Healthy Business

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Carbon Monoxide is an Invisible, Odorless Workplace Hazard

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Workplace exposure to carbon monoxide is among the most common industrial hazards, with the poisonous gas causing more deaths than any other toxic agent except alcohol. One of the challenges to avoiding carbon monoxide exposure is recognizing when this silent killer may be present. Carbon monoxide ...
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TAKE STEPS TO AVOID SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER AT WORK

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This is the time of year when many workers arrive at their jobs before the sun shines and leave when it’s already dark. The brain’s perception that nighttime never ends and daytime never comes is enough to make anyone depressed. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a ...
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Use These Tips to Mix Some Activity Into Your Desk Job

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As if the American obesity epidemic isn’t bad enough with large portion sizes and calorie-filled drinks, our transition to a computer-based work environment is contributing to a “sitting disease” that contributes to health issues. Studies show that approximately 80 percent of jobs today are sedentary in ...
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