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Topic: Health and Wellness - General (Industry-Related)

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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.


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.


656 How Does Obesity Impact Safety in the Workplace?, Fred H. Kohanna

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and is associated with many adverse health outcomes. Obesity also negatively affects safety in the workplace by increasing the risk from excessive fatigue and sleepiness, heat-related illnesses, slips and falls, confined space entry, hand-arm vibration syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and difficulties with use of personal protective equipment. In addition, costs for workers’ compensation injuries, non-work related medical expenses, and short-term and long-term disability expenses are all increased for obese employees. Companies can create programs to prevent obesity in the workplace through benefit design and by creating a healthy work environment.


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.


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).


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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