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Topic: Health and Wellness - Best Practices

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Fatigue Management Awareness Presentation, Robert Myers

Brief presentation on the effects of fatigue and what employees and supervisors can do to prevent it in the workplace.


OSH Certifications: Behind the Exams, Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, Treasa M. Turnbeaugh and Nicola J. Wright

The process of developing and scoring a certification exam is complicated and uses a scientific and mathematic psychometric process to achieve defendable outcomes. How much of the process is well understood by either the general public, employers or even safety and health professionals? This article presents information intended to help OSH professionals understand why and how a properly developed and administered certification exam shows the mark of excellence in the field of safety and health.


706 The Science and Reasoning of Stretching and Strengthening in the Workplace, Tony Kaczkowski

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.


708 Early Intervention Methods Bridge the Gap Between Reactive and Proactive Injury Prevention Systems, Chet Brandon and Matthew Byrne

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.


755 Sustaining Workplace Wellness Programs: Key Components for Success, Lisa Kazbour, John Austin and Nicole Gravina

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.


739 Occupational Dog Bite Prevention: Training Employees to Protect Themselves from Dog Attacks!, Mitzi Robinson

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.


729 Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace: The Hidden Side of Health & Wellness, Kurt VonRueden

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.


681 Safety: What's Health Got to Do With It?, Deborah L. Fell -Carlson

Healthy, alert workers suffer fewer injuries and recover more quickly when hurt. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) understands this and has developed the Total Worker Health approach, integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being. This article will introduce safety professionals to the Total Worker Health approach and provide links to resources for implementing it at the worksite.


654 Healthy Workforce Program: How Workers' Comp and Wellness Programs Go Together, Matthew J. Condon

By adding new, non-traditional “wellness” programs to their healthy workforce strategy, employers can take their program to a whole new level. Employers will look to a new generation of comprehensive healthy workforce programs to address not only nutrition, cessation education, exercise and disease management, but also disease prevention, functional employment testing, job analysis, ergonomic assessment, and injury prevention. By looking at the total health of our workforce, employers can impact all healthcare costs.


767 Worker Fatigue: An "Eye-Opening" Safety and Health Epidemic, Kurt VonRueden

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.


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