Sunday, November 20, 2016
The use of wearable technology is becoming a welcome development in many industries these days. Because of its potential to enhance and ensure employees’ health and safety, employers are urged to consider adopting the use of wearables to reduce emergency room or U.S. HealthWorks urgent care visits.
Smart watches, helmets, visors, and other wearables are designed to boost the efficiency of employees, especially those working in hazardous environments, such as the mining and oil industries. Prompting the development of these devices is this sobering piece of data: 2.3 million incidents of either death, accidents and work-related diseases occur globally each year. Knowing the various technologies in which your company can invest is a step towards better health and safety among your employees. Read more from this blog:
Saturday, November 19, 2016
As you regularly evaluate your company or business, what are the top reasons that make it less productive (and consequently, less profitable) than it should be? Are the existing processes in the organization a prevailing concern, or is the health of your workforce a problematic factor? One of the things you may least suspect that contributes to the problem is your office ergonomics. If it is a root of concern, then there are definitely solutions to turn the trend around.
The Little-Known, Huge Impact of Ergonomics
Ergonomics is not just a buzzword in industry of furniture industry. It’s not just an interior design consideration to make a room more aesthetically pleasing, either. Making your workspaces more ergonomic have plenty of benefits for your employees and your business in general. Read more from this blog:
Friday, November 18, 2016
Absenteeism can be intentional on the part of the employee, especially if the workplace is too stressful or if they want to avoid difficult coworkers or bosses. Some employees may also have personal problems or obligations outside work (such as caring for a child or an elderly family member), which compel them to take a leave.
However, in some cases, habitual absence from work is not necessarily deliberate. Some workers may be nursing injuries that have recurring effects (like back pain). Some employees may also neglect their general health, which makes them easy to catch bugs. Other times, there may be a dramatic spike in absenteeism when there is an outbreak of the flu, a viral illness, or some other contagious disease in the workplace. Read more from this blog:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Depending on where you plan to spend your vacation, travel vaccinations could be a necessary aspect of your trip. This is especially true if you’re heading out to a tropical or exotic destination. Different countries offer different health risks, and will therefore require specific vaccines.
Proof of vaccinations
Many countries require you to show a certificate indicating that you’ve been vaccinated for a particular disease before you are allowed to enter. Wherever you’re headed, you need to ensure your immunizations are recorded on an official document. Ask for one from your doctor or travel health center after you get immunized. Read more from this blog:
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Pushing yourself too hard during a workout, a hike, a sport, or any sort of physical activity can result in an injury that leaves you out of commission. If you are someone who is competitive, this is especially real for you. You are probably someone who keeps your eye on the prize and will stop at nothing to win. But without being too careful, an incident could occur and next thing you know, you are no longer able to move like you used to.
At U.S. HealhWorks, we want to make sure these sort of incidents don’t occur and that you can continue being physically active for as long as you want. This is exactly why we strongly promote sports physicals. In any case, if you are an avid athlete, you should be implementing an injury prevention strategy so you are never in such a situation. Read more from this blog:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
When a medical problem requires immediate attention, it can be difficult to discern if it truly calls for a visit to the ER, or if an urgent care clinic will suffice. Generally, an emergency condition is something that threatens a person’s life or can potentially cause permanent impairment. On the other hand, urgent care clinics can handle medical problems that, although not emergencies, need to be treated within 24 hours. Some of the conditions treated by urgent care include:
● Broken bones
● Chronic pain
● Respiratory illnesses
● Slips and falls
● Abdominal pain
● Minor cuts
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Did you know that each year, nearly 50 million Americans contract influenza? And, that more than 100,000 people are hospitalized because of the disease, with 36,000 dying from the virus? With the flu season lasting from October to March, it’s important now more than ever to help your employees fight the virus and avoid getting sick.
Your friendly occupational medicine providers firmly believe that prevention is the best cure for the virus and would like to share with you the four top ways for you and your employees to prevent the spread of influenza in your workplace.
Wash your hands regularly
No matter what type of business or industry you’re in, you and your employees need to wash your hands regularly, especially if you frequently come into contact with a large number of people. Read more from this blog:
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Drugs are considered a menace everywhere, especially in the workplace. For employers, drug-dependent employees can lead to lower productivity and revenue for the business. It can also put employees at risk, resulting in serious consequences. To avoid these unwanted situations, many employers require potential job candidates to undergo a pre-employment drug testing procedure.
When a drug test proves positive, an applicant will naturally be asked for the reason why they failed the test. Read more from this blog:
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Making an applicant undergo a pre-employment physical exam before hiring is fast becoming the norm in countless industries, as many employers are seeing its advantage. More than a way to keep accidents and injuries at bay, a pre-employment physical also helps companies find the best candidates for the job.
The risk of not having a pre-employment physical exam
In a recent article, ErgoScience.com has this to say about the importance of requiring a pre-employment physical for every potential employee:
Competent background screening identifies those applicants who misrepresent their employment history, hide their criminal records and deny a habit of substance abuse – each of which is associated with shorter tenure, worse performance and increased incidence of on-the-job injury. And that goes double for employers who hire for physically demanding jobs. Read more from this blog:
Friday, November 11, 2016
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere in your operation. Depending on the severity of the accident, a fall can result in the serious injury of a worker. Such an incident can spell loss of productivity and profit, increased industrial insurance premiums, and expenditures associated with finding an appropriate replacement.
In an attempt to curb slipping/falling and the injuries that it causes, two researchers sought out a solution by taking a closer look at the helmeted guinea fowl, a bird that reacts to slips and falls similarly to humans.
Biomechanics researchers Timothy Higham of Clemson University and Andrew Clark of the College of Charleston placed the fowl on a six-meter runway and made it run either on a rough surface or a slippery one. Read more from this blog:
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Here’s a subject that’s sure to catch some attention. According to biomechanics researchers Timothy Higham of Clemson University and Andrew Clark of the College of Charleston, moving quickly with a firm-footed stance is a more effective way to walk on a slippery floor than shuffling or moving slowly.
The researchers explain that a slow approach to a slippery surface can prevent moving the body’s center of mass forward when the foot comes in contact with the surface, which is necessary to remain stable.
“The findings can be useful in helping humans, especially older ones, make their way across surfaces that are wet, icy or oily,” said Higham. “The key to avoiding slips seems to be speed and keeping the body mass forward, slightly ahead of the ankles after the foot contacts the ground.” Read more from this blog:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
An employee getting injured at the workplace can be one of the most debilitating experiences a business can face. As a business owner, you need to implement safety standards to prevent your employees from getting injured. Otherwise, you could end up losing precious time and money.
Four of the top leading causes of workplace injuries include overexertion, falling, adverse reaction to workplace stress, and being struck by an object. To reduce these types of injuries, occupational healthcare companies recommend that you uphold the following safety precautions.
To prevent overexertion, require your workers to get help from a fellow employee when they need it. Or, supply them with the appropriate tools that they can use to assist with their tasks. You should also provide them with the necessary training to prevent instances of overexertion from occurring. Read more from this blog: