Yearly Archives: 2015

Commercial Driver Random Testing Pool 25% Smaller in 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has lowered the minimum random controlled substances testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent of the average number of commercial motor vehicle driver positions for calendar year 2016. The change was made in response to three consecutive years of industry-wide random positive test rates below a 1 […]

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Private Employers Reported Nearly 3 Million Work-related Injuries, Illnesses in 2014

Private industry employers reported nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers in 2014, according to data released Oct. 29 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Among the findings: The total recordable incidence rate fell 0.1 cases […]

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Jonathan Szenics, M.d., M.p.h., Joins Workcare As Associate Medical Director

Anaheim, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2015) – WorkCare has announced the addition of Jonathan M. Szenics, M.D., M.P.H.,  to its Associate Medical Director team.Dr. Szenics comes to WorkCare from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn., where he served as Medical Director of Occupational and Employee Health Services. He has more than 25 years of experience in occupational medicine. WorkCare […]

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Desk Job Got You Down? Try Moving Around

I’ve been feeling self-conscious since doing research on the health effects of sedentary jobs for an article we published in the fall edition of WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, Vitality Atlas.  It’s discouraging to be reminded it takes more than a lifelong commitment to exercise to compensate for a career that weds me to a keyboard and […]

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National Safety Council Urges Mandatory Prescriber Training on Opioid Painkillers

In a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Safety Council urges the DEA to require additional education and training for medical practitioners who prescribe opioid painkillers as a part of registration under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. “The most fatally abused drug today is legal and sitting in our medicine cabinets,” said […]

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Proposed Berylliuim Standard Would Lower Pel, Increase Worker Protections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed an overhaul of its beryllium standard. Under the current standard adopted in 1971, the eight-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium is 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The proposed standard would reduce the eight-hour PEL to 0.2 micrograms/cubic meter. It also would require changes in personal […]

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Increase in Wildland Fires Heightens Aviation Safety Concerns

Working in and around aircraft is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in wildland firefighting. During the past decade, the U.S. has experienced larger, more frequent and severe wildfires attributable to drought conditions, buildup of flammable vegetation, decline in snowpack and urban encroachment. If these conditions continue, experts say more fire response workers will be needed […]

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Nsaids Remain a Good Choice to Relieve Minor Complaints

Posted by Kevin F. Smith, M.D., M.P.H. In case you are wondering about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to strengthen fact label warnings on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Use of these medications on a limited basis remains sound clinical practice. Commonly used OTC NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and […]

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