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Topic: Health and Wellness - Best Practices

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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 ProtectThemselves 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.


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.


765 Wellness: Beg and Bribe or Use Design, Jill Kelby

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).


737 Wellness, an Essential Component of Environmental, Health and Safety Improvement and Incident Prevention, Michael Topf

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.


735 Fitness for Duty Testing and Safety Professionals, Richard W. Bunch

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.


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