Category: Injuries and Illness

Modern safety management goes beyond covering traditional workplace accidents to now being equally concerned with illnesses caused on and even off the job. This section will explain what you need to know to avoid both injuries and illnesses, and to track your progress in reaching this goal.

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Identifying and Controlling the Hazards of Blue Light

Late last year, the American Optometric Association (AOA) released its 2016 American Eye-Q® survey, which found that the average American spends 7 or more hours per day looking at an assortment of screens: phones, tablets, computers, and flat-screen televisions. For Millennials, the figure is even higher: an average of 9 hours per day. So how […]

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The Future’s So Bright: The Basics of High-Energy Visible Light

March is Save Your Vision Month, and the American Optometric Association (AOA) is encouraging everyone to be aware of the hazards of light. No, not the intense ultraviolet light that causes welder’s flash or the concentrated beam of a laser, but much more ordinary light: the blue light that is part of the visible spectrum […]


Q&A: Recording Employee Illnesses

Recently, a subscriber asked the following question: We have recently had two medical issues that required us to send the employees to the hospital. One passed out and collapsed from pneumonia, and the other had a potential TIA. Do either of these qualify as OSHA recordable accidents?

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A Plan to Prevent Violence in Healthcare Facilities

Yesterday we discussed the importance of environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers being aware of what is going on in state regulatory developments—a case in point being California’s new standard for preventing violence to healthcare workers. We looked at elements of the new standard that have to be in place this April 1, 2017. Today […]

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A New Model for Violence in Healthcare Workplaces?

What are states up to? Since the stated intent of the Trump administration is to have the states be the primary regulators and enforcers of environment, safety, and health (EHS) laws, what states are doing will be a recurring theme in the Advisor. With that in mind, we will take a look at a new […]

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Returning to Work after a Minor Traumatic Brain Injury

Whenever a worker is injured, it is important to get him or her back on the job as soon as possible. This holds down your days away from work/restricted/transferred (DART) rate, minimizes the impact on your X-mod, and decreases the chance of a long-term or permanent disability claim. Most workers wish to return to their […]

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How Many Fingers? Identifying Minor Traumatic Brain Injuries

Many industries are paying increased attention to the potential health effects of minor traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs), which were once called “concussions.” The long-term health effects of these injuries were first observed in military servicemen and veterans and in professional athletes, but they can occur in any industry and are common in construction. Risk factors […]