Monthly Archives: January 2015

Measles Outbreak, Importance Of Prevention Hit Close to Home

Measles was declared “eliminated” in the U.S. in 2000. Now, just 15 years later, we are experiencing an outbreak of this preventable, highly contagious viral disease. From Jan. 1-23, 68 people from 11 states were reported to have measles, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an official health advisory via its […]

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Seasonal Flu Spreading Across the U.s.

This week’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FluView report shows 43 states experiencing either high or widespread flu activity, mostly attributed to H3N2 viruses. Consequently, employers can expect elevated rates of worker absence. Patient visits to doctors for influenza-like illness are almost even with the peak of 2012-2013 season, the last time H3N2 viruses […]

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New Year Good Time to Quit Smoking with Online, Telephonic Support

If your company is refreshing its commitment to wellness or your New Year’s resolutions include quitting smoking, consider these findings from a newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study: For cigarette smokers, the combined use of telephonic smoking cessation counseling and related web-based support services can be an effective deterrent. The CDC conducted a survey […]

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Positive Signs for Eh&s Professionals in 2015

As 2015 gets under way, I can’t resist the temptation to make some predictions about the prospects for environment, occupational health and safety (EH&S) professionals who toil in the proverbial trenches of business and industry. There are some positive signs that critically important EH&S functions are gaining traction. One sign is increasing senior management interest […]

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