Bestselling author Jon Gordon’s keynote address on essential strategies to building a winning team and creating a culture of greatness highlighted the recent Business Health Summit, hosted annually by Saint Francis Medical Center.
Gordon’s address set the stage for a day filled with business-related health and safety information for area employers. If you or members of your team were unable to attend the summit, you can download the presentation materials here.
“The summit provided a wealth of information that attendees can use immediately for the benefit of their organizations and employees,” says Alex Ogburn, MBA, director of Occupational Health Services at Saint Francis.
Saint Francis occupational medicine physicians Glen E. Cooper, DO, MPH, MRO, and Dennis J. Straubinger, DO, MPH, MRO, were among the slate of presenters. They discussed Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) fitness-for-duty exams and presented case studies in their presentation, “Is This Employee Ready and Able?”
Attendees learned the number of workplace injuries has decreased significantly over the past few years, likely due in part to the economic downturn, according to Mike Minicky, CSP, safety engineer with the St. Louis Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Highway accidents are the most common fatal work-related incident, followed by falls, workplace homicides and strikes by an object.
Minicky shared that OSHA officials are considering an increase in penalties for serious violations in an attempt to create a greater deterrent. Average fines could shift from the current $1,000 average to as high as $3,000 to $4,000 per violation.
Other topics discussed at the summit included diabetes in the workplace, with information on symptoms and how employers can help employees who have diabetes, and an employer’s guide to managing workers’ compensation claims.
To schedule a Saint Francis Medical Center physician to assess your workplace, call Jason Bandermann, MBA, referral services manager, at 573-331-5825.