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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429630/new-and-emerging-risks-associated-with-green-workplaces
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Dorota Elżbieta Wandzich, Grażyna Anna Płaza
Work environments are continuously changing with the introduction of new technologies, substances and work processes, changes in the structure of the workforce and labor market, and new forms of employment and work organization. New work situations bring both risks and challenges for workers and employers, which, in turn, may require political, administrative, technical, and regulatory approaches to ensure worker safety and health. This article is based on a European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) report, Green Jobs and Occupational Safety and Health, that detailed new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health associated with new technologies in green jobs...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427302/increasing-influenza-immunization-rates-among-retail-employees-an-evidence-based-approach
#2
Leigh Montejo, Rachel Richesson, B Iris Padilla, Michael E Zychowicz, Crystal Hambley
Influenza has a significant impact on the health of Americans and the U.S. economy. Annual influenza immunization can decrease the burden of influenza-related illnesses for both employees and employers. This project evaluated a nurse practitioner-led intervention to increase influenza immunization rates among retail employees from August through December of the 2015-2016 influenza season. The sample included employees from retail locations with on-site convenience care clinics staffed by nurse practitioners...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422611/predictors-of-hearing-protection-use-among-industrial-workers
#3
Kunlayanee Tantranont, Nuntanat Codchanak
Promoting the use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) can prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among workers who are exposed to excessive noise. In the present study, the authors examine factors that may explain HPD use among industrial workers from 15 manufacturing plants in Thailand. Participants consisted of 268 randomly selected workers exposed to harmful noise levels for which routine HPD use was required. Logistic regression analysis of study variables revealed the most powerful predictors of HPD use were perceived hearing status ( b = 0...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422575/cardiovascular-risk-factors-of-long-term-care-workers
#4
Kelly Doran, Barbara Resnick
Little is known about long-term care workers' cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Thus, the authors used baseline objective and subjective data from 98 long-term care staff participating in a worksite health promotion study to provide a comprehensive CVD assessment. The median age of the sample was 32 years ( SD = 13.38). Nine (12.2%) participants smoked and 27 (37.0%) participants reported exposure to secondhand smoke. The average nightly hours of sleep was 6.5 ( SD = 1.18), with 24 (32%) participants reporting sleeping at least fairly bad...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414627/the-dangers-of-electrosurgical-smoke-to-operating-room-personnel-a-review
#5
Kevin Bree, Spencer Barnhill, William Rundell
A 2007 study in the United Kingdom showed that three of 98 surgeons surveyed admitted using dedicated smoke extractors; 72% of respondents believed inadequate precautions were in place to protect staff from the potential dangers of electrosurgical smoke. Surgical smoke contains harmful chemicals (e.g., hydrogen cyanide, acetylene, and butadiene) that can circumvent standard masks used in the operating room (OR). In addition, bacteria and viruses can be transmitted through this smoke. The topic of electrosurgical smoke is important to occupational health nurses not only because of their responsibility to protect workers, but also because they, like other health care providers, may be exposed to smoke routinely...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414584/screening-commercial-vehicle-drivers-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-tools-barriers-and-recommendations
#6
Kelly A Evans, Tracey Yap, Barbara Turner
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by a cessation of breathing during sleep, leading to poor sleep patterns and daytime somnolence. Daytime somnolence is of particular concern for commercial vehicle drivers, whose crash risk increases 50% with untreated OSA. The process of diagnosing and treating OSA in commercial drivers begins with effective and consistent screening. Therefore, the researchers screened drivers with both the STOP-Bang Questionnaire and the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Evaluation Worksheet (OSAEW) and compared the two tools...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414580/identifying-personal-risk-factors-for-falls-in-the-workplace
#7
Ann Regina Lurati
Falls can occur in any occupational setting. Occupational health professionals may focus on creating a safe work environment and training programs to prevent falls. However, an important aspect of safety management is identifying at-risk employees. The purpose of this article is to identify personal risk factors and offer interventions to prevent falls in the workplace.
