Saturday, October 8, 2016
Employers are legally bound to guarantee the safety of their employees. But more than a measure to comply with law, keeping employees safe makes them more inclined to be productive. Ensuring your people’s safety makes good business sense, so it pays to implement measures that improve safety at your workplace. For those who belong to the construction industry, U.S. Healthworks for Employers would like to recommend implementing these safety measures:
Ensure safety of work areas
Scaffolds and ladders are associated with a lot of injuries in the construction industry. To reduce risks when working with these tools, ensure that all your people are properly trained in their use. Make sure they know the proper preparations before beginning their work. Likewise, ensure that a scaffold or ladder is properly secured before any worker climbs up on them. This is something that needs to be done at the beginning of every work day.
Friday, October 7, 2016
If your office hours are the regular 9 to 5, you and your employees likely sit in front of your computer for up to 7 hours in total. If proper precautions are not followed, computer elbow can suddenly sneak up and make even the simplest movements too painful to bear. Let the information below teach you about computer elbow and how you and your employees can manage it.
What is computer elbow?
Similar to tennis elbow, computer elbow is an injury that results from repetitive stress. Whenever muscles and tendons are used over and over again without relaxing, they can suffer from tiny tears, which is the cause of the pain.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Did you know that having an onsite clinic is one of the factors that were considered in Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For? Indeed, onsite clinics have plenty of advantages for the employer and the workforce alike, as it improves productivity, lessens absenteeism, minimizes health care costs, and encourages employee retention.
Despite these benefits, many employees may be discouraged to maximize their onsite clinic because of misconceptions about who it’s for and what it offers. Here are six of those common false notions:
1. “It’s just for higher ranks or field employees.”
Some employees think that only supervisors, higher ranking officials, and maybe field workers are eligible to use the company benefit.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Today’s business ventures extend far past U.S. shores. Many successful businesses operate internationally, something that your company may be proud of. As such, international travel is a common task for you and your employees.
International travel can be fun, but it can also be a health risk if you aren’t careful. We aren’t just talking about illnesses due to the fatigue brought about by regular air travel; international travel to certain countries can expose you or your employees to certain pathogens. After all, certain bacteria or viruses may be absent from the United States, but it’s very possible that they are present in the country that you or your employees visit.
Fortunately, there are several measures that you can take to help protect your employees from sickness during international travel. Many respected occupational medicine center, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, offer vaccinations for travel.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Did you know that around 38 million American children and teenagers play at least one sport? That’s a promising statistic considering how obesity and other lifestyle diseases are starting to creep up on both the young and the old. Although playing sports is a good way to stay fit and healthy, doing so still comes with the risk of getting hurt or injured. This is why a sports physical in urgent care centers such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group is a valuable preparatory step before completely participating in a sports event or competition.
Sports Physical 101
Also referred to as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE), a sports physical basically helps in determining whether an individual has existing physical problems or medical conditions that can put them at risk while taking part in a sports activity.
Monday, October 3, 2016
Back injuries account for a significant amount of lost productivity and urgent care services. Whether at home or at work, you need to practice proper lifting techniques to protect yourself from injury. Check out these dos and don’t’s of lifting and handling so you can prevent a major injury.
Don’t stoop over. Use your legs to lift, not your back. Maintain proper posture at all times while lifting, with your back straight and head up.
Do not twist your waist at any time when you are with lifted object. Always keep your shoulders in line with the hips. If you have to turn, turn with your entire body, and not just your back.
Do not attempt to lift an object that’s too heavy for you to handle. Test the object’s weight before lifting, and if help is necessary, ask or request for somebody to assist you before your proceed.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Back pain is one of the most common injuries in any workplace. Whether it’s lifting heavy objects at a construction site or slouching for hours in an office chair, workers expose themselves to back injury any time they subject their back to too much stress. Take a look at these tips to help reduce the potential for lower back pain in your employees, courtesy of your orthopedic specialty care providers.
Regular physical activity can keep stave off the inflammation and muscle tension that leads to back pain. For those already suffering from back pain, the best way to get relief is practice light exercise and rest.
Added weight in the midsection can worsen back pain because it shifts an individual’s center of gravity and puts additional strain on the lower back. Advise your workers to stay within 10 pounds of their ideal weight, as this can help them manage their back pain.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Influenza, or flu, is a contagious disease that can spread easily, especially during the fall and winter when flu season is in full swing. The flu can be a seriously debilitating virus even among full grown adults. Employers can help their workers avoid getting sick by organizing flu shots for employees in the fall.
Flu shot misconceptions
There are two common misconceptions about flu shots that often circulate in the workplace. One is that it will give the recipient the flu, and the other is that it doesn’t have any effect whatsoever. It’s time to put these two misconceptions to rest because they are entirely untrue. Doubting the effectiveness of flu shots is understandable, but this mentality shouldn’t get in the way of actually being vaccinated. The viruses that cause influenza are constantly evolving, so to provide your employees with continuing protection, an annual vaccination containing the most recent strains is necessary.