Environment, health, and safety professionals should be aware of (and take steps to address) “burnout,” a term that has been frequently used as a catchall for multiple issues among employees, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Burnout gained a more specific definition when it was officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year.
Category: Health and Wellness
Most of us go to our jobs each day without ever thinking a coworker won’t be coming in because he or she took their own life. Tragically, it is becoming more common—the suicide rate is at its highest point in 50 years in the U.S.
The effort to curtail the impact of influenza just got a shot in the arm with a research award from a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to a company that’s testing a machine learning model to improve flu forecasts based on data gathered from wearable devices.
We’re less than 1 month away from Safety Culture 2019, and we have a great variety of speakers in store for event attendees. One of those speakers, L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, recently sat down with the EHS Daily Advisor to talk about Total Worker Health® and how it can improve your safety culture and […]
Nearly one-fifth of nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke at work, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a recently published study. The CDC reported that 19.9% of nonsmokers had some exposure on the job, and 10.1% had frequent exposures.
Could any of your employees be considering suicide? Could they be planning to do it at the office or on the jobsite? It’s a prospect no one wants to consider, but workplace suicides can and do happen.
Last week, the Ford Motor Company reported that trace amounts of Legionella bacteria were found in the water system at their flagship Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the report, the bacteria was discovered “in three locations across the plant—including two bathrooms and the medical department.” Rather than shut the entire plant down, Ford […]
Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Meanwhile, opioid abuse and dependency grew under lax regulation to become a national public health emergency under federal law.
With the current measles outbreak making news daily across the country, employers are wondering what they can do to protect their workers. Can you require your employees to be vaccinated against measles? What should you do if you learn one of your employees has a case of measles?
Your fatigued, sleep-deprived workers may be costing you in accidents, injuries, and other consequences. One study estimated that fatigue costs U.S. employers $136 billion just in lost productivity.