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414575/prevalence-of-violence-toward-community-nurses-a-questionnaire-survey
#8
Branko Gabrovec
Violence toward nursing staff occurs frequently, particularly in intensive care units and closed or intensive psychiatric facilities, which have been studied previously. However, violence toward community nurses has not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to explore the frequency of violence toward community nurses in Slovenia. More than 56% of study respondents were verbally abused by their patients during the past year. More than 42% of all cases of horizontal violence were directed at community nurses...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368696/linking-incidents-in-long-term-care-facilities-to-worker-activities
#9
Rose McCloskey, Cindy Donovan, Alicia Donovan
This article reports on a study examining staff activities being performed when incidents were reported to have occurred. The risk for injury among health care providers who engage in patient handling activities is widely acknowledged. For those working in long-term care, the risk of occupational injury is particularly high. Although injuries and injury prevention have been widely studied, the work has generally focused on incident rates and the impact of specific assistive devices on worker safety. The purpose of this study was to examine reported staff incidents in relation to staff activities...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363035/the-benefits-and-risks-of-crossfit-a-systematic-review
#10
Jena Meyer, Janet Morrison, Julie Zuniga
With the increase in popularity of the CrossFit exercise program, occupational health nurses may be asked questions about the appropriateness of CrossFit training for workers. This systematic literature review was conducted to analyze the current research on CrossFit, and assess the benefits and risks of this exercise strategy. Thirteen studies ( N = 2,326 participants) examined the use of CrossFit training among adults; CrossFit is comparable to other exercise programs with similar injury rates and health outcomes...
March 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182860/corrigendum
#11
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Wizner, K., Stradtman, L., Novak, D., and Shaffer, R. (2016). Prevalence of respiratory protective devices in U.S. healthcare facilities: implications for emergency preparedness. Workplace Health & Safety, 64(8):359-368. (Original DOI: 10.1177/2165079916657108 ).
February 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414626/the-future-of-occupational-health-nursing-in-a-changing-health-care-system
#12
Linda McCauley, Katherine Peterman
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significant implications for the future of occupational health nursing practice. As changes are proposed and implemented, occupational health nurses must continue to prioritize preventive care, chronic disease management, healthy communities, environmental health, and sustainability. In particular, immigrant workers are a vulnerable population needing attention by occupational health nurses.
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414625/advancing-well-being-through-total-worker-health%C3%A2
#13
Anita L Schill
Total Worker Health® (TWH) is a paradigm-shifting approach to safety, health, and well-being in the workplace. It is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. The most current TWH concepts are presented, including a description of issues relevant to TWH and introduction of a hierarchy of controls applied to TWH. Total Worker Health advocates for a foundation of safety and health through which work can contribute to higher levels of well-being...
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414624/history-passion-and-performance
#14
Kay N Campbell
History, Passion, and Performance was chosen as the theme for the 75th anniversary of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) kickoff. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses has a long history created by passionate, dedicated members. This article highlights historical foundations of the Association, describes the occupational health nurse's passion to drive quality care for workers and discusses future professional and organizational challenges.
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414623/licensed-practical-vocational-nurses-a-place-on-the-team
#15
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April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414622/clostridium-difficile-infection
#16
Jennan A Phillips, Stephanie Hammond
Preventing Clostridium difficile, the most common cause of health care-associated infections in hospitals and infectious disease death in the United States, is a national priority. Increased rates of infection among low-risk individuals in the community call for community-based prevention efforts to halt the increasing spread of this highly contagious opportunistic infection.
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414621/the-american-association-of-occupational-health-nurses-seventy-five-years-of-education-practice-and-research
#17
Joy E Wachs
For the past 75 years, the American Association of Industrial Nurses, and later the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, has advocated for occupational and environmental health nurses by supporting quality undergraduate and graduate education in the specialty and certification through the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., and providing funding for and dissemination of occupational health nursing research as well as by developing occupational health nursing practice standards, competencies, and code of ethics...
April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414620/the-future-of-occupational-health-nursing-in-a-changing-health-care-system
#18
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April 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257263/emergency-preparedness-policy-and-practice-in-massachusetts-hospitals
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March 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257262/the-power-of-gratitude
#20
Susan A Randolph
Organizations should foster a culture of appreciation and gratitude, a skill that anyone can learn and from which everyone will benefit.
March 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
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