Traditional wisdom rightly holds that the longer injured employees stay out, the harder it is to get them back to work. A light-duty transition approach sounds reasonable, but can be difficult in reality. It's just one issue in the surprisingly complex but important process of navigating a safe return to work for the injured employee.
When a single imported case of measles led to a small outbreak in Tucson, AZ, in 2008, two hospitals were forced to spend a total of some $800,000 to contain it, much of that related to ensuring the immunity of employees.
The skin is a very effective barrier to hazards such as blood or body fluids. But because some chemicals can penetrate the skin, health care workers need to be aware of the risks and necessary protections, says Scott Dotson, PhD, CIH, an industrial hygienist with the Education and Information Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati.