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April 1, 2009

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  • Get results that impress by taking on a bigger role in workers' compensation

    A newly hired occupational health nurse knew intuitively what she was saving her company, but lacked quantifiable numbers. To come up with hard data to show her worth, the nurse turned to her workers' compensation carrier.
  • 3 things you must know about workers' comp

    "People think of insurance as somebody gets hurt, they submit a claim, they get paid, and that's the end of it, but there are all different types of programs," says Christine R. Zichello, RN, COHN-S, CSHM, ARM, FAAOHN, senior risk control specialist at PMA Cos.' Mount Laurel, NJ, branch office. Here is what you need to know:
  • Which of these 3 plans is your company on?

    Here are definitions of three types of workers' compensation insurance policies, according to Christine R. Zichello, RN, COHN-S, CSHM, ARM, FAAOHN, senior risk control specialist at PMA Cos.' Mount Laurel, NJ, branch office:
  • Prove that thousands of dollars were saved

    Getting more involved in workers' comp is your "chance to show cost savings to upper management," says Moniaree Parker Jones, RN, MSN, COHN-S, CCM, formerly a senior occupational health nurse in the Alabama/Mississippi regional office of State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Use these tips to speak language of business'

    As an occupational health professional, you need to bridge communication gaps between two very different worlds: medicine and business.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries can return to work faster

    When a worker is injured, develop a partnership with the patient's treating physician and the employee "right from the beginning, even before the person goes out of work," says Diane DeGaetano, RN, BSN, COHN-S, COHC, president of the Georgia Association of Occupational Health Nurses in Atlanta.
  • Journal Review: Setting exercise goals pays off for employees

    Getting employees to be more physically active is often more challenging than it sounds, but impressive results are possible, according to a recent study of 1,442 workers at 16 work sites of a large home improvement retailer.
  • Henshaw and Howard: Reform of OSHA is likely

    Major reform of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) might be delayed by the ailing economy, but it is inevitable as the agency needs to adapt to the workplace realities of the 21st century, according to the former heads of OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • Worker health doesn't stop at the office door

    One employee comes into your office with back strain due to patient lifting. Another is identified by the wellness program as having uncontrolled high blood pressure. Those two issues might seem completely unrelated. However, with its WorkLife Initiative, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is urging employers to integrate workplace safety with personal health promotion.
  • Good news for hand and wrist pain

    According to research presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are new alternatives other than surgery for hand and wrist pain.
  • It's final: OSHA can issue citations per employee

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule clarifying that the agency can cite on a per-employee basis if an employer fails to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) or training.