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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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Root-cause Analysis Not a Blame Game

The summer edition of Vitality Atlas, WorkCare’s quarterly newsletter, features two articles with juxtaposing ideas about the root causes of workplace accidents and injuries. In the cover story on OSHA’s new severe injury reporting rule, the agency places the weight of responsibility for work-related injuries on employers. In a speech in which he explains the […]

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Say What? Preventable Occupational Hearing Loss Remains a Risk

Compared to other occupations, workers in mining, construction, health care and social assistance have greater risk for hearing loss, but there is no industry in which the workforce is considered risk free. Occupational hearing loss is still one of the most common – and preventable – work-related illnesses. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed […]

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Planning to Apply to Uc? Make Sure You’ve Had Your Shots

The University of California (UC) system announced last week that it will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for the measles and a number of other preventable, contagious diseases beginning in 2017. Systemwide, UC currently only requires students to be vaccinated against hepatitis B. In addition to measles, vaccination will be […]

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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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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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Small Businesses Have Potential for Big Impact on Workplace Health and Safety

They may be small, but they are mighty. Collectively, small businesses represent about half of private-sector U.S. employers. Between 1993 and 2011, they accounted for 64 percent of newly created jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sole proprietors and small companies (less than 500 employees) stimulate entrepreneurship and frequently function as incubators for […]

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Educate Younger Workers About the Value Of Injury Reporting

By Karen O’Hara, Director, Marketing and Communications, WorkCare I had the opportunity to meet in a social setting with a group of experienced environment, health and safety professionals last week during the annual National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego. Out of curiosity, I asked if they had ever experienced a work-related injury […]

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