Healthy Business

Carbon Monoxide is an Invisible, Odorless Workplace Hazard


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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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


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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Managing Chronic Pain at Work Requires Planning


Living with pain is difficult enough for the more than 100 million Americans who struggle to make it through each day. Managing chronic pain at work requires another level of perseverance and dedication to push through physical and mental barriers. Although quitting work isn’t an option ...
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Preparing to Work Safely in Winter Begins Before the Temperature Falls

It may seem obvious, but having appropriate winter clothing on hand is step one in preventing hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather-related maladies. Hats are a must, and mittens help the hands and fingers maintain body temperature more effectively than gloves. Temperature changes can happen in ...
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Your Mother’s Warning About Slouching Was Right After All

Remember how your mother used to scold you for slouching when you were young? There is some physiological science to that advice, and studies show that adolescent slouching can carry over into poor posture as an adult and debilitating ergonomics in the workplace. Over time, these bad ...
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An Extra Dose of Patience Enhances Winter Safety Behind the Wheel

Driving in winter weather – even when there’s no snow on the ground – demands additional patience and heightened awareness to stay safe while on the job or personal business. Professional drivers know poor driving conditions magnify the unsafe driving tendencies of the general public. Defensive ...
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Basic Precautions Can Minimize the Risk of Flu Outbreak

Flu season can develop into an employer's worst nightmare when a particularly aggressive strain of the virus sweeps through the workforce. However, there are basic precautions employers can take to minimize the chances of a serious outbreak affecting their business. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration ...
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Workplace Stresses Can Produce Neck Pain for Tensed-Up Workers

"My job is a pain in the neck" is more than a metaphorical statement for some workers. Approximately one in three people suffer from neck pain, and workplace stress often is a significant factor. The hunched shoulders, clenched jaws and tensed neck muscles common with workplace ...
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Attention to Detail Reduces the Chances of Taking a Tumble

Slips, trips and falls are among the most common and preventable accidents in the workplace and that's not even taking into consideration the potential for winter weather to add slippery outdoor surfaces to the mix. Following routine housekeeping procedures minimize the chances that unseen wet or ...
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