Healthy Business

Job Safety Analyses Reduce Risk of Injury for Specific Tasks


Many tasks that workers perform every day feature some type of potential for injury. Identifying the steps most prone to safety concerns is the goal of a job safety analysis (JSA). A JSA integrates principles of health and safety into a particular task. Also known as ...
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Workplace Wellness Programs Generate Multiple Benefits for Employers


The topic of workplace wellness programs and their benefit to the organization has befuddled business leaders for many years. Quantifying the return on investment is a challenge that makes it difficult for some decision makers to justify the effort. However, research into workplace wellness programs consistently ...
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Employers and Physicians Work to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) afflicts workers in a wide range of industries, impacting safety and overall quality of life through the inability to communicate effectively. While largely preventable through a series of controls, NIHL inflicts thousands of workers to some extent every year. NIHL typically ...
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Occupational Vision Testing Can Enhance Employee Performance

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Optometrists play a key role in helping employers assess performance and productivity of workers as it pertains to occupational vision capabilities. One of the most important aspects of the assessment involves analyzing the occupational history. An occupational history often includes a description of the visual task ...
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Follow These Steps to Stay Safe During Hot Construction Days

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  Summertime in the Midwest can feature extremes of temperature and humidity that create safety issues for workers. Studies show that heat stress can be a contributing factor to safety issues such as lack of concentration and fatigue, as well as general health risks that come with ...
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A Few Ergonomic Adjustments Can Help Prevent Eye Fatigue


Proper workplace ergonomics can reduce the visual fatigue that comes with looking at a computer screen all day in addition to reducing back and neck pain often associated with this topic. Focusing on screens for long periods in the workplace can cause eye strain that ...
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New 5:15 series to Educate on Workplace Health


Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Services to Business team will offer a series of six one-hour educational events this year, as part of The 5:15 Series, which will focus on workplace health and wellness issues. Each 5:15 event – so named because of their 5:15 pm starting ...
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Fall Prevention at Work


Falls can happen anytime, anywhere in the workplace. Simply walking on a level surface or taking the stairs holds potential for a fall. However, workplaces with unsafe practices and poor safety cultures consistently experience higher rates of fall injuries than those who keep a keen ...
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Occupational Noise Exposure Puts Workers at Risk for Hearing Loss


Occupational medicine professionals see their share of injuries caused by falls and other accidents, yet one of the most prevalent health risks comes in the form of preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 30 million ...
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Weekends Cannot Overcome Poor Workweek Sleep Schedules


How often have you planned to catch up on some sleep during the weekend? The reality is short-changing your body of the sleep it needs on a regular basis during the workweek puts you too far behind the eight ball to adequately recover. The most effective ...
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