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In this discussion, you will be provided the tools, knowledge and understanding of the principles
needed to not only present information on stretching and strengthening in the workplace, but to
drive the message home to your audience, that the human body is the most complex and amazing machine on the planet and that physical conditioning is the key to making it perform at
its highest levels, with the least amount of discomfort and for the longest time possible.
In this paper the authors have conducted a deep-dive into robust and cost-effective early injury intervention methods that have recently become available. It has been established that the business environment of the 21st century requires agile solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of employees in organizations effected by disruptive innovation. Research has validated that early injury intervention methods, when conducted by a Certified Early Intervention Specialist™ certified Athletic Trainer, are more than capable of elevating injury prevention
performance. The steps to implementation require minimal resources for organizations with a commitment to improving early injury intervention activities in their operations.
As healthcare costs continue to rise, many companies are turning to workplace wellness programs
as an option for decreasing premiums and creating a healthier workforce. Research has shown that
effective workplace wellness programs can reduce employee sick days by 25% (Chapman, 2012) and reduce healthcare costs by $3.27 for every dollar spent (Baicker, Cutler, & Song, 2010).
Merely having a wellness program is not enough to make your workforce healthier. This paper will discuss the key components that research in healthcare and behavioral science say are necessary to create a sustainable and successful workplace wellness program.
Dog bite attacks occur each year in the U.S., which require medical treatment. Field employees
account for many of these dog bite victims. Each year, thousands are seriously injured by dog
bites. Medical bills for treatment of these dog bites are astronomical. Regrettably, the emotional
damage to the victims is even higher. When a dog bites once, odds are, the dog will bite again.
Knowing what to expect and how to ward off an attack are key factors in minimizing the injuries
and potentially saving a life.
The focus in Safety & Health tends to be compliance, risk management, prevention through design, and behavior-based safety, let us spend some time reviewing one of the “Hidden Sides of Health & Wellness” which is sleep deprivation. This is one area that affects everyone and can control the quality of our daily lives. More importantly, sleep deprivation and fatigue can have dramatic effects on our personal health, performance in the workplace, and can attribute to the root cause of many workplace incidences which send employee’s home in a different condition as when they arrived at work.
As Safety and Health professionals, I am sure that we would all agree that impaired reaction time,
judgment and vision along with increased moodiness and aggressive behaviors are not good for
workplace safety, but did you know that these are all effects of sleepiness and fatigue on employees who are sleep deprived? Sleep deprivation has been linked to risk-taking behavior. In fact, the level of risk from being injured at work increases greatly for those employees that are tired and fatigued.
Organizations have implemented wellness programs as a way to improve the health of
their workforce and thereby reduce the costs that are inherent to “unwell” workers — medical
costs, lower productivity, higher rate of absenteeism, etc. These wellness programs typically rely
on some sort of financial incentive to engage their employees in the program. Unfortunately,
despite using incentives, participation rates are far from 100%. This begs the question: Is there
another way to improve employee wellness that doesn’t rely on bribes (incentives)? The answer
just may be found by using the same principles, strategies and tactics that are used to err
or and injury proof work tasks, i.e. the use of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E).
Today, the causes of injuries and incidents are far beyond what we normally observe. Health issues, illness, fatigue, stress, diet and nutrition, physical fitness and exercise are just some of the influencing factors that can cause people to be healthy and safe, as well as, cause incidents of all types.
More than ever, wellness plays a continuing and often increasing role in safety, health and environmental performance and incident prevention.
Fitness for duty (FFD) testing can be conducted legally and effectively to identify whether or not an individual is able to perform the essential physical functions of a particular job prior to job placement. This process involves assessing a person’s functional capabilities and identifying any existing
physical deficits in order to determine whether or not a person can safely perform the essential functions of a job.
It is therefore important to recognize the available options for pre-placement/post-offer
health screenings that include functional capacity testing. Identifying pre-existing disease and
injury is key to avoiding potential on-the-job injuries, chronic injuries that present themselves on
the job, and undiagnosed chronic medical diseases. In this discussion, we will examine the most recent statistics in occupational fatality, injury and illness. We will also look into the current standards in post-offer examinations and illustrate options that are available to reduce the injury and fatality statistics
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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