

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Biophysics Technology a Next Generation Tool in Ergonomic Risk Management

Biophysics Technology a Next Generation Tool in Ergonomic Risk Management

The job of safety professionals is not to reduce cost, or to reduce injury statistics, but to reduce workplace injuries and illness. By taking care of that singular goal, all of the secondary objectives, including productivity and quality improvements, will…

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5 Reasons Why Every Employer Should Take Care of Safety at the Workplace

5 Reasons Why Every Employer Should Take Care of Safety at the Workplace

Occupational hazards and collateral damage have started being taken as a way of life, a part of the routine. They are no longer an anomaly but neither are lawsuits and wailing family members of injured employees. Do we really want…

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5 Workplace Injuries that Result in 67% of Workers Compensation Costs

5 Workplace Injuries that Result in 67% of Workers Compensation Costs

In an economy where cost control is prized, U.S. companies continue to absorb more than $50 billion annually in workers compensation costs. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, workplace injuries and illnesses amounted to $55.4 billion in…

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Do Onsite Health Centers Provide a Positive ROI?

Do Onsite Health Centers Provide a Positive ROI?

Surprisingly, most employers (53%) are uncertain whether onsite health centers are providing a positive return-on-investment even though nearly 75% of executives have very high support for the centers, according to a 2012 study by Towers Watson. High management support however, indicates that most executives believe onsite health centers achieve considerable reductions in...

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Reduce MSDs: Avoid these 5 Ergonomic Mistakes

Reduce MSDs: Avoid these 5 Ergonomic Mistakes

The cost of musculoskeletal injuries can run into tens of thousands of dollars and is the primary reason most companies strive to improve ergonomics in the workplace. (Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a program designed to heal MSDs in the workplace?) Many companies are not seeing the results they anticipated due to these five ergonomic mistakes...

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Just Sitting There? Move! Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk All Day

Just Sitting There? Move! Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk All Day

Almost nothing can be worse for your body than sitting at a desk all day with little or no exercise or movement. You may take an hour lunch but your body is still sitting in virtually the same position for eight hours each day. Even if you have a regular exercise regimen for after work, it still doesn't take the place of the inactivity your body experiences all day. This inactivity can cause a lot of stiffness and soreness, which often leads to injuries. Many of us don't have good posture to start with and don't need any help making it even worse, such as sitting all day in one position with...

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Harvard Study: Wellness Programs in the Workplace Reduce Medical Costs

Harvard Study: Wellness Programs in the Workplace Reduce Medical Costs

“This average return on investment suggests that the wider adoption of such programs could prove beneficial for budgets and productivity as well as health outcomes,” a 2010 Harvard study revealed. With healthcare costs increasing at an alarming rate due to employee illness, injury, and absenteeism, and with 60% of U.S. employees having company-paid healthcare coverage, employers are searching for answers to control spiraling medical expenses. Many companies are finding that an investment in workplace health and wellness programs create a win-win-win situation...

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