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November 1, 2009

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  • Hit with an OSHA violation? Your next move is crucial

    The next time an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violation is discovered during an onsite inspection at your company, keep this in mind: "The underlying intent is to help workers go home as safe and as healthy as they arrived," says Robert Emery, DrPH, vice president of safety, health, environment and risk management at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
  • Cover this during OSHA conference

    If a violation is noted during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection, first have an informal conference with OSHA to decide if the company will contest the violation and settlement, says Mary Gene Ryan, executive director of MGRyan & Co. Inc., an occupational health and safety consulting firm in Ventura, CA.
  • One OHN overcomes resistance to outsiders

    Mary D. C. Garison, RN, COHN-S, CCM, COHC, FAAOHN, an Angleton, TX-based occupational health nurse, says that over a decade ago, she built her successful working relationship with the emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital community while working as an occupational health nurse at a chemical plant in Bay City, TX and a research center in Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Reduce stress with a simple intervention

    A mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention, shortened so it could be done in the workplace, was done on healthy employees for a six-week period, with researchers measuring salivary cortisol each week. They discovered that this simple intervention significantly reduced stress and aided sleep for workers.
  • Competition is good when it comes to incentives

    At Carolinas HealthCare System, employees can save $200, $400 or $600 annually by meeting up to 10 wellness criteria, such as exercising regularly, using seatbelts, or avoiding tobacco products.
  • Injuries down: But let's pull back the curtain

    Every year, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Labor declares America's workplaces to be safer than the last. The proof: Lower injury rates reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Health care tops in injuries on the job

    Being a nurse's aide or orderly is the most injury prone job in America.
  • NIOSH considers new glutaraldehyde limit

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is considering a revision to its glutaraldehyde recommended exposure limit (REL) and has issued a Federal Register notice asking for information on glutaraldehyde research, use, safety training, and manufacture.