Tuesday, December 20, 2016

U.S. HealthWorks Tips for Employers on Avoiding Injury Management Mistakes

The safety of your employees in the workplace falls within the purview of your responsibilities as the head of the company. As such, it’s only right that you educate yourself about proper injury management for your organization.

Apart from the emergency and first aid measures that must be put in place, you are also supposed to be well-versed when it comes to the workers compensation system. This is so that you can ensure that you are fulfilling your obligations to your employees, while at the same time protecting the interests of the company. Read more from this blog:

Back to Work: Physical and Occupational Therapy for Injured Employees

Business owners have the legal responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees in the workplace by adhering to set standards or guidelines. Unfortunately, even with safety provisions and preventive strategies, some accidents and subsequent injuries may still occur and are simply beyond an employer’s control. Therefore, employee-centric companies do not only provide proper compensation to their injured workers, but also rehabilitative therapy to help them get back to work at the soonest possible time.

Common Workplace Injuries

According to the Wellness Council of America, a worker is injured every five seconds and every ten seconds a worker suffers an injury that can cause temporary or permanent disability. So what are the usual types of injury faced by workers on a daily basis? Read more from this blog:

Monday, December 19, 2016

Onsite Clinic for Employees: Why It’s a Great Investment for Business

According to a 2012 research study by the Integrated Benefits Institute, which represents leading U.S. employers and business groups, poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year, with $227 billion resulting from “lost productivity” due to illnesses. Therefore, as healthcare costs continue to rise, organizations are seeking new ways to control health-related losses and keep their workforce healthy. One key solution that employers are now investing in is an onsite clinic for their employees.

What is an Onsite Health Clinic?

An onsite health clinic, also known as a worksite clinic, is exactly as both terms imply: it’s a health facility that is located in or near the workplace. Read more from this blog:

After Vaccinations for Travel, Pack the Perfect Travel First Aid Kit

Did you know that there are approximately 600 million international travelers with around 80 million traveling annually from developed to developing countries? Such a large number, along with the increasing reach and coverage of the transportation industry, led to the founding and establishment of travel medicine, or emporiatrics, a branch of medicine that focuses on the prevention and management of diseases for international travelers, especially those who venture to tropical countries.

Vaccinations: First Line of Defense

Take note that traveling to rural areas or developing countries carry specific health risks that you need to research and ask about when you set an appointment with healthcare centers, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, which offer travel medicine services. Read more from this blog:

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sports Physical Therapists Offer Some Exercises for the Fall Season

Many people tend to take a break from their rigid workout programs once summer ends and the cooler fall season comes around. Layering and bundling replace bikinis and board shorts, and the drops in temperatures make it hard for most to stay committed to their nightly run schedule.

Despite these factors, however, fitness experts point to the fall season as the best time to get up and keep moving, especially because the holidays are just around the corner. If you think about it, this advice does make sense.

For many people, the difficulty to get back into shape in time for summer can be traced back to when they let up on their programs on account of the colder season. In fact, even sports physical therapists echo the sentiments of fitness experts in this regard. For them, there’s no better time to begin your new workout regimen than during fall. Read more from this blog:

Getting Sick is Expensive! Get Flu Shots for Work, Urgent Care Advises

It’s no secret that getting sick entails a lot of money to deal with. From doctor’s visits to prescriptions for medication, and even lost income due to absences, all of these add up to make a staggering annual loss for the nation in general.

In fact, a study published recently in Health Affairs confirms this as much by showing that as much as $5.8 billion are lost from simply having flu. With that number, suddenly the flu doesn’t seem so simple anymore.

Preventing the Money Drain

The flu does not have to be an inevitable especially once the flu season hits, though. There is one way to deal with it and that is through flu vaccination. Read more from this blog:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Real Cost of the Flu: Why You Should Get Flu Shots for Employees

The flu puts an average American adult out of commission for a few days and cost as much as $5.8 billion in 2015, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.

This is a staggering amount considering that it’s “just the flu”. These costs, said the study, can be attributed to medical bills (visits and medications) and lost revenue for businesses as a result of reduced productivity on the work floor.

If you are an employer who has not looked at the flu as a serious threat or impediment to your operations, then this study should be a wake-up call for you. It’s time to rethink your workplace health program and make sure to offer flu shots for work. Read more from this blog:

Three Reasons Your Company Should Have Pre Employment Drug Testing

When it comes to your business, it’s crucial that you find the right employees to join your team. Ideally, you should get someone who is reliable, efficient, cooperative and collaborative, and of course, healthy.

There are many factors that you should consider when vetting applicants, but the one method that you can scientifically rely on to filter those who don’t meet your requirements are physical medical exams that also include pre employment drug testing.

Most businesses make this mandatory for their applicants for very good reasons. Here are some of them:

1.        Employee Safety

Drug use and addiction have grave consequences that inevitably affect not just the immediate family of the user, but also others they interact with, including coworkers. Read more from this blog:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Watch Out for Rain and Bad Weather, Occupational Health Services Warn

It’s not a coincidence that out of all the seasons, occupational health specialists worry most about rainy weather that occurs in the winter and spring. This is because these are the times when accidents such as slip-and-falls and car crashes are most likely to happen.

These accidents can happen anywhere, not just on the roads. In fact, if you’re not mindful, you could see a spike in your injured or sickly staff during this time of the year.

Slippery When Wet

The most common correlation of wet weather and accidents is the effect that it has on surfaces. The type of flooring in your workplace will have a direct consequence for the safety of your staff, especially if it is the type to become slippery when wet. Laminates, tiles, marble, or any other kind of surface that becomes slick are potentially dangerous. Read more from this blog:

Basic Things to Expect from Having a Pre-Employment Physical Exam

After successfully passing through the hurdles of initial interviews, an applicant is usually expected to undergo a pre employment physical by the company they are hoping to join. The main objective of this is to ensure that the applicant is fit enough to start working with them.

In this process, it’s not just the applicant that should prepare for the exam, but also the employer.

Expectations for Employers

Ideally, you already should have an established agreement with an occupational health service provider so that they can facilitate your applicants’ pre employment physicals.  It’s important for you to have the basic information about your employees’ health so that you can be aware of any considerations that must be made in terms of their workload. Read more from this blog:

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Occupational Medicine on the Benefits of a Workplace Exercise Program

Work stress is among the major contributors to illness. When things become stressful in a person’s professional life, it inevitably takes a toll on their general health, thereby compromising their ability not only to work efficiently, but also to function effectively in their day-to-day life.

A lot of times, though, these stresses can be easily alleviated with simple exercises. However, most people are not likely to make room in their schedule for the gym because they are busy. If they can’t make it to the gym to workout, then why not bring the workout to them?

This is also a great idea because science itself backs the validity and benefits of having a workplace exercise program.

Occupational medicine practitioners welcome the findings of a recent study conducted by UCLA researchers, which concluded that having a workout program at work could improve the performance of employees. Read more from this blog:

Reasons to Choose U.S. HealthWorks as Your Occupational Health Company

When it comes to running a business, your employees’ health and well-being are just as important as having a smooth flow of operations. Do keep in mind that the success of your enterprise rests on the work that your staff puts in. Their efficiency rests on their health, and that’s why you have to be invested in it just as much as you are in earning profits.

For this, it is highly recommended that you partner with an occupational health company that will help ensure that each and every member of your organization is fit to work. Here are some of the considerations that you must factor in when looking for one:

Complete Services

Companies are expected to set up annual medical check-ups for their staff. As such, you want to have a healthcare company that is able to provide the basic checkup requirements, such as drug screens, audiograms, vision screening, general consultation, and treatment for work-related injuries. Read more from this blog